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Topic: Tutorial: YAY - a nappy bag that fits! Images, pockets and shortcuts heavy!  (Read 7515 times)
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« on: January 23, 2007 11:27:23 PM »

I can't even begin to count how many fabulous ideas, tips and techniques I've picked up from the tutorials on this site, so now it is my absolute pleasure to reciprocate.

Yesterday I made a gorgeous nappy bag that turned out way too small for all my stuff, so today I attempted another one with more realistic dimensions, and took pictures along the way.

(I have to say that along the way I discovered that I am the shortcut queen!! Or, how do you spell "L-A-Z-Y"? LOL! Smiley)

Cut out all your fabric. I chose a square design, 15" x 15", and the side and bottom panels 8" wide. (In my infinite wisdom, I chose some material that was very flimsy, so I had to interface the lot. BIG pain in the backside.) I also like to have loads of pockets on the outside as well as the inside, so in total we have:

(i) navy floral for the outside:
1 x front and 1 x back panel
2 side panels
1 bottom panel
2 'pocket' panels in the same size and shape as the side panels

(ii) plain calico for the lining:
1 x front and 1 x back panel
2 side panels
1 bottom panel

(iii) purple floral for the pockets
1 x front and 1 x back panel
2 side panels
1 panel in the same size and shape as the front panel for the front pocket

(iv) denim for the straps, I cut them 50" long and about 3" wide.


The first thing I like to do is sew the straps. I used my overlocker (serger) to stitch them right sides together, then turned them inside out with a chopstick and ironed them flat. Set them aside for later (this sounds like a cooking show!).


This is where my first lazy shortcut comes in! Instead of cutting a smaller piece for the pocket facing, I cut a piece the SAME size as the panel on the bag and just fold it in half! I can't sew in a straight line to save my life, so this eliminates me having to look at my wonky seams every time I open the bag!

Here's the floral on top of the calico side panel:


And here it is folded in half:


Do the same to all the lining panels. And no need to sew just yet! Just pin them! You'll see why later...


I also want pockets on the outside of the bag, on each side panel. Same treatment - fold and pin!


Now I want a pocket on the FRONT panel of the outside of the bag. Here's my outside panel and my pocket panel:


And here is my pocket panel folded in half:


It's a bit big, so I trimmed it a bit:


Sew the pocket to the panel, but just up each side. Don't worry if it's messy - it's going to be covered by the straps!


Now put this aside and pick up your lining pieces. We're going to stitch them together via the bottom panel so that they look like this:


And then stitch up each side to make a "boat":


(kokoleo has a great tutorial on how to do this as well. Thanks, kokoleo!)

OK, now put the lining boat aside for the moment. Grab a strap and pin it to the front panel where the pocket is, overlapping the raw edge where you stitched the pocket to the front panel:


But DON'T stitch it all the way up to the top of the bag. Go to about the level of the top of the pocket, turn around, and come back.


Do the same to the back panel:


Now make another "boat" out of all the outer pieces:


Cool! Pick up your lining boat now and unpick a small section in the bottom so you can turn the bag through later (damn - I always forget to leave a gap!):


Turn the lining boat right sides out...


...and put it inside the outer "boat", which is still inside out:


Stitch all around the top seam, attaching the outer to the lining:


Trim any excess from all the seams:


This is the exciting part! Turn the bag out through the small gap you left in the lining:


Sew up the gap in the lining using a small zig-zag stitch:


Do a nice topstitch all the way around the top of the bag...


... attach some velcro...


... fill it with all your stuff....


... and take it out on the town! (OK, well, to mothers' group!)


All done!

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007 04:26:19 AM »

What an adorable bag!  Wow...such pretty fabrics and they compliment each other very nicely!!  Smiley

I like the way you attached your bottom and sides together at the bottom first, and the overall shape of the bag.  The amount of pockets is great too...functionally and decoratively it adds interest for all of the different fabrics.

Great bag!   Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007 05:06:09 AM »

That is great!  Your tutorial is easy to follow, and your descriptions are wonderful as well.  Excellent job!

« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007 06:26:18 AM »

Thanks for the great tutorial!
Your bag is really cool.
I am expecting a new baby in June, and SO want a new diaperbag.

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2007 06:50:09 AM »

What a great tute!  Perfect amount of written instructions/pictures to show what you are doing.  I love the interior pocket constrcution and the steps you descibed to put them all together. (Wow, that doesn't make sense!)  Anyway, I have kearned a couple of short-cuts and am excited to put them to good use.  Thanks!!!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2007 07:50:18 AM »

What a great tut sweetpea. My daughter's almost 2 and nowadays a couple diapers and some crackers will do. But this would be great for longer trips. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2007 08:09:19 AM »

Very Nice tut...I LOVE the fabric.  Great job!

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« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2007 11:49:01 AM »

Beautiful job. I have been constructing a bag for my friends shower next month...well, constructing..and deconstructing..and reworking...and constructing some more.  Now I have more ideas...

thanks for sharing.
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2007 12:19:37 PM »

Excellent!!  I have been waiting to find this kind of tut for awhile!!  My step-sister is having a baby in May and I have wanted to make one of these bags but it seems to be a very well kept secret for some reason Huh... thanks again!!!

Happy Thoughts and Warm Hugs!

« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2007 01:21:26 PM »

what a darling bag!  I love the colors you chose.  and great tut.  Makes me wish Mine where still little (well almost) 

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