How to make your own changing mat

So i bought my Il Tutto Mia Changing Bag Preloved and it didnt come with the original Changing Mat. It wasnt such a big deal as when i had my 2 boys i bought my changing bags and got a mat with them and it never got used apart from the very odd occasion if we were out and about and had to use one of those plastic pull down type changing stations, which of course i didnt just fancy laying my baby onto it without a nice clean mat.

But i thought well more than lightly because i havent got a Changing Bag Mat, i will probally find myself needing one. I browsed the internet as you do for a changing mat to match my bag, but couldnt really find one and just for a plain red one on ebay there were £15.00 Posted. Now being creative minded and having loads of fabric in my house from previous Projects, i thought ahhh bugger it ill make my own!

I measured one of the inside pockets on my bag so that i could make the Mat fit. My overall Size of the Mat i made is: 22″ x 13″ and when folded it measures: 7″ x 5″. The Changing Mat ive made is fully reversible, ive used Micro Fleece and Terry Cotton but you can make the Mat out of any fabrics you wish, you could add Waterproof Nylon with Fleece on top, or use PUL which again is waterproof and use cotton on the top… Its entirely down to you what you wish to use, ive just used fabrics that i had already. My thought was also that because its just purely fabric if it was to get dirty i can just Machine Wash it, where as those Changing Mats you buy are sponge clean only.

So i made my own and Here is how i did it:

Here is what you will Need: Micro Fleece Terry Cotton Marker Pen Pins Thread Scissors

Here is what you will Need:
Micro Fleece
Terry Cotton
Marker Pen
Pins
Thread
Scissors

Cut out your fabrics and Lay them together with right sides together and Pin.

Cut out your fabrics and Lay them together with right sides together and Pin.

White Terry on top with Red Micro fleece on the bottom.

White Terry on top with Red Micro fleece on the bottom.

Align your corners up and Pin.

Align your corners up and Pin.

Start sewing all the way around making sure that you leave at least a 3" Gap on one side so that you can pull the Mat through the Hole and so its right side out.

Start sewing all the way around making sure that you leave at least a 3″ Gap on one side so that you can pull the Mat through the Hole and so its right side out.

Snip off your corners Diagonally which will help when you turn your mat the right way and eliminates the fabric bulking up in the corners also.

Snip off your corners Diagonally which will help when you turn your mat the right way and eliminates the fabric bulking up in the corners also.

Pull your mat through the 3" Gap that you left initially so that your Mat is the right way round.

Pull your mat through the 3″ Gap that you left initially so that your Mat is the right way round.

Use the pointy end of your scissors to push the corners out to make them nice and neat.

Use the pointy end of your scissors to push the corners out to make them nice and neat.

Pin your Gap Closed

Pin your Gap Closed

Sew up your gap with a straight stitch and continue all the way around your mat to Neaten the mat up.

Sew up your gap with a straight stitch and continue all the way around your mat to Neaten the mat up.

Heres the Changing Mat all done and Dusted... I could use the mat on both sides, so i could have the soft Micro Fleece side

Heres the Changing Mat all done and Dusted… I could use the mat on both sides, so i could have the soft Micro Fleece side

Or i could have the Terry Cotton Side.

Or i could have the Terry Cotton Side.

To fit it into my changing Bag, ive folded it long ways by a quarter.

To fit it into my changing Bag, ive folded it long ways by a quarter.

Then fold the rest over the mat

Then fold the rest over the mat

Fold in one end.

Fold in one end.

and fold over the rest.

and fold over the rest.

And Ta Dahhh here it is in my Il Tutto Mia Changing Bag.

And Ta Dahhh here it is in my Il Tutto Mia Changing Bag.

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