A new bag!

31 January 2013

I have to admit that I haven't spent a whole lot of time making bags.  I tackled the Weekender and have made a few totes but that's about the extent of my bag making skills.  About a month ago, a wonderful lady that I work with asked me to make a diaper bag for her daughter who is expecting.  She didn't give me a whole lot of information to go off of, I had to beg for a color scheme!  Basically, she told me, "just do what you do"!  

I don't know about you, but that made me nervous.  She was paying for the bag and I didn't want her to end up with something that she didn't want.  But no matter how many questions I asked I always received the same answer, "just do what you do"!

So I went to one of my not-so local quilt shops and picked out some fabrics in the colors that she suggested.





I found a pattern in one of Amy Butler's books, Little Stitched for Little Ones, and I went to work.  I didn't follow that pattern exactly.  I made a few adjustments by adding a closure.  I also added pockets to the front and back panel.  And I wanted the quilt as you go type of look.  Also, instead of all of the interfacing, I used cotton duck, just like I did with my Weekender.




 
It might be difficult to tell by the pictures but there is a center divider.  Also there are elastic pockets all along the inside.

I love the closure.  It's not too big to get in the way but it's enough to keep the bag contained.

And because I love the wonderful lady who asked me to make this, I made something extra just from me.
This little diaper pouch should hold 2-3 diapers and some wipes.  I used the tutorial by Noodlehead and it was such a quick project!  Whenever we have kids, it will definitely be something that I will make again!  You can find the tutorial here.
 
I was so pleased at her reaction when I presented the bag.  She loved it!  Thank goodness! 

16 comments:

  1. It looks great, Lori! Very modern.Nothing like the bag I used when my children were little.

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  2. What's not to like? That bag is stunning.

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  3. Wow! I love it! And the little extra bag is super cute, too!

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  4. The bag is so beautiful !

    And I agree, when people I know ask me to make something for them, I'm nervous and want them to choose everything because I would hate it if they didn't like it ! But yeah, what's not to love about this bag ??

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  5. Beautiful! Great job!

    I think people think they're being flexible and easygoing when they say "oh, do whatever!" But it's actually way more stressful in situations like that when you have very little to go on!

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  6. Not surprised that she liked it, it's a great bag.

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  7. How could she not love it? This is so adorable, Lori! I love the modifications you made and the quilt as you go look. Fantastic job!

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  8. That looks amazing, Lori! Definitely a bag to be proud of!

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  9. It is absolutely PERFECT! I love that it is one-of-a-kind like my daughter and soon-to-be-here grandbaby. Thank you with all my heart for your wonderful talent and eye for fun fabrics...and for just doing your thing! I love your work!!! c

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  10. Wow! That's a great bag (and baglet)!

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  11. This bag is amazing!! I would assume that you have been making them forever. Congrats on the finish!

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  12. Wow! That looks amazing. You appear to be a bag expert!

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