Monday, June 28, 2010

Messenger Bags/Diaper Bags

I made my first messenger bags as Christmas gifts in 2008. Because finances were tight for many in my husband's family, we all decided that if a gift was given, it had to be homemade. It was fun to have this challenge. I chose to make messenger bags for all the girls, and matching smaller bags for their daughters. The guys got cookies. A few months later I decided to adapt the bag into a diaper bag for a friend's baby shower. It was simple to do, and I especially liked that it didn't look like a diaper bag from the outside. Since then, I've made several more, adapted my pattern, and been really happy with the outcome. My favorite bag (which I still need to take a picture of) is the one I made for my son before he was born. I had bought the fabric for a different bag months before I even found out I was pregnant with him. As soon as I knew we were having a boy, I was excited about the bag it could be for Jace.

Before heading to Maryland this past May, I saw a beautiful diaper bag on Etsy. Only problem, it was $140. I decided to try to just make up a bag like it using fabric I had sitting around. I'm pleased with the outcome, loved having it for our trip, and looking forward to trying another one (this time with fabric that would better show off the pleats, and making adaptations to simplify making it). My version of the pleated bag:
I loved using the rosettes so much on my mother-in-law's gift, that I had to do more on this bag. The striped/plaid fabric is left over from covering my dining room chairs, and the solid red is from my living room curtains. The O-rings were cut off of an old purse I planned to get rid of.
Great storage space! This makes a wonderful purse/diaper bag so I don't have to carry two bags.
A messenger/diaper bag I made for my friend Becca.

My first messenger bag adapted into a diaper bag. I couldn't find my original pattern when making it, which meant it turned out bigger than intended. That worked out well for my friend, though, since she had a toddler and a baby.
My niece, Jamie, modeling the bag that matched her mom's.
Sister-in-law Danielle and niece Madison with their bags.
Sister-in-law Rayanna and her bag.


  1. I love the flowers as well! Great job making the bags! Super cute diaper bag and I love that is doubles as a purse!

    Please enter my giveaway!

  2. What great diaper bags. I'm sure they've been well used and loved.

  3. Jill, I'm scanning through and not seeing anything but I thought I'd ask... did you ever post your pattern for the bag (the top one)? I LOVE it and I'm looking to make a new purse/diaper bag for me. That looks like the size I need and your compartments are exactly what I have been saying I want.

    Please point me in the right direction if it's here somewhere!

    Thanks so much!

  4. i would love that pattern as well! Looks so fun to make (& give)


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