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« on: June 28, 2006 09:32:55 AM »

It's merely a humble diaper bag. But I am pretty proud of it, so I'm posting. This was my first foray into diaper bag-making (I've made other bags -- just not a diaper bag) and I think it came out really well. This was made for a personal swap with TheBon (This bag is for a friend of hers. In exchange, she is making me some beautiful yarn!) and we'll post in the personal swap gallery when we actually complete the swap, but in the meantime... I gotta show it off!

First, the photos:



Interior shot... this was hard to take, but there are a bunch of pockets in there... basically, all the way around. Also, this fabric does match the other -- I promise!



Here you can see a better shot of the fabrics matching... see the yellow? See the orange? Matching! This is a key (or pacifier) holder that actually goes inside of the bag, but I pulled it out for this photo to show it off:



Here's a close-up of the flapped pocket on the side. This thing was a bear -- I've never done one of these before, but the pattern was good and I think it came out pretty well. The only drawback was that there was a bit of hand-sewing here, which I hate. But it was only a measly 3", so I sucked it up and did it (well, I did whine a bit first):



And the other side of the bag has a gathered pocked with elastic around the top. Good for mobile phones or other easy-access stuff you want on the outside of a bag:



Now, the technical details:

I used a commercial pattern: Butterick 4560. I used View A and the only modification I made was to leave off the adjustable pad that goes on the strap. I found the strap to be cushy enough without it and, besides, I kept messing that part up. It was fiddly and a royal pain in the neck. So it's gone. Oh, and the pattern instructs you to sew two pieces together to make the strap length, but I had enough fabric that I ended up cutting it from one piece, which was nice and I would recommend if you can.

TheBon picked out the exterior fabric from Tonic Living (great site -- check it out!) and the pattern is Farrow, Fiesta. This company has fantastic customer service and sent me a sample of the fabric for free, even though they're in Canada and I'm in the US. Also, despite having to cross the border, the shipping was reasonably priced and quite speedy (I got my fabric in a week).

The interior fabric is something I stumbled on in a local fabric shop here -- it's a high-quality cotton, but I don't have the info on it. If you're dying for it, I might be able to track down some info. Even though it doesn't look like it in the photos, the fabrics match beautifully.

The pattern calls for fusible fleece for the interfacing. It's the first time I've used it and a really liked it. It made the bag sturdy, but still soft. I'll be using that again. Also, the bottom has a piece of plastic canvas in it (also called for in the pattern).

Thanks for looking!

edited to add: Those folks at Tonic Living are great! They're offering a 10% discount for everyone who reads this post. Use the coupon code CRAFTSTER. Sweet, eh?
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2006 09:40:47 AM »

I am so excited that it should be arriving here soon. It will be going to the same friend that my Trellis sweater is going to. She knew that I was going to knit a sweater, so I wanted to come up with something that was a surprise! The fabric choice Kaesea made for the lining is great, and the outer bag fabric was chosen because my friend loves green and orange and bought a striped boppy pillow in similar colors. I'm super excited to deliver these gifts to her [and for the baby to come!]
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2006 09:49:23 AM »

I may have to keep you mind when I have a baby. Which is a million years away, but it never hurts to look. You did such an amazing and professional job, I love it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2006 09:49:39 AM »

Very cute! Looks great and sturdy! The pockets look great too. Where did you find your key latch? I like its finish.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2006 09:53:37 AM »

Cute great job loving the strips:)
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2006 10:01:08 AM »

Nice bag!

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2006 10:04:06 AM »

Thanks for the compliments, everyone.  Grin

Where did you find your key latch? I like its finish.

Thanks! I like it too! Way better than the shinier ones I saw at Joann's.

I got it the same fabric shop where I found the lining. It's Poppy Fabrics in Oakland CA. It doesn't look like they have an online store, but I notice that you're also in Northern California, so if you ever make it down this way, check them out (the place is awesome -- they have beautiful fabrics, but also tons of trims, notions, etc. that I have never seen before).

When I go home tonight, I'll see if I still have the packaging -- if so, you might be able to order it online.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2006 12:41:17 PM »

Love your bag!  I esp like the lining fabric!

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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2006 12:55:31 PM »

Where did you find your key latch? I like its finish.

All right! Got the info here... it's from Clover and the finish is "Antique Gold." The size I got was 3/4" but it comes in other sizes.  You can order this one from Clover here or you can see their other sizes and styles here. It's called a "swivel ring," if you need/want to search for it. Good luck!
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2006 01:00:08 PM »

I agree with the great idea of adding the key latch!  It makes things "oh so handy" when you're holding a baby and fumbling for your keys!
The bag came out great and you can never have enough pockets!  Great job! Grin
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