Suddenly all my close friends are having babies! Well, not all of them, but some of them. Crazy! :)
Rachel asked me to make her a custom diaper bag for her new role as mother to Nevin. I had never attempted to make a diaper bag before (and really in all actuality had no idea how one was actually constructed or what was required of a diaper bag), but Rachel did suggest the colours she wanted (tan and a blue fabric lining of some sort, with a bird stencil in blue but not pastel :), with a couple of pockets, divider in the main section), but other than that I had free reign to create. I love it when custom orders are like that, freedom to create, explore, work out, and make something fun.
I decided to do some research at the mall, but I steered clear of the upscale baby boutiques and instead just checked out diaper bags at Wal*Mart. Much less crazy in there. Some people have too much money to spend. I wanted to know what a regular mom would get in a diaper bag, not upscale-suburbia-mom.
So, ta dah:
I went with a elasticy-top pocket. I think that this can be versatile, baby bottles, booties, socks, baby fluff, etc. I don't have any experience with babies, but I know they have stuff.
Bird motif as per Rachel's request... a nice pale English-bluebird-kind-of-blue felt.
This picture looks weird. But that is what the full view looks like. I went with a nice beigey-tan fine-wale cordoroy. And look, the whole thing matches my bird wall post thing! :)
I finally settled on a plain blue lining for the interior. I looked all over for a Rachel-y kind of print of some sort that wasn't too baby-ish or lame, but the only one I found that I sort-of thought could possibly work was a coffee cups and coffee words print in a much paler blue, and I wasn't sure that was very diaper bag appropriate. And in the end I really like the way the two colours worked together. You'll notice I went with velcro fasteners. I've never used velcro on a bag before, but I thought it would work better in the rush of baby requirements than snaps would.
Detail of the tag and extra-duty X-reinforced strap stitching. The entire bagbody is reinforced with interfacing to make it a bit stiffer and to uphold to the elements of mothering and babying.
Hope that it serves all your needs well Rachel. :)