Sushi-Roll Changing Pad + Diaper/Wipes Pouch Tutorial

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Violet from Violet Craft is the kind of friend who will whip up a full nursery for her friend (you know, just a quilt, sheets, bumpers, crib skirt, curtains, pillow, diaper wipes and changing pad pouches!). It will come as no surprise then that she offered to share a tutorial for her super-easy Sushi-Roll Changing Pads and Diaper & Wipes Pouches today! She says they’re a big hit at baby showers, and we can see why. Enjoy!

From Violet: The Sushi-Roll Changing Pad and Diaper & Wipes Pouch are the perfect shower gift! They add some beauty to the otherwise tedious task of changing the newborn’s diaper again and again and again– and it is a gift that can be used for years by the recipient instead of for weeks by those wiggly little worms that grow up so fast!

My best friend Stacie is having her first baby and she’s going all boy in her outfitting of goodies for him so I chose two coordinating blue fabrics to work with that we will also be using in his nursery. You can also use flannels, chenilles, or even a side of laminate! This size also works perfectly for a quick newborn cover up in that teeny tiny carseat of theirs. Not too much bulk, just enough to tuck right around that sweet eensie weensy little baby– and as they grow up it just might become their favorite snuggler.


  • 1/2 yard each of two different prints– This is a perfect fat quarter project, so four fat quarters would work great!
  • 1/4 yard of batting of your choice– Although I quilt only with Warm and Natural, when it comes to changing pads and bibs I always use Pellon Fleece. The polyester content helps the padding to dry out quickly.
  • 6″ of decorative elastic or 12″ twill tape
  • 3″ length of 1″ width Velcro

Sushi-Roll Changing Pad:

1. Cut out two fat quarters of different fabric and one fat quarter of your lining. If you are using precut fat quarters, square them all up to be of equal size as near to 18″ x 22″ as possible. Don’t worry if you have to cut them down a bit– it won’t matter one bit as long as all three pieces are the same. After squaring mine for this project they were 18″ x 21.5″

2. Make your sandwich! Place the batting on the bottom and the first print right side up on top of the batting.

3. Taking your 6″ of decorative elastic, fold it in half and with the looped part pointing in towards the center of the fabric line the cut ends up with the edge of your fabric at 5.5″ from the top right corner. (If you are using twill tape to tie, do this in the opposite way! Fold your twill tape in half into a loop, but sew the looped edge into the seam leaving the loose ends flying free for tying.)

4. Place the final piece of fabric right side down on the top which makes the prints right sides together. Pin around the entire perimeter.

5. Mark a 4″ opening in the bottom right hand corner about 3.5″ from the edge.

6. Sew entirely around the perimeter with a 3/8″ seam allowance except where you’ve marked your opening.

7. Clip a small triangle off of each corner to 1/4″ from the stitching to make turning your points easier.

8. Turn the sandwich right sides out and press flat.

9. Hand sew the opening closed.

10. Top stitch around the perimeter using a 1/2″ seam allowance. This can be a great place to use those decorative stitches that you might have and never use!

11. Fold in half vertically, make your sushi-roll and strap it in place with your elastic! Voila! If you really love your friend, make her two of these so that when one is in the wash, the other is in the bag! And it’s a great excuse to add some more fun fabric into that diaper bag!

Diaper and Wipes Pouch
1. Cut two pieces of fabric 11″ x 18″. I like to keep these pouches light and flexible, but you may prefer them to be padded or stabilized. If so, just cut one piece of batting or stabilizer the same size as the pieces and layer them together in the same way as for the Sushi-Roll Changing Pad.

