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 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.
1/4″ wide elastic
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.
Stitch together bag front and back 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!
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
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 (10×2.5) 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 (8×10) to side lining borders (2.5×8)
Cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size as the pieces and iron on to the following pieces:
2 side panels
2 pockets (8×8) 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.
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)
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.
Next inside pockets.
Repeat the following steps for inside pockets for front & back of bag
Sew 3 pocket pieces together. (uncut layer pieces)
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)
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 lining bottom into lining.
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.
Measure the width of your bag. Mine was 17.5. Cut a piece of peltex 17.5×9.5.
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)
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.