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Diaper Bag With a Divider

Diaper Bag With a Divider

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Published by Robyn Vines Smith
A PDF version of our popular sewing tutorial, originally found at warehousefabricsinc.com/blog
A PDF version of our popular sewing tutorial, originally found at warehousefabricsinc.com/blog

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Published by: Robyn Vines Smith on Apr 10, 2012
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I'm pregnant, and I recently bought a fancy-pantsdesigner diaper bag that's compact and looks like a purse. But, really, who am I trying to kid? I could
fit the contents of my purse in there, but with baby stuff, too? No way. I mean, every day when I walk into work I have a tote bag, a purse and a lunch cooler that looks like a purse (and they are all in different patterns, so I look like some sort of mismatched hobo).Add a baby's needs to this, and I had to get serious andaccept the fact that I'm going to need something bigger.Much bigger.I set off on a quest to make the most useful diaper bag I could. I had made some for friends before, but Ireally wanted a center divider. You can carry your stuff and baby's stuff, all in one bag. It's a biggun,measuring about 19" long, 12" tall and 6" wide.I completely redesigned and came up with this one. I'lladmit, I was winging it and wondered if somewhere I'd realize I'd made some fatal miscalculation onhow it would all come together. But guess what? It came together 
. Now I'm going to walk youthrough the same project.What's exciting about this bag? It's full of useful surprises! It's got a divider inside and lots of pockets,including some with elastic that pull out, which are great for bottles.This is a complicated bag, but I wouldn't say you have to be a really experienced sewer to make it. You just need some patience and time. If you've ever wondered how to put a divider in a bag, I'll walk youthrough that. This bag also has a lot of body, so it stands up on its own. As always, if you need help or don't understand something in my instructions, please contact me using the e-mail link in the "contact" page to the right.
NOTE: This is one of our more popular projects. If you make it, please share pictures with us onour Flickr page! Also, submit anything made with fabrics from Warehouse Fabrics Inc. to our gallery page. Simply click "Add Photo to Gallery" just above the pictures.
(Click fabrics for direct links for purchase at Warehouse Fabrics Inc.)
Sundeck black -ODSUKBLK Elizabeth black/yellow -Fancy black/yellow- FAYBLWMelrose black/yellow -
ELHBLWMEEBLWStrap hardwareStiff interfacingFusible fleeceCord1/4" elasticI used a yard each of the black and the Elizabeth. I used half a yard each of the Melrose and Fancy. Iused about 66 inches of piping cord, 4 purse strap hardware squares, 1 magnetic snap, 2 yards of fusiblefleece and 2.5 yards of Craft Fuse interfacing. I would guess that I used about 30" of elastic, but Iactually was using up scraps.
The pattern
I didn't make a downloadable pattern this time because all of the pieces are rectangles. Just draw piecesto these dimensions. (Yep. There's a lot of cutting!) (numbers are width x height, in case you are using adirectional print)
Bag front/back, exterior and interior:
20"x13"cut 2 main fabric (in my case, black)cut 2 lining fabric #1cut 2 fusible fleececut 2 interfacing (I used Craft Fuse)
Bag sides, exterior:
7"x13"cut 2 main fabriccut 2 fusible fleececut 2 interfacing (I used Craft Fuse)
Bag bottom, exterior:
20"x7"cut 1 main fabriccut 1 fusible fleececut 1 interfacing (I used Craft Fuse)
Bag sides, interior:
4"x13"cut 4 lining fabric #1
Bag bottom, interior:
20"x4"cut 2 lining fabric #1
Divider, interior:
20"x10.5"cut 2 lining fabric #2cut 2 interfacing
Exterior pockets:
20"x8.5"cut 4 lining fabric #1
Straight pocket, interior:

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