How To Make a Waterproof Baby Changing Mat / Simple Sewing Tutorial

baby changing mat
BABY CHANGING MAT

In this simple sewing tutorial, I show you how you can make a waterproof baby changing mat.

changing mat diaper bagIt’s the perfect size that you can fold up and throw in your diaper bag. 

They’re easy to wash and really easy to make and they make really fun baby shower gifts.

I’m going to show you two different methods that you can use to finish the edge of the changing mat: how to apply double fold bias tape with a mitered corner edge and how to sew a very simple unbound edge.

baby changing mat supplies

CHANGING MAT MATERIALS & ITEMS NEEDED

  • ½ yard waterproof PUL fabric ( polyurethane laminate)
  • It’s a fabric that has one side that’s woven and one side that’s plasticky and waterproof.

You can find this online or at most fabric stores. Sometimes they’ll have prints, but most likely you’ll just be able to find a white, which is just fine.

When you buy the pull fabric it comes on a bolt that’s really wide, almost 60 inches wide.

You can make several of mats if you buy a 1/2 of a yard of the pull fabric.

 

  • ½ yard flannel or cotton print fabric or fabric cut to (25 x 18 inches)
  • fusible fleece or light colored flannel cut to (25 x 18 inches) for lining

tip

I like using an upcycled fabric when I can. For this changing mat project I used a flannel sheet that was white and of good quality that I no longer needed.

  • double fold bias tape (2 ½ -3 yards) OPTIONAL
  • fabric clips (pins will put holes in the PUL fabric)
  • scissors/rotary cutter, mat and ruler (optional)
  • iron/ironing board
  • sewing machine
  • turning stick
  • label/tag (optional)
how to make your own bias tape binding

***LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BIAS TAPE HERE

If you’ve been intimidated by bias tape and haven’t applied that yet, no worries, I’ll show you how easy it is to apply.

After seeing this tutorial I hope that you’ll find it’s really easy because it does add a lot of charm to your projects.

INSTRUCTIONS

Simple Unbound Changing Mat

CHANGING PAD FUSIBLE FLEECE1- Fusible Fleece Application

The first thing to do, if you’re using fusible fleece, is to iron that to the back side of your front piece of fabric. (bumpy side of fleece will be facing down).

One thing to mention though is you do not want to iron on any of the fusible fleece directly on that bumpy side or the sticky stuff will get onto your iron.

2- Tag/label Application (optional)

If you are wanting to add a tag, to the mat, this is the time to do it.

The cut edge of the tag will be along the raw edge of the fabric.

adding tag changing matThe seam allowance is 3/8 inches, so take note of that when placing the tag in place.

Clip the tag in place and then take the time to go to the sewing machine and baste that in place. You’ll be glad you did.

changing mat fabric sandwich

3- Making a Fabric Sandwich

Now you are ready to make a fabric sandwich and sew it all together.

If you are going to use a flannel lining, place that on the table first.

Then place the front piece on top of that with the WRONG SIDE FACING DOWN.

The pul fabric goes next with the RIGHT SIDE FACING DOWN.

HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH SIDE IS THE RIGHT SIDE OF PUL FABRIC:

Look real closely and you can see that the WRONG SIDE has a pattern to it (grain of fabric weave).

THE RIGHT SIDE is more shiny and a little bit more plasticky looking with a smooth finish.

Line up the edges and clip all three layers in place.

changing mat sewing

4- Sewing the Changing Mat Together

This first basic method you’ll sew all the way around, leaving a 4 inch gap unsewn for turning. Really simple.

Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

The straight stitch is 2.5 in length.

Sew to the corner, stopping 3/8 inch from the edge. Leave the needle in the down position, lift up your presser foot and pivot the fabric to continue sewing all the way around.

clip corners changing mat

5- Clip the Corners.

changing mat

6- Turning Right Side Facing Out

Find the opening. Reach inside between where the right side is facing right side, and pull it out.

Take the turning stick and poke the corners out.

changing mat pressing

7- Pressing the Edges Out

Take it to the ironing board. DON NOT PRESS THE PUL FABRIC! It will melt.

Fold the edges of the opening up, the same seam allowance and press. Apply a few clips to hold it in place.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO PRESS THE LABEL IF YOU HAVE ONE!

topstitching changing mat

8- Top Stitching the Changing Mat

Okay, now we’re ready to topstitch all the way around the changing mat.

Change the stitch length to 3 instead of 2.5. This will give you a much better finished look.

The seam allowance will only be 1/8 inch. (You can apply a strip of tape on your sewing machine to help as a guide. (watch video tutorial for the details).

Clip the threads.

