Monday, September 6, 2010

pretend and play diaper bag tutorial

I couldn't leave well enough alone!  I had to add a little something more to the doll bassinets that I made for my girls.  And I'm so glad I did.  I am loving this pretend a play diaper bag.  It's easy to make . . . even for someone like me.  It's cute and it can be used for other things besides playing mommy.  (I'll let you in on a little secret . . . I came across the method for making this by totally messing up my second doll bassinet.  I ended up throwing part of that bassinet aside and starting over.  Today, I pulled the part I tossed aside and decided to make it into something . . . this is what I came up with.) 

Pretend and Play Diaper Bag
**Goes with matching doll bassinet carrier**

Here's what you need:
1 - 30 x 9 inch piece of fabric for the outside of the diaper bag
1 - 30 x 9 inch pieces of fabric for the inside lining of the diaper bag
1 - 30 x 9 inch pieces of quilt batting for the diaper bag
1 - 16 x 11 1/2 inch piece of fabric for the flap
1 - 8 x 11 1/2 inch piece of interfacing
1 - 28 x 4 1/2 inch piece of fabric for the strap
**I also used two extra squares for a pocket

Here's what you do:
1) Pin batting to wrong side of outside of the bag.

2) Sew long straight lines every inch down the 9 inch side.  In other words, you will be sewing eight long straight lines all the way down the 30 inches of the fabric piece.  (I must confess that I'm THE WORST at sewing straight lines, so I used an fade-away fabric pen that disappears after a few hours to draw straight lines on the fabric . . . LOVE IT!)

3) Fold in half right sides together so that you have a 15 x 9 inch piece.  Pin.  Sew along three sides leaving one long side open. 

4)  At one corner seam, fold piece inward so that the right sides of one of the short-sided seams and the long-sided seam touch.  Pin.  Measure from corner about 1 1/2 inches.  Sew.  Cut off corner end.

5)  Do the same thing with the other corner.

6)  Now, pin and sew a seam seams on each side of the bottom of the bag to create a boxy bottom.

7) Do steps 3 through 6 with the lining piece.  Except when sewing around the three sides in step 3, leave a three inch opening for turning later.  (See second picture down.)
8)  Take 4 1/2 x 28 inch piece for strap and fold in half length-wise right sides together.  Sew down to form a tube.  Turn and top stitch on both long sides.

9) Pin strap to inside of quilted part of the bag.

10) Take interfacing and fuse to wrong side of one half of the flap piece of fabric.  (I also added a pocket after adding interfacing.)

11)  Fold flap piece in half right sides together.  Sew around leaving two inch opening for turning.  Trim corners, turn and top stitch around closing up opening to turn as you go.

12)  Pin flap to inside of quilted part of bag.

13)  Insert lining so that right sides are together.  Pin.  Sew around edge.

14)  Turn using turning hole in lining.  Sew up opening.  Stuff lining into bag.

15)  Pin around top edge.  Top stitch around edge.


Coming soon . . . diapers and other fun accessories.

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Mandy Beyeler said...

Wow!! that's dedication to make something so nice for "pretend"!

EllensCreativePassage said...

Very cute! Some little girl will enjoy playing mommy!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Oh goodness! That is so cute! I thought it was a big messenger bag when I saw the picture at first. I want one!! Without the bottle though. ;)

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

that is cute, you are so good with that sewing machine but you gave really good instructions that are easy to follow.

Unknown said...

oh my, you keep adding to my list of "nice to do" LOL. Great bag. thanks

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

super cute - thanks for the tutorial!

Emily said...

Wow! Super cute!! You seriously need to stop this, my list of things to make for my girls keeps growing because of you! :)

chris said...

My mama made dolly diaper bags for me, and now I love doing the same for the little girls in my life. Such a fun design!

Unknown said...

Wow, I love this so much! Maybe I can make one for me... I don't think anyone would know that it's meant to be a child's play-pretend toy... :)

Unknown said...

holy moly.... this is super cute but super ambitious! you're so talented!



Rachel said...

Adorable!! I'm going to have to make one for my little girl.

Megan {The Brick Bungalow} said...

I LOVE that fabric! So much so that I bought some to put in my daughter's room as decoration and used for inspiration for a growth chart.

