Nappy Wallet

I made this nappy wallet to go with the changing bag I made my sister.

I think it’s nice to have matching accessories, and a little bag or holder is always really useful to hold nappies and wipes so you don’t have to lug the entire changing bag with you when you go to change the baby. It’s made from the same lime green spotty material as the big bag, and closed with a red snap (there’s two actually, as I realised when it’s full it needs to fasten in a different place to when it’s more empty) The inside is lined with the elephant drill the same as the bag. One side holds a travel case of wipes while the other hold nappies.This was a really quick thing to make. I can see me making more of these for  new baby gifts 🙂

Green Elephant Baby Changing Bag

This bag has been a long time in the making!

My sister originally asked me to make it about 8 months ago. I spent a while finding a good pattern to use to make it, and then went hunting for fabric to make it with.

8 months later, with the baby not far from being born, I finally finished it – hooray!! I’m very proud of it – it looks good doesn’t it 🙂

The pattern I used is the Does It All Diaper Bag from Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. And it does really do it all – it has loads of pockets and features!

 I made the outside with lime green spotty drill. The end pockets are a contrasting fabric – an elephant drill. The pockets are edged with piping. This was my first ever attempt at piping. I had some red ribbon that matched the apple the elephant is holding perfectly, and used that to do the piping. Using something other than satin ribbon for your first attempt at piping would probably be a good idea – but after much fiddling and complaining, it is nice and shiny now it’s done! The pocket on the other end is elasticated. I expected this pocket to be tricky but it was actually really easy to do – after doing that piping everything seemed easy though! Inside the fabrics are the other way around. The sides are the elephants and the pockets are the lime green spots. Between the outer and lining there is also a layer of sew-in interfacing which helps the bag keep its shape. One of the long sides inside has a big pocket split in two. There is a hook/key fob on one end inside so you don’t lose your keys amongst everything you put into the bag. The other long side has a smaller pocket split into two, and also a  zipped pocket above. This is the point that I started to diverge from the pattern instructions. The pattern shows you how to add a magnetic clasp to close it, but we wanted it to have a zip so when it inevitably gets knocked over or falls off the sofa everything doesn’t fall out. You’d be amazed at how few changing bag patterns there are out there that have a zip and one long strap from end to end (as that was the other requirement). There really aren’t any. But apart from lacking a zip, the Peek-a-Boo pattern had everything we wanted, so I just had to figure out the zip part on my own! You can also see the square rings I added to the strap so that I could make the strap adjustable.This little slider is the thing that makes the strap adjustable. If you have a cross-body bag or backpack you probably have a similar little thing that does the same job. Because if you’re hanging the bag over a single handlebar pram you’re going to want it longer than if you’re carrying it over your shoulder.(I know I’ve used this picture twice, but I don’t have another good one of the whole bag)

And it’s finished, and posted, hooray 🙂


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Bright Children’s Messenger Bags

Children like bags. They like to put toys in them and carry them to another room and take them out again, and repeat, all day long – mine does anyway!

So I thought it was time he had his own bag to do this (so I could claim mine back!). I let him loose in the fabric cupboard to choose which colour he would like for his – he chose the blue cord. Inside it is lined with giraffe cotton that he also chose in the shop a while back when we talked about making him his own bag. At the same time I also made this pink one for his friend whose birthday party we were going to at the weekend. I had a little helper ‘helping’ me sew parts of this one – having a child press the foot pedal of the sewing machine for you really isn’t helpful at all, but he was very excited about doing it! Hers is lined with brown and pink owl cotton. The pattern is from a seller called Puperita on Etsy. It’s a bit different from other messenger bags with its curvy flap. The method it uses to give its boxy shape was also quite unusual, but I was really pleased with how they turned out.I think the smiley face says I wasn’t the only one please with it! 🙂

Neapolitan Baby Blanket

I have finally finished this blanket – yay!

I started it about 3 months ago, and finished the actual blanket quite quickly. Then I put it to one side ready to add the border and it’s been there ever since. Last weekend I spent two evenings on the border and now it’s finished!

It’s neapolitan as it’s pink, brown and white – like the ice cream! The stripes are diagonal, a bit like this blanket I made last year. The edging that I’ve been putting off is a shell shape, alternating between each of the three colours. I was following the Candy Stripe Blanket pattern from Lulu Loves Crochet. It’s just the right size for a baby, measuring approximately 60cm x 90cm. Here it is spread out to see the whole thing 🙂

Girly Bibs

I like making baby bibs because they’re quick and easy to make, especially when you have a pile of pretty cotton already cut into bib shapes in the cupboard!

This weekend I made some girly bibs for my new niece. They are all different coloured owl prints with pink fleece backing and pink snap fasteners. I also tried out a new design of bib. It has a wider top and ties to fasten it, making it better maybe for slightly older babies for mealtimes. This one has pink fabric leftover from the top I made on the front, and pale pink fleece on the back. The pattern is one I bought here. It is part of another set of three bibs I made for another lady with a little girl.

Craft Tote Bag

Last week I finished this bag for my friend Chrissy:

It is made from this tutorial on a blog called 2 Little Hooligans.

The floral fabric you might recognise as being the leftover pieces from when I made this bag for my mother-in-law last year. And the purple might have been from that project too. It is a mixture of the two because there were only small pieces of each one left. The sides and pockets all contain iron-on interfacing instead of the fleece and flannel recommended in the tutorial – I don’t think my sewing machine could have coped with the thickness of all the layers if I’d used anything thicker!

 One end has lots of smaller pockets to fit things like scissors, knitting needles and the like. And the two long sides both have one big pocket each. I made the bias to go on the top of the pockets and around the top of the bag. I was impressed with how well I’d done my measuring when it lined up perfectly along the sides 🙂 It’s a nice little bag – I might have to make one for myself!

Wish Gift – Letter Ribbon Comforter

I take part in a handmade wish game on Facebook: one person makes three wishes (perhaps a bag, an item of clothing and a purse), then another person comes along and grants their wish, making 3 new wishes of their own. And so it continues. The wish granter picks one of the three wishes to make and send to their recipient.

I granted a wish from someone who wanted a ribbon comforter/taggie for their little boy, and they linked to an example (like this) of one they’d seen that they really liked.

Aha, I thought, this I can do!

So I set to making one in the shape of the letter ‘C’.

I have used some leftover scraps of Robert Kaufman owls in bermuda fabric with ribbon strips in matching colours. I used a longer strip of white ribbon looped at the end with a snap attached to allow it to be fastened onto a pram or car seat when out and about so that it doesn’t get lost.

It is now on it’s way in the post to the lady that wished for it – I hope she likes it! 🙂