diaper bag and changing pad

Posted on April 29th, 2012 by mountain girl  |  8 Comments »

I’ve never been the type to shoulder one of those plastic-coated, blue and brown paisley diaper bags. Or anything remotely like that (sorry if you happen to be that type).

My diaper bag for Zia was a camouflage twill with tiny clear sequins on it. I designed it after the Amy Butler Nappy Bag (I would rather make up my own pattern than spend $10 on one. But I do think the Amy Butler pattern is prettier. Maybe I will spend the $10 someday, or, better yet, find it at a garage sale.)

For this next baby, I needed a new diaper bag, since I sold the camo one at a garage sale when we moved from KC. Besides, a new baby just needs a new bag. So, using the same basic design, I stitched one up, modifying it to be smaller and lighter, with less pockets.

It was kind of boring just plain, so I cut up some scraps and made an applique. I had to learn to do the blanket stitch for it, and it was really fun–addicting, almost.

Here I am with my diaper bag.  I was so excited to model it that I went out early and got my slippers soaked in the mushy ground.

I love the fabric–it’s so unique. There are sparkles all through it, although it’s hard to tell in the photos. I think the colors will be great for going into fall. Note: I took these photos when I made the bag about 3 weeks ago, so my belly is bigger now.

I used a medium-weight interfacing to make it stiffer–since my bags usually tend to collapse in a little heap–and lined it with a light cream with sparkly gold designs in it.

It has a small lipstick/keys pocket inside, a magnetic snap,

and these 2 medium size pockets.

On the other side, this large pocket ended up too floppy, so I hand stitched down the middle to make a couple more medium size pockets.

Here’s the changing pad. I used a green print with tiny gold leaves on it, and sewed on a hand towel I found on clearance at Walmart. I put a layer of fleece inside to give it more padding. I had a tiny bit of the sparkly stripe fabric left from the bag, so I sewed on two strips to cover the towel design and added a couple of covered elastic loops to hold it in place when rolled up.

All rolled up, it fits perfectly in the bottom of the bag.

All ready for diapers…and everything else you lug around with a baby!

8 Responses to “diaper bag and changing pad”

  1. Lauren says on :

    Congrats on the baby so exciting. Also, I love the bag super cute. How much would you charge to make one for me?

  2. mountain girl says on :

    Hey Lauren,
    I’m glad you like the bag! I could do one for you for about $25, plus shipping. That would be just the bag, not including a changing pad. Let me know if you’re interested, and we’ll talk fabric. 🙂
    Miss you guys!

  3. Hannah says on :

    Very nice Mia!! I love your belly!

  4. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks, Hannah! Yours is growing nicely, too!

  5. Allison says on :

    Your thriftiness is inspiring. I love seeing and hearing about your work.

  6. mountain girl says on :

    Hope you’re doing well! I miss you and look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to lately!

  7. IDA GARDNER/GRANNY says on :


  8. mimi says on :

    I love what you’ve done, Mia! Where did you get that imagination from, anyway?! Papa. Gotta be. Love,Mama

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