Baby On The Go Diaper Bag






Hello Moda Precut Lovers! It's Bradie, from A Quilty Kind of Girl here to share my Baby on the Go Diaper Bag Tutorial. I have made this bag a couple of times now, and every Mommy who gets one just loves it! A single jelly roll will yield two bags!


For this project you will need:

One Jelly Roll of Hunky Dory by Chez Moi.
One Charm Pack of Moda's Hunky Dory.
1 1/2 yards of coordinating fabric for inside of ONE bag.
17 inch zipper.
44 X 48 inch piece of batting.
6 inch by 45 inch piece of batting.


Separate the jelly strips into two piles of 20. Each pile of 20 will make one diaper bag.
Layout your strips for the diaper bag in the order you like. Then sew the strips together, first in pairs, stitching from top to bottom. Then sew the remaining seams in the opposite direction, bottom to top. This will keep your piecing nice and straight. Your finished piece will measure 40.5 X 44 inches.
Sandwich like a quilt top with batting and the bag lining fabric. Quilt however you like. Mine has wavy lines stitched along the seams. Quick and Easy! Trim away the extra batting and backing so your piece measures 40 X 44.
Now you can cut the following size pieces from your diaper bag quilt sandwich:


Main Body of Bag 33 X 16 inches
Sides 2 Pieces 9 X 9 inches.
Side Pockets 2 Pieces 9 X 9 inches.
Front Pockets 2 pieces 6 X 6 inches.
Handles 2 pieces 4 X 40 inches.


The remaining pieces are extra and may be set aside for some other creative endeavor!

Now to prepare the pockets. You need TWO (9 X 9) inch squares, and the TWO (6 X 6) inch squares. Fold 1/2 inch of the top edge over to the wrong side and press. Then fold another half inch and pin in place. Stitch in place to create a finished edge for the top of the pocket. Repeat for the other pockets.
Use this diagram to make the following markings on the bag body. Use a marking method which will wipe away easily once project is complete.

MAIN BODY OF BAG - MARKINGS:
A - 12 INCHES FROM VERTICAL CENTER
B - 4 INCHES FROM VERTICAL CENTER
C - VERTICAL CENTER
D - BOTTOM OF SMALL POCKETS - 5 INCHES FROM CENTER
E - HORIZONTAL CENTER
F - 8 INCHES FROM VERTICAL CENTER (mark both sides of bag)

Mark the center of the two smaller pockets, and place the two pockets face down on the bag body, lining up the pocket center with the pocket marking line.
Pin in place and stitch 1/4 away from raw edge. Stitch only the bottom of the pocket. Repeat for second pocket.
Fold pocket up so right side is showing and pin in place. Baste the sides of the pocket to the bag body. We will stitch over these again when we attach the handles.
Stitch the two handle strips together at both ends to form a long circular handle 80 inches long. Lay handle right side down on ironing board. Fold the two long edges in to meet in middle. Then fold the entire strap in half, pressing as you go to hold in place. Stitch down the long side with matching thread to hold handle together. Lay out the handle on the bag body. Center handle over the sides of the two pockets to cover the raw edge of the pocket. Pin handle in place.
Stitch handle to bag body using same thread used for quilting. Stitch up to and along the 12 INCH marking line, then cross the strap and stitch down the other side of the strap. You do not want the handles stitched onto the top portion of the bag.
A close up view of the handle and pocket after stitching.
Oh! The charm pack! What are we going to do with these...
Now to make a shoulder strap for your diaper bag! Choose nine squares....
Sew them together in one long row. Place right side up on top of the 6 inch by 45 inch piece of batting. Stitch around the entire strap about 1/8 inch from the edge.
Trim away all the excess batting.
Fold strap in half the long way, with right sides of fabric facing each other. Stitch down the long side, leaving the short sides open. Turn strap right side out and press with seam to one side. Top stitch the strap with your matching thread, about 1/4 inch from edge, on both long sides of the strap.
Now this is my favorite part... I know I'm getting soooo close to being DONE!! Mark the center of all four pocket sides. See picture....
Place pocket, right sides facing, on the center marking line of the bag body. Line up the center pocket marking, with the center bag line and pin in place. Repeat with second pocket on opposite side of bag. Begin stitching (with a HALF INCH seam allowance) half an inch from edge of pocket, and finish stitching half an inch from pocket edge. This will give your bag nice square corners. :) Repeat for pocket on other side of bag.
This is how the bag will look, once pockets have been attached.
Now we will stitch the side of the pocket to the side of the bag. Fold the pocket over top of the bag to line up the pocket center marking with the EIGHT INCH marking line on the bag. Pin in place. Again you begin stitching half an inch from pocket edge, and finish stitching half an inch from pocket edge. Repeat for second pocket.
Look! You're getting closer!!
Now fold the pocket over to line up the other side of the pocket. Pin in place and stitch the same way as you did the other two sides.
Another peek...
Now... let's attach the shoulder strap, k? Mark the center of the short side of strap and pin to the center of the pocket TOP. Make sure your strap is NOT twisted, (Don't ask...) and pin to the other side of bag as well.
Baste the strap to the bag. We will reinforce these stitches when we finish this edge of the bag.
NOw to attach the zipper... keep the bag inside out. Pin the zipper, right sides facing to the raw edge of the bag top. Stitch 1/4 inch from zipper edge.
Pin other side of zipper to other side of bag top. Stitch in place.
Turn the bag right side out, and top stitch along the edge of zipper with your matching thread. Stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge.
Now, believe it or not!!! it's time to finish those last two edges of the bag! Pin the opening in place and stitch closed. It is wise to stitch with the zipper side up to anticipate the metal fixtures on the zipper (Again, don't ask....)
It is a good idea to go back along the inner seams of the bag and finish them either with seam binding, or even a simple zig zag stitch in the seam allowance. This will improve the durability of your bag and it will hold up better if laundering is required. :)




