What is a Butipod? It is an awesome travel wipes container that zips closed and keeps your wipes moist and ready to use all the time. The fun part is creating custom covers for your Butipod to match or coordinate with your diaper bag. You can also color code your wipes if you have different kinds (ie. Diapering wipes, hand/face wipes, cleaning wipes, etc.)
Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to create your own Butipod cover. I am using the latest version of the Butipod (4.0), but the older 3.0 version of the Butipod will fit in them as well.
Let’s get started.
You will need to choose your fabric. I am using a changing pad from a Ju-Ju-Be BFF. If you are using cotton fabric be sure to wash and dry your fabric prior to cutting and sewing.
Cut 1 rectangle (9.25”x6”) from each of your prints (for the inside and outside back of your cover).
Cut 2 rectangles (9.25”x3”) from both of your prints (for the two front pockets).
Place right sides of your smaller rectangles together and clip in place. You will want to be aware of the direction of your print in case you want it to match in the front (or it has a right and wrong side). Sometimes it helps to lay it out exactly as you want it to appear on the front of your cover, then place the inside piece on top and pin on the side you will be sewing.
I am using Wonder Clips because when my change pad fabric, pins will leave holes.
Using a 4.0 or 4.5 stitch length, sew your two rectangles together ¼” from the edge of your fabric. Repeat with the other pieces. You may want to backstitch at the beginning and end to make sure your pieces stay together well as you continue to work with them.
Once you are finished stitching, you need to iron your pocket pieces right side out. If you are working with Ju-Ju-Be fabric it is difficult to iron, but if you have an Oliso iron (like I do) you can use a steam setting to gently iron them in place. If you hold your iron on for too long the fabric will curl and then start to melt a little, so be careful and do a test on a scrap piece if you need to.
You can also just use your wonder clips to try and hold it in place to “train” it a little before you head to your sewing machine.
Then with a 1/8” seam you will want to top stitch that sewn edge to hold it in place. I use a 4.5 stitch length. If you are using Ju-Ju-Be fabric you will want to sew slowly and gently pull the fabric as it comes out behind your presser foot to keep your stitch length even. The fabric tends to stick on the presser foot, so the gently pulling helps it to feed through more easily.
It will look like this when you are finished. Hopefully your pattern lines up the way you want it to.
Grab the main print for your back and lay your pocket pieces on top with the sewn edge in the middle and the raw edges of the pocket pieces and the back piece lining up along the long side of your cover.
If you want a larger opening in the middle, you can trim some off the sides of your pocket pieces. This pattern leaves about a ½” opening in the middle.
Then lay the inside backing piece down on top with the wrong side facing up so that you create a sandwich around your pocket pieces. Clip or pin all the way around to hold your pieces in place.
Then take it to your sewing machine. You will be sewing a ¼” seam along both of the shorter sides (the top and bottom of your cover) ONLY!! Back stitch at the beginning and end. I also like to do a few backstitches right where middle edges of my pockets are to give them some added support.
Trim about 1/8” off the seam allowance and turn your cover partially right side out. You will want the lining pieces to be on the outside.
The Ju-Ju-Be fabric is stiff and it will not want to lay flat! Clip or pin it all over to keep your fabric in place.
Now you are going to sew along the long side of your cover. These seams are in the inside and won’t be seen. If you are using cotton fabric you can choose to serge or zig/zag stitch these seams to keep them from fraying with use.
This is the time you can choose to add a small d-ring to the side if you want to. This will allow you to clip it to the inside key fob of your diaper bag if you want to.
You will want to sew with a 1/4” seam. Be sure that all of your layers line up along that raw edge so that your seam will go through all layers as you sew.
Again, I find with the Ju-Ju-Be fabric, that I need to tug a little on the fabric as it comes out the back of the presser foot.
You can choose to trim your seam or leave it as is.
Next, turn your cover right side out. You can be done with it after this step if you want. Or, you can make your butipod fit a little more snuggly, and help your cover to keep it’s shape a little better by adding some top stitching around the edge of your cover.
If you choose to add some top stitching you will want to keep it close to the edge, about 1/8” and it will help to hid that inside seam as well.
As you sew make sure that your edges are all pushed out so that you get the maximum space in your pockets to be able to fill up your butipod with wipes!
Now you can go and make a few more to match all your bags!! LOL
** If you choose to make yours of all cotton fabric (like my Mickey and Minnie one) use a piece of fusible interfacing on the lining back piece to help it to keep its shape.
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