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Topic: Darth Baby Diaper Bag **with side bottle pocket tutorial below**  (Read 10545 times)
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« on: January 11, 2005 01:35:07 PM »

Thought I would open up a Diaper Bag thread in the hopes that everyone will show us their diaper-related creations.

I made this diaper bag on the weekend for some friends who are Star Wars fans.  After a 15 year hiatus from sewing I made a number of Jordy bags for presents this year (Maude bless Jordy), so then attempted the messenger bag (thank you too!) with some additions.  The bottle holder on the side was a real bitch.

Here's the outside of the bag, modelled by my lovely husband, designer of the Darth Baby patch:

The interior of the bag - slash pockets on the front outside of the bag and the interior, with a zipper pocket (with a smaller Darth Baby inside the pocket - sneaky!):

Bag with flap open showing monster toy I made mostly to demonstrate the little snappy things that could be used for keys, toys etc.:

And finally a close up of the Darth Baby patch:

Any more diaper bags out there?  I was thinking that it would be useful to have plastic on the inside, but I wasn't quite that ambitious this time.  I also wanted it to be a sturdier bag, but the woman at the fabric store talked me out of buying upholstry material as it's not machine washable.  I used the heaviest sew-in interfacing they had, but still too floppy for my liking.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2005 01:40:11 PM »

Wow that looks great!  I don't have a baby, but I'm still jealous.  You could try Pelltex interfacing which is quite stiff.  I used heavyweight canvas as an interfacing and it was quite sturdy.
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2005 01:49:42 PM »

I love it!  I like that it has just a *hint* of Darth.


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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2005 06:22:05 AM »

Wow!  I'd use it as a messemger bag!  Coolest diaper bag ever!  The patch is cute, yet menacing.

Could you please explain how you made the bottle compartment?  I've been wanting to make a smaller one in purses and totes for my cell phone.

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2005 09:32:30 AM »

Thank you for your comments.  Canvas interfacing is a good idea, I'll try that next time, thanks.

OK, the bottle pocket.  It was such a schamozle that I'm sure there is an easier way, and I would appreciate anyone else's suggestions!  Here's what I did (I wish I had taken photos as I went along):

This step should occur before you sew the gussets together.
1. cut out a rectangle of fabric (main, interfacing, lining) that would fit over the side of a bottle (I made mine a little too tall I think), and cut out another piece of fabric (main, interfacing, lining) into a semicircle or variation on a "D" shape to the size of the bottom of the bottle.  I measured this by placing my rectangle of fabric down as though it was circling around the bottle and tracing the D shape from that.  They will be sewn together along that edge
2. attach the semicircle to the bottom of the rectangle, right sides together, for each of the main (with interfacing) and lining pieces
3. clip and turn out the main lining piece so it's right side out, leave the lining piece as is, and snuggle it into the main piece (so you should have a curved piece with the main right side out on the outside and the lining right side out, but inside it.  Snuggly!)
4. turn over top edge of the rectangle (both main and lining pieces) twice and sew along the edge to form a small hollow "tube" into which you will thread a narrow strip of elastic (you will have a nice clean edge folded over into the inside (lining) part)
5. thread in that elastic (I pinned one edge to the fabric and used a safety pin to guide the lead edge through the tube)
6. once it's all through, sew one edge of the elastic in place on one side, then stretch the elastic to as tight as you want it and sew the other end onto the other side
7. OK, you should now have something resembling a bottle pocket with raw edges along the sides and bottom.  This pocket is going to be sewn onto one of your side gussets - choose which one and ensure that the top of your bottle pocket is in the same direction as top of your bag when you sew the gussets to the main.  Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything
8. when you attach your side gusset to the bottom gusset insert the bottom of the bottle pocket between the two pieces.  Gusset pieces right sides together and bottle pocket so that it will be the inside (lining) piece against the right side of the side gusset
9. It might help to baste the sides of the pocket to the sides of the side gusset at this point. 
10. Then you attach the main sections of your bag to the gusset strip, as per the messenger bag instructions.  I found it difficult to sew along the corners because you have so much damn fabric in there at this point. 

I hope that was more useful than confusing, although I suspect not...

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2005 09:38:56 AM »

That is such a funky bag, I can't believe you actually sewed that yourself, it's so pro! Unbelievable, great work (that is the cutest patch ever!)

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2005 07:57:41 PM »

Wow!  Thanks for the bottle pocket tutorial, Afianto!  I know it takes a lot of time and energy to write out a tute.  I'll have to try this.  I'd prefer this kind of phone pocket to a zippered one.  Much easier access when that dang thing is a-ringin'.   

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2005 06:43:27 AM »

Do you guys sell the Darth-baby patch anywhere? I'd love to make a Darth-baby bag for a friend who is preggers?

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2005 09:33:01 AM »

Yeah, J. Otto is so great.  If you haven't already, check out www.jotto.com .  I think it's one of the best sites out there. 

We don't sell the darth baby patches, no.  And dork that I am I didn't save the file that we created.  Essentially my husband just found a picture of a baby, found a picture of darth vader, put the vader head on the baby body, mucked around in photo shop so it looked drawn rather than like a photo.

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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2005 06:39:56 PM »

A Darth baby!!! HOW CUTE!!!!!! You deserve an award for that!
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