Category Archives: Amy Butler’s Nappy Bag

I Have A Changing Pad Too!

First off, thank you all so much for the nice comments and great tips on my new diaper bag. I’ve already started ‘loading it up’ even though Bret will never use it (I’ve registered for a more ‘manly’ diaper bag). So, what’s next? The matching changing pad!
I had plenty enough leftover fabric from my Nappy Bag (I purposely purchased extra) that creating this pad wasn’t a problem. Instead of purchasing terry cloth from my local fabric store, I opted to buy a store bought towel – which meant I had a lot more color options! The pattern also called for 2 layers of batting, but since the thickness of the terry and my home decor weight fabric seemed thick enough I opted to use one layer which seems puffy enough. I also decided to skip making the case for the changing pad – I thought it would be too difficult to pull it in and out of a bag (therefore I’m less likely to use it!). After a bit of cutting, sewing, and quilting, here’s what I came up with:

It’s all rolled up and fits nicely inside the bag itself. I feel very stylish, like I purchased this set at some sort of upscale boutique! I can’t wait to try my hand at making another bag & changing pad sometime soon (and now that I’ve tried one of her baby patterns, I’m even more excited about Amy Butler’s upcoming book, Sew Baby – September is so very far away!)

I Now Have A Diaper Bag

Last night, I had the opportunity to sit in front of my machine and finish the last few steps of the nappy bag – and here are the results:

Let me say that the extra pockets did create quite a bit of extra bulk, but my machine manged to make it through it fine! Trimming away the excess canvas and grading the seam allowances also really helped make the seams lay flatter (although they are still a bit bulky). The only other problem I had with this is turning the whole thing right side out after sewing the lining and bag together…. I had to have Bret help me pull it all through! Otherwise this pattern went together without a hitch. I do think that if I make this again, I’ll omit the canvas all together. Although it gives the bag shape, it does make it a bit heavier and bulkier than what I think I would like – I’m thinking of using a heavier weight interfacing instead.
Next up, the changing pad! I’m planning on heading out to the store and picking up an inexpensive towel for this one – I think it will really give me a lot more color options and weights.

Extra Pockets

Since Taylor invited a friend over for the afternoon, I found some time to start on the Nappy Bag project. I had spent some time reading reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review and decided on a few changes before I got started:
1. I planed on attaching the canvas to the lining of the bag and not the outside material. (I wound up using a basting spray to adhere it to the lining which worked wonderfully, although a bit smelly)
2. I will add a magentic snap to the lining to help keep the bag closed a bit better (I found a package of three in the purse isle of Joann’s so now I have plenty for future bags).
3. I will eliminate the bottle pockets. This was probably the biggest complaint that I read about – attaching the bottle pockets according to the directions will cause you to lose the function of several pockets (you’re essentially sewing a pocket over top of two other pockets causing them to become an ‘L’ shape and pretty much useless).
Since I decided to nix the whole idea of a bottle pocket, I thought it might be nice to add another row of pockets on the inside (because you can never have to many pockets right?). To do this, I measured how tall I wanted the pocket to be, marked this off on the pattern piece, and cut. When it came to stitching the pockets down to the lining, I made one continual line and sewed them all at once. Here’s what it looks like so far:

I’m sure that when it comes to sewing the linings together that I will have a tremendous amount of bulk to deal with when I hit the extra pocket. I plan on switching out to a larger needle and increasing my stitch length to help with sewing and then trimming the canvas close to the stitching and grading the seam allowances once I’m done.
What kind of modifications did you make to your bag to make it more personalized?

Tracing, Pinning, Cutting, Oh My!

With bitterly cold temperatures yesterday, we spent much of the day inside – keeping warm. Since we’re avoiding hanging drapery rods, I decided it was time to get to moving on tracing some patterns and cutting out fabric. I managed to all the pieces of the Nappy Bag done, however, it did require a trip to the fabric store since I didn’t have enough canvas, interfacing, and lining. Needless to say, I think I have everything and I’m all set to get sewing (hopefully, I can find some time to work on it today)! You can now find all the information on this project on the 2008 sidebar.
What projects is everyone working on today?