Friday, January 21, 2011

Diaper Bag

I made the diaper bag yesterday. I spent most of the day on and off working on it. I don't know if I like it. I love the shape and size but I am not a fan of the yellow biased tape on the top or the blue on the sides. I would have preferred brown, but this is what I had on hand to work with. I could have gone to the store but it's cold. Really. Cold. Right now it's minus 17 degrees. So it's not really the type of weather to go trudging to the store. And it's just biased tape, something that's easily replaced when I have the time. And it's warmer.

I used the pattern for the Here We Go bag from Anna Maria Horner's book Handmade Beginnings. I really love this book. I want to make every single project. I love her style and also want her other book Seams to Me but will have to wait. Sigh. Being a grown-up is hard.

All the fabric was again from my fabric stash. The two prints are from a line called Wild Thyme. The fabric is *at least to me* quite retro looking and I think the yellow bias tape adds to the retro look. Which could be a reason I'm having a hard time falling in love with it because retro is not typically my style. Around here, we more fun-loving, country-romance type of people...if that's a type of style.  :)

I also apparently was over zealous when cutting out material and ended up with extra side panels so I whipped up a quick apron for Em, our little cook and baker.

She wants a pocket so I'll need to add a couple of pockets but she's already been wearing it while pouring over cookbooks deciding what to make. She also wants Daddy to have an apron and thinks it should be pink and yellow. I love my little girl.  :)

I'm off to work on the sleep sacks. I realized last night that time was running short before we have this baby and it fueled my desire to sew. And Clean. I think it's called nesting.

Have a blessed day,


  1. The bag is gorgous!
    I am getting ready to make this bag.... I was wondering if you found it easy to follow. I guess I am confused by the bias tape part... In the book it looks different like they did not do that part for the photo shown and they don't mention cutting it out in the beginning.

  2. Hi! Thanks for your comment. The bias tape did confuse me because like you said, it doesn't really show on the picture. I just went back and reread the instructions and I did attach it wrong. When you put it on, the bias tape should be on the inside of the bag. I think the difference is that I used pre-made bias and the book uses homemade bias. According to the instructions, it doesn't sound like the bias is prefolded. You stitch it down and then fold over the raw edge, iron, and then stitch it down again. So basically you'd be folding the bias up over the seam allowance. I'm not sure if that just made any sense!! :)