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« on: August 17, 2007 03:02:47 PM »

When my sister was pregnant with her first child she got a bag just like this, and well.. i don't know how parents survive without it. It's so practical and easy to carry around, and not only is it a carry-on changing-table, it's also got room for all the diapers, extra clothes, tissues, bottles and everything you need to bring. So in my sister's case it's always packed and ready so when you're going somewhere you just bring it along and you've got everything you need, wheater you're going to visit someone or going out in the forest.

The idea is simple, a shoulder-bag that unfolds into a changing-table with a piece of plasted terry, fastened with tiny pieces of velcro so that it's possible to remove and wash it. Underneat the terry there's usually a layer of something soft. In my sisters case they've got one of those old things you bring out with you in to the forest to sit on, isolating stuff.

So, now my step-sister's pregnant and she really wanted a bag just like this one (can't blame her, after having used it on my sister's two kids all these years I can't imagine myself with a kid without it), so I saw one for her this summer, and now I thought I'd share it with you. There's just no words for how great this one is =) the perfect gift.



this is what it looks like closed. As you can see there are two pockets on the front, which is perfect for stuff you might wanna be able to get easily, such as bottles and stuff. There's a flap going over the edge also, with a fastener to keep the bag shut, but I took this picture before I had sewn it on. It's on the next picture though.
and the handles are quite big, so that you can chose wheater to carry it by hand or over the shoulder.



and this is what it looks like opened. The terry-area is just big enough to have a baby on, and there are four pockets- two on each side which are just perfect for the diapers and cloths and so on. Also, sticking out of one pocket is an other piece of plasted terry with the velcro sewn on it, so when one is in the washer, there's an extra one.
On of the pockets also has velcro by the opening so that you can keep smalelr objects in tehre without risking them falling ou



TUTORIAL



I'll add the instructions written here, in case you can't read them on
the pictures.









1. Start of with piece A. Hem the top and bottom.
2. Fold along the red lines, aproxomatley 20 cm from the end.
3. Sew along the red lines, one on each end and one in the middle.
   (its important this seam is -in the middle-, because the bag will fold   
    here in the end.).
4. Attach velcro along the sides, and cut our a piece of terry (plasted   
    is preferred) and attach pieces of velcro on this as well.
 
Piece A done. Youve got four pockets on the side, and the main-area
for the changing.

If you wish to have one closeable pocket you might wanna attach the zipper/velcro before step two. Just measure where you want them and attach them before sewing it all together.





5. Flip piece A over and fasten piece D on it. This will be the front
   pockets, so be sure to leave the opening upwards or things will afll
   out of it =)
6. Take piece C, fold both sied in towards the middle, and then fold
   again. Sew it together with a seam going all the way around. (or
   simply buy ready-made straps ^^)
7. Fasten the straps like this. Be sure to sew layer upon layer of
    seams here, so it will hold for much use.
8. Repeat step 6 on piece B as well. Fasten it on the top of the
    outside, and attach a fastener of your like on the same point at
   the bottom. (buttons or velcro or whatever you like. Just make sure 
   itll hold.)



Done =)


Good luck, and remember- if you make one I'd love to see them! ^^

« Last Edit: August 20, 2007 11:12:48 AM by lelyonna » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2007 03:40:42 PM »

TUTORIAL!!!! PLEASE?!!!!  Smiley

looks like something i could make for my friend who just adopted a newborn and will be bottle feeding. . ..

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2007 12:28:41 AM »

uhm, it will have to be a sketch-tutorial then, but I think I coiuld manage that =)
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2007 10:40:59 PM »

I'll second the request for a tutorial - that looks great.
One question first though - plasted terry - what is that?
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007 11:11:23 PM »

uhmm... maybe that's now what it's called in english, just translated it right of form swedish. Well it's terry (the fabric towels and stuff are made out of) which is plasted on one side. Meaning that even ifyou spill a lot of liquid on it it won't go through, cause it's plastic. and also, the terry-side will suck it up =)

I'll be back with a tut soon- I promise
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008 08:52:56 AM »

This is so cool.    I have been trying to make myself a diaper bag but am always scared off by instructions. These are so clear!  And the changing area is great. Off to find plasted terry!!
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2008 09:26:47 AM »

That looks great - what did you use to fasten the sides of it with?
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2008 04:21:31 AM »

Awww, thank you guys.

Gemcraft- I'm not really sure what you mean? Which sides?
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2008 06:21:42 AM »

Sorry to be confusing - How does it stay shut - just the one fastener where the handle is?
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2008 11:20:38 AM »

ahh, yes. that one fastner is enough (just make sure you have something good to close it with and not some really tiny button or low-quality velcro =) ).
it gets quite sturdy since the sides are folded in before folding it up, sorry I can't explain it better, but ones you've seen it irl you'll see that it stays perfectly shut anyhow.
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