Tuesday, July 24

if you want something specific...






Sometimes I get a picture in my head of something specific that I want, and of course then I can't find it anywhere. I felt that way when trying to find a diaper bag for Aaron. I had something specific in mind and couldn't find anything like it. We had a nice diaper bag, but I found some fabric that might help me accomplish my goal, and figured out how this bag might come together. Well, I started the project about 6-8 months ago, but finally finished it yesterday. Here are pictures!

And here was the inspiration and tutorial. See comments for my changes to the inspiration bag.

11 comments:

Carrie said...

OOOOhhh i like! how much are you charging?

Tracy said...

Very cute! I love the colors -- we have so many diaper bags, but we never use any of them. You are a fantastic seamstress

Shyla said...

YAY! So I am due in 4 weeks!! Looking forward to my new bag deary! it looks just fabulous! you could do it the same way you did aaron's so you don't have to "re-invent the wheel!!" Aren't you glad you posted pics?? LOL

The Barkers said...

So, can you have another one made by Oct? I will be there to see the colors, I mean my sister! haha! :-)
I love it, you did a great job!

Heather said...

WOW!!! you are a wonderful seamstress!! Great idea too

Alicia said...

GREAT JOB! Love the matching pursey-purse and the inside pockets. Did you use a pattern at all? I'd love to put in an order too . . . or maybe if this wasn't too difficult you could teach me to make one?

TwoMuths said...

Thanks guys for your sweet compliments. I don't think I have enough time to "fill" all your orders, although I really would love to!! :-)

I used an online tutorial as inspiration and as a basic guide for pattern peice shapes, etc. and just modified it for my own specifications such as size, and added the piping. The inside was going to have more pockets, but alas it took me 8 months so I didn't really feel like taking the extra time to mess with multiple more complex pockets. I will probably wish I had done that later, though! My impatience!

Here are the measurements I used - side panels, 6" x 8", front panel, 12" x 8" (the back panel I doubled those measurements and added 6" for the width of the bag but something went wacky so I just ended up folding that panel -which is the brown you see on the back of the flap - and making the fun fabric lining make up the distance) the bottom panel is then 6" x 12".

For the body of the bag, I used brown shirting fabric that I had lying around but I stiffened it with a very heavyweight iron on interfacing. The green dots are not stiffer, and just a calico print. I used brown for the bottom panel of the lining as things tend to get a little yucky inside diaper bags every once in awhile and I thought the green would show that better. I did not stiffen the bottom brown lining panel.

I'll add the link to the online tutorial so you can see pictures of how she made her bag. I used the same basic "put together" method except I added piping, which can be a little tricky, but worth it!! AND I never do the lining as they say because I like shortcuts, and I can never figure out how to do it the other way.

I basically sew the whole lining together, turn the bag inside out, match up the lining to the bag, and then fold the raw edges down, right sides together with the piping in the middle and topstitch the whole thing.

That saved me from having to mess with figuring out how to turn the bag inside out. WHEW! that is a long comment. If anyone wants to attempt this project I would be happy to coach you through. I found it quite manageable and much easier than making some clothes I've tried. Give me a bag over a sleeve any day!!! :-) Happy Sewing!

Autum said...

I noticed your bag tonight and almost asked you about it. It looked very nice in person. If we have another one or if I get tired of the denim one we are using right now, I may have to make one similar. Very cool looking.

Michael & Sandra Herriage said...

You are amazing. I'm seriously overwhelmed by your greatness. I couldn't begin to do anything like that. Sewing?!?! What is that?

Sarah said...

Way to go! Wow! What an accomplishment...even if it did take months. I have tons of ideas, but no know-how =). Congratulations on the finished product.

partyofsix said...

wow, that is very impressive. i especally like the piping you added. a very nice finishing touch!