Wasn’t that simple?

mitered corner changing mat

CHANGING MAT BIAS TAPE METHOD

Let’s start on the second method, which is applying a mitered corner with double fold bias tape.

I am going to go over the basics here in this post, but you can watch the video tutorial here to get all the details and tips.

For this changing mat, I chose a cute orange flannel polka dot fabric with stripe bias tape that I made.

I used a rabbit tag, from my LOVE LABELS collection. (you can get the PDF file here).

CHANGING MAT

1- Making the Fabric Sandwich

***THE FABRIC WILL BE PLACED IN A DIFFERENT ORDER FOR THIS METHOD!

Layer 1: Pul fabric (right side facing down)

Layer 2: Fusible fleece ironed on the back of front piece or flannel fabric

Layer 3: Front fabric (right side facing up)

2- Fabric Prep

Line up all the edges. You may need to trim some of the edges so they are even.

Flip the fabrics over to make sure the Pul fabric is not bunched up.

Once it is lined up, clip in place.

Using a long stitch (basing stitch) sew all the way around using a ¼ inch seam allowance.

This step will save you a lot of grief and is worth the time to do.

It will keep the three layers stable while you put on the bias tape.

3-  Tag/label Application (optional)

Add the tag now if you want one. 

3- Bias Tape Application

Apply the bias tape to the back side (Pul fabric side first, and then you will wrap the tape around to the front, and then top stitch it.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR COMPLETE DETAILS AND TIPS!

This little changing mat is the perfect size to use, fold up and toss them in your diaper bag.

I hope you enjoyed that tutorial!

baby gift changning mat and burp clothMake up a few and add some burp cloths and you have the perfect baby gift!

burp clothes chaning matI have a tutorial showing you how to make these burp cloths (which are super simple to make!

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Veggie Lo Mein Recipe // Quick and Healthy Meal

veggie lo mein recipe

This 35-minute Veggie Lo Mein recipe is simple and packed with flavor for a quick weeknight meal!

Customize the ingredients with whatever you have available, and you have a meal that will never get boring.

VEGGIE LO MEIN

On those days when you’re staring at your fridge full of vegetables but don’t want to spend all night preparing a meal, this meal is for you.

It requires just two pans (or one, depending on the noodles you use), no fancy or difficult-to-find ingredients, and it’s far healthier than the takeout versions.

The recipe can be made to be gluten-free.

 

Lo Mein Ingredients

  • ¾ package spaghetti or other types of noodles can be used. ***(see note below)
  • ¾ bunch broccoli, chopped
  • 2½ cups frozen edamame
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1½ tbsp coconut oil, or your choice of vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 6 eggs, beaten

 

*** Lo Mein Noodles: Use your favorite noodles (regular, gluten-free, or grain-free), such as rice noodles, ramen noodles, ribbon noodles, udon noodles, buckwheat, or linguine.

However, I like using SPAGHETTI NOODLES.

Yupp – even your favorite Italian noodles, like spaghetti, work for this vegan Asian recipe and are pretty yummy. (I love Garofalo Organic Noodles that are NOT ENRICHED )

Lo Mein Vegetables: I love this recipe because you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand.

It is so versatile and tasty. Here are some options that you can try:

  • Zucchini
  • Bell Pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Green Onions
  • Beansprouts
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach/ kale
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant

*** If you want to add more protein, you can add tofu, shrimp or chicken.

Lo Mein Instructions

1 – Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions, or until al dente, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli, edamame, carrots, and spinach in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside.

2 – Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.

3 – Add ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

4 – Add eggs and cook until set, about 2 minutes.

5 – Add spaghetti and veggies and stir to combine. Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

STORING INSTRUCTIONS

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can eat the leftovers cold or reheat them on the stove-top or in a microwave.

I like having the leftovers for breakfast. It is even yummy cold.

Enjoy!

Veggie Lo Mein Recipe // Quick and Healthy Meal

veggie lo mein recipe

This 35-minute Veggie Lo Mein recipe is simple and packed with flavor for a quick weeknight meal! 

  • Prep Time35 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Ready in35
  • Yield6

INGREDIENTS

    • ¾ package spaghetti or other types of noodles can be used. ***
    • ¾ bunch broccoli, chopped
    • 2½ cups frozen edamame
    • 3 carrots, shredded
    • 4 cups spinach
    • 1½ tbsp coconut oil, or your choice of vegetable oil
    • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
    • 6 tbsp soy sauce
    • 3 tbsp white
    • vinegar
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • 6 eggs, beaten

INSTUCTIONS

1

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions or until al dente, stirring occasionally. Add (3/4 bunch) of broccoli, (2 1/2 cups)  edamame,  (3 carrots) carrots, and (4 cups) spinach in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside.

