Know a child who loves to play with baby dolls? Then you’ll love this guest tutorial from the talented Amy Chappell to make an adorable dolly diaper bag and coordinating accessories!
Hello there! My name is Amy Chappell and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs. I love sewing, embroidery and all things fabric. I am the mom of 6 kids and use creating and designing as a way to stay sane in the midst of the chaos of motherhood. I hope you’ll join me over on my blog or on Instagram at @AmeroonieDesigns.
Today I’m here to share with you this Super fun Doll Diaper Bag with Accessories. Whether you’re sewing for a birthday, getting head start on Christmas gifts or just feel like making something fun and special for a little one in your life, I’ve got the project for you!
The diaper bag is the perfect size for those little toddlers and it even makes a great overnight bag for sleepovers at grandma’s. You can find the free tutorial for the diaper bag over on my blog or if you prefer a printable version, you can purchase the downloadable PDF in my Craftsy shop.
I also wanted to make some accessories for this little play set for my youngest daughter’s birthday. So, I have designed a diaper pattern, changing pad and “wipes” pack for you as well. The free pattern pieces for the accessories are available in my Craftsy shop. (If you would prefer a printable version of the tutorial, the full printable pattern download available for purchase here.)
Are you ready to get sewing?
You will need at least 1 fat quarter for the changing pad.
various scraps for the diapers and wipes-
white felt to create the wipes
fusible fleece for the changing pad
sew in velcro for diapers
pattern pieces for diapers and changing pad
optional (both can be replaced with regular cotton fabric):
minky or flannel for the inside of the diapers
laminated cotton for the back of the changing pad
(I am using Hello Baby fabric designed by Christopher Thompson, generously provided by Riley Blake Designs)
Cut out two fabric pieces using the pattern for each diaper. I cut one out of cotton and 1 out of minky
Place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the whole piece, leaving approx. 2 1/2″ opening on the longest straight edge for turning. Can I just say that sewing with minky is not my favorite! It shifts and stretches and gives me all sorts of fits. But, it is SO soft and my girls loved the look of it, so I thought it was worth it. Just pin the fabric really well, go slow, and check both sides of your project to make sure all the edges are caught in the seam allowance. I did have to go back and fix some holes that slipped open the first go around.
Clip all the corners and clip notches into the curves, or use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance of the curved leg cut outs.
Turn right side out and press. Top stitch all the way around, making sure the opening is closed and all raw edges are tucked in.
On the front of the short side (which will be the diaper front) sew a 3/4″ X 1 1/2″ piece of the loop part of the velcro (the soft side) to each end as shown. I like to go around at least twice to reinforce.
On the Back of the long side (which will be the back of the diaper) sew a 1/2″ X 1″ piece of the hook part of the velcro (the scratchy side) to each end. Again reinforce with extra stitching.
Your diapers are finished!
Cut 2 pieces of fabric 9″ X 18″, either 2 cotton or 1 cotton and 1 laminated cotton.
Cut 1 piece of fusible fleece 8 1/2″ X 17 1/2″
Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of one of your fabric pieces. (NOT the laminated cotton)
Use the pattern piece to round the corners of your changing mat. I folded the pieces in half and did both sides at once.
Place both pieces right sides together and sew around all 4 sides. Leave an approx. 4″ opening to turn right side out.
Cut notches into the curves on the corners, or again, use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance. Just make sure to not clip the threads!
turn right side out and press. Be really careful to not touch your iron to the laminated cotton!! I just pressed on the fabric side, but if you are worried about it, use a pressing cloth to cover the whole thing. Make sure to turn the edges of the turning opening to the inside.
Top stitch around the entire thing. *if you are having trouble with the laminated cotton, try lengthening your stitch length, use a walking foot or teflon foot, or my favorite trick is to put a piece of matte scotch tape on the bottom of my presser foot, just use a pin or sharp scissors to create an opening for the needle to go through!
Measure in from each short end 5 3/4″ and mark a line across the changing pad.
Sew along this line to create fold guides.
2- 5 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ pieces of main fabric
1- 5 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ piece from accent fabric
Sew the 6 1/2″ pieces on either side of the 1 1/2″ piece.
Fold the piece in half, wrong sides together, and line up the other ends of the 6 1/2″ pieces.
Sew along this line to create a fabric tube.
Turn the tube right side out.
Press the seam of the two main fabric pieces flat and continue along the piece. This will fold the accent piece of fabric in half.
Top stitch along the accent piece.
Fold the accent piece of fabric over 1 3/4″ toward the middle.
Fold the other side of the fabric piece over until the piece measures 3″ wide.
Sew along the top and bottom of the folded tube.
Trim seam allowance with pinking shears, serge the raw edges, or zig zag stitch across the edges to keep from fraying
Turn right side out and push out corners.
Cut 4″ squares of felt to make “wipes”.
Fold wipes in half and slip into the “package”.
And that’s it! Your accessories are all made! Now all that’s left to do is pack up the diaper bag and get busy playing!
The fabrics used in this post are from Christopher Thompson (aka the Tattooed Quilter)’s latest collection, Hello Baby! Check your favorite local shop or find them online from the Fat Quarter Shop, Etsy, or Fabric.com*.
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