2. Stack the fabrics right side together and pin around the perimeter.

3. Mark a 3″ opening about 2″ from the edge on one of the long sides.

4. Sew entirely around the perimeter with a 3/8″ seam allowance except where you’ve marked your opening.

5. Clip a small triangle off of each corner to 1/4″ from the stitching to make turning your points easier.

6. Turn the sandwich right sides out and press flat.

7. Hand sew the opening closed.

8. Fold into an envelope. Mine is folded to make a 6.5″ envelope. Pin sides.

9. Stitch around three sides of the perimeter. I prefer to use a special foot that I have. Mine is the Bernina Edgestitch #10 foot– which is also known as the Stitch In The Ditch foot. The metal bar down the middle can run along the outside edge of your envelope and I adjust my needle to be in the farthest left position which makes for a perfect edge stitch. I started at a folded corner, continuing up one side of the envelope, continuing around the closing flap of the envelope as a top stitch and back down the other side of the envelope to the other folded corner. Do not stitch along the folded bottom edge of the envelope.

10. Next, place your Velcro. I use a 3″ strip of the fuzzy loop and a 1″ strip of the hook. The reasoning behind this is that if the pouch is fuller or emptier, there is Velcro there to catch it, BUT the extra is on the side you don’t see when it is closed. So if it is particularly empty of diapers, there isn’t a 2″ piece of white Velcro sticking out. We can’t have a silly looking diaper pouch, now can we? I place my Velcro about 1/4″ from the edges and stitch in place. Velcro doesn’t particularly like pins so I use a spray tack to hold it into place until it is stitched on.

11. Stuff with a handy wipes pouch and diapers and your new momma is stylishly ready to change diapers on the go. This momma knows (and she might not yet) that could be just about anywhere!

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107 Responses to Sushi-Roll Changing Pad + Diaper/Wipes Pouch Tutorial

  1. Brandi says:

    I made the changing pad today (two of them actually). I used baby flannel for the outside and pul for the “changing” side. They came out so cute! I hope my friend likes them!

  2. I love this- Great tutorial – Thanks

  3. Marina says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks! Looks super easy…..

  4. Laura says:

    Thank you so much. Found this today and made one up real quick for a baby shower gift!

  5. B. Shores says:

    Awesome tutorial! I’m making this today!

  6. Ricki says:

    This is a great tutorial. Hope to win a pattern from the giveaway.

  7. Jocelyn says:

    These would make a great baby shower gift. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Amanda H. says:

    Great tutorial! I love the sushi roll!!

  9. Heidi Myers says:

    I would love to win, I could make some for my babies, and others

  10. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial- can’t wait to try it out!

  11. sarah m says:

    I made a set as soon as I saw this – so cute and practical as well. For the wipes/diaper pouch I sewed the velcro on first, before I sewed the layers together. That way you can’t see stitching on the front flap of the envelope. Great tutorial; easy to follow, easy to sew, and beautiful results. Thanks!

  12. Lynda says:

    What a great set!

  13. Sarah J says:

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial…. I’m going to make them both for my daughter (7 weeks old), so much nicer than the plastic backed ones from the shops…. then I have lots of pregnant friends who will also appreciate them… what great baby shower gift!

  14. Kelli H says:

    Very cute sushi roll diaper kit. Those things really come in handy, especially when you got multiple changing stations set up around your house!

  15. rebecca says:

    Fabric choice very sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Anna says:

    Cute and practical! Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. Kimberly C says:

    I love this pattern! So simple yet so perfect and I already know who to make it for!

  18. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  19. Dianne McLean says:

    I am definitely going to try this for our new grandbaby! Thanks.
    jmclean at mts dot net

  20. SewCalGal says:

    Excellent idea and tutorial. This would make such a wonderful gift and I can also see adding this to gift baskets for Operation Homefront (for women that deliver while their husband is off fighting in a war zone). Thanks for sharing. I’m eager to make some.


  21. coyotewoman says:

    My sweet grandbaby’s bum is gonna love diaper changing pad.

  22. Heidi P. says:

    This diaper changing pad is the cutest thing ever! Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to try to make it and give it my nephew!

  23. J. Peterson says:

    Too cute, going to try this for my next baby shower!