 

 
2

Meanwhile, heat (1 1/2 TB) vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add (1 sliced) onion, and cook until softened, about 4-5 minutes.

3

Add (1 TB) ginger, (6 TB) soy sauce, (3 TB) vinegar, and (2 tsp) sesame oil and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

4

Add eggs and cook until set, about 2 minutes.

5

Add spaghetti and veggies and stir to combine. Cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.

 

 

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DIY Ribbon Spool Storage Organizer / The Best Hack Ever

DIY ribbon spool rack
ribbon spool rack hack

Do you need help with your ribbon spool storage and organizing? No worries, I have the best DIY hack ever.

This organizing hack is simple and ridiculously inexpensive, and you won’t believe how well it works.

Over the years, I have tried several different methods using rods, bins, and different kinds of boxes, and nothing seems to work well.

It always seems to end up a big mess.

I’ve used This ribbon hanger and organizer for quite a while.

RIBBON SPOOL RACK not great

My old ribbon spool rack looked nice on the wall, but it wasn’t very efficient.

What I don’t like about these types of ribbon hangers is when you need to take out a ribbon or put a new ribbon spool in, it’s a major ordeal!

Let me show you how you can make this ribbon rack in just a few minutes, and it will only cost you $2.

ribbon spool rack materials

RIBBON SPOOL RACK MATERIALS & ITEMS NEEDED

You’ll need your purchase curtain rod that you can find at your hardware store, Walmart, or you can get them online HERE.

  • I used an 18 inch to 28 inches rod, but feel free to get any size you want.
  • You will need the hardware that it comes with.
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wall space that you want to hang it on.
  • A level, if you have one, will come in handy to ensure the rod is hanging straight. (You can always measure from the top of the ceiling and get the exact measurement).

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RIBBON SPOOL RACK

1- Prepare the Wall Space

The first thing that you’ll need to do is prepare your wall space.

2- Find the wall studs (optional)

The screws don’t need to go into a stud, but my husband said that if you can find at least one stud to put it in, that would be ideal.

He marked the studs with painter’s tape, and I used the stud on the right to put hardware into.

ribbon spool hanging

3- Mark Screw Placement Holes with Pencil

Using a pencil, measure, and mark where you want the rod to hang.

ribbon spool hanging

4- Applying Hardware

Place the first hanger hardware in place. 

Using a measuring tape and level, determine where the other hanger must go. Apply the screw into the top holes only.

ribbon spool haning

Before you put the second screws in, attach the rod and stand back to look and see if it is hanging straight.

ribbon spool screwsIf all is good, apply the 2nd screw into the bottom holes of the hardware.

ribbon spool holder

HOW TO LOAD THE RIBBON SPOOL RACK

The curtain rod will sit 2 ½ inches away from the wall, allowing small and large spools to sit on top without falling through.

Place the ribbon spools on top of the curtain rod.

ribbon spool holder

A 28-inch rod will hold up to 43 spools of ribbon! Now that is pretty cool, don’t ya think?

Place another rod below, to the side, or make a longer hanger if you would like.

tip

Here is a tip to help keep the ribbon from unrolling.

diy ribbon spool hackI found these little tiny applique pins that work like a charm.

diy ribbon spool hack***The container that the pins come in is not great. I find that a re-purposed mint tin works great.

I use these tins to store all kinds of things.

They’re not as long as a standard sewing pin, so they don’t stick out where you can see them.

mini pins ribbon spool hackFind the end of the ribbon and slide the pin into the ribbon and into the ribbon spool, and it will keep it in place.

What To Do With Ribbon That Doesn’t Have a Ribbon Spool?

Perhaps you have some ribbon that you’ve bought by the yard. It’s not on a spool.

No worries. I have a good solution for that as well.

 

ribbon spool bolt

You can take comic boards and cut them down into little bolts to wrap them around.

Cut them 5 x 2.5 inches. (6.5 x 13 cm).

Tape the end of the ribbon to the board and start wrapping.

Then, insert a little pin to keep it in place. (I do the same thing with my CUSTOM-MADE BIAS TAPE).

ribbon spool hack binThis is where I store my RIBBON SPOOL BOLTS. These little plastic bins are the BEST!

plastic containers

They have adhesive on the back, and they stick really nicely to the inside of a cabinet door or the wall.

YOU CAN GET THEM HERE.

So that’s all there is to it.

This is a good opportunity to go through your ribbon box, or however you’re storing your ribbon spools, and keep the ribbon that you really like, donate or share the ones that you really don’t want anymore.

We all have different sewing spaces, different sewing needs, and supplies, but when you make your sewing space a place where you can enjoy being, it is really important and makes a massive difference in your sewing experience.

 

 

Have fun crafting!

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