I hunted religiously for a changing basket I loved and found it with this one from Design Dua. It’s so beautiful! It came with a little muslin liner with a zipper over some foam and of course, Baby J was like “I want to get my bodily fluids all over that thing!” I washed the liner and attempted to put it back on when I realized that it’s not really a liner meant for constantly taking on and off. So, I started to think of liners that I could make myself. After an unsuccessful attempt to find some cute oil cloth patterns to create a custom changing basket cover, I knew we had to get creative. I did some homework and came across a product that essentially allows you to laminate fabric. You take any woven cotton fabric and some iron-on vinyl, add some heat, and you’ve got a wipeable, easily cleanable material! We made a liner to fit perfectly into the changing basket in Jasper’s room and it’s made such a difference! Using this material has gotten my wheels turning. This isn’t even a sponsored post, folks! I’m just genuinely stoked! I’m thinking about making custom placemats and a sweet zipper pouch next! Anyone else ever used this miracle worker?
Continue to see how we turned Fabric into vinyl!
How to Turn Fabric into Vinyl
- A woven fabric (you could possibly use a knit, but I’d do some more research beforehand)
- Iron-on Vinyl material
- Cut out your piece of fabric in your desired size and shape
- To apply the vinyl material, press your fabric with the iron so that it is warm to the touch.
- Then lay the vinyl material over your fabric sticky side down, making sure the vinyl goes past the edges.
- Cover with a press cloth or another piece of fabric and iron the vinyl to the right side of your fabric.
- Make sure your iron is to a high enough setting so that the vinyl melts in place and doesn’t flip up on the edges.
- Once your fabric is covered with the vinyl, trim the excess vinyl off around the edges.
- You can leave the edge as is, or you can sew a zig-zag stitch or serge around the edges.
- Voila! You no longer have to worry about stains or laundry!
Photos by Jane Merritt