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Best diaper bag yet! September 25, 2008

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About two weeks ago I finished The Studio Diaper Bag™, and I’m LOVING IT!  Maybe I like it best since it’s the first bag I’ve made with “real” fabric. . . . as in, not old sheets from Salvation Army.  I probably should have made a test run bag, since I did have some changes I’d like to make, but by and large, it works just fine.

I decided not to make it attachable to The Moored Purse™ since it was big enough to fit the essentials in the bag.  It’s just the right size for a quick outing, like going to the grocery store or library or something.  I also finished the “real” version of The Bungalow Diaper Bag™, but you can read about those adventures here.  It turned out to look quite nice, and works like a charm, it was just a major drama getting it to the completion point.

Anyhu, here are some pics of The Studio Diaper Bag™

Just enough room and pockets for a short little outing

Just enough room and pockets for a short little outing

Serious snaffu! September 22, 2008

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I’ve been working on The Bungalow Diaper Bag™ for the past two weeks, and ran into a MAJOR snaffu with the Peltex.  Apparently I bought the kind that has glue on both sides, nifty, just not what I needed.  I kept having to modify my sewing directions, and every time I’d modify, something else would get thrown out of whack!  So first I figured I could fuse the Peltex to the lining, sew in lining pieces together, then sew the fabric together, then fuse everything together.  Then I realized that once the pockets were sewn in, it would be tricky to fuse.  So I decided to fuse the lining and fabric first then sew the pockets.  I was patting myself on the back for how smart I was when I realized that thanks to my “good idea”, the stitching for the pockets was going to show on the outside of the bag . . . not in the original plan!

Then I realized that I’d forgotten to attach the magnetc snap BEFORE fusing the fabric and lining.  Yep, you guessed it, you can see the ugly part of the snap on the outside of the bag.  I ran into sooo many problems, it took me many more hours than it should have to finish that bag.  It’s done now, and it’s actually really nice looking, just not what I had in mind.  It’s pretty jury rigged, but it works.  If I ever make any of these to sell, I most certainly WILL NOT use Peltex 72 (that’s the fusable on two sides interfacing).  Live and learn, I guess!

Now I’m trying to figure out how or if I can use the Peltex on The Chateau Diaper Bag™ without throwing that whole design into a tizzy.  But that’s a problem for another day!

It’s finally finished September 2, 2008

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So I finally finished The Chateau Diaper Bag™ last week and we testing it out this weekend.  Of course, I will be making several minor changes, but by and large, the design is going to work.  Yipee!  It’s pretty much an enormous bag, but it fits pretty much everything you’ll need for an all day outing for cloth or disposable diapering for not one, but two babies!  An honestly, I’ve seen some pretty big diaper bags online, so this one fits right in.  The finished dimensions are 18″ wide x 12″ tall x 10″ deep.  And of course, there is a spot on the front where The Moored Purse™ can be, well, moored.  I love all of the pockets so that things don’t get lost in the recesses of the bag!  DH says it’s quite comfy to carry, since it’s a messenger style bag. (more…)

And the results are in! August 3, 2008

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I managed to finish the test run of the medium-sized dipe bag this week. I’ve been calling it the 3-hour bag, but that’s not so interesting . . so I’m still thinking of another name. (The new and improved name is . . . “The Bungalow Diaper Bag“) But the basic idea is to use this bag when we’ll be out and about for 3 hours or less. We tried it out at church today, and it worked pretty well. I need to make a change or two, but it’s already in the new and improved plans. Here’s how it turned out:

The inside of the bag

The roomy inside of the bag with space for two wet bags (dipes and wipes), and pockets for paci's, a sippy cup, clean dipes, changing pad and washcloths/bibs. Plus there's still room for books or snacks or whatever in the middle.

The front of the bag.  My test run of the "attaching purse" is on the front"

The front of the bag. My test run of the "attaching purse" is on the front"

The back of the bag with straps

The back of the bag with straps

So all in all, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. (Oh, I should mention that the pattern for the outside of the bag came from the book “Bag Boutique” by Amy Barickman and it’s the Hobo Bag pattern. the design/pattern for the inside came from my brain!!) I need to test it out a few more times before actually making the bag with the nice fabric, but it looks promising!

The other bag I finished is the 1-hour bag — again, needs a more interesting name. (The new and improved name is “The Micro-Studio Diaper Bag“) I didn’t do a mock up of this one since I figured “oh, this will be easy.” Of course, I should have done a test run. I ended up having to jury rig the big pocket because I messed up, so it looks a little wonky, but it works like a charm. Here are two pics:

A simple design with three pockets - sippy cup, paci, washcloth

A simple design with three pockets - sippy cup, paci, washcloth

The side view with the "attaching purse"

The side view with the "attaching purse"

So on to the next step: writing out directions for the “we’re going out all day” bag. (Oh, and coming up with better names for ALL of the bags!) Stay tuned for more fun and exciting info on my diaper bag project=)

Well under way July 29, 2008

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And half of the diaper bag project is done. I did a test run of the wallet, learned a few things and will change them for the real wallet. Also did a test run of the “attaching purse”, and learned a few more things that will change for the real purse. But the real victory was that I figured out pretty much everything about the boxed corners. So I’m planning on taking a stab at the tutorial genre and making a boxing corners tutorial and a tutorial for the attaching purse.

The wet bags are done, and they turned out pretty good. Haven’t taken any pics yet, but I’ll have pics of my whole diaper bag ensemble once done. Feels good to be making some visible progress. Continue to stay tuned!

Ready, set, sew! July 23, 2008

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Okay, corny title, I know! So the diaper bag plans are finished. Well, I have yet to do the ones for the “we are going to be out and about the entire day”, but all the other ones are done. I kept putting off starting them . . I think part of me was nervous about actually starting. But I bit the bullet last night and started out with the wallet. It turned out pretty good, there were a few problems with my directions, but by and large it turned out fine. I used this tutorial as a reference but made a few changes. When I make the real one, I’ll post pics with my changes.

Now my drama is working out the boxed corner thing . .. having trouble figuring out how much fabric I need in order to have a boxed corner and still have the bag be the dimension I want. Grrrr!! Stay tuned!

Brain strain! July 14, 2008

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Phew! This business of designing my own diaper bag is really stretching my brain. I’m trying to do something that I don’t really know how to do, so that makes it pretty tricky to design. I’ve spent lots of time poring over some great tutorials online (and I hope to have more of those links up soon), and reading several books on sewing handbags and purses. Visualizing how to box a corner has proven tricky. Conceptually, it makes sense, I just can’t picture it, so I’ll just have to try it out.

Despite the brain strain, the design is coming along . . . I’m a few days away from starting the actual sewing, which will be exciting. I’ll be posting pictures, or at least commentary of the progress=)