How to make a nappy stacker for a nappy bag

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Nappy stackers can be made in all shapes and sizes, and you can easily make a small nappy stacker to carry around with you in your nappy bag when you and the baby are on the go. You can make the nappy stacker from an old placemat to show off your environmentally friendly side or make the pouch from a fabric that coordinates with the colours of your nappy bag. Embellish the stacker with a long length of ribbon in a matching or contrasting colour.

Lay the placemat on your working surface with the good side downward. If you are making the nappy stacker from fabric instead, cut a 33 by 51 cm (13 by 20 inch) rectangle from the fabric of your choice. Cut an identical rectangle from a piece of lining fabric and pin the two pieces together with the wrong sides together. Sew around the edges to join the fabrics and then fold over 0.6 cm (1/4 inch) at each edge onto the lining fabric and sew it in place.

Measure 17.5 cm (7 inches) from one short end and fold the fabric along this mark. This is the pouch portion of the nappy stacker. Fold over the other short end of the placemat or fabrics from where the edge of the folded fabric begins. This is the flap for the stacker. Iron the folds to make creases.

Open up the top fold and pin the sides of the 7-inch folded section in place. Sew a decorative stitch border along the two pinned sides, about 1/4 inch from the edges. If you prefer, you can bind the sides together by sewing a whipstitch with a thread in a complementary colour.

Add Velcro closures. Cut four pieces of Velcro, 1.27 cm by 2.5 cm (1/2 inch by 1 inch). Measure 1.27 cm (1/2 inch) down and 1.27 cm (1/2 inch) inward from the top of the flap on the right and left sides. Sew the Velcro to the stacker. Fold the flap over to locate where the Velcro touches the pouch. Sew two corresponding pieces of Velcro here.

Cut a 71 cm (28 inch)-long piece of 1.27 cm (1/2 inch)-wide ribbon. Fold it in half to find the centre and pin the centre of the ribbon to the centre of the back of the pouch. Wrap the ribbon around to the front of the pouch and tie the ribbon in a bow.

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