Monday, February 11, 2013

doll diaper bag tutorial

My middle daughter really liked the diaper bag our youngest daughter got for Christmas.
Since I have never made her one, I got busy and sewed up another one using the pattern I drew up.
I decided to snap a few pictures while I was doing it so I could write up a little tutorial for you here.

diaper bag

**This is for personal use only!
First of all, cut out your fabric.
I used denim and canvas fabric for the exterior of the  bag and the pockets.
If using quilting cotton, you may want to add some interfacing.

diaper bag

Let's start by making the strap.  Fold the short ends under about 1/4 inch and press.  Next press the fabric in half lengthwise wrong sides together.  Open this back up and press the long ends in towards the middle.  Fold the fabric in half again and press.  Top-stitch along each side of the strap close to the edge.  Set this aside.

diaper bag strap

Now get your first pocket piece.  Fold the long end 1/4 inch down and press.  Fold another 1/4 inch and press.  Stitch along this fold creating a finished hem for the top edge of the pocket.
Pin the pocket piece to the bag exterior.  Draw a line down the middle of the pocket and stitch from the top of the pocket to the bottom.  Repeat these steps for the second pocket and exterior pieces.

diaper bag

Now place the two exterior pieces (with pocket pieces stitched on) right sides together.  
Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew around the three edges of the bag, leaving the top open.  
(White lines below indicate stitching lines.)


Pinch the corners together and draw a line 1 1/2 inches down from the corner.  Your line will measure 3 inches across.  Stitch on these lines and then clip the corners.

diaper bag

Turn right side out.  Attach an elastic loop (I used a ponytail holder) for the closure.

diaper bag

Set the bag exterior aside.

girl diaper bag

Now get your lining fabric.  Stitch along the three sides just as you did your exterior fabric but this time leave a 4- to 5-inch opening at the bottom.

diaper bag tutorial

Pinch the corners, measure 1 1/2 inches down from the corner, draw a line across, stitch across the line and trim the corners.

diaper bag

Place the exterior of the bag into the interior of the bag right sides together.
Align the seams and pin the layers together. 
Using 1/2-inch seam allowance, stitch around the top of the bag.

diaper bag

Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining.  Stitch the opening closed.

diaper bag for girls

Topstitch around the top edge of the diaper bag.  Attach the strap at the side seams of the bag.

diaper bag tutorial

Add a button on the side opposite the elastic loop and you're done!

doll diaper bag

linking to Quilt Story and Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. Adorable! Thanks for sharing - I just pinned it. :)

  2. this is so nce, thanks for going to the trouble to share !