I found this tutorial for the Hip Mama Messanger Bag-Style Diaper Bag, and decided it was just what Baby needs… nesting perhaps? 🙂 Anyways, this was probably the most involved sewing project I have taken on yet, but the tutorial was well written and I managed (after 12 hours!) to get through it. I am very happy with how it turned out! Definitely the most professional looking thing I have made! It is really a wonderful pattern– not too big, but nice and deep with lots of pockets (nine total!!). And I love that it doesn’t look like it has to be a diaper bag. It is cute enough that I would use it as a purse or laptop bag if Baby wasn’t on the way!
I decided I needed a little applique on my version of the bag, so I came up with this little birdie. Cause, ya know, I just have to be a little different! 🙂
Here is the the inside of the bag with lots of handmade goodies for baby… the elastic could have been a little tighter, but I love all the pockets!
I loved the tutorial, but I think that the next time I make one of these bags, I will make a few changes. The strap could be a tad longer and wider for my taste, as I like to wear bags diagonally across my body and it is a little short for that. Well, at least with my big belly in the way! And I think I would make it without the snaps. Of course, if you are better at getting the snaps lined up perfectly than I am, go for it! The flap on mine just does’t lay smoothly when it is snapped in place… but it is perfectly functional unsnapped.
A few other things to note to help you avoid some mistakes I made: the pattern calls for a vinyl liner, and if you can find some vinyl with a nice color or print, I would highly suggest using it. I couldn’t find any, so I substituted. I just used cotton, and my bag is a little floppy because of it, even with the interfacing. Also, 10″ of elastic will gather up the inside pockets way too much if you use a lightweight fabric like I did, so if you do go with a lightweight liner fabric, you may need to expiriment with the elastic lenth. I think I over corrected a little, which is why my pockets look a little gapey. But hey, at least they’re on the inside! Oh yeah, and you might want to buy a couple inches extra fabric if the employees at your local fabric store can’t cut straight… by the time I got my liner fabric squared up, I was just a hair short for the bottom piece of the liner. I used a scrap of a slightly different color, and you really can’t tell at all if there is stuff in the bag…
Of course, I can’t let one project go without immediately starting another. Here are the pattern pieces for a little stuffed elephant that is in the wings. (Pattern is from Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gift Ideas)
I will post pictures of it when it is done. And the nursery. Stephen is almost finished painting it… It ended up being a little more involved than we anticipated! It looks great though!
In other non-project news, I am in my third trimester now! How did that happen?!?! Baby will be here before we know it…