Look who’s five months old tomorrow! He’ll be celebrating by lounging on his new changing pad.
I first learned about Gingercake Patterns when my friend Trinh made 16 of these adorable Crayon Art Folios as birthday party favors a few years back. And when Lila started preschool in September I made my first Gingercake pattern, Love your Lunchbox. Both of these items get lots of use around here, so when Virginia sent me her Traveling Changing Pad pattern to try out, I was really excited to give it a whirl.
There are lots of great and unique features to this changing pad, including two pockets at the bottom – one for diapers and one for wipes. The right pocket is lined with PUL and closes with velcro, so you can refill it with wipes as you use them. Smart, eh? And you could really use the pockets for anything – diaper cream, a toy, a clean onesie, a pacifier, or whatever else might come in handy during a diaper change.
The other feature I love is how the whole thing folds up and ties together and ends up looking like a gift wrapped in fabric. Pretty lovely if you ask me.
The pattern suggests terry cloth for the pad, but I happened to have some super soft Michael Miller organic sherpa, so I used that. The peacock blue fabric is a Moda Just Wing It stripe, and the yellow dots are from Lotta Jansdotter’s Bella line.
The pattern is full of little tips and tricks to customize and simplify the changing pad to suit your needs. I must admit that I’m always a bit intimidated by projects with binding, but this pattern uses a really simple method I’d never tried before. You can always use a more traditional method if you like, but this one was really quick and easy and I’m always happy when trying a new pattern leads to learning something new.
And in conclusion, another link to the pattern, and ten little baby toes: