Monday, February 2, 2009

The Little Diaper Bag That Could

This diaper bag was my first custom order of the new year. My friend wanted a smallish diaper bag that could fit a few diapers, a wipes container and two bottles/sippy cups. She also wanted to have a change pad. Initially the plan was to have the change pad attached to the bag in some way, but in the end we decided to make it detached. (I'm still mulling over the idea in my head, though. I may try to come up with a design that has a change pad that is attached but can be removed with a zipper, buttons or maybe snaps.) Hmmmm. But anyways, I digress, here's the bag we came up with:

My friend sent me a picture with an idea of what kind of bag she wanted. The front flap in the picture had a funky curve in it. I decided to make a curved flap and also added some embroidery since the flap drew attention to that part of the bag.

The back has a pocket for the change pad.

The change pad has a layer of clear vinyl to protect the fabric from baby messes.

This bag was so much fun to make! I'm also really liking the design. I may make one for myself. I'm also contemplating making a few for my Etsy shop.


Liz said...

I'm so impressed! This is adorable!

Margaret said...

Oh my! I like it!!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

This is such a wonderful project. I love the Amy Butler prints too. Great combination.

sewtakeahike said...

Wow!! I love it Jennifer! You should definitely make a few for your etsy.

babybinko said...

That is a great bag! I am a Mom of 1 and I could definitely use something like that when the giant bag is not necessary. :) I also love the Amy Butler fabrics. Since it is cotton fabric, did you use something in between the layers to stiffen it? I want to make a diaper bag for myself, but can't figure out how to make it a sturdy one. Any advice?

Jennifer said...

babybinko: I used a fusible stabilizer on the outside layer (it's like a heavy-duty interfacing). I got mine at Joanns. I can't remember if it had a specific name, but I just went to the cutting counter and asked them for their sturdiest product. Hope that helps!