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« on: August 05, 2009 05:47:19 AM »

I prefer diaper bags that are fun, bold, colorful...and NOT babyish!!  I made an AB modern diaper bag a few months back for myself...after I had been told I was having a boy.  While I chose the fabric to go either way, I then met someone who was having a boy and who I really felt needed a diaper bag.  I was planning to make her a different one, but was put on bedrest before I could get to it.  So, I gave her mine as the gift (which her husband said she loved! Whew! I was worried about that one!) and planned on making another for myself once I was allowed off bedrest.  So, without further adew...here it is...


Tab top closure...


whole body...


Inside which is polkadot fabric that matched the outside colors just perfectly!  (that never happens to me!)  So, the pattern called for two bottle pockets on the ends, four diaper whatnot pockets on the sides...and an outside cell phone pocket.  I decided I wanted the cell phone pocket inside so here's my version...up high on the bottom left of the photo.



Up close of the cell phone pocket...haven't tried it out yet cause baby's not here yet, but will let you know if this cell pocket placement works out or not!


Lastly, the key hook I added...which I think will be helpful when I can't find my keys at the bottom of the bag!


I'll have to say, this pattern gets easier the second time around.  Oh, I reduced the pattern size by 20% which makes the bag much more doable!  It is HUGE otherwise!!!  Thanks for looking once again!

If you'd like to view this on my blog here is the link.
http://vibrantdesignsbyjulianne.blogspot.com/2009/08/finally-got-my-diaper-bag-done.html
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009 06:22:53 AM »

Really, really nice! Looks like you got it at one of those fancy baby boutiques. I love the pockets on the inside, it give the outside a less diaper bag look. You did a great job. It's always good to give away the things we feel prompted too. I'm so glad your friend loved the one you gave her!! It's a nice feeling, I think. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well, and you survive bed rest. Good luck with your little one!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2009 06:48:07 AM »

It looks awesome! What pattern did you use?
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2009 06:50:06 AM »

I love that this doesn't look like a diaper bag. I've never understood why diaper bags are always made with babyish fabrics since the bag is for the mom to carry, not the baby. Your fabric is so pretty and your tab closure matches up perfectly!
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2009 08:09:46 AM »

That is very pretty, she could even use with without the baby, since it doesn't look like it's meant for diapers Smiley I just got myself a Tinkerbell one even though I don't know what I'm having. A couple friends asked me what was I going to do if I had a boy. I just told them the baby's not carrying it so what does it matter!
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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2009 08:22:34 AM »

This is beautiful and I love how the tab matches up perfectly!
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009 10:18:40 AM »

Just looking you'd never know it was a diaper bag! I LOVE this fabric (I once bought some in the red/brown color combination). I hope I have the willpower/energy to whip something like this up when baby-time rolls around. Gorgeous!
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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009 12:00:06 PM »

I'd love to make one of these for myself..Did you use a pattern?? Or are you planning on making a tutorial??

Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009 12:09:01 PM »

Thanks to everyone!  To answer the pattern question...this is from Amy Butler's book Little Stitches, called the Modern Diaper Bag.  Her patterns are detailed and clear and get easier with each time you make them.  I still have trouble stitching up the handles on this one though!  Smiley  I don't know if this pattern can be found in anything but the book, however I got the book at half.com for about 1/2 the going rate...around 12 bucks I paid, and her patterns cost about that on line. 


That is very pretty, she could even use with without the baby, since it doesn't look like it's meant for diapers  I just got myself a Tinkerbell one even though I don't know what I'm having. A couple friends asked me what was I going to do if I had a boy. I just told them the baby's not carrying it so what does it matter!
elwynceltic--thanks!  I actually found out two weeks later that I was actually having a girl...not a boy, so I did choose colors more girlish...but I am totally with you!  Carry tinkerbell around if you want to!  Your son will never be the one carrying around the bag. Smiley  

I love that this doesn't look like a diaper bag. I've never understood why diaper bags are always made with babyish fabrics since the bag is for the mom to carry, not the baby. Your fabric is so pretty and your tab closure matches up perfectly!

Gizzybird--I hate it when I see diaper bags in baby fabrics!  Blankets, clothes, toys...all the rest I understand, but NOT diaper bags!  It took me until this third baby to finally realize that "it's my bag and it's gonna look how I want it to."  
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009 01:01:00 PM »

I second everyone's comments.  It is really cool.  And I AGREE TOTALLY!  The baby doesn't have to rock the bag - you do!  Plus the idea that your husband is TRULY going to carry the bag is funny.  My hubby either leaves it in the car or stows it in the stroller.  So who cares how girly it is?  It is obviously not his "man purse" if he is carrying it.  He probably also has the baby along!  Anyways, it is awesome.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2009 01:31:04 PM »

It looks awesome! What pattern did you use?
I would also like to know. I think I would like to make this a purse. Love your fabric choice, it is a beautiful bag  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2009 01:46:15 PM »

 Gorgeous.  Fun,  Stylish.  Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2009 02:31:27 PM »

Here's a link to the book on Amy Butler's website.

http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/products/books_detail.php#little

Little Stitches for Little One's

The fabric is Alexander Henry (?) from Joann's...both of them I believe.

