In any case, after asking for your opinions regarding a shower gift for my darling friend Lisa, I decided to embark on a sewing project. I started out making notes and taking photos as I went, tutorial style, but I actually followed Sew, Mama, Sew's instructions, pretty much to the tee - except with less ironing.
And here is the final result:
|Changing Pad unfolded, wipes case open.|
My favorite though is the wipe case. This will hold a travel size pack of wipes (like the one poking out in the picture) and a couple of diapers. In other words, if you are out running around and don't need a full diaper bag for whatever reason, you could throw a couple of diapers in there, maybe your keys and cell and go. No bag needed. I totally wish I had one of these. I pretty much discovered this idea when Maren was already potty training. But I think I'll give one of these to everyone that I know, now.
|Changing pad rolled, wipes case closed.|
Lisa was doing her nursery in greens and yellows and other gender non-specifics, so I chose the fabric based on those colors, but with a touch of girliness thrown in, because it's really for her more than the baby anyway. Just a hint for new moms: your baby doesn't care about the diaper bag or anything in it, so get what you like.
One of my issues with my changing pad (the few times I used it) was that it was the same on both sides, so I never knew which side had been on the germy changing station last. Hopefully, the different fabrics will eliminate that issue.
I did buy fat quarters for this project because, well, why not? I love fat quarters. The total fabric cost was around $6, which seems unbeatable. Of course, I also bought a whole spool of that ribbon and had no basics (like velcro or um... thread) on hand, so the overall cost was more. But all in all, I think this was a pretty amazing little gift that didn't make me want to kill anyone. I'll probably be making more.