Anonymous said...

I love this so much! Thank you for posting this. I am making a messenger bag for myself, only I didn't know it was going to BE a messenger bag until I already had the sides and lining cut out. Since it's patchwork as well as quilted, I didn't want to scrap it, but I couldn't picture how it would look with the flap added instead of all one piece like I normally do them...anyway, thanks for the clear instructions and the great pictures. I appreciate it a ton!

Anne said...

Oh, WOW! A little bitty dolly-sized diaper bag! I love it!!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Grandma G said...

Sweet! I've just added this tutorial to my "make before Christmas" list! Thanks!!

Unknown said...

That is so sweet. You're so talented....I just don't even have the *patience* for make it look "sew" easy. ;-)

RecycleCindy said...

This is a great picture tutorial for creating a cute play diaper bag for a child's baby doll. I followed the link over from It's so very Cheri's linky party. Glad to visit your blog and stumbled your post too.

Entertaining Women said...

You did a wonderful job on the tutorial for your precious play diaper bag. I can only imagine the smile on one happy little girl! Thank you for taking the time to guide us through this project. Cherry Kay

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is so cute and I love the fabric! Visiting from the Between Naps on the Porch linky party ~ sorry it took me so long. : )

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So cute and what a great tutorial!
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Mandy Beyeler said...

Thanks for linking up to Take-a-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy,

Atticmag said...

That's a darling bag and a great tutorial.

Did you hear about our $100 value Roxy girls' bedding giveaway? Hope so (it ends tomorrow). Jane F.

Unknown said...

Super cute! Love the fabric, too.

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

This turned out so WONDERFUL!! This is fo sho going on my to do list!!

love your guts

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Too cute, I love the fabirc you chose!

Lorie said...

We have about a million play purses, but I never thought about a play diaper bag! How fun! And such a great tutorial!

Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!

Unknown said...

I know a couple little girls who would love this! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Adorable! And a terrific tutorial!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

sew cute! :) Your girls are very lucky!
thanks for linking up to my first ever party.

Anonymous said...

That is so cute, I even want it for a REAL diaper bag!
Thanks for sharing.

Nicki Smith said...

Wow! Amazing! So cute! Great job!

Suzanne said...

So cute. I know what an effort it is to put together a good tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing! -- So generous of you.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

You always come up with the sweetest ideas! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

Krystal said...

I just made this today. Love how fast it came together, and how well it looks! I hand stitched the lining inside the bottom corners, to help keep it inside, otherwise my daughter would keep coming to me asking me to "fix it!" :)

Thanks for the great tutorials. Working on the other baby dolls things as well! Can't wait to see my girl's face at Christmas.

Karen said...

I loved this project! I can't wait to give it to my daughter for Christmas. I posted it on my blog. Thanks for the tutorial!

Grandma G said...

I did make the diaper bag and contents for my granddaughter for Christmas. You can see it here. It was such a fun project, and it was a huge hit! She loves it!!

Thanks for much for the tutorial!

Astrid said...

Hi there! This is a beautiful little diaper bag, and thank you so much for the tutorial - I am actually making to of these for my girls at this very moment. I have a question, and I hope you check in on your comments - I don't quite understand step 6. What are you pinning, and how do you create the boxy bottom? Thanks again!:)

Astrid said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial and for your help with my question! I made two of these and blogged about them here:

Melissa @ Homegrown Catholics said...

Thanks for this pretend diaper bag tutorial. I am going to link to it as an idea for a gift bag at a sibling baby shower.

KTON said...

I used your tutorial last night to make a diaper bag for play for a little girl I know. I made this project in about 3 hours and it turned out FAN-tastic! And the little girl LOVES it! I then was able to make it again this afternoon from memory and a little bigger for my son for a messenger bag and, again, was sooo easy to make! I think I might have saved a 1/2 hours time today since I had already had some practice. Thanks so much for this tutorial!

Unknown said...

I featured this at Sinful Sewing & Sweets as part of my 30 Sew-Made Holiday Ideas. Check it out at
Thanks for the cute idea,

DebraKay Neiman said...

so cute, thanks

Anonymous said...

1 - 30 x 9 inch piece of fabric for the outside of the diaper bag ...

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