Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pack-n-play Pad Tutorial

I have another tutorial for you today!

A pack-n-play pad!!
Pack-n-plays are so handy, and we use ours a lot. Particularly for vacations.However, I've tried store bought pack-n-play sheets, and they don't seem to stay on. And it's irritating. Without a sheet, your pad gets dirty real quick and gets stained from drool, bottles, and of coarse, leaky diapers. GROSS. And it's not like you can just throw it in the wash.
But not only that, they don't seem all that comfortable. The pad seems to be made out of card board or something. I want my baby to have a little padding.
So when I had Gavin, I made a pack-n-play pad. And it has been WELL USED, so it was time for an update. And I thought I'd share it with you!

Materials Needed:

-1 yard flannel

-1 yard coordinating flannel (do another pattern if you want to make this reversible)

-cotton badding

-4 squares of velcro (both sides)

-sewing basics

First, measure the pad in your pack-n-play. Mine was 37 1/2" x 25 1/2".

Next, cut both of your flannel fabric 1" larger each way. So I cut mine 38 1/2" x 26 1/2".

Now, cut your badding the same size.

Lay your fabric right sides together, and then the badding underneath or on top of them (as shown in the picture above). Pin with the badding facing up.

Now, cut 16 pieces total of fleece, 8 in the main flannel fabric, 8 in the coordinating flannel,

2" x 5" each. Put main and coordinating pieces together, right sides together, as shown in picture above.

Now, sew a 1/4" seem arond the edges, leaving one of the 2" ends open for turning.

Turn right sides out and press.

Top stitch 1/8" around the outside. (you don't need to stitch closed the opening. It will be done later)

Now you'll have 8 straps.
Sew the same sides of 4 halves of velcro on the main fabric side of the straps.

Sew the opposite 4 squares of velcro on the coordinating sides of fabric.

Stick the straps together with the velcro to make a 90 degree angle.

Sandwiched in between the two pieces of fleece, lay the straps like shown above, with the raw edges facing out. Mine hit about 3" in.


Make sure the straps are "straped" together, so they won't get in the way when you're sewing everything together.

With the badding facing up, sew 1/2" around the edges of the pad, leaving a 4 inch opening for turning.
Turn right sides out, press, and do a 1/4" top stitch around the entire thing, also closing off the opening for turning.

And you're done!!

It's the perfect size for the top of your pad...

and the straps don't interfere with the velcro on the underside to keep your pad in place.

Hopefully this all made sense!!

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have if it didn't!!

If you make one, add it to my flickr group! I'd love to see it!! And you may get featured!


Ashley said...

you are so awesome!! :)

2littlehooligans said...

cute:) loving your baby goodies! hope you are all doing well. my sil just had baby was a girl! im so excited to break out the pinks:)

ellen said...

What is that green fabric called? I love it. (email me: Thanks!

Jen @ My Own Road said...

What a great idea! This is way cheaper than buying the Pack N Play sheets at the store too (and I love the fabric you chose!)

DMM said...

This is such a great idea and your instructions are very detailed! Thanks for sharing:)