Last Friday I had a slight panic attack. I had a baby shower the next day and didn’t have my gift made. I’m one of those crazies who can’t just go out and buy a shower gift. I have to make something. Our pastor’s wife is having twins and we had a church-wide baby shower last Saturday. They are having a girl and a boy and had picked green and brown as the nursery colors. I usually like to make quilts for babies to be, but I like to give them when the children are born so I can customize a label. Usually I make my custom baby bibs, but I wanted to do something different.
I was running out of time. I had ordered the cutest pattern for a diaper bag a week ago and as of Friday morning it still hadn’t arrived…yikes! So I went for an adventure dig in my closet. I found some bag patterns that would fit the bill, then I found a baby quilt pattern which had diaper bag instructions…we have a winner! The diaper bag called for a strip of pieced blocks, but I knew time was too short for that. The pattern was “Butterfly Flip” by Atkinson Design. I love their patterns and this one was no exception. I hit a few bumps and snags along the way, but I was happy with the end result.
Here’s a quick peek at the finished diaper bag.
There were zippered pockets on each side, so I thought a his and hers pocket would be good to help the parents keep track of what belongs to who…especially with medicine and pacifiers. I embroidered His and Hers on each respective pocket.
Here’s a peek at one of the embroidered pockets. I love these fabrics and colors.
The bag had you quilt the pieces, then sew them together. There is an elastic gathered pocket on one end of the bag for a bottle, cell phone or such. Here’s a view of that pocket.
The crowning touch came to me when I was about finished with the project. I took matching ribbon and put through each zipper pull and attached a pacifier clip to each side of the bag. That way no swapping around of pacifiers. OK, it is a little hard to see. Maybe I should have picked a pacifier clip that wasn’t green.
Once the bag was done, I went shopping for baby goodies to fill the bag. This was a fun project, but I wished I had gotten my act together and started before the day before the shower. Six hours hard sewing at one time really was a bit rough. It was all worth it though. I’m usually one of those who plans months ahead of time. Guess I’m getting slow or lazy in my old age. Maybe I just like the stress…not!
I’ve already started on my next project (actually there was a Valentine’s Day quilt for me in between these projects that I just finished up the top for). My quilt guild makes quilts for an “at risk” preschool program called Bright Stars. I’ve committed to making four of these 40″ x 50″ quilts by our SpringFest meeting in early May. I have all four tops pieced (they were panels with borders mostly) so hopefully I’m on track. I also have a Christmas ornament project I want to share with you. Lots to share, just not a lot of time to write about it (or take photos).
Until next time, happy sewing & quilting!