When you buy a baby change mat & table, they don’t tend to come with covers. I don’t know about you but I think it would be pretty cold to lie on a plastic mat, especially first thing in the morning and now as the colder weather is approaching. Up until now I’ve been placing a towel down but my little baby likes to wiggle and it keeps moving around. This led me to make a change mat cover and I had the perfect fabric in my stash. A funky orange and green minky which is super soft and cuddly, and sure to be more cozy than the plastic mat. You can make one too.
As change mats come in different sizes you’ll need to measure it up first. The mat I have is 32”x19”x4”. If yours is the same you will need a 48.5″ X 35.5″ rectangle piece of fabric. As I mentioned I’ve used minky but you could easily make this from a cotton fabric.
If your change mat is a different size here’s how I worked out how much fabric I needed.
(length + 2xheight + 2×4.25″) X (width + 2xheight + 2×4.25″)
This includes an additional 4.5″ inches all around to allow for seam allowances, hemming and enough to tuck underneath. I have allowed a 1/4″ seam allowance.
You will also need 41″ (l+w) of non roll elastic any width between 1/2 - 3/4″ wide. (I’ve used 3/4″ as that’s what I had in my stash)
Cut 8″ squares from each corner. When working with minky it leaves a lot of fluff when cutting it. I’ve used a rotary cutter and a lint roller to pick up the fluff once cut.
With right sides facing pin and sew these edges together. Repeat on all 4 corners.
As I’m using minky which is not to be ironed I’m just going to fold my edge over 1/2″ then fold it by another 1″ and pin all the way around to make my elastic casing. If you are using a cotton fabric fold 1/2″ and press around the edge then fold 1″ and press and pin. Top stitch the hem leaving a 1″ opening.
Thread the elastic through and join the elastic with zig zag stitch overlapping by 1″. Top stitch the gap closed.
You now have a cover for your change mat. Pop it on the change table and it’s ready to be used.