When I was pregnant with my little boy last year, I couldn’t believe the disappointing choices available in nappy bags. It was either ugly little teddy bears printed onto a plastic fabric (the makers obviously didn’t realise it’s the Mum that carries the bag and not the baby!) or a designer bag costing over $200. With all the other baby expenses, a bag that pricey was low on the priority list.
I was also stunned to find that pattern makers hadn’t clicked onto this huge gap in the market either. But, after much searching, I finally found this Kwiksew beauty (and since then, another gorgeous option by Anna Maria Horner).
When making a baby bag, I highly recommend going to the upholstery section of your fabric store. I’ve had enough of losing money and car keys in the the flimsy torn lining of my bags and a good sturdy fabric will help ensure durability in the finished product.
I also added a tab at each end of the bag with a D-ring attached so the bag can be hung from the buggy. If your buggy doesn’t have anywhere to hang a bag from, try attaching a carabena clip to the handlebar.
There are some gorgeous fabrics out there and I love the pizazz that a bright lining adds when a bag is opened up.
All up, the bag and change mat cost me about $50 to make and about 8 hours to put together. Still a bargain compared to what’s on the market and you end up with a unique bag your friends can put their teddy bear printed wonders next to!
Level: Beginner – Intermediate (the most fiddly bit being the bias tape around the change mat. Tip: use an iron to ease the tape into the corners before sewing or if you have an overlocker, you could just overlock the edge instead).