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« on: March 18, 2010 04:56:07 PM »

So I made one of these previously in a different fabric (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337929.msg3910202#msg3910202) and a friend liked it enough to want one as a baby shower gift.

We went to Hobby Lobby together and she picked out the fabrics- this is what I ended up with. I feel like I learned a lot from the first bag and the finished product here is a lot more "finished" than with mine. But hey, I'm gonna be the one carrying mine so it doesn't matter as much, right? Tongue

I used a stiffer interfacing than I did with my other bag and I think it really helped the look of the bag. Plus, this one has shorter straps (a total accident, but these actually stand on their own and don't just flop down when you sit the bag down) and stands a bit better on its own. I also added a cell phone pocket to the inside since she requested it (made me a little nervous...but I did alright, don't you think?)


Bag Front (that's actually a brown fabric yo-yo on there but I couldn't get the lighting to cooperate at all. Just use your imagination  Wink )


Cell phone pocket (and it's not actually sideways..I just forgot to rotate the picture Tongue )

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010 05:32:24 PM »

This is beautiful! I have a couple of diaper bags to make here soon. You've inspired me....now if I could just get my one and two year olds to cooperate! lol.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010 05:39:32 PM »

This is beautiful! I have a couple of diaper bags to make here soon. You've inspired me....now if I could just get my one and two year olds to cooperate! lol.

I can't wait to see what your bags look like! I've become a little obsessed with looking up handmade diaper bags online. Good luck getting the kiddos to cooperate! I'll be in that boat pretty soon Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010 07:26:51 PM »

I am in love with this bag, I wish my diaper bag was half this nice.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2010 08:07:29 PM »

Aww, it's lovely! She'll be a Mommy in style!
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2010 08:55:09 PM »

I am in love with this bag, I wish my diaper bag was half this nice.
It's not too hard to make, you should give it a go! I had trouble understanding the pattern at first but once it clicked it didn't take too long. Glad you like it!

Aww, it's lovely! She'll be a Mommy in style!
I hope she likes it! I've got it all bagged up now with her other stuff for the shower on Saturday.
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010 06:35:31 AM »

Wow, that is gorgeous!!  LOVE that fabric!!  What kind of interfacing did you end up using?  I like the stiffness of the bag. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2010 12:24:36 PM »

Great job on this one too.

I'll second the question about interfacing as I always struggle with picking good stuff for bags.
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2010 02:11:58 PM »

fabulous bag - I want to make one!
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2010 02:16:35 PM »

The bag looks great, I'd be really happy with myself if I made something half as good as that!
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2010 03:22:59 PM »

I used mid weight interfacing on the pieces that you see on the outside, as well as a layer of fusible fleece behind that. There's a layer of fusible fleece on the lining as well- it was a lot of cutting and ironing, but worth it for the bag that will stand up on its own Smiley The pocked pieces are just interfaced (except the bottle pockets, those are "fusible fleeced" so that the bottles will stay their temperature) and sewn together. It's a strange mix but it seems to work Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2010 07:55:34 PM »

Thanks for the interfacing tips.  Now I need to find where to buy fusible fleece locally. 
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2010 10:41:36 PM »

Sooooo cute!
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2010 10:40:05 AM »

I love it! And I'll tell you what. the short straps really seem to work better in this bag.
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« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2010 02:50:25 PM »

Awesome!  You guys picked out some super fabric too - so fun!!
That is going to be (or was?) a huge hit at the shower!
Did you remember to put the Anti Monkey Butt powder and the Dr. Boudreaux's Butt paste in it?
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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2010 03:00:50 PM »

Awesome! You did a marvelous job.
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2010 04:31:54 PM »

I love it! And I'll tell you what. the short straps really seem to work better in this bag.
Thanks! I like the look of the short straps better too but I think the longer straps are a little more functional. We'll see when the babies get here!

Awesome!  You guys picked out some super fabric too - so fun!!
That is going to be (or was?) a huge hit at the shower!
Did you remember to put the Anti Monkey Butt powder and the Dr. Boudreaux's Butt paste in it?
Hehe, I put a lot of the gifts inside the bag, and the ones that wouldn't fit went into a bigger gift bag. Everyone loved it! We haven't actually started using them yet, but I hope when we do that they're as useful as they are pretty!

Awesome! You did a marvelous job.
Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2010 05:34:29 PM »

u can find fusible fleece @ walmart, joanns, hobby lobby and online. great job on the bag! its not an easy one...i've done two Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2010 06:18:26 PM »

u can find fusible fleece @ walmart, joanns, hobby lobby and online. great job on the bag! its not an easy one...i've done two Smiley
It's my 2nd from this pattern as well, and I must say it got easier once I learned how to read Amy Butler patterns to the T.

Our Walmart stopped carrying pretty much all craft supplies Sad but I found some at Hobby Lobby. It isn't cheap, though! I should have waited until I could use a coupon.
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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2010 04:25:24 PM »

OMG!  Do I want one?Huh  YES PLEASE! Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2010 09:37:04 PM »

I love it.
It sounds as though the instructions aren't easy to follow. Is this a bag a beginner could tackle, or best leave it until I actually know something about sewing?
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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2010 08:13:58 AM »

I love it.
It sounds as though the instructions aren't easy to follow. Is this a bag a beginner could tackle, or best leave it until I actually know something about sewing?

I would say it's an intermediate pattern, although on a scale of 1-5 Amy Butler rates it a 4 in difficulty. I think without the inner pockets it would be much easier to tackle.
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« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2010 09:45:17 PM »

great craftsmanship! i love all the compartments (honestly purses NEVER have enough).
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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2010 09:48:52 AM »

I would agree with intermediate.  The BEST thing to do with Amy Butler patterns is to read all the way through the instructions...like a dozen times before you start to tackle the project!!  the other thing that helps is to have all your pieces put together and then arrange them the way the directions call for...seeing is better than reading sometimes, right?

One of the two local walmarts still carries fabric/craft supplies...so I'm still in luck!!  You R so right! Hobby Lobby is expensive but they do often carry a 40% off coupon on their website...so check for that before you go buy anything...if ur reading this that is! Smiley 

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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2010 08:21:17 PM »

My daughter just picked that same fabric for straps on her duffel we're making. The bag you made is great. Didn't see up there if it's your own design?
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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2010 09:13:50 PM »

My daughter just picked that same fabric for straps on her duffel we're making. The bag you made is great. Didn't see up there if it's your own design?

Nah, I wish! It's from an Amy Butler pattern book, with modifications made to make it smaller and not a beach-sized bag. I do think if I make another one I'll change the shape of the closure tab and maybe change the straps a little. Good luck with the duffel, hope we get to see the end product here on Craftster!
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