You guys are so great!! I love putting things up for everyone to offer their opinion, it's always so encouraging I'm gonna try to hit everyone's comments at the same time, hope you don't mind!
I love love love it! My sister just got to bring home her beautiful bundle of joy - her first baby, a girl, who spent the first three months in the NICU because she was born at 29 weeks and was only 2 oz. - But it has a happy ending because she's now home with mom and dad doing just fine
I've just gotten into sewing with the addition of a new sewing machine for christmas (though I've been lurking here for awhile) - I have been saving all the diaper bags to my favorites...trying to get the courage to try it out! the zippers and elastic are all new to me, but she says she'd be happy with whatever it looked like
Congrats to the new auntie!! I'm glad the family is all well. Sewing for a niece is great, she's small so you don't go through fabric as quickly, and she'll grow out of everything within 3 months, so you'll get lots of practice on your new machine! Don't be afraid to try new things, we'll all be here to admire your work when you are ready!!
I really like this bag! What a great idea to keep it for when she does overnights. I never heard of iron on vinyl, I guess I'm out of the loop. lol. Would you mind posting pics of your pattern pieces for this?, I really like the shape. I now have the urge to make one for my 4yr old daughter, and the all around straps are such a good idea, especially when you just can't seem to find that extra bear in the bag lol.
Thanks so much, I do too! I resized the original pieces for another project, so I don't have them to photograph, I do however have the paint program, so I drew out what they should have looked like...
Of course, the inside is left to the imagination, as far as pockets and things go. This is the basic shell, oh, and I used a 24" zipper, and all the dimensions shown are in inches. Looking forward to seeing yours!mpaandaa
- for the straps, what I meant was that instead of attatching them to the bag at the bottom seam, I made one continuous strap along the outside, including wrapping under the base. Make sense?
I thought about a quick tutorial for the construction, but I don't have a great amount of time online, so doing a tutorial was a little out of the question. After a little search though, I found one that was perfect for this shape that you can follow if you need some guidance:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=121593.msg1168316#msg1168316
(thanks to AriadnesThread for taking the time to do this!)
Wow, congratulations on the birth of your little girl. I am the only female in my house too, even the dog is male.
That bag is perfect, I really love it soooo much! I would bet that she will take it to grandma's house. So cute and roomy it will make a wonderful overnight bag. The fabric is very pretty. Did you use a pattern, or is it your own creation? Great job, thanks for sharing.
You're welcome! I loved this fabric the instant I saw it, it's one that makes my heart smile everytime I see it! I did make up the whole thing myself, although it's not the most original design...just something basic that works perfect. If you're interested in making one, there's a little info right up there ^
I agree with the rest. It's great. I don't know what's more amazing,this bag or the fact you found time to plan and make it. It takes me weeks to plan and sew a bag and my youngest is almost 4. I tried the iron on vinyl once but had trouble with it wrinkling. Maybe I didn't buy good quility. Did you have any trouble with it?
I usually plan my bags in the evenings when hubby and I are watching tv or movies, like making mini blueprints, and then when it comes time to make the pattern, I know exactly what to draw out.
About the vinyl- When I tried it on the first, I followed the instructions, and I was not pleased with how it came out, it had a weak bond with the fabric which seemed to defeat the purpose of putting it on there. I ignored the instructions with the next piece, used the same process, but just left it on the higher heat setting the whole time... That was my experience with it, I didn't see wrinkling, but the fabric I'm using is a thick, sturdy cotton, almost like a twill. Don't give up, maybe it was just the fabric type and not necessarily the vinyl. The brand I used was the Thermo web, that's the only brand I've found...
OMGosh, this is THE BEST diaper bag I have EVER seen!! I am totally in love! If I didn't make bags, I'd buy this in a second! Oh, I SO love it! What fabulous colors and the construction is just divine (I don't usually say "divine" but this bag deserves that word!)
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter...isn't it just a whole different world? When my middle 16yo son complains about the "drama" of my 8yo daughter, I tell him welcome to "girl world"!!
This is just the beginning of your girly-girl craftiness/sewing adventures...next come the dresses
(Oh, and PS: I TOO am in awe of your sleep-deprived, crafty-sewing abilities!)
My baby girl is only 9 weeks, but already there is a galaxy of differences that I've noticed! I have three sisters so I know what to expect of girls, but having my own puts a whole new twist on things Good twists of course!
I'm already starting the dresses, I have a niece only 3 months older than mine, so I'll get to make them in twos!! I've been sewing so long that it's just about second nature for me, making clothes. I don't know why I waited so long to try bags
I'm having such a blast!
When do I find the time? I usually sew during our quiet time after lunch and school time. (not all the kids nap at once). This gives me about 1-2 hours a day to work, which adds up to only about 1/2 of a project a day.
I hope I answered everyone's questions' to your satisfaction, if not, please just send another note...
Thanks to everyone for such encouraging words, you all help me stay motivated to tackle those small moments when I feel bland! I don't post everything I make, just what I think would be interesting to everyone, so you don't get tired of seeing my name!