By: Jordana Paige
Nearing her due date, my sister wrote me this email (seriously, no editing here):
I am looking for a cute diaper clutch that holds a couple diapers, wipes and has a changing pad in it. Etsy has so many cute ones. Will you help me pick one out? I am going to use my JP Cezanne as my diaper bag. It will work perfectly. I looked more at the diaper bags today and they are either way too big, too expensive or just ugly. I don’t understand why they think moms want ugly bags or want to have kid fabric for their bag. Cezanne should work. I know the pockets aren’t all the same size for stuff as a diaper bag but I can make it work. Sure is cuter! Now I am working on organizing it.
My response was, “I’ll just make you one.” So off to the fabric store I went. Below are the instructions for what I came up with. I sized it to fit in Cezanne.
Open: 13.5 x 30 inches (pad 24″, pocket 6″)
Folded: 13.5 x 6.5 inches
Outside fabric and pocket lining: 1/2 yd. BPA Free Vinyl Coated Laminated Cotton Fabric
Inside fabric: 1/2 yd. Printed PUL Knit Laminated Fabric (it’s what’s used for making cloth diapers)
1/2 yd. Cotton batting
Elastic: 4 inches of 1/4″ elastic
One 1-inch button
Comments & Tips:
- This was my first time working with laminated cotton and it is a bit tricky. Just be patient with it. I don’t recommend working with it if this is your first sewing project. I chose it because I wanted a fabric that is easy to wipe clean. This could also be made with cotton fabric and be a lot easier to sew. Plus, then you could throw it in the wash. I was told at the fabric store the laminated cotton is machine washable. I haven’t personally tried it.
- Keep your pins within the seam allowance. They leave holes.
- I used a universal needle on my machine. It broke once when I was top-stitching through several layers.
- To iron out the creases of the laminated cotton, I placed it laminated side down. Then I placed a doubled cotton cloth on top, sprayed it with water and ironed it on the cotton setting.
- I used a slightly longer stitch length than normal. I was told to use a long stitch at the fabric store, but I didn’t find this was necessary. The longer stitch looked sloppy to me.
- There’s no pressing your seams. This is frustrating, but you’ll get through it.
All seams are .5″ unless otherwise noted.
Cut the following pieces:
Outside fabric: 14.5 x 37 inches
Inside fabric: 14.5 x 25
Pocket lining: 14.5 x 13
Batting: 14.5 x 24.5 inches
Inside and Pocket Lining:
Fold one edge of the 14.5″ side of the pocket lining down .5″, wrong sides together. Top stitch (I figured this out later so it’s not shown in the pictures). Sew the opposite edge of the pocket lining to the inside fabric, right sides together. Fold the pocket lining in half, right sides together. The pocket should now be 6″ deep. Sew from top to bottom of pocket.
Fold one edge of the 14.5″ side of the outside fabric down .5″, wrong sides together. Top stitch. Fold this end up 6″, right sides together. Sew from top to bottom of pocket. Mark center of 14.5″ edge, opposite of pocket. Fold elastic in half and pin at marking so raw edges match with raw edges of fabric.
Place inside and outside pieces right sides together (pockets are at bottom). Place batting on top, lining it up with the top of the pad. The batting should end where the pockets start. Beginning at the top left side of the pocket, sew along the left edge of pad, across top of pad, down the right edge, ending at the top right side of the pocket. The outside pocket and pocket lining should not be sewn to each other.
Turn pad right side out. The pocket lining will remain with wrong sides showing. Place pocket lining inside of pocket.
Top stitch top of pocket and pocket lining together. Top stitch along left, top and right edges of the pad, not the pockets. I stitches 1/4″ from the edge. This was the most difficult part for me. Take it slow. If you’re having problems, try 3/8″.
Beginning at pocket, fold up pad. Sew on button.