Friday, September 30, 2011

Yellow Chevron Diaper purse Tutorial

With the fall colors coming in I have been in the mood for burnt yellows, and toasty orange accessories.
So I decided to make a diaper purse.

I bought this fantastic Travel bag at World Market at the beginning of the year.
I knew it's size would be perfect for a mother of three. And I was right. 
It fits toys, books clothing, snacks and more. 
I call it my Mary Poppins bag because it can see bottomless.
So there is the only problem, always finding what I am looking for.
Fortunately it is even big enough to fit another purse inside of  it {or a child!}
SO that is where the idea to make a small diaper purse came from. 
No more searching just grab and go.
Now when I need to leave our church meetings for diaper emergencies I can take the diapers while looking cute and still leave Jones with the goods for our other children.

 First things first. I started with the bow. 
I cut 2  pieces of vinyl 1 3/4"x 6 1/12" and straight stitch them together right sides can face out.

then I cut a small strip to wrap around the center of the bow {sorry I didn't measure}

Then I straight stitched the long edges.

Then I pinched the vinyl together in what is called an accordion pleat
 And with a needle and thread hand stitched the middle band tightly in place.

 Next I cut my Fabric.
I used 2 different fabrics one for a liner, and the other as the outer fabric. 
Every piece was cut in both fabrics. *except the pocket

 You need:
1- 12"x 2 1/2 strip for the strap {I made mine 3" and it feels a little too wide}
3- 10 1/2 x 6" pieces 
2- 6 x 6 
1- 10 1/2 x 10 1/2
1- 7 x 4 1/2 pocket
 You will take the pocket and fold the edges down on 3 sides and straight stitch the edges.

 Then take one of the Liner pieces that measures 10 1/2 x 6 and center the pocket on the bottom
 Wrong side of pocket on right side of liner
 Straight stitch only the 4in. sides

 Then put the liner back together with the matching outer piece right sides together.
At this point all of the pieces should be pinned with their matching liner and outer piece right sides together 
{right sides meaning the pretty side of the fabric}
 Now you will want to straight stitch a 1/4" seam along 3 side of each piece, leaving one side open so that you can turn it right side out. As often as possible I left the bottom side open. * except for the 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 piece

 Then clip the corners before turning them right side out.

 After your pieces are right side out press all the seams and pin them together. 
Outer fabric together.
I started with the bottom first

And then did the sides.

 Now you can take the 10 1/2" x 10 1/2 " fold it in half and cut a curved edge on one side. Now straight stitch all along the sides and the curved edge. Not the bottom.
Clip the curved edges 

 *also forgot to mention that you may want to zig zag stitch the edges left open, if you did not do this before putting it together now would be the time to try.
Take the sides {6 x 6} and pinch them in half, while purse is inside out.
Pin and straight stitch the tops

Then add the top { curved piece} By first folding over the bottom edge outer side on outer side and zig zag stitch.
 The while purse is still inside out place folded and zig zag stitched side to the pocket lined piece and straight stitch it on.

 With the strap I straight stitched every edge an only left a 2 in space open to flip it right side out. I flipped int and then I folded an pinned the gap shut and did a straight stitch around the entire thing

 Then I folded about 3/4" onto the under side of the top piece closest to the opening of the purse making sure the other side of the strap was lined up on the other side and stitched it on.

 Then I pinched strap together and straight stitched it together at the bottom
Almost done!
Now all that is left it to add the bow and buttons. Center the bow at the bottom of the flap and straight stitch the ends on.
then I hand stitched the two buttons at either end.
Cut a 2" piece of elastic

put the ends together and cram it in the side seam of the purse and pinch the seam around it from the inside. Pin it securely in there, turn the purse inside out and stitch it in place.
And you are done!!
 Add some diapers and wipes and you are good to go!

 I added the pocket for keys or binkies, whatever you need!

Sure makes being a mom look cute.

In fact it is so darn cute I think I am going to make 2 more so Biscuit and Tober can carry around their girly toys.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crying for Cha-face

Today when we dropped C off at preschool, Tober was not happy about it.
She screamed the whole way home, "Cha-face!! Cha-FAcE"
When we arrived at home she was just whimpering and said "Mommy, I want cha face"
It was the sweetest thing.
I put her down for a nap, because she obviously needed one. 
I feel a little like I need one too.

When I picked him up from school I told him about her melt down this is what he said.
" Doesn't she know I was going to come back. When she wakes up from her nap I will give her a hug and a kiss and tell her about what I did in school and she will feel better."

And he did just that. Awesome day for me as a Mom.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tiny toe nails

I painted Tober's toe nails this morning. 
It was extremely satisfying :) and adorable.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sway with me

I have been inspired by my new niece to be to make a baby girl clothing collection.

Her Mommy is one stylish lady and her brothers always wear black, white and grey to church, so Naturally she will need a variety of dresses and skirts to match. :) 
I am still working on a few pieces. So hopefully soon I can show you what I have made.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

We went for a drive.

For me, one of the perks of living in Utah Valley is being able to drive the aspen loop n the fall.
So today that is what we did. 

 After church, we grabbed some bread and peanut butter, plus the apple pie I made the night before and  headed up the mountain. 

 We looked for rocks and ran around a bit.
 Smooched a little

 C had fun, Tober was a grump though. You could tell we skipped her nap time.

 My boys. :)
 I somehow managed to capture Jones smiling at the camera. It only took me 5 years but I finally did it!!

 I get pretty car sick but somehow sticking my feet out the window helped, a little bit.

I can't wait to watch the mountain change colors and then become covered in brilliantly white snow.
Good times ahead that is for sure.