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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2009 07:52:15 PM »

It's very nice.  I love that you put all the pockets on the inside instead of the outside.  It really keeps a sleek look that way.  And all those pockets will really come in handy to keep you organized and keep your sanity.  It opens up really widely too which is great. 
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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2009 08:01:47 PM »

I love your fabric choices, perfect for a girly diaper bag that is plenty cute enough for mom too. Smiley

I don't think I ever posted it on Craftster, but I made the same bag for myself not too long ago. I don't think I could use the full-size version as a diaper bag - it is HUGE. I use mine as our YMCA bag and it is great for toting swimsuits, towels, etc. for the whole family. You'll definitely want the key hook on that bag. Smiley I also find that my huge bags are better organized if I keep small items in smaller zippered pouches.

Did shrinking the bag by 20% seem to make it more manageable size-wise? I like the style a lot, but it is a little much for everyday use at full-size.
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« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2009 09:03:11 PM »

I also find that my huge bags are better organized if I keep small items in smaller zippered pouches.

Did shrinking the bag by 20% seem to make it more manageable size-wise? I like the style a lot, but it is a little much for everyday use at full-size.


pinklrt--Well, I haven't actually used the bag yet, and I haven't made the bag in it's full size that the pattern called for, so I can't tell you what I think from the stand point of actually using it...but, it does seem more managable, and less awkward than I think it would be if it was 3-4'' bigger all the way around.  The straps still fit nicely over your shoulder but it fits snugly under my arm, which is where I like it to be.  I don't like things bouncing around on my hip and they tend to fall off my shoulder if I don't have it grasped under my elbow!!!  I remember looking at a picture of the completed bag and thought, "Sheesh! That's huge!!! Do I really want to carry something that big around wherever I go with the new baby?"  So, when I saw a post where the girl downsized the bag I loved, I had to try it myself. 

Oh side note...I've been thinking about making some other bags like you said... zippered bags for smaller things??  First I wanna find some of that iron on vinyl so I can waterproof the fabrics.  I'm gonna make a wet bag and a small/tiny bag for 1-2 binkies.  Also a wallet...any other thoughts???
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2009 10:59:19 AM »

I use PUL for the lining when I make wet bags. We cloth diaper, so they work well for toting around dirty diapers and are also good for swimsuits. It's kind of difficult to find except for online and isn't particularly cheap at about $7-$9 a yard. Even my purchased wet bags aren't 100% waterproof - sometimes I will get a small amount of wicking at the seams if I put something that is truly soaking wet in the bag. I don't know that I would use PUL for a binky pouch, I'm sort of paranoid about the binky touching that kind of fabric since baby puts it in his/her mouth. Maybe some sort of food-safe nylon would work better if you were worried about the binky picking up fuzz. I've made a small binky bag that doesn't have any sort of waterproof lining and other than a little lint, the binkies don't get too gross. Definitely keeps them cleaner than if I just throw them in the bottom of the bag.

I use my diaper/wipe clutch all the time. It holds a travel size container of wipes and a few diapers. Keeps the diapers from getting crushed and it is easy to move it from bag to bag. It's also easy to just grab the diaper/wipe clutch for a diaper change than bring the whole diaper bag sometimes. The other main pouch I keep in my bag is a pouch for just MY stuff. If I go somewhere without my kids, it's easy to just grab my stuff and throw it in a "regular" bag.
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2009 03:46:36 PM »

I got some iron on vinyl at fabric.com.  I love it, very easy to use!
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« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2009 04:29:31 PM »

Wow! Great job! I love how you matched up the fabric for the tab. Nice little addition. It looks very professional. This is a bag you can use forever. Great job! Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2009 08:13:50 PM »

pinklrt

I use PUL for the lining when I make wet bags

Where do you order your PUL from online?  And is there any regular store such as Joann's that sells this stuff?  I've heard of it and have yet to see it anywhere.  I've been comtemplating the cloth diaper route with this baby and wanna do some more research on it.  Any good diaper tutes you really like?? 

Haven't tried the iron on vinyl yet, but I did purchase some and hope to try it out tomorrow.  I was working on a different style diaper bag to sell today...I just got so disgusted with it I had to stop sewing for the evening!!!  Angry  So, have to finish that up tomorrow...and then hopefully on to trying out the iron on vinyl.  We'll see!  I do need a wet bag though!  CAuse no matter how you diaper your baby, there's always wet things to be carried around in a diaper bag!

Thanks for the sweet compliments and help all!
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2009 09:47:50 PM »

That is awesome! I love how it doesn't look like a typical boring diaper bag. Great job!

**adding this to my queue** Thanks!!
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« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2009 07:41:21 AM »

thank you for the compliments! My little one was born Sept. 22, so she's now 5 weeks old and I've been using my diaper bag!  It's working wonderfully...I wasn't sure about the cell phone pocket but it worked out pretty well.  I would put it there again possible with a flap overtop to keep the phone from falling out if the bag rolls over...Otherwise it works great Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2009 06:12:48 PM »

Congratulations on you new baby.
I love that bag and although my children are grown up and I have 3 grandchildren I will keep it in mind when/if I have any more.
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« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2009 02:48:13 PM »

For a very stylish mom!

Love the fact that it doesn't look like a regular diaper bag. Props!
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« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2009 02:56:58 PM »

love the fabric! i am impressed!
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« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2009 05:52:22 AM »

Excellent job on the bag!!!  Love it!!!!
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« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2009 07:59:47 PM »

Thanks all! Smiley  Here's a rather fuzzy photo of the new babe.  Fuzzy cause it was taken on my husbands cell phone.  We both enjoy the new diaper bag Grin

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