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This tutorial has been written by Jenny Harkness from Winney & Rose.  She teaches sewing workshops for home interiors and sells a selection of handmade items for the home or gifts. 

Baby Travel Changing Mat

Travel changing mat for babies sewing tutorial

This is one of my most favourite items that I make and sell. There are so many lovely fabrics around. I have got 2 so they match different changing bags. A great gift for a yummy mummy.

They are completely washable as long as you buy good washable cotton fabric. Mine are washed every week or so and are fine.


½ metre of washable cotton fabric.  If it has a definite pattern you may need to buy ¾ metre

1 towel.  A clean old one would do or pick up a cheap new hand one

A pretty button

10cm of ½ cm elastic

Patch to embellish if you want

Sewing machine

Tread, pins, scissors


Cut the fabric into 2 pieces. Each 40cm x 60cm. Then cut 1 piece from the towel 40cm x 60cm.

Sew a baby changing mat to carry in your nappy bag

Now stack the pieces ready for sewing. First place the towel piece flat, next one of the fabric pieces right side facing up. Finally, the other piece right side face down. Pin all the way round. Use plenty of pins as the towel can stretch.

How to sew a travel baby changing mat

On one of the long sides, measure ¼ of the way up and mark with a pin. Fold your piece of elastic in half and slide between the 2 pieces of fabric. Make sure the loop is facing inwards.  Pin in place

Sew a travel nappy changing mat for a baby

Machine round the 2 long sides and 1 of the short sides. On the last, short side, machine along ¾ of the way leaving a big enough gap to turn through.

Travel changing mat project

Remove pins and turn through. Fold the open section in and hand sew closed.

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Sew the button on exactly opposite the elastic loop

Make a travel size changing mat Baby changing mat tutorial from Winney & Rose

Well done. Ready for your baby to use. You will get lots of lovely comments I’m sure. Please email pictures of your creations or share them on the Winney & Rose Facebook page.

Travel changing mat for a nappy bag

 Winney & Rose teach sewing classes in The Peak District and sell handmade items for the home.