This is an original post from my old blog, but since I am making another one of these, I thought I would repost for all to enjoy and be envious of the mama that received (and still uses) this bag! HEART!
A girlfriend of mine is reproducing, and I just HAD to make her a sophisticated diaper bag, since she is one super modern mommy! I am in love with this bag. I HATED to give it away.
The fabrics are from Ikea's Gunilla and Patricia line. The pattern is from Amy Butler's Little Stitches for Little Ones book, which, btw, I am obsessed with. It has all kinds of ADULT type baby stuff - not covered in pink or blue or giraffes or babies. That stuff is cute, but not her style.
Anywhoo, I threw a picture of the bag over my shoulder in there so you can get an idea of the size. I did some web research, and all the other folks that have made this sucker complained that it was WAY too big. So, I brought the pattern to work with me, and spread it out on the copier (while sheepishly grinning as coworkers eyed me learily leaning over the copier with pattern sticking out everywhere), and shrunk it down to 85%. NOTE: I first made one out of scraps at 75%, but it just didn't fit everything needed.
I also made it 1 inch wider than called for, which made for a bit of fussing, cuz then you have to make the bottle pockets wider too, which I FORGOT to do, and ended up having to rip them out. Thank god for wine.
Lastly, I made the long pockets just a bit shorter, cuz they stuck out into the bag so much that you couldn't even put anything in the bottom - it just got stuck in a pocket. Now, they stick out just enough to get into! I also threw together a little Diaper and Wipes case (yes - made with WATERPROOF fabric in case those darn wipes leak) and a portable changing pad - ALL meant to look like a sophisticated clutch when not in use! Seriously, the only indication that this is a diaper bag will be from the BABY on her hip!
I am seriously thinking of making one of these for me, sans the pockets, for a beach bag. It's just WAY TOO CUTE not to use. Hooray Amy Butler!