One ridiculously cute diaper bag to carry baby's every need! Bag is large finishing at 16 X 8 X 8 inches. Shoulder strap has a 17 inch drop.

Bradie Sparrow
 A Quilty Kind of Girl

48 comments:

Modern Male Homemaker said...

I love this! I don't even have kids and yet I can't wait to make this project! Excellent tutorial and super cute diaper bag.

Chic Mama said...

Oh my- this is definitely going on the list before baby number 3!!

synnove75 said...

This is toooo cute! Thank you for such a great tutorial:-) I'm expecting a boy, and was looking for a pattern for a diaper bag. This one is perfect!

Sandra said...

This bag is so pretty! Nice job on the tutorial! Can't wait to try this one out. Thanks!

Sally said...

This is great! I can't wait to make it. I do have a question regarding how the handle is actually prepared before you attach it to the bag? It is early and I am still half asleep, so maybe I missed it somewhere in the tutorial... I will look again when I am not so bleary-eyed

Kelly said...

My SIL just announced she's expecting. Guess what she's getting for Christmas? :) Thanks!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Thank you for a great pattern and tutorial. I love it!

teresamnj said...

This is really cute! Love it. Hoping for a grandchild in the near future to make one for!

Molly @ Me and Madeline said...

Ummmm, so this is amazing. And I just happen to have a hunky dory jelly roll without a purpose! Now if only I knew if this bambino was a boy or a girl....

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Very cute Bradie! I bet this will come in handy soon!! :)

SarahB said...

What a great bag! Thanks for the tutorial! b

MomBrose said...

Love this!!!! Thank you for such great instructions!

Christine said...

This bag is amazing!! I have one and wow, the room inside is perfect and I have twins and an wee one!

Bradie the tutorial is PERFECT!! thank you so much!!

harleywife57 said...

Nice ! good easy to understand directions ; thanks !

Carmen Wilson said...

I LOVED the jelly roll sundress you posted earlier, and now this!!! I can't wait to make it....I'm sure it will be just as easy to do, as your tutorials are GREAT!! Thank YOU!

jmnstars said...

Very nice! I am almost tempted to make one even though I don't have any children...yet. :P

wccoble said...

This is sooo cute! My daughter is having a girl so this is going on my list of things to make for my new granddaughter!!

This bag would also be a great small duffle in other fabric for anyone! I might make one for me since I am a bag person!

Great tutorial! Thanks!!

foodmathquilts said...

Lovely tutorial. I especially like that you used the shorter handles to attach the sides of the outer pockets - very efficient!

Carole said...

This is so cute! Must remember for grandbabies one day.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very cute bag! A great tutorial, too.

corinne said...

I am making this for a picnic basket.

Sandie said...

This would make a great camera bag! Add a little more padding here and well I see my new sporty camera bag!

Ule said...

This is so cute!!! You are so talented!

thefirstlady said...

Thank you for posting this project. I'm going to use this "recipe" to create a lunch bag. I'm tired of carrying my work meals in old plastic grocery bags.

Beth said...

This is great, I'm going to start one right away as I know a young lady that is expecting her first baby!
Thanks so much.

michelle said...

