VÄDRA changing mat cover

Nesting!

We put together the furniture for the baby’s room last week (although she will probably sleep in our room for at least the first few months), just a fairly basic crib and changing table from IKEA, along with re-utilising some existing drawers that we have had for a while.

To go with the changing table, we got a couple of VÄDRA changing mats, one for the table, and one extra that we can keep downstairs.

Practical, but very…. blah. The surface is wipe-clean plastic – practical, but probably not so nice for baby’s bottom. They sell covers at IKEA, but they were a) out of stock, and b) ugly, so I decided to make a few covers so we had some backups for in case of….. incidents. First I took a few measurements:

..and created a template from that, which looked a little like this:

The main piece covers the majority of the mat, with some shaping for the raised end of the mat. Close up (plus measurements), it looked a little like this (to cut on the fold):

At the other end, it is not raised, but requires a bit of shaping to accommodate the raised sides, so I cut a separate piece that was sewed to the flat edge:

The seams were all sewn with a 1/2″ seam allowance, but around the base I left 1″ extra, and sewed some 1″ foldover elastic around the base, pulling it slightly taut as I went, except around the corners which I pulled tight.

The result?

Yey! A nice bright cover! This one in particular is flannel cotton so should be super soft, and able to be washed easily in case we have any accidents. I also used up some more fabric from my stash to make some extras:

Bright and colourful!

I was working on another crochet octopus, so that Baby M could have one to match her future bestie…. But this week I woke up with total agony in my right hand…… It seems my latest weird pregnancy symptom to come up is Carpal Tunnel, so I now have a stylish wrist brace and will have to take it easy!

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3 comments

  1. Wow. That cover is amazing! Hope your hand gets better soon.

    1. Thank you! I am trying to alternately rest/ice/stretch it to minimise the pain and discomfort, I just have another couple of weeks at work left.

    2. And I think the fabric really makes it with these things, fun and bright!

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