Angela's Diaper Bag

Hi, my name is Melissa Mortenson and I'm very excited to share the tutorial for this fun diaper bag! It is made from 1 charm pack and 1 layer cake... that's it! No other yardage required ... just some interfacing and fusible fleece! I made this for a friend, Angela, thus the name.

I hope you enjoy it! I loved making it. Stop by my blog the polkadot chair and say hi!

1 Charm Pack- I used Santorini by Lila Tueller
1 Layer Cake
Fusible Fleece
Timtex/Peltex (fusible)
Heavy Weight Fusible Interfacing (I used fuse-a-shade)
Wide ribbon

1 pkg fabric lamination sheets- I used Heat n' Bond Iron on Vinyl Matte. It comes in a package and is sold at the fabric store next to the Heat n' Bond products.
1 hand towel
1/4" wide elastic

This bag uses 1 layer cake and 1 charm pack. You will use almost the entire package of both. So to begin it is VERY important that you lay out all of your pieces. I think it’s easiest to open the package and put “similar” prints and colors together. It helps with sorting.

First lay out the pieces for the front and back of the bag.

These are charm pieces. (5" pre-cut squares)

You will need 8 uncut charms for the front and 8 for the back

You will then need 4 additional charms for the top border.

Cut these pieces in half so that you have 8 2.5x5" pieces.
Stitch together bag front and back pieces.

Set aside. You are done with the charm pieces

*note : I have an embroidery machine. So I decided to add a monogram to the front. If you do this, do it after the pieces are stitched but before you complete any other steps.

Next the layer cake pieces. Hold on this one’s a biggie!

Put piles by color or pattern. You will have several that you have 2 of the same pattern but different colors, you will also have several that are exactly the same. Match those up. Put in piles.

You will need:
2 matching/coordinating layer cake (LC) pieces for the side panels
2 matching/coordinating LC pieces for side panel lining
1 LC piece for side panel & side lining border
2 matching/coordinating LC for the outer pockets
2 matching/coordinating for the LC outer pockets lining
2 matching/coordinating LC pieces for the bottom of the bag (outside bottom)
2 matching/coordinating LC pieces for the inside bottom of bag
4 LC pieces for front and back lining
1 or 2 LC piece for front and back lining border (up to you if you want the same pattern on all the border- I used 2 different pieces)
12 LC pieces for inside pockets (I just used a variety of pieces for this, none of them were the same)
2 matching LC pieces for bag divider side 1
2 matching LC pieces for bag divider side 2

Okay now you are going to cut some of your Layer Cake Pieces. SAVE ALL of your scraps. We will use some of them later. (note: in this photo the pieces look to be different lengths, they are not, they are both 10" long, they just are laid out and not sewn yet that is why they look different)

The side panel of the bags are 8” wide.
Cut the following to 8” wide (do NOT cut the other edge, leave it at 10”)

2 side panels
2 side linings
1 side panel border
1 side panel border lining

Next Cut the side panel border piece to:
8” x 2.5"- you need 4

Cut 2 side pockets to:
Cut 2 side pocket linings to

Now for bag lining pieces:

Cut front and back lining border- to do this, Cut 1 layer cake piece into
4 pieces each 10”x 2.5” (you can use 2 different patterns if you like, that is what I did)

Now you are ready to start sewing!

Start with the lining:

Sew front lining piece (uncut layer piece) to lining border piece (10x2.5) Press seam up.
Sew 2nd front lining piece to lining border piece. Press seam down.
Matching seams sew 2 lining pieces together. (you will end up with a piece that is approx. 19.5 wide x 12.25 tall)
Repeat for back lining pieces & borders.

Due to seam allowance differences you need to trim the bag front piece (made out of charms earlier) and the lining piece to the same size.

Match centers and lay bag front over bag front lining. Trim excess off bag lining so it is the same size as bag front.

Repeat for back lining and bag back

Sew side lining pieces (8x10) to side lining borders (2.5x8)

Sew 2 layer cake pieces together to make bag lining bottom.

Next cut heavy weight fusible interfacing the same size as ALL lining pieces. Iron on. Set lining pieces aside.

you should have:

1 bag front lining

2 side panel linings

1 bag back lining

1 bag bottom lining

Next move to the outer bag pieces:

Sew 2 uncut layer cake pieces together to form Bottom of bag.

Cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size as the pieces and iron on to the following pieces:
Bag Front
Bag Back
2 side panels
2 pockets (8x8) do NOT put fusible fleece on the pocket lining pieces.
Bottom of Bag

Make the outer pockets:

Baste a 8” piece of piping to the top pocket
Pin pocket lining piece to pocket right sides together

With fusible fleece facing up…stitch pocket to lining on the SAME stitching line you used to baste the piping on.

