Drool/ Suck Pad Tutorial


  • Outer fabric 6.5 x 20 inches
  • Inner fabric 6.5 x 20 inches
  • Coordinating thread
  • Ribbon/ Hems for loops (optional)
  • Snaps/Velcro
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter/Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

First, take your outer fabric and cut 2 pieces 6.5 by 10 inches. Taking into account where you want your print to lay. If you have a design you want to stand out, make sure it’s in the middle of the rectangle as my whale is.

Cut 2 pieces of your inner fabric 6.5 x 10 inches.

Lay your fabrics right sides together.


If you want loops, this is the time to add them. Cut your ribbon or whatever you are using to 3 inches per loop. I chose to use the hems from this wrap. I hate to waste anything of these beautiful wraps and loops are just one great way to recycle them.

They are a bit thick, so here’s how I’ve found works best for them.

Notice the loop is pointing up into the drool pad. When you turn, this will be pointing down.

Pin everything into place!


everything pinned

Top stitch around, leaving about a 2 inch opening in one side. Do NOT leave the opening at a corner. Your corner most likely will not turn out as well.

It’s hard to see, but my openings are on the right sides.

Trim all corners. Not too close though!

Now turn your work!

Looking good! Make sure to really push those corners out!

Time to iron!

Topstitch all around. Remember to double up your starting and finishing stitches and stitch close enough to catch your openings.


Now time to add snaps or velcro.

I recommend placing snaps about 2 inches up from the bottom. This allows the pad to sit better on the carrier and cover part of the corner area as well. See the pictures below:

That’s still dye stuck under my nails!


You may make these items for personal use. If you make to sell using my patterns, I only ask that you disclose and link the free pattern. Thank you!


33 thoughts on “Drool/ Suck Pad Tutorial

    1. Jessica Post author

      On these I didn’t use anything. I really don’t use them for water proofing or anything other than a simple strap protector. Sometimes I put a layer of batting in there or even flannel if the person wants it.

    1. Jessica Post author

      You would add it either on top or on bottom of your stack of material. Just make sure your inner and outer fabrics are right sides facing.

  1. Alice

    If I wanted to add a ruffle would the same pattern work? Also, would I add it the same way you added the loops? Thanks!

  2. samantha

    This was super helpful!! What kind of snaps are best? And what is the best way to get them on the drool pad?

    1. Jessica Post author

      I used the babyville from Joann’s but the quality has seemed to decrease. Many use the Kam brand snaps. You’ll need a snap press for them as well! Hope this helps!

  3. Shy Lady

    If I wanted to do buttons instead of snaps should I add them first (before sewing the right sides together)?

  4. Jen

    If I wanted to add a ruffle to the bottom, would I sew it in place the same way you added the loops? Or is there an easier/better way? Thanks!

    1. Alisha

      I used this pattern for my lille and the size was perfect. I’m still able to use the clips for the head support. I even added ruffles 🙂


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