I have been very busy even though you might not think it. I have two more tester bags that I have completed that I can't wait to show you and tell you about. I have finished another Bigger On The Inside Backpack that I will show you later and I have completed an order for a baby shower gift that I can show you now (the shower was yesterday).
I spoke to the mother to be a while ago and she wanted to know how much fabric she needed to buy for me to make her a diaper (nappy) bag. She wanted to go find her fabric. I told her to go look but to let me buy it. I wanted to make sure the fabric was suitable and thought with coupons, etc. that I had, that I might be able to get a better price. She walked away from the fabric store overwhelmed! This is a response I hear from nonsewists all of the time. What we find fun and a great adventure is a chore and too overwhelming to those who do not sew. I was surprised the first time I heard this. I have been enjoying my time in fabric stores since I was 14!
Back to the story. She knew that she wanted a plaid fabric and it was important to her that it be a bag that a man would carry. Nothing babyish and nothing too feminine. To the rescue, my stepdaughter, who decided to make this bag her shower gift and picked out one of the plaids I had recently purchased, an outdoor Solarium plaid that would resist wear and stains. And the colors were perfect...tan, grey and natural. Now, what pattern to choose. How timely that Samantha at Sewing Patterns by Mrs H just came out with a Nappy Bag pattern. That was my pick.
This bag has everything and then some. The pattern is not for the novice (actually, it is labeled advanced) but in the end, I was really pleased with the results.
The front of the bag has a front pocket that is secured by a magnetic snap. Also, in that pocket are two key rings or pacifier rings.
There are two sets of straps on this bag. One is an adjustable shoulder strap and the other is two shorter grab and go straps.
The adjustable strap is removeable and attaches on the side of the bag where you have two elasticized pockets.
The back of the bag has another slip pocket...
with an enclosed zipper pocket inside.
The bottom of the bag is quilted to keep the Soft and Stable in place.
The top of the bag has a double zipper for easy access.
The inside is complete with elasticized pockets for diapers and wipes. There is a bottle ring holder at each side. The inside of the bag is large to hold anything else necessary. And there is one zipper pocket, too.
This is a well thought out pattern. I expected nothing else from the designer, Samantha of Sewing Patterns by Mrs H. She is expecting her first child soon and I knew she would make a bag she would want to use. It takes some time to put together and there are a couple of tricky spots but the bag was everything I was looking for. You can get the pattern here.
And...I got a call after the shower...mother to be loved it! That is what matters the most!