The hit One-Yard Wonders books help you transform just one yard of fabric into hundreds of different projects. The latest title in series is Little One-Yard Wonders with over 100 projects for babies and children.

From the publisher:

    From tops and caps to play mats, pillows, and plushies, this book overflows with creative clothes, accessories, toys and furnishings for little ones from newborn to elementary-school age. Whether you’re furnishing your nursery, making new clothes for a growing child, or creating a unique gift for a baby shower, this collection has the perfect project for you.

See how easy it is to use one yard of fabric to make a custom Prince(ss) Charming Changing Station Cover! Follow along with the how-to below or download the PDF excerpt. If you’re always looking for fun shower gift ideas, if Baby is on the way or if you’re just looking for a fun infusion of new projects to your kid sewing plans check out Little One-Yard Wonders!


Prince(ss) Charming Changing Station Cover, designed by Lisa Powers
Commercial changing pad covers are functional but boring. Why not have the best of both worlds? You can make this cover out of PUL fabric (polyurethane laminated to a polyester knit) or laminated cotton for maximum waterproofing, but fabrics that are quilting weight, flannel and home dec weight work great as well. Might as well enjoy one part of the diaper-changing experience, right?

Materials:

  • 1 yard of 54/55″ wide medium-weight woven, knit or laminated cotton
  • 1 spool of coordinating thread
  • Serger (optional)
  • 1 1/8 yards 1/4″-wide elastic

Fabric Note: If using a 44/45″-wide fabric, you will need 1 1/3 yards of fabric.

Finished dimensions: fits standard-size changing pad
Seam allowance: 1/4″ unless otherwise specified


1. Measure, Mark + Cut
Fold your fabric in half in the cross-grain direction, right sides together, aligning the cut edges. Fold the fabric in half again in the other direction, aligning the selvages.

Measure and mark a 16″ 24″ rectangle directly on the wrong side of your fabric, positioned on the folds as shown. Cut out an 8″ square (thus cutting out all four box corners at once).

2. Stitch the Box Corners
Fold each corner diagonally, so the cut edges are right sides together, and the outer corners of each cutout meet. Stitch each corner. Finish the seam with a serger or zigzag stitch.

3. Make the Casing + Thread the Elastic
Beginning at the center of one short end, hem the raw edge with a 1/2″ double-fold hem to form a casing for the elastic, leaving a 2″ gap at the end of stitching to insert the elastic in the casing.

Thread the elastic through the casing. Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1″, making sure the elastic isn’t twisted, and stitch the ends together with a box stitch. Tuck the stitched ends of the elastic into the casing and stitch the opening closed.

Project excerpted from Little One-Yard Wonders (c) by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, project designed by Lisa Powers, photography (c) by Julie Toy and by Mars Vilaubi, Illustration by Missy Shepler, used with permission from Storey Publishing.