i made this first bag with the intention of selling it at my next purse party, but unfortunately it's already been sold!! this is one of my favorite prints that is decorator weight that i picked up at the local Hancocks. i like the color combination because although it has blue and brown, it's very unisex to me- which, if you can remember, i'm really trying to make more unisex kid's items! i lined it with a sage and white polka dot print. this style is particularly roomy without being too bulky. there are multiple interior pockets to stash as many bottles, diapers, or toys as you may need!
this next diaper bag is also made with decorator weight fabric from Hancocks. i love the butterflies and the flower stems throughout the print! it's fairly feminine but not overly pink, that is until you look inside! the interior is a pink and white polka dot print, and instead of a magnetic flap closure, this one has a zipper flap. (yup, still trying to perfect the zipper...)
both bags are lined with the usual fusible interfacing as well as fusible fleece- so they are fairly sturdy without being too stiff!
i made a few of these a while back and had a couple more requests for them. when i had them at my last purse party i was surprised that people actually really liked them, so i thought i'd list at least one in the shop for the time being! (i'm preparing for my holiday purse party so updates to my shop probably won't happen as frequently as i want since everything will be going towards holiday inventory!)
this one is made with Joel Dewberry's Ginseng fabric and the interior is made with Anna Maria Horner's Chocolate Lollipop fabric. it can be used as a casual clutch and is lined with fusible fleece so it's soft enough where it will help protect any electronic gadgets you might want to store in it! i had a few friends tell me that they loved using it as an pouch for their diaper bags! it's large enough to carry a diaper wipes container as well as a few diapers and hand sanitizer! perfect for when you don't want to lug around an actual diaper bag!
this ginseng one is now in the shop!
have i mentioned how much i love making these Slings?! i think they're perfect as diaper bags, so i've been including them in all my baby shower gifts for friends! to me, it's so much more fun to hand over a bunch of hand made items than something picked off a Babies R Us registry (mainly because by the time i get to the store all the fun stuff is taken off the registry and i'm stuck buying a diaper genie. what fun is that?!)
anyways, here are the ones that i've recently made!
i think i've just recently handed out my last baby shower gift! (my husband and i knew 9 pregnant couples at one point, so i'm relieved to be done with all that!)
i thought this little iron-on was really cute for a onesie and decided to pair it with a coordinating burp cloth.
the gift also included a Birdie Sling, sensory blanket, a minky and flannel blanket, and a 2 pack of chenille and flannel burp cloths.
ever since i got this pattern for Christmas, i've been making tons of these bags! (i know, really slacking on posting them!) this is by far my most favorite Sling that is a reserved item in my shop! it's made with Wendy Slotbloom's Feathered Friends fabric, the straps and band are a pink and white polka dot fabric, and the interior is a baby blue dot fabric.
i recently made this for a girlfriend of mine who is pregnant with her first child! as soon as i saw this fabric i knew it would be perfect for her christmas present because she loves this color scheme. (when she got married last fall, her wedding colors were red and black, and i can't tell you how hard it was for her to find a decent red dress for the bridal party!) i love the contrast of the polka dots for the bottom portion of the bag, and this way the bag isn't too girlie (especially since she's having a boy!) the interior is the same black and white polka dot print, and i included some matching burp cloths and a personalized minky and flannel blanket as part of her gift. she had joked that her husband thought they should only have one diaper bag- which she balked at since she is a huge accessorizer, so i told her to leave the diaper bags to me, and if she's getting handmade ones as gifts, her husband can't really say too much!
(sorry it isn't the full picture! i just updated my page and cannot seem to figure out how to post the pictures like i used to! darn them for changing things on me!! but if you click right onto the picture, it will send you directly to the full size version!)
here are some totes i just finished!
i love this new larger tote bag that i just made! it's perfect as an everyday bag, or diaper bag, or even school/work bag! the top is a fun black/red floral print by Heidi Grace, and the bottom is a red/white mini polka dot print! the interior is the same as the base of the bag.
i also just made another small tote, in Amy Butler's Pink Coriander. the lining is in a blue and white gingham print.
my 10 year highschool reunion is this weekend, and one of my good friends has been in charge of planning it! (poor girl, she's been busting her butt with this thing!) several months back she had sent an email out seeing if anyone, or their companies wanted to sponsor the event or throw in gift certificates and what not for a raffle. since i'm always forever sewing, i thought it would be fun to make up a gift basket for the reunion. i decided on a baby set since we are all at the age where we are starting or expanding our families! i went with pretty generic fabrics that would work for both boys and girls! i'm kind of bummed though because i thought i'd be ahead of the game and actually finished this project up several months back, and now wish i had waited closer to the reunion date because there are new designs i'm anxious to get out!
the set going up for the raffle is:
a large blue and brown diaper tote bag
Alexander Henry's "Bird Seeds" Gift Set that includes an applique onesie, fabric burp cloth, and coordinating bib
a soft and cuddly flannel blanket in a blue owl print with yellow backing
and lastly, a baby animal sensory blanket, and 2 pack polka dot and chenille burp cloth set
this one is in Alexander Henry's brown bisbee print. it has a brown and white gingham ribbon that accents it, and the interior is red. there is also a key fob attached to it. since it was the first one, it's actually a bit larger than i expected, so now i know to scale it down a bit more next time!
even though i've made those larger diaper bags to give away as gifts, i personally am not thrilled with big bags as such! mainly because i am barely five feet tall, so carrying a bag half my size looks a little silly! whenever i've had my nephews and niece and we're going somewhere, i always just cram what i can into my purse instead of lugging around an extra bag! i remember when i worked at the center some families would seriously pack what i thought was their entire nursery into these diaper bags! EVERYTHING you could think of would be inside, and they'd already have back-up clothes and whatnot at the school! i guess after dealing with the lack of space and trying to keep my classroom organized i really just vowed never to have to carry one for myself!
i whipped this bag up one weekend without a pattern. but its a basic square shape so how can you go wrong right? i thought i liked the patchwork print, but with all the shades of red/pink and the big roses, i think it might be way too shabby chic for me! the inside is really cute and has a polka dot print. (looking back, i wish i had used the polka dot as the exterior!) the front has a pocket, as do the sides. the inside has 2 small pockets on one side, and the other side has one large pocket. i used some fusible fleece and heavyweight stabilizer for the inside of the bag so it has a decent firmness to it! this bag is also nice because it doesn't really look like a diaper bag, so you can also substitute it as a purse! (which is actually what i'm going to do with it! my mother in law has been wanting me to make her a tote, and i think she might enjoy this one!)
for my purse party last weekend i ended up whipping up this bag as a diaper bag! i added side ties to cinch the sides in (this one was a bit bulkier than the patchwork bag so the ties really give it more shape). i used a pale yellow (i think it was called tea stain- what a cute color name!) for the lining. i wanted some other contrast rather than using a boring brown or matching blue). this one is in my shop right now! ( how fun to be able to say that now!)