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Nappy Bag {by Amy Butler}

After attempting to be a super-hero yesterday I’ve decided not to get out of the bed today… so, I’ll blog while I can.

My friend, Beki, over at Artsy-Craft Babe {who inspired me to make the Simplicity Dress} has also inspired me to give a bag pattern a try. She has a wonderful eye for fabrics and can make handbags that will make you drool. Check out her etsy site! If any guys read this, your wife would be smitten with you if you purchased her ANY of these!

Anyway, I decided my first attempt at a bag would only make sense if it was a diaper bag. As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying to work my way through the fabric pile that hides behind the closet doors of my sewing room. Buried in the pile were the curtains I made for our rental house… so, I decided I’d cut them apart and use that fabric for the Nappy Bag. Seeing as how the fabric is a soil-resistant outdoor fabric I thought it be perfect for a diaper bag. I bought the pattern from Henrietta’s Handbags {which has FREE shipping– always a bonus}.

Here are some pictures of the finished bag…

Here are my personal thoughts and changes I made to the pattern…

this is a LARGE bag {next time I’ll probably make it much smaller}

the pattern is very easy to follow {why can’t Amy Butler rewrite every pattern ever made}

this bag would be a great pattern for a beginner

the cell phone pocket is small {I made it bigger and it’s still a tight squeeze for my phone}

I omitted the canvas the pattern calls for b/c both my outer fabric & lining were sturdy fabrics

I used a “fusible fleece interfacing” {by Pellon} which makes for nice “cushy & sturdy” pockets

I did NOT use interfacing on the cell phone pocket flap

I did not add the 2 add’l bottle pockets {we don’t use bottles & 6 interior pockets were enough for me}

if you don’t have a baby this bag would make a great pool, beach bag or travel bag

I wish it had some sort of closure so the bag would stay closed

Ok, y’all should try it! I may make another one and put little John Martin’s initials on it.
**by the way, I made this PRE-BABY! I wish I could sit and sew but not quite “that” recovered yet!! But I’m flattered that y’all think I actually made this since arriving home from the hospital! **

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  • Tara McClendon
    July 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

    LOVE it! Love the fabric too. You’re such a rockstar mom…2 girls, a newborn, recovering from surgery, AND still sewing and blogging?! Maybe you could sew one of those orange buttons at the top/center of one side of the bag and then loop a piece of sturdy elastic on the other side so it would stay closed? Just a thought. It looks great just the way it is though!!

  • Becky Brodbeck
    July 6, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Darby-so happy for you all. Adorable bag even more adorable baby! Lots of Love and prayers!!

  • Meghan
    July 6, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    you are one amazing woman!i just stumbled across your site – saw your adorable girls and sweet newborn – and you are blogging and sewing!! an inspiration i tell you! congrats! and i am glad that i found your site!

  • Robin
    July 6, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I want to know how you are going to do the initials..Ok..you just had your third baby..Where do you find time to sew ? You are a wonder woman..Tell me your mom is there cooking and cleaning so I will feel better that you had time to SEW and nurse and cook and clean and recover and be a wife and mother to two cute girls..You are indeed a woman of much energy…

  • andi
    July 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I want one…I might even try to sew, whoops, I forgot for a minute I don’t sew. I would buy one though….hmmm, just a thought!?! I think you have a GREAT eye for fabric and once again, you have BLOWN me away at what you can get done. Bringing you dinner tomorrow night. 🙂 Hope you had fun with your family visiting!

  • Anonymous
    July 7, 2008 at 6:37 am

    We love John Martin! I wish I was there to bring you a meal and take a turn holding him.

  • simply seleta
    July 7, 2008 at 6:43 am

    All I can say is wow. And exactly what fabric is the face fabric? I love it.

  • The Nebrigs
    July 7, 2008 at 7:16 am

    i love the bag!! we actually have that same fabric, i am about to make finn a shower curtain out of it.

  • beki
    July 7, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Your bag turned out great! I love that outter fabric.