Here's the diaper bag..only..err...I'm the designer! konon2...hehe..Ok i gotta tell you first off, I'm in love with this diaper bag so there'll be a lot of gushing in this entry probably :) I was trying not to obsess 24-7 about my problems in the previous entry so I threw myself into making this bag and I'm sooo glad I did!
The outer body of the bag is made with Joel Dewberry's home dec fabric from the Ginseng collection and it is just lovely! I swear it was calling out to me so I 'accidentally' bought extra amount of the fabric. I used fusible fleece on the outer body..this is my first time using it and I'm definitely getting more of that stuff! It's so easy to iron on, sews beautifully and holds up the shape up the bag well without making creases or making the bag stiff. Kinda like a quilted bag but without having to quilt, you know?
On the sides I made elastic pockets for water bottles
For the closing on the flap, I used these great magnetic snaps. It's my first time using them too..they're so cheap, and i didn't have to sew them on, and they give such a professional finish! I got them (and the fusible fleece) from U-handbag.
On the inside I made lots of elastic pockets for all the baby items..3 smaller pockets for Baby..
and 2 larger pockets for Adam. I added a zipper pocket for my own personal items time keys, hp, oyster card, cash, camera..etc.
I made these buggy straps on the sides
Here's what they look like when hung on the buggy
Also I made a diaper changing pad from the same fabric to match
This one is really simple to make. Just draw a template like the above shape, sew around right sides together leaving a hole, turn right side out and topstitch. Add velcro if you want it folded up nicely. For this one I used fusible fleece again as the padding and I use fusible laminate on the polka-dot fabric. I got the fusible laminate from U-handbag too. It serves the purpose of making the changing pad waterproof (and I get to use matching fabric) but I don't think I like the texture very much..kinda plasticky, and not in a good way. You could probably get better result using vinyl or oilcloth.
I'm really happy at how it turned out. It's definitely the best bag i've made so far. It was time-consuming to make but it was definitely worth it. It's also more costly after you add the costs of the designer fabrics and interfacings etc...but considering the exorbitant prices of diaper bags, it's still cheaper to make. My husband already requested a messenger bag for him too...hehe...