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peacenluv78
« on: September 02, 2009 09:32:39 AM »

I finally got around to putting the finishing touches on my friends diaper bag. Here it is finally complete!


Its a messenger style bag, meaning it has a flap that goes over the top of the bag and straps that goes from one side to the other. The straps are fully adjustable so you can shorten to carry as a side bag or lengthen to wear across your body.



The front features 2 large flap pockets. Great for stuffing diapers. There are also pen slots positioned on the outside of the bag making for easy access of pens. For the side, I used a fabric that I've never used before. Its vinyl on one side and fleece on the other. What does this mean to my friend? It means that that interior is waterproof! Great for holding baby bottles. The moisture won't leak into the fabric and can just be wiped clean off of the vinyl. My proudest new achievement!



The back has a zipper pocket that runs along the length of the bag. Great for holding papers, documents, cell phone, wallet, etc...

And finally onto the interior!



More insulated pockets! Great for holding more bottles and even wet diapers.



My favorite finishing touches on the bag. A key fob so you never have to fumble for keys again. And a change/money purse which detaches from the bag (if you need to walk with it over to the parking meter).



So tada! There you go. The ULTIMATE diaper bag in all its glory. (Not pictured...matching stroller straps!)

http://jenny-is-sewing.xanga.com/711120029/the-ultimate-diaper-bag---complete/
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009 09:41:34 AM »

Very cute, such adorable fabric too! Nice.
I'm making myself a diaper bag (planning stage is getting very long at this point  Embarrassed) and you've got nearly all the elements I want in this one. The only thing I wouldn't want myself are the external pen slots, my baby girl would take those pens out likkety split and have drawn all over herself and everything else in no time! She's a hooligan. I thought about putting a spot for a pen inside and a cell phone sized pocket too. If I made the straps out of the same fabric with an adjustable velcro strap (like on some of those assymetrical over one shoulder backpacks) I could put the cell phone and pen spots there. Again though, the problem with baby access, just can't get away from that one!
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cursive_queen
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009 09:42:30 AM »

That is so pretty!  What is the name of the waterproof fabric you used?
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zuliblu
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009 09:44:01 AM »

Saa-weet!!!   I love it, you have a very lucky friend Grin
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kingsalami
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009 09:49:23 AM »

wow, that is awesome, love the fabric!
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009 10:33:36 AM »

This is the cutest diaper bag I've ever seen.
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MandaRenee
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009 11:30:09 AM »

Great bag, I love the fabric too.  I have it in my stash just waiting to become something great. 
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mommai
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009 12:20:43 PM »

Amazing!  I'm looking to make myself a diaper bag, and will probably buy the supplies this weekend (Joann's is having a big sale for Labor Day)  How much fabric did you buy (and what types), and what did you use for the insulated pockets?  Did you use a pattern or do you have enough experience where you just made your own?  The bag looks really awesome Cheesy
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peacenluv78
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2009 12:32:26 PM »

thank you all for the wonderful replies! a few of your asked about the insulated material. here is a link to it: https://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=b777e05c-7dd4-49e0-8c98-026c872f28b7

"Description: Perfect for mattress covers and baby changing tables, this water repellant fabric is vinyl on top and flannel on the back."

its called baby dry vinyl. its vinyl on one side and fleece on the other. i didn't run into too much trouble sewing as long as i had fabric on the bottom side (while sewing).
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peacenluv78
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2009 12:37:32 PM »

hi mommai,

i used a yard to a yard and a half (don't remember exactly so get 1 1/2 just in cas) for the exterior, less than 1/2 yard for the interior, and less than 1/2 yard of the vinyl material (its the minimum i could order and came on this HUGE roll, definitely will have tons of fabric leftover).

i made my own patterns but its super easy to make messenger style bags. i cut out rectangles for the bottom, 2 for the side, 1 for the front, 1 for the back and 1 for the flap. sewed the fabric onto the same size cut out pieces of ULTRA FIRM (its like cardboard) interfacing. i like to use pellon. its the kind that's frequently recommended to use on amy butler bag patterns. from there you can add pockets and stuff to the outside. for the interior i cut the same pieces but 1/4" smaller, leaving a unsewed area on the side, sewed the interoir to the exterior along the top of the bag and turned inside out. pretty similar concept to alot of other sewing projects.

i would do a search on "messenger bag tutorial" to get a better idea. good luck!
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