Yes! Well, kinda. I didn't make an actual pattern... I just planned the dimensions on a piece of paper and started cutting with my rotary tool on a cutting mat to measure I guess that is still a pattern. The toughest part was figuring out the top. I wound up doing it a different way for the diaper bag, and I think I was happier with the second method.
Here's a picture of my planning board for the diaper bag if you'd like to try, but it is only dimensions. (I changed them a tad for the diaper bag)
This summer my cousin was admiring all of the purses I made and hinted towards wanting a diaper bag. She was having problem finding a diaper bag she liked, and she wanted it to match her stroller (chocolate and burnt orange), so I went to work on the project! I am going to miss her baby shower in mid-August because of a trip, so she will be getting it this weekend
(No pattern, just picked some dimensions and started cutting; my previous post was the scrappy prototype that became my craft bag)
The side which has little stroller straps for hanging the bag: (they are really reinforced even though they are super skinny)
The top with a double sliding zipper: (ignore my toes...)
The inside: (One side has two elastic loops for bottles, the other has a pocket)
There is also one of those nifty key chain clips (It can go on the inside or outside):
And now it is full of goodies!:
Including a changing blanket that I included some scraps in:
I'm thinking about making a diaper clutch like a lot of other people do... or two small stuffies, an alligator and a giraffe. Any advice?
The purpose of this bag was actually to master a pattern to make a diaper bag for a cousin that is due soon. I wasn't sure how big I wanted it to be, so I decided to make myself a bag for storing my growing stash of craft supplies.
There are 18 different fabrics salvaged from the leftovers of several projects and bits of donations from people that slimmed down their own sewing stashes. And there are three colors of thread because the cute lavender-ish thread I used on most of the outside ran out... Then the light blue that I used for an Alice in Wonderland costume ran out... and then I wound up with a strange turquoise thread of whose origin I am unsure.
I'm really happy with how the outer shell turned out. I used fleece to make the pocket layers thick and a thick interfacing on the taller wall parts. (I think I will use fleece on the outer wall of the diaper bag because I don't like how flat it wound up on the top...
I also ran out of interfacing and just wanted to get it done so I could move on, so the inside is really floppy
I decided to make a pincushion for my friend's birthday gift because last time we were sewing together, she had all her pins in one of those plastic boxes you can buy them in... and I kicked it and the pins went all over the place. She gets rather excited about eating cupcakes, so I decided her gift will be a cupcake pincushion and a gift card to the cupcakery near her apartment
My own pincushion was getting a little flat from age (it was also the first thing I made when I got my sewing machine so many years ago, so it kinda sucked...), so I decided to make a prototype to keep for myself... And then another friend called to invite me over for her birthday, and although she doesn't sew, I decided she will get one too. So tah-dah! Cupcakes!
The pink and white one is for the first friend:
The ugly green and white one is mine:
And the green and pink one is for the second friend:
On the gift cupcakes, I sewed wedges in the circles for the top instead of gathering them... I decided it looks nicer that way... I have pictures of how I made the third (green and pink) one if anyone is interested in making their own.
I needed a new bag for hitting up the theme parks and taking to the gym and beach... I had a really awesome canvas drawstring bag from way back, but it is falling apart and I have dozens of times, but I think its life is almost up
So I played copy-cat, and made my own No pattern, just measured the old bag and started cutting rectangles (I also forgot my bed time and was extremely tired at work today, whoops!)
The bag, full and drawn:
Empty and undrawn:
Obnoxious blue lining and a pocket with a zipper (the pocket hangs loose from the top and the zipper is from a stash from my grandma's stash):
I also did this weird thing on the straps which I didn't finish. I wanted them to be adjustable, but with buttons. So far there is only buttonhole per side and one button per side, which I plan to fix so they don't pop off. I also have a pair of backup safety pins inside in case I use the bag before fixing that
For the past few weeks I have been wanting a new purse because the thick, heavy one I made during the winter was too much for 100 degree weather this summer in Florida! I happened to have some adorable bird fabric that I found in a remnant bin somewhere and have been saving it since December for some fantastic project.... So tah-dah! My new purse:
I like purses that go across the chest, so the strap is really long, however, because I am indecisive at times, I engineered a nifty loop/knot system so that I can tie off the strap however long I want it:
The inside has a zipper, for those clumsy moments when I wind up with an upside-down purse (it happens way too much...)
And the big, bag with owls all over was my winter purse:
It was even reversible, so I could have a little more maturity if necessary on a give day.
That one also had super long straps because I used them to tie the bag down to the rack on the back of my bike for riding to and from school/work. It was great
This is a stamp I carved recently (after discovering that I couldn't stop carving stamps)... The actual stamp has someone's name on it, but I didn't roll the ink on the name for my test drive (the name belonged to the friend that I gifted it to )
I probably could have done a better job with the ink. Oh well!
So this weekend I knocked one thing off my to-do list: carve a stamp for making labels for the mead my fiance will be making for our wedding! And then became hopelessly hooked on carving linoleum and make a couple extras
Here is the label I made for the mead: (I added watercolor after stamping for bonus effects!)
I plan to clean it up a little so that the printing it easier to read....
Here is an extra bumble bee that I might use for thank you or return cards aaaand an adorable little owl on a branch <3 :
This one I did about a month ago to practice when I decided to bring linocutting back into my life for wedding purposes: