So you might remember when I made my Change Mat for Little Bots, which essentially was a padded change-mat with some pockets and a fold out flap. The idea was to roll it, tie it and store it in the nappy bag or under that pram for easy gathering of all nappy-change supplies in one neat roll. I used mine an absolute tonne when Hannah was a baby. Now that she's bigger though, I was finding that having the roll in my bag was a little cumbersome for something I wasn't really using all that often, and I was well and truly ready to ditch the nappy bag and go for more of a handbag ... albeit a big one to hold all of those Mummy necessities. I found a beautiful Cath Kidston Handbag (do you like it??), then I started to ponder ...
Then, one day as I was looking through my past sewing projects, I remembered the little envelope-style pouch I made to hold the Matching Scraps matching game. My mind started going, and this is what resulted ... an envelope-style, change-mat clutch, that still has space for a pack of wipes and a couple of nappies, but will still fit neatly in my bag. It's also fully washable and is a lot more slim-line than my change-mat roll. Actually, to be honest, I haven't even made one of these for me yet ... I've had a run of new babies being born to friends and family, so I've made 2 as gifts so far. By the time I get round to it, Hannah will probably be out of nappies!
Wanna make one? Here's what you need:
- 1 yard (metre) of fabric for the inside, and 1 yard of coordinating fabric for the outside. (If you use coordinating fabrics, this will be enough to make 2 of these. If you want to make the inside and outside from the same fabric, you will have enough fabric with just 1 yard for 1 of these.)
- 1 yard (metre) fusible interfacing
- Small piece of velcro, or a velcro dot (1 inch) - I use the sticky-backed one - it stays still while sewing!
- Chalk or a tailor's pencil
- Sewing Machine
How to do it:
I chose these 2 quilting weight cotton fabrics!
1. Cut a rectangle out of each fabric, each being 24" x 19 1/2". I used my rotary cutter and mat for this as I find it a bit easier to cut straight with the rotary cutter and ruler for such long sides. Then iron them so they're completely wrinkle-free.
2. On the right side of the outer fabric, measure 10" from the top edge, in the middle, and stick down then sew one side of your velcro. To sew this down, I generally use a small zig-zag stitch, and sew around the edge, then also sew along the diagonals of the rectangle just to make sure it's secure. I also use the sticky-backed velcro 'cause it's much easier to sew this on when it's stuck in place.
4. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of each of your fabric rectangles. Be sure to take your time and get it all perfectly flat without bubbling....it will look much nicer that way!
5. Place your 2 fabric rectangles right-sides-together. Start approximately 3/4 of the way along one of the short sides, and sew around all 4 edges of the rectangles to join them together, using a 1/4" seam allowance. When you get back to the top edge where you started, only sew along about 1/4 of the way. This way, you will have a gap of a little more than 10" in the top centre of the change-mat. Also, be sure to pivot at each corner (lower the needle, lift the sewing machine foot, turn the fabric, lower the foot then keep sewing) so that you get nice clean corners.
6. Clip the corners off close to the stitch line, but not cutting any stitches.
7. Use the gap in the top to turn your change-mat through, right-sides-out. Use something pointy but not too sharp (I used a pen with it's lid on!) to poke each of the corners out so you have nice sharp corners. Then turn the raw edges of the gap over 1/4 inch and press them with the iron ... like so ...
8. Now for the envelope part ... cut 2 rectangles from one of your fabrics 10" x 5" (I used the inner fabric, so that it would contrast with the outer when it's closed!).
9. Fold your rectangle in half and iron a crease down the centre like so ....
10. Use a ruler and chalk to mark then cut with scissors, or alternatively just use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut a line from the top of the centre fold you just made to the bottom corner on each side, making a triangle. Like so ...
11. Measure vertically down 1 inch from the tip of the triangle, and stick then sew (with a zig-zag stitch as before) the other part of your velcro ... like so!
12. Place your triangles right-sides-together, then sew around the diagonal lines using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, then clip the top corner close to the stitching, but not cutting any stitches.
13. Insert the raw edges of your triangle into the gap at the top of the change-mat. Push it in approximately 1/2", then pin it in place. Make sure the side with the velcro is facing the inside of the change-mat.
14. Topstitch around the entire change mat, 1/8" from the edge, starting at a corner and ending at the same corner. As you top-stitch along the top edge, you will be closing the gap, and holding the envelope flap in place.
15. Measure 4" along along the top edge, and using a long ruler draw a vertical line down the length of the change-mat ... like so ...
And ... you're finished!
Now, here's how you store your nappies and wipes and fold the change mat ...
Place the wipes and nappies in a neat stack between the sewn lines on the open mat,
then fold up the bottom of the mat to cover them.
Fold in the sides, along the sewn lines.
Neatly fold the bottom part (with the wipes and nappies inside)
up and over and over until they reach the top of the mat.
Like so ...
Fold the flap down and secure your velcro.
If you make one of these, I'd love to see ... so feel free to drop me an email any time! I'm always up for a chat!