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« on: May 26, 2008 06:03:34 AM »

This is my first post to show off one of my completed projects.  Grin

I've gone through a ridiculous number of bags trying to find the perfect diaper bag. I came to the conclusion that I'd have to make it myself to get everything I wanted out of a bag. I used Butterick 4560 as the basic design and made several modifications to suit my needs. I'm really happy with the finished project - not only did I end up with a diaper bag that I really like, I also conquered my fear of zippers and sewed three of them total.

And here are the pics...

Front. The flap closes with a magnetic snap. There are pockets on each side for a sippy or water bottle. The flap lifts up to reveal a zippered pocket for all of my stuff.

Inside the zippered front pocket under the flap. I added dividers inside for my wallet, cell phone, a pen, and sunglasses. I also put a key fob in there that isn't showing up in the picture.

Back. It's hard to tell, but there is a big pocket here that holds a matching changing pad.

Inside. There is a large zippered pocket in the back, pockets on each side, and two elastic pockets in the front. I sewed a small zippered cosmetics pouch (can't see it, it's tucked inside a pocket) and I also made a small pacifier purse that can easily be removed.

To make the bag sturdy, I used the thickest fusible fleece I could find at the fabric store on the outer fabric. I also put a piece of an old political campaign sign in the bottom of the bag to help it keep the shape.

Thanks for looking!
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008 06:15:12 AM »

WOW!!!!  Awesome job! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008 06:25:29 AM »

Fabulous job! Cool

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2008 06:27:14 AM »

'Tis very groovy, and it looks roomy too!

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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2008 06:54:31 AM »

I love it!

Did you like the Butterick Pattern for the matching changing pad pattern? I have the same one and am scared to tackle it. Any tips or suggestions?

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« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2008 07:32:45 AM »

Very nice!  I have that pattern...wanted to use it for a friend who just had a baby, but I wound up doing something different.  But your bag definitely looks nicer than the one pictured on the pattern...not so "baby-bag-ish"~ Grin  Much more "cool mom-ish"!!

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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2008 07:35:22 AM »

This is wonderful.  I love the little bag inside too.


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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2008 07:53:22 AM »

Did you like the Butterick Pattern for the matching changing pad pattern? I have the same one and am scared to tackle it. Any tips or suggestions?
I ended up winging it for the changing pad. I made the corners sort of rounded so that it wasn't just a boring rectangle. I cut two pieces of fabric a little narrower than the width of the bag, used fusible fleece to make them a little thicker, then sewed them together like you would sew a pillow cover. After I turned the pad right side out, I top stitched around the edges to finish it. To fit the pad in the bag, I just folded it into thirds. I broke at least half a dozen needles sewing this bag, so if you use a thick interfacing, I'd suggest trimming it a little smaller than the main fabric so that the seams aren't as thick. My machine had a hard time sewing through multiple layers of fabric AND fleece.

Thanks everyone for the compliments on my bag!
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2008 08:08:30 AM »

Nicely done! There's room for baby's stuff as well as yours.

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