Friday, May 14, 2010

Daddy DUTY Bag

So, my husband decided that he needed me to make him a diaper bag that he could use... something more "masculine". You don't realize how opinionated men really are until they are helping you design a bag from scratch! Apparently, our ideas of masculine are very different. I would bring up an idea or show him a fabric selection and he would just look at me for a sec with a look on his face that said, "how do I say not a chance without getting myself in trouble". I don't think he would have chosen the green inside, either, but I bought that fabric without him present so he kinda had to go with it unless he were to agree to let me go back to the store and spend more money!

I FINALLY used my Cricut Expression for fabric appliques and I couldn't be more excited!!! It was so easy and it will open so many creative doors for me! I LOVE it! So all the patches are made with the cricut and the rest of the bag (besides the green inside) are made with recycled and spare fabric I had lying around the house! Pretty fun!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Messenger Diaper Bag

Oh my goodness, I can't believe I finally made one! I wanted to make one with my oldest DD, but didn't know how to sew. I wanted to with my second DD, knew how to sew, but lacked the confidence and drive. Now, this time around, I am a much better sewer and I have hit this crazy-mad burst of energy that I assume is due to the nesting stage of pregnancy (never got it with the other two, so I wouldn't know)!

Here is my fun, messenger style diaper bag! I couldn't find a pattern at JoAnn's or a tutorial online that gave me the functionality of a traditional diaper bag, but the look of a messenger bag that you can strap around your chest and fold over the flap to hide the mess! It was quite a long process (the patterns I used said it should take about 2 hours, but I took about 8!), but I think if I were to make another then it would be a lot easier the second time around.

I used waterproof material for the inside because we are notorious for spilling bottles and wipes and other wet and messy things inside the bag so I wanted easy clean-up.
The waterproof lining is the only fabric I had to buy for this project, and rest I had scraps lying around for.