Tuesday, February 9, 2010


One of the things on my before-baby to-do list is to make a new diaper bag for myself. A couple months after the Boy was born, I made Amy Butler's Nappy Bag, and I have been using it ever since.

Amy Butler nappy bag
You can't tell from the picture above (because it was taken when it was sparkly and new), but it is starting to look a little worn, and I'm pretty tired of it. After three years of use, it is definitely time for something new!

I searched about for a pattern, and came across the Mabel Messenger by Jenna Lou Designs on etsy. I like the size, the shape and the long adjustable strap. I don't like the dearth of pockets-- but that is something I think I can remedy pretty easily.

At this point, I've got everything cut and fused and I've stared sewing.

bag in process
Here's where the indecision comes in. The pattern calls for Peltex (a super thick, heavy interfacing) on the outer pieces. I used it. I'm not thrilled with it. It is super stiff. I mean, I like a structured bag and all, but this verges on the ridiculous for me. At first, I wasn't even happy with how it looked, but with some vigorous ironing, I've tamed it to a shape I like. So now it's just back to the overall feel and crazy structure that I'm unsure about. I'm torn (and here is where the indecision comes in):

Should I scrap it (since I'm not thrilled at this point) and start anew (keeping in mind that this would require purchasing more fabric, because I don't have enough of the outer for a do-over)?


Should I keep plugging along and see how it goes? If there is one thing I've learned from my Jane Stickle blocks, it's that what seems hopeless at first can turn out just fine in the end. And this bag could be like that too.

At this point, I'm kind of leaning towards forging onward, but at the same time, I'm really worried about the waste of time if it's turns out to be a bust. It's just stressing me out. I think I'll sleep on it. Maybe even for a couple of days.


  1. It looks like you've got the body of it done. Do you just have the lining and straps to do? I think it is going to turn out well, so it seems worth it to keep going and if it doesn't work out, maybe it would be good for toy storage since it is stiff.

    Have you ever tried making a Bagsket? (http://foofanagle.wordpress.com/2007/06/26/bagsket-tutorial/) They have lots of pockets and are easy to make in lots of sizes and go together really fast. I've made them for lunch bags, makeup bags, weekender bags, etc. I'd just make longer straps for a diaper bag.

  2. I think you already know the answer to your question by what you wrote :) I think it looks really cool.

  3. finish it! and if you hate it ... save it as a cute baby shower gift for someone else. :) i love the print though.

  4. I'm with Kira .. . I LOVE the fabric! Finish it; if you don't like it, give it as a gift, or heck, even sell it on Etsy so you can fund additional fabric purchase! :-) Of course, you need to do all this quickly because, well, you know time's moving quickly!