Diaper Bag Sewing Instructions

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Make your own personalized diaper bag to carry all the essentials.

Diaper bags are an essential tool for any mother with a baby or young toddler. They offer many practical storage compartments for diapers, pacifiers, bottles and toys. A homemade bag is able to be customized to match your preferred size, color and design, as well as your lifestyle and needs. It also makes a great baby shower gift for new or expecting mothers.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Matching thread
  • 1 yard fusible interfacing
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • 2 yards of strap material
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  1. Cut The Fabric

    • 1

      Choose the fabric and design you would like to use for the diaper bag. Keep in mind that you should ideally choose a fabric that is strong enough to support the weight of the necessities. Denim is one such fabric. Once you have decided on the fabric, cut out two 16-inch by 12-inch rectangles for the front and back.

    • 2

      Cut out two 6-inch by 12-inch rectangles for the sides.

    • 3

      Cut out two 16-inch by six-inch rectangles for the bottom.

    • 4

      Cut the fusible interfacing to match the size of the fabric pieces. If you are using a strong fabric, like denim, you can skip this step. If you have a weaker fabric, such as cotton, continue with this step as the fusible interfacing helps strengthen the bag to make it more durable. With the bumpy side facing the wrong side of the fabric, iron the two pieces together.

    • 5

      Cut out three 7-inch by 8-inch rectangles for the pockets.

    Sew The Pockets

    • 6

      Fold the edge of the pocket approximately 1/2-inch over the wrong side. Press flat with an iron.

    • 7

      Fold the pocket's top edge 1 inch over the wrong side, then press flat with an iron. Secure the fold by stitching along the lower edge of the fold with matching thread.

    • 8

      Form the gussets by making a small folded pleat along the side edge of the pocket, about 1 and 1/2 inches in width. Press flat with an iron.

    • 9

      Pin the pockets on the bottom front diaper bag, with 1/2 inch of space from the edge.

    • 10

      Attach the pockets to the bag by stitching along the bottom and sides of the pockets, leaving the upper layer unstitched for accessibility.

    Make The Bag

    • 11

      Place the bag on the table with the front piece facing right side up. Position the side pieces right side down on top of the front piece, making sure the side edges line up. Pin the two sides together and sew over the pins to attach the fabric pieces. With an iron, firmly press the seams open.

    • 12

      Gather the side fabric pieces together and line up the unsewn edges with their matching counterparts. With the right sides facing each other, pin the fabrics together, then sew.

    • 13

      Combine the two bottom rectangles, making sure that the fabric is facing out and the interfacing side is toward the middle. With a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew around the edges.

    • 14

      Pin the bottom fabric layer of the bag to the bottom side, front and back edges and sew together.

    • 15

      Finish by folding the top edge 1/2 inch over the wrong side, and again another 1/2 inch. Press flat with an iron, and then secure the fold by sewing the fold together. With the diaper bag turned inside out, pin the strap material to the inner lining of the bag. With the strap evenly positioned, sew to diaper bag.

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