  24. Greta says:

    What great projects! I’m trying to amass as many DIY baby projects to work on since I still have some early pregnancy energy.

  25. Papgena says:

    what a great tutorial! thanks!

  26. Kimberly says:

    Looks like fun and it’s not too hard! Excellent tutorial, thanks!

  27. Erin G says:

    What a great tutorial! Thank you.

  28. Gwen says:

    What a great project! I can’t wait to try it out!

  29. Tanya says:

    Fun project today!

  30. Ramona says:

    Quick, easy and functional… you have to love it.

  31. Angela says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!!

  32. Kate Conklin says:

    Great tutorial! I’ll definitely be making a set of these.

  33. Andrea says:

    I love this pattern!

  34. donaji says:

    Great tutorial! I’ll bookmark it so I can use it when my friends start having babies.

  35. ~Helena~ says:

    Nice tute.

  36. Katie B. says:

    Soooo cute!

  37. VickiT says:

    Great tutorial. I wanted a handy wipes pouch tute a few years ago and didn’t find one. (Yes. I’ll admit a huge lack of creativity on my part here LOL ) I’m very pleased that you have done one here along with the roll as well. These are such great baby shower gifts for any new Mom. Thank you very much.

    Violet ~ I snuck over to check out your blog and absolutely love the quilt your adorable kitty is lounging on too. Your “about” page seems to have a problem though. 🙁

  38. Paula says:

    Great tutorial, thanks!

  39. Maren says:

    We’re expecting our first next Spring and would love to make some of these for our little one!

  40. Sonja says:

    These are perfect for a baby shower… such a useful gift

  41. Lindsay says:

    I can’t wait to use some of the fat quarters I have laying around! Great project!

  42. Rochelle says:

    What a great baby gift! Something practical with longevity.

  43. Kelly Sas says:

    Great idea! A new baby in the family brings so much joy! I love sewing gifts for my friends now who are going to be grandparents…. When I received gifts for our first expected grandchild I was so excited and appreciative. Having your own supply of bibs, cover for high chairs or grocery cart, changing pad, etc. This roll and wipes pouch is one I will now add to my gift giving! Thanks!!!

  44. Pat says:

    I have some fat quarters just crying out for these projects!

  45. Elaine says:

    very cute!

  46. sy says:

    thanks for the tutorial. these look easy enough for me to make too.

  47. Elizabeth says:

    Great tutorial–I will definitely have to try this one for my soon-to-arrive newborn! 🙂

  48. Anna Redding says:

    I am going to make this right now!!!

  49. Linda says:

    Great timing. One of the Drs. I work with is pregnant, and this will make a great shower gift.

  50. Angie S. says:


  51. My cousin is expecting a baby any day – this would be a great project to make for her!

  52. Erin says:

    That looks really quick & easy – perfect for those little ‘extras’ to add in 🙂

  53. min says:

    Super smart idea! I remember those times when you just want to bring along the very basics…diapers! You don’t always want the whole giant diaper bag. A good way to use just a little bit of favorite fabrics too.

  54. brittany says:

    this is really cute! i always envy other people’s super cute diaper pouches! how exciting to be able to make my own!

  55. Serena says:

    Cute and handy!

  56. Lynn says:

    I love this. I have two friends that are having babies and I can’t wait to sew this for each of them!!!

  57. Katie Hartsell says:

    Great tutorial, and the pattern looks fabulous!

  58. Marcia W. says:

    Wonderful tutorial for the baby project. Thanks.

  59. mcregan says:

    Thank you–my friend in the art room next to me is having a baby in December. This will make a perfect gift for her…now if she would only find out boy or girl baby! : )

  60. Kelly says:

    These are so cute! I think I found my project for today!!

  61. Katherine says:

    Super easy & super fantastic project – will certainly get a few together for gifts – & 1 for myself for sure. Thank you!

  62. Katherine says:

    Super easy & super fantastic project – will certainly get a few together for gifts – & 1 for myself for sure.