I would like to know how long of a zipper do you need? and how long are the 4" strips for the handles have to be? I'm thinking this will be a great overnight bag for my grandkids. maybe make the shoulder strap shorter or not add it at all.

Bradie Sparrow said...

Hi Michelle!
The zipper is 17 inches long... sorry about that! :)
Bradie

Dora said...

Ooo....It would really be cute with a matching baby quilt. Might have to do that

Cathy_T said...

Hi. I've been drooling over this gorgeous bag for weeks. Now I finally bought some suitable fabric, and realised I don't know what weight of batting to use. I'm guessing 2oz would be ok? Thanks

Bradie Sparrow said...

Hi Cathy,
Any weight of batting will work!
:)

jojo said...

merci c est superbe bises jojo

mylinda said...

hello
i was wondering what size seam allowance you used

Melinda said...

What if you can't find a 17 inch zipper? Which is better, 16 in or 18 in? Thanks!

Patricia said...
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Patricia said...

Buy an 18" zipper with vinyl teeth (not metal). Measure and mark 1" up from the bottom of the zipper. Zigzag across the closed zipper at this point. I put just a spot of gel-type Super Glue to secure (squish the glue down into the sewing with a toothpick or some other disposible tool). Then, cut off the excess zipper about 1/2 to 3/4 inches below this spot.

Jen@GarageSaleDiaries said...

I LOVE this! adorable! I wish I could sew. that takes so much patience! love the colors!

Linda said...

I'm totally writing my Mom to see if she can make this for me - and I found another Moda style I like instead for a boy's bag: http://thequiltedcastle.com/category_637/Max-Whiskers.htm How cute is this!

Anonymous said...

I made 2 bags so far, but I keep running into the same issue. I am somewhat a novice in sewing so that might be the issue, but the 9x9 pieces are giving me fits. Do we make a hem in all 4 pieces or just 2 for the outside pocket. Also it was not clear to me how to put the pieces on the side, I figures it out by looking at the picture, but I can not figure out how to put the sides together, do they go on top of each other? I made one bag with all the 9" having a hem, I had I heck of a time getting that under the sewing machine foot. The next one I made I only did 2 of them with the hem on top, kept the other one as is. That was a bit easier to sew, but it was still difficult to get the strap, sides etc all in one place under the sewing machine. I actually sewed some of it by hand. However the bag is so cool, and it was/is something I was looking for to use it with my scraps of 2 baby blankets that will be gifts. Love the pattern, but even my husband who is a wizard at 3 dimensions, said that there was a step missing. Love to hear your comment. Thank you
Grada Lamb
Wiesbaden Germany

deborita said...

Perfect tutorial! I had never sewed anything, and I coud make a beautiful bag to my baby boy!

Sarah Haddox said...

Grada - I too felt a step is missing. I hemmed two pocket pieces, then placed one hemmed piece on top one non hemmed piece (bottoms matching) and basted the bottom and sides. (not the top as this makes your pocket). Then I sewed the bottom of the combined pocket piece as instructed to the bag body. Then sewed up the sides (three layers on each side are bein sewn). Hope that helps!

Ingrid said...

LOVE! Is there any way I could make it a little bit bigger??

Richard Healey said...

I like the bag nice

Unknown said...

I just finished my second bag and love them. I made the second one as a baby shower gift for a friend who is due a couple weeks after me. I am going to make a 3rd in winter colors.

Thank you so much for this tutorial. These were my first ever projects sewing and they turned out beautiful!

quiltmama said...

I'm with anonymous....not sure how the side pieces and side pockets go together...there was no step that mentioned stacking pieces wrong side (pocket) to right side (bag.)
Also, any ideas how to add a divider inside the bag?

Quiltin' Kay said...

Yep, it needs a step to attach side pockets to sides before attaching to the side of the main bag. Also, my batting must be a bit too heavy. I broke 3 needles making the handle. Other than that, I LOVE IT! It's going to be beautiful when it is done!

Marie-France said...

Hi love the pattern I am new at quilting and this will give me more practice one thing i may have misunderstood when you said to mark the lines on the bag to place the pieces you give only the measurements from certain lines but you dont mention how long is it the length of the pieces thank you for sharing this with us

Heart and soul said...

I am going to use this as a travel toiletry bag.... just an fyi when sewing right sides of fabric together.

Brandy Pettit said...

I made this bag as a baby shower gift for my neighbor, and love it so much I'm making one for myself! You can see my bag at:
http://pamperedpettit.blogspot.com/2014/02/diaper-bag-with-lots-of-pictures.html

I just think this tutorial is fantastic, thank you so much for coming up with it!
~Brandy