I was in a baby outlet store the other day and got so excited when I saw they had the Padalilys there. I cannot express how disappointed I was when I saw they were still $23! However, after looking at them, I decided they could not be that hard to make. I could not find a free tutorial online to make the one I was looking for, so here is what I came up with. Keep in mind I am by no means an expert seamstress so I'm sure I did one or two things wrong/ used some wrong lingo.
First, You will need two pieces of fabric cut into a 8 x 12 rectangle. (8" across and 12" long). You can use the same fabric or two different styles to make it reversible.
You also need a piece of 2" foam that is cut into 7" x 9" rectangle. I bought a large piece that was 2x22x22 and cut it using a serrated bread knife.
Put your two pieces of fabric on top of each other with the pattern towards the inside (like you are making a bag).
Sew a 1/2" seam down the 12" sides
Next, sew one 8" side closed with 1/4 " seam.
Then turn the fabric inside out so your pattern is showing and you have a bag like this.
Pin one side of your velcro to the end that is sewn shut. I think my velcro was about 6.5" long.
Sew velcro. Yes you will be going through both sides of the bag. I also sewed a stitch right above the velcro to close the bag so that the velcro is isolated on a flap. The foam will not be right next to it, so that there is extra reinforcement when we re carrying those heavy babies:). (I hope this makes sense.)
Stuff the bag with the foam and make sure the seams on the side are in the middle of the foam so that your fabric is straight.
Now for the difficult part... Fold over the open flap. I found after doing this one it was easier to go ahead and pin the other piece of velcro on at the same time. So you end up pinning the fabric closed and the velcro with the same pins all in one step. Be sure you sew the opposite side of the velcro to the opposite side of the cushion. So there should be a piece of velcro on the front of one end of the rectangle and the back of the other.
It would look something like this. Again, sew the velcro and do an extra seam right above it- just like the last time. Be sure to buy sew on velcro too and not the sticky kind.
It is Finished!!!
Now just ready for baby.
I know it sounds like a lot, but I made 5 of them in 3 hours caring for a 4 month old, so it does not take long at all! This is officially my new baby gift too, so for all those preggos out there now you know what you're getting:).