I’m not much of a diaper bag gal. All those pockets stress me out, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am just not that organized. I need one pocket for keys and cell phone, and everything else gets tossed in the sack. With Wes being my third baby, I just don’t have the room for a ton of baby gear. My friend Anne made this awesome gift for me last fall and it still serves my basic baby needs when we are on the go.
This thing holds diaps and wipes, and that’s it! Perf. It is also an easy grab when I blindly reach into my bottomless pit of a purse. I’ve even changed Wes’ diaper right on it. I have loved this wrap! I decided I needed to draft a pattern to keep in my arsenal of go-to baby gifts (because after all, you people just keep on having babies).
Join me in a little tutorial, because you, or someone you know, needs one of these:
You will need: 1/4 yard “inside” fabric, 1/4 yard “outside” fabric, 1 yard + a few inches coordinating ribbon, velcro, and thread.
Cut fabric as described below:
Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew the large pieces together, right sides facing, leaving a 2 inch gap at the top for turning out. This hole will be where your ribbon “hook” goes later. Sew two rectangles (each with Fabric A and Fabric B facing) leaving 2 inches on the shorter side of the rectangle to turn out. These will become your inside pockets. Sew 1 smaller rectangle in the same way. This will become your decorative outside pocket.
Turn out your shapes using a knitting needle or chopstick to get at those corners.
Iron flat your pieces. We will close all those holes in one swoop later.
Lay out your pockets and cut ribbon details just a bit longer than each of the pockets. Sew ribbon onto the top edge of each pocket.
Attach small, decorative pocket to the outside of your large panel. It’s a good idea to play around with pocket placement here. Practice folding the wrap into thirds. Get a feel for where those inside pockets go, relative to where you want to place your outside pocket. I wasn’t happy with my first placement, so I ripped the seam and re-sewed it.
Tuck the ribbon over-hang and sew 3 sides down.
Flip over. Now we will semi-attach the higher one of our inside pockets. Again, play with the placement. This pocket should cover up the bottom stitches you just made when sewing on the opposite side. *Note* this next row of stitching will be visible on the outside of your wrap. You may want to switch to a stronger needle, especially if your fabric is heavy weight like mine.
Just do your best, and don’t worry if your lines are not perfectly straight. Its a handmade gift, and it will be loved, wavy lines and all!
Okay, we are almost done, here comes the big move, the Pamchenko, if you will. But first, get your ribbon hook (cut 6 inches or so) and any other taggies situated!
Pin your lower pocket into place. Tuck those ribbon ends under. Add a personal tag if desired. Take a deep breath, aaaannddd TOEPICK, i mean TOPSTITCH! About a 1/4 inch around ought to work.
Now, place a couple of strips of sticky back velcro as seen below. Although this stuff is not ideal for fabrics, it has held up great on the wrap that Anne gave me. Still, I hand sewed a few stitches to better secure it.
FYI- It is certainly possible to use sew-on velcro, or snaps, or buttons to secure this wrap. You will have to think-it-through, and probably do some of that in the beginning of this process. This is just a template for your own creativity and skill!
Once you toss in your wipes and diaps, your finished product should look like this:
Don’t leave home without it!
18 thoughts on “Diaps-n-Wipes Wrap (tutorial)”
verrrrrry cute indeed, Caroline! and so practical! just what I’m looking for – these make great gifts for friends! thanks for sharing the tute!
Thanks Jennifer! I loved your superhero party post. Ah-mazing! -Caroline
Pamchenko? Toe pick? I’m dying….. Great tute sista. Why do I not have one of these?? My bottomless pit of a purse could use one (a-hem).
I thought you’d enjoy those references. I do it for your entertainment. Feel free to use my tutorial to make one for yourself. 😉
Thanks for the tutorial. It will probably come in handy in the near future. Babies abound these days.
Sisters! You both crack me up. Wish I had one! …a sister that is…hoping to be diaper free (forever) by the end of the summer…no need to change my gallon zip lock bag in the bottom of my purse in for something cute now…
But a great little project for future procreating friends…
Yes, your diaper free days are soon ahead! Kind of can’t believe Virginia is 2.5 already! You are an honorary sister by the way!
I LOVE this bag! I was so excited when I opened it, I squealed! I was looking for something easy that I could toss into a purse – and then this showed up! So cute and practical – perfect! Thank you again!
I’m so glad you liked the gift Katherine! It was fun to make! We were thrilled with Jet’s report card. He’s the best. 🙂
Hehe silly sisters. Fun tutorial! Always love a bit of funny business in the instructions, too. 😉
So if I leave off the ribbon does that mean I Surya Bonaly’d it? Nice idea, I think it might be fun to make with laminated fabric.
PAH! You got it girl! Totally would be great in laminated- easy to wipe down and super durable!
Love this….I will be making one for a mom to be!!! thanks so much
Oh good. Feel free to email with questions- I could have been a lot more detailed in my instructions- it was late.
Hey that’s exactly what I needed and ordered from etsy! You’re def right, w the third one I try to be as practical as I can. If you are making more, I would love to buy one for my sister that’s due. Great project
Hola! Coso a veces y me gustaría hacerlo más seguido pero por ahora con la pequeñita se me dificulta y pensaba mientras miraba tus trabajos que encontré por casualidad, cómo no tengo algo así para sus pañales mi bolso de mamá es un verdadero desastre , ésto da la pauta que el dicho…casa de herrero cuchillo de palo es verdad!!!
Saludos desde Argentina…
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