Turn right side out and press.

Place pocket on top of side panel. Match edges and baste pocket to side panel

Sew bag front to side panel
Sew same side panel to bag back
Sew 2nd side panel to bag back
Sew bag front to 2nd side panel
(photo shows bag front, 1 side panel and bag back)

PRESS seams so that you get crisp edges.

You will get something that looks like this:

Next sew bag bottom on. Sew 2 long sides first stopping ¼" from the edges. Then sew short sides.

This will complete the outside of the bag.

Set aside

Next inside pockets.
Repeat the following steps for inside pockets for front & back of bag

Sew 3 pocket pieces together. (uncut layer pieces)
Press seams
Sew 3 pocket lining pieces together
(photo shows pocket lining side)

Sew inside pocket pieces to pocket lining pieces at top (right sides together)
Press seam open. Turn right side out.

Measuring down ½” from the top of the pocket sew a casing for elastic.
(photo shows pocket side)

Cut a piece of elastic 19.5”. Thread though casing. (Adjust elastic if necessary so that pocket lays flat when pinned to bag lining.) Stitch elastic securely at both sides.

Lay pocket onto bag lining

Match side seams centers and bottom.

Form a pleat in the bottom of each pocket so that the top and bottom are the same width

Baste bottom to hold pleats in place. Baste sides.

Making sure to back stitch several times, sew down each panel to divide pocket into 3 separate compartments.

Sew lining front to side lining

sew side lining to lining back

sew lining back to 2nd side lining

sew 2nd side lining to front lining

Press seams open very well.

Sew lining bottom into lining.

Make handles:

You will need 8 scraps of layer cake (these are the pieces you saved from cutting earlier). Each piece should be 2x10

Sew 2 pieces together at short seam. Do this so you have 4 pieces 2”x 19.75

Press seams open

Apply heavy weight fusible interfacing to 2 of the handle pieces.

Sew 1 handle piece (with out interfacing) to one with interfacing. Sewing along one long side. Press seam open. Press raw edge of handle piece under ¼” on both pieces.

Fold in half (wrong sides together) and top stitch down both of the long sides of the handles.

Assemble the bag

Cut a piece of fusible peltex to fit inside of the bottom of the of the bag.

Pin & sew handle to front and back of bag. Sew over handle several times since this is a "stressed" area of the bag. Lining them up with the seam of the 5” squares

Pin & sew ribbon (cut it long, you can trim it later) to front and back centers of bag

On BOTH bag lining piece and bag pieces press under top seam ¼”

Insert peltex into bottom of bag

Put bag lining into bag. Match top seams and pin well. If for some reason the seams do not match up… adjust the side seams so that they do.

Very SLOWLY and carefully… top stitch bag to bag lining. Being careful not to catch the handles or the ribbon in the seams.

Put your iron INSIDE the sewn bag. Iron the inside bottom of the bag to fuse the peltex to bag and bag lining.

Make the divider:

Measure the width of your bag. Mine was 17.5. Cut a piece of peltex 17.5x9.5.

Take your 4 matching LC pieces. Sew 2 pieces together forming divider front and and 2 pieces to form back.

Sew divider front piece to divider back (right sides together) piece along 3 sides. (leaving short side open). Press well.

Slide peltex into divider.

Fold raw edge of divider in. Press. Top stitch around all 4 sides of divider.

Place divider inside finished bag. By hand, whip stitch divider into place at the top and bottom corners.

Optional Changing pad: You have enough pieces left over so why not make one? :-)

Cut 1 layer cake piece into 4 pieces, each 2.5 x 10

Sew to edges of 2 LC pieces.

Sew 2 pieces together and Press .

Laminate using iron on lamination sheets according to package directions.

Place laminated/pieced fabric on top of hand towel. Cut hand towel to size of laminated fabric.

Attach 2 loops of ¼” elastic to top of changing pad. Stitch down and back stitch… (these pop off easily if not stitched down properly)

Put right sides together and stitch changing pad to towel. Starting and stopping between elastic pieces. Turn inside out.
Press again (you will need the pressing piece from the lamination to be able to iron it- otherwise you will melt the laminate).

Whip stitch opening closed.

1 Diaper Bag


Needled Mom said...

Very clever and useful for a new mom.

Michaela said...

That's a lovely gift! Thanks for sharing.

Neabear said...

This is great! I can see this being used as a large purse too. Or a tote bag for travel.

rachel griffith said...

this is ubber cute.

Trisha said...

I am a few years past the needing to haul diapers around stage, but I think I would make and use this anyways as a tote. It is adorable!

PamKittyMorning said...

