Wednesday, June 24, 2009

diaper clutch

A diaper clutch was the one project I knew I wanted to create with Lauren.  We tried 2 versions (diaper clutch 1 and diaper clutch 2 below) before designing our own pattern (diaper clutch 3).  Then with our design, we created two versions: a simple clutch to hold a diaper wipe case and a few diapers as well as a clutch that also folds out into a changing pad.  Be sure to leave a comment here to be eligible to win the simple diaper clutch shown above!

Diaper Clutch 1:

For this clutch, I used the pattern found on Make It and Love It.  After making it, I thought it was a little too big. I wanted the diapers and wipes to fit snugly into the case.  Next time I would make it slightly smaller.

Diaper Clutch 2:

The idea for this clutch cam from Melissa Esplin's blog.  She used a business card pattern from Martha Stewart and made it bigger.  The business card project was actually an idea I posted several months ago so I loved her twist on the idea.  After making it, I felt it was too small.  I will definitely try making this clutch again.

Diaper Clutch 3:

After making the first two, we decided to come up with our own pattern.  We created two versions.  This tutorial features the simple clutch that fits a diaper wipe case and a few diapers.  To create the changing pad version, simply add enough length so the flap can wrap around once before closing.

What you'll need:
- faux leather (or an outer material)
- lining fabric
- magnetic clasp
- thread
- sewing machine

Step 1:  From your leather and lining fabric, cut 12" x 18" pieces.  From these, mark on the sides 4" down from the top and also the center point of the upper edge.  Draw a line from the side marks to the center point then cut.  This will create the "V" shape for the flap.

Step 2:  Attach magnets:  One will be placed 1 1/2" down from top of lining fabric and the other 3" up from the bottom of lining fabric.  Take what you have left of your leather and cut a one inch strip for top magnet.  Sew across top and bottom of strip securing the magnet into place.  For the bottom magnet, use about a 1 1/2" x 2" square and sew around edges to secure magnet.  You can adjust these measurements based on the type and size of magnet that you are using.

Step 3:  With right sides together, sew a 5/8" seam leaving approx. 4" at the bottom edge.  Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Topstitch the entire bottom edge to close hole. 

Step 4:  Pin the bottom edge up 6" then topstitch around entire clutch.  

Step 5:  Fill with wipes and approx. 2 diapers, close tight and enjoy!


Megan said...

Just today I was wondering how I was going to make a diaper clutch for the new baby. Hey Lauren, next time you have time off of school I have an empty bedroom at my house. :)

Leslie said...

That is adorable!

Lissy said...

Perfect :) I have one like version No 1 but I am off to try and make this :) Thanks for sharing :) Oh and I love the little half pleat skirt too :)

logans mom said...

How cute! I have been looking for one but havent found the best one for me yet!

Betina said...

Another thing I love but will never make. Please open a store. Please. Before my babies grow up.

Melissa [IS•LY] said...

Your version of the diaper clutch is so cute!

I'm wondering what material did you use for the poopy clutch pattern from IS•LY? I'm in LOVE with the shiny white! It's just so juicy.

Thanks for the link love!

Mary/Mommyof5! said...

Way cute! So useful too!

Maritime Girl said...

wow your mind is always thinking of such clever ideas. keep up the good brainstorming.

Laura Lucille said...

If I win this one, it's going to sister.

birthday girl said...

how cool... what a chic idea!

Haydee said...

I would love to win this for my friend who's having her first baby.

Steven said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


craftd1 said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for! GREAT!! There are four new babies expected around here between yesterday and February. I better get cracking :0)
Clutch 3 and a couple of matching burp cloths and I should be ready for them!

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