Roll-up Baby Changing Pad Tutorial

 We all know how *fun* it is to travel with babies and toddlers {ok, all kids!} but Christen from the Creative Team is here to make your travels just a little easier. She’s sharing an awesome tutorial on how to make a roll-up changing pad. This travel changing pad would have saved my life that time we got stuck at the DMV and the bathroom did not have a changing table. Oh and I didn’t have any wipes. {long, but very funny story!} Honestly, these roll-up changing pads are handy any time you leave the house! Enjoy! -Linda

I just love making items for friends with babies! I got the idea for this roll-up travel changing pad after a new mom friend of mine mentioned that she wished the changing pad in her baby bag could roll-up to hold dirty clothes, etc. when rolled-up and be 100% washable vs. only wipeable. This changing pad goes together quickly (one hour only!) and the metal snap detail makes it look super fancy.

Roll-up Baby Changing Pad

roll up baby changing pad


Roll-up Changing Pad Tutorial



  • 1/2 yd Main Fabric1/2 yd Flannel Fabric For Backing – can also use minky
  • 18″ x 26″ piece of backing
  • Heavy Duty Snap Kit – If you already have the kit, you only need one 5/8″ snap
  • Hammer

Cutting Instructions

  • Cut 1- 18in x 26in piece from the main fabric
  • Cut 1- 18in x 4in strip for the strap from the main fabric
  • Cut 1- 18in x 26in piece from the flannel for the back

Make the Strap

Take your 18″ x 4″ fabric strip and lay it right side down on your ironing board. Fold in each side towards the center, and press.


Now, fold the strip in half and press – your folded strip will be 18″ x 1.”


Top stitch down both sides of the strip to secure using a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Attaching the Strip

Place your piece of batting flat onto your work surface. Place your main fabric on top with right side facing up. Center one short end of the strip flush against the edge of on one of the 18″ sides and pin in place.

Pin Strap In Place

Next, place the flannel backing fabric right side down on top of your main fabric with the strap pinned in place. Pin to hold all three layers together. On the opposite 18″ side (the one that doesn’t have the strip pinned), place pins 5″ in from each end to leave an 8″ opening when sewing around all sides for turning.

Pin Backing In Place


Sew around all sides of the changing pad using a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to catch the strap in your seam allowance. Also, don’t forget to leave your 8″ opening on the one end.

Clip your corners making sure not to get too close to the stitching. Turn the changing pad right side out and push out the corners. Press the changing pad flat, taking care with all side seams. On the end with the opening, fold in the top and bottom fabrics to create a finished edge and press. Pin closed.

Turn and Iron Opening

Top stitch around all 4 sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to close your opening by catching it in your seam allowance of your top stitching.

Sew Around Top Stitch

Place the changing pad flat onto your work surface. Measure and divide the changing pad into thirds (approximately 8″ in from each end), and use two pins to mark.

Divide in thirds

Then, sew two straight lines across to hold all three layers together.

Sew Straight Lines
Add The Snap

Both pieces of the snap go on the strap – the piece on the end will snap to the end of the strap closest to the changing pad. To mark where the two pieces for your snap will go, first roll up your changing pad. Wrap the strap around to find the location of where you’ll want the snaps to meet. You’ll notice that your strap is longer than needed. Cut off approximately 3-4″.

adjust the strap

Next, you’ll want to finish the unfinished end of the strap that is not sewn into the changing pad. Fold over the edge 1/2″ and then fold the 1/2″ under 1″ and sew down on both ends of the 1″ finished end.

Finish Strap

Using a sharpie marker or pen, place a small dot in the center of your finished end on the top side and another on the top side of the strap 1″ from where it is sewn into the changing pad. Using sharp scissors (I used my embroidery scissors), cut/poke a hole through the fabric where you marked the dot.

Then, gather your supplies to attach the snap. I used a 5/8″ heavy duty snap in silver. I already had the snap kit (which is the black circle and silver piece shown). Find a sturdy work surface to attach the snap. I personally use the floor in my kitchen.

Add Snaps

There are instructions on the back of the snap kit, which are best to follow for how the pieces go together for the snap. One thing to note is that its sometimes difficult to get the snap through the hole, so just slowly keep adjusting and cutting threads away from the center of the hole. You want a snug fit with the fabric, so a little at a time is best.

Another tip is to start with the top snap first, and then prior to attaching the bottom part of the snap, that you wrap the strap around in the correct way to be sure that you don’t put it on backwards (trust me – I know from experience!).

finish snaps

The above photo shows how the top snap looks once attached (after you hammer the HECK out of it!).

Snap Detail

Once the snaps are attached – you’re done!


Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Sewing!


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  1. 2

    I love your tutorial and I’m going to attempt but I’m curious what your purple fabric is. It looks more like one of the home decorating fabrics available at Joann’s. Thanks so much!

    1. 2.1

      Hi Colleen – The purple fabric is actually Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry, Sparrows in Lilac. The fabric is actually a quilting cotton and can be purchased online – unfortunately it isn’t available at Joann’s.

  2. 3

    Off subject question – do you have washi tape attached to your machine to see your seam allowance line better?

    1. 3.1

      Hi Deb – Yes! At a recent sewing retreat, one of my friends had a “find 1/4″ template tool that I used to check my machine, as I wasn’t getting consistent 1/4″ seam allowances in my quilting. I used the washi tape to mark my 1/4” seam allowance and its made a huge difference in me piecing accuracy!

  3. 4

    its lovely, I pinned it .. I have a new gbaby coming Nov 28

  4. 5
    California Sewin'

    First, let me say I love your website and all of your great posts, especially the sewing tutorials and clever ideas. Love keeping up with you and your family. Love the new format, however, the font is VERY difficult to read. I have tried making it larger but the letters become thinner and more faint. I’m afraid us “older” ones will have to make a choice between eye strain and no eye strain.

  5. 6

    Lovely fabric! Thanks for the tut… however, my favorite thing about it?? Seeing your washi tape mark! I’m going to mark mine first thing tomorrow morning!!! :) Thanks for the tip!!

  6. 7

    So cute and useful! Thankfully I don’t need these anymore :) But it would make a great gift. And I love how the snap finished it off and makes it look so professional!

  7. 8

    Love this, esp. with the snap, quick question, what did you use as the middle layer? Is it thin batting, or something waterproof? Thanks so much for the great tutorial :)

    1. 8.1
      Christen Barber

      Hi Heather – I actually used regular batting, as I’ve heard from new mom’s that they want the changing pad to be 100% washable. Thanks for reading!

  8. 9

    Hi! Great tutorial! I was just wondering if you prewashed your fabrics for this project?

  9. 10

    100% washable over just wipeable? Yes please! I’ve made cloth only mats lately because that is what I prefer. I even use them at home with my toddler. I love how the snap can make it roll up and be compact in the diaper bag. I will have to add this for the list for baby #2. Thanks!

  10. 11

    What is the purpose of the batting?
    Could this change pad be made without the middle layer ?

    1. 11.1

      Just adds a little padding. Yes, it could be made without that layer.