Very cute and super useful!

jen duncan said...

Great looking bag and the tut is very well done!

Vickie E said...

too cute!!

Annelies Dease said...

WOWEE!!!! This Grandma wannabe is going to print out the instructions and put it in my "when dreams come true" file. Thanks SEW much for sharing. XXX Annie


Those fabrics are so sweet it makes my teeth hurt! ;-) great tutorial, Loads of great info!

Kimberly said...

Inspiring! Terrifying (if you know my pattern following capabilities) but inspiring!

jaybird said...

cute project... i'll save it in the once i have a kid pile of projects!

Sabine said...

Very nice project. And I like very much the fabric choice. A little question: you use a "lamination sheet for fabric", to use with an iron. Please could you give me the references of this product I never heard about that! Thank you very much in advance, Kind regards

Donnelly said...

Nice job! I don't know anyone expecting a little one, but I will keep this just in case! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

Scot and Jenny said...

Does this tutorial have a printer friendly option? I love it and would like to print it off!

V and Co. said...

very cute!

The Harris Family said...

very cute. I am going to make this for my next baby.

Deb said...

wow! that is one scarey pattern. Um for the advanced sewer I'd say! Looks fantastic but... hmmm tricky!

bottleofbliss said...

Is this the same bag as the one on Amy Butler's Little Stitches ttp:// I was just looking at that book and was wondering if I can just get the book and make this for my friend.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the kind comments. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions... just to answer a couple:
-The fabric lamination sheets are by Heat n Bond.. They are called Iron on Vinyl and are sold in a package.
-It is not the same bag as the Amy Butler one.

Jenette said...

This is the cutest diaper bag I have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol said...

cute but you lost me with the changing pad.

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Such a beautiful bag, I love the color combination, adorable. On my must do list...

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.


cupotea said...

that is adorable!

Sabrina @ Twiggles and Trunks said...

wow. this is a beautiful diaper bag.

jom makan said...

i like your tutorial...soo cute the bag...tq said...

That is really neat and clever, In fact I am going to put a link to it from my website at Thanks for the thorough tutorial. If you can return the favor with a link on your site I would appreciate it.

Alina Ali said...

Hi, I tried your diaper's bag tutorial.. I really can't believe the result.. it was very nice.. I made one for my sister in-law.. she love it...

Lu said...

Just wanted to let you know I made one and I love it! I posted about it here on my blog, just Lu. Thanks for the tutorial!

Dearly Loved Wedding Photography said...

LOVE this tute. I'll definitely be trying this!

girl said...

Your work is wonderful! Absolutely love it!

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bubu mama said...

Just found your site. Love this tutorial and I plan to make one for my baby due in May. Question: if I am not doing quilt style and using one fabric, how big do I need to measure each piece?

charlygirl said...

Hey, this is wonderful! do you sell them? i would love to buy one?

Kristy Grimes said...

What did you use as a seam allowence? 1/4in? 1/2in?

Melissa {polkadot chair} said...

Seam allowance is 1/4"

vivian said...

When you say 1 layer cake what is that

angieclarkson said...

Hi There,
I love this bag and in fact its the second time I have made it.
I need help though.
The side panels are 8inchs wide, yet the base is 10inchs wide. Do you need to gather it to fit or is the base meant to be 8 inchs too?

Galadriel said...

The bag looks great, I'm looking for ideas to make for my cousin and his girlfriend who are expecting baby, BUT I am confused with the materials needed...

1. When I read layer cake I think of baking not sewing, would you be so kind to explain me what kind of material is layer cake?

2. If I can't find charm pack what kind of material should I work with (cotton, etc) and what quantity (yards)?

3. What is Timtex/Peltex?

Thank you in advance for the clarifications.

Pamela Graham said...

Look up Layer cake and charm pack sizes in

Jessie Woods said...

How much fusible fleece do you need for this diaper bag? I want to make it but need to order all of the materials :)
Thank you!

61cf271a-1b56-11e3-bf77-000bcdcb8a73 said...

I love the results , but iF you would please in future write down finished sizes of pieces.. so if not using "pre-cut" pieces, people would have a better conscept of size... layer cake is 10 x10 correct and charm packs 5x5 inch cotton / cotton blends .. I made a diaper bag following ?? Moda 2 1/2 strips it turned out HUGE , had to unsew entire project and cut down to re-size... some where my math and yours were not even close..LOL
Sandy Johnson

Concha de Aromadetela said...

Me encanta el bolso, es una preciosidad. Alegre y divertido por las telas y la gracia con la que está hecho. Felicidades.

GL Conley said...

I really like these purses. So beautiful and unique!! I have way to many purses but love making handmade purses!!