Monday, July 23, 2007

I present . . . a bag.


Well, it seems only fitting, given that it is "Bag Month" over and Sew Mama Sew!. What's more, they are also having an awesome contest!! I cannot pass up a contest . . . as most of you might know. LOL!

This was actually perfect timing because my sister-in-law, Megan, just gave birth to the precious little Ronan. A couple of months ago, when she saw the totes that I made out of Amy Butler's Lotus fabric, she commented on how cute she thought the fabric was. Right away a vision of this diaper bag came to my mind and I thought, "Hey, I could do that . . ."


This was actually a first for me. Most of the bags/ purses that I have made have been pretty basic. This one required a little more thought and . . . dare I say, elbow grease!!

I started off by sketching out a pattern. With a lot of wrestling, seam ripping, and bent needles, this is what I came up with! A quilted, messenger style diaper bag. I am actually rather proud of it. :)


The reason that I say "wrestling" is because I used a super thick interfacing so that the bag would be really sturdy. It is sturdy, but bending that stuff inside and out was not easy. I was soooo grateful to have my Necchi! Man, that thing is seriously a workhorse!


Here is a picture of the interior of the bag. I would like to point out that it actually has a zippered pocket! This was also a first for me and something that I never could have done without Autum's awesome tutorial!

I made a couple of slip pockets for things like a cell phone, bubble gum, and lipstick. (You know, all of the essentials!) I also made a bottle holder because I don't know about you but, having a leaky bottle rolling around in the diaper bag is not a good thing.


My sister-in-law is a wee little person (which I think is cute)! So, I made an adjustable shoulder strap so that she could fix the bag to her height.

So there you have it, my first diaper bag. I hope that Megan likes it and that it proves to be as efficient as I hoped it would be.

13 comments:

kirsten said...

nice job, zoe! what fun fabric - i'm sure she'll love it!

Kasie Sallee said...

Beautiful Zoe! It's just gorgeous. She will love it and be the envy of Moms everywhere, lol!
:)

beki said...

awesome!

Randi said...

I love the bag and the fabrics that you used! great job!

Tee said...

Zoe - I LOVE seeing the things you make. You're so talented. When are you going to open an online shop? :)

Dee Light said...

Love the bag!!! Any new mom would be proud to carry it!!!

Mozilla said...

Oh my gosh! That was YOUR bag. I love it! I was just admiring it on the Sew Mama Sew blog, saw you left me a comment and here I am.

Wonderful Job! love the polka dots

Meg said...

Zoe- I am going to be the envy of mother's everywhere. I am sooo excited to strut my stuff with that bag in hand. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! See you in a couple of days.

Love,
Meg

Shionge said...

How unique Zoe...very creative & very beautifully done. Most importantly the labour of love and what a great gift :)

Very nice fabric :D

Beth said...

I'm so glad we aren't entered in the same category! I love the trim on this...gorgeous!

Lisa-pinklemonade said...

Thank you Zoe for your nice comment on SMS...honestly, I was hoping and hoping to win, but there was some stiff competition out there, your's was one of them!In fact, i haven't gotten those 2 Amy Butler fabrics from your bag yet, but now that I see them in a bag, I think I have to have some now! :)

Lei said...

Man Zoe... you rock. BEYOND rock. I took my "Zoe signature bag" to Tahoe and got loads of compliments on it! ;)

Miranda said...

Love it! :) You are so talented!