I know I need a new diaper bag, should maybe even go back to a purse. Except for two problems, I don't want to spend the money, and I just have not had one scream out at me when shopping or browsing. I have looked, really looked. Between Christmas, my birthday, anniversary, and up coming Mother's Day I would have loved to point to a purse, tote, or bag and say hey I'm worth the splurge someone get me that. Nothing not one. But I saw this fabric on the clearance rack, and I wanted it for my next purse. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted. Then I decided to be lazy and let someone else do the work, I searched the web for a tutorial of what I wanted, and found it!
|sample tote I made first|
Over at Poppyseed fabrics! Super simple measurements, super simple construction. Well of course I changed a few things, I don't think I am capable of not changing things. So here is mine and here are the things I did differently. First I wanted a zipper I've tried purse's, tote's, diaper bag's, you name it... without zippers and they just don't work for me.
I made this sample tote, practicing the top zipper close. I'll be giving this tote to Timmie for Christmas, so not wasted and testing my pattern and additions just makes sense to me. I found that just as a thought this tote is to small for me.
Okay, so again I searched the web instead of reinventing and found this. I also wanted an inside zipper pocket, found here.
Now I wanted my bag bigger so I first made one from fabric I had no plans for, before making the bigger one for me using this super cute fabric I found on the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby. For my kids tote I used some left over ribbon that just happened to match the fibric, and a zipper that also matched, well matched in my eyes. I need something more heavy duty for my tote, Hopefully I will find a color I like.
Here are the construction pictures I took of the larger bag.