  63. Alisa says:

    Always love the baby projects! Very cute.. thanks for the tutorial.

  64. Tara says:

    I want to go home right now and try to make this! Thank you!

  65. Morgan says:

    This sounds so doable and useful! I’m always tempted by baby projects that no one will really use. 🙂

  66. Diane says:

    I’m definitely going to make these for a friend. Thank you!

  67. Julie Phillips says:

    These are really cute and perfect for situation.


  68. Torey says:

    great tutorial…perfect baby shower gift!

  69. Liz says:

    What a great gift for someone!

  70. Liz says:

    Very cool. Thanks.

  71. sew easy ! thanks!

  72. Sarah Lorde says:

    Love this tutorial thanks!

  73. Lorrie Orr says:

    Another great project to add to my list.

  74. Gabrien says:

    Your stuff makes me want a third child (or just a baby shower invite- much easier) Great tutorial!

  75. Southern Gal says:

    Love tutorials and this one is one I’ll use often. Thanks.

  76. Kicken Bejos says:

    I love this beautiful changing pad. It adds beauty to a rather mundane and sometimes unpleasant experience 🙂

  77. jes says:

    Perfect and ideal. better than the plastic version you see in the stores. (baby prefers soft fabrics)

  78. Allison says:

    I will be making this soon for my little one (on the way)–thank you so much for this tutorial, and for the opportunity to win patterns!

  79. Kris says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. I have several baby showers to go to in the coming months. This will come in handy.

  80. Heidi says:

    thanks, it looks like a quick gift idea

  81. Rebecca says:

    Fabulous idea!

  82. Robyn Wing says:

    Very cute! I’m tempted to add this to a baby shower gift I just finished up!

  83. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial!

  84. JennE says:

    Great tutorial!! I needed a prezzie for my sis, this is gonna be part of it, thanks!

  85. Joy says:

    Looks like a fun project!

  86. Chris says:

    Great idea for the busy Mom.

  87. TakiJ says:

    Cute little set. This I may try although I have no idea who I would give it to.

  88. JaiCi says:

    these are so awesome!!!

  89. Tammy says:

    Very cute! That diaper roll would be even better made out of PUL!

  90. Texana says:

    How cute is that! And practical too!

  91. Susan C. says:

    Another adorable tutorial!

  92. Sam says:

    cant have too many patterns!

  93. Chris says:

    I love the sushi roll pattern! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  94. Rachael says:

    I have loved these projects. My sister just gave birth to her first and I’m pregnant with my first, so these are wonderful projects for us. Thanks!

  95. Alicia says:

    What cute patterns! Thanks for sharing!

  96. Kelly Irene says:

    I received a travel sized changing pad as a gift and still use it frequently with my 14 month old daughter. This is one of those really useful ones. Thanks for the tutorial!

  97. Thanks for sharing these tuts–more great gift ideas for my friend who is due in December!

  98. Tara says:

    I loved this tutorial…gonna have to make some for my pregnant friends.

  99. Deb DeChurch says:

    Great patterns! I’d love to win one for my upcoming grandchild.

  100. janimal says:

    Oh the diaper case tute is VERY helpful. I love having a pretty diaper case in my bag. This is a lovely project with great instructions as usual. THANKS!

  101. Alissa says:

    Great tutorial!
    Love the booties

  102. Sophia Patterson says:

    Another great tutorial! Thanks.

  103. PeachRainbow says:

    Great tutorial – Thank you!

  104. Haus Frau says:

    I am definitely going to make one of these!

  105. Lisa says:

    I’ve made sushi roll needle cases and craft cases and more. Never occurred to me to make a changing pad one!

    All of the tutes have been so cute.

  106. Funny you should post this – I had diaper changing pads on my to-do list to sew this weekend :). These are super cute!!!

  107. Megan w. says:

    I must make one of these sets for my babe. I love it.

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