Diaper Bag from Old Curtains


After searching for some fabric suitable Completed diaper bagfor my latest project I located a curtain pelmet which I’d stripped down into fabric and lining. So now for my latest project, a diaper bag from old curtains using a tutorial I found at Karen’s blog here.



TIPDon’t throw away small pieces of fabric, even small pieces can be used for decoration.




I started with my curtain pelmet material Materialsusing the lining for the inside and cut a piece out of each plus the straps, following the instructions on the tutorial.






Pieces cut out






At this point I noticed my white thread was getting low so had a look round for special offers. With thoughts of Christmas gifts starting to appear it might be prudent to make sure you have all you need, there’s nothing worse than starting a project and not having the right colour thread etc. I decided to stock up on threads and sundrys when I found this special offer Save 10% + Free P&P with offer code CRAFT10. Valid on orders of £20 or more at Stitch Craft Create



After the excitment of buying some nice bits and pieces it was back to the diaper bag.

My overlocker came in handy for the next Sewn seamsbit as the lining was fraying everywhere! Pinking shears will also work for this (check here for help on buying scissors). You can also do a zig zag stitch close to the edge.




Following the instructions, I turned it Turn right side outright side out but didn’t manage to get the corners as neat as I’d liked. I’m going to practise this technique, neat square corners look so much better.




 Strap sewn onNext it was the strap, straight forward following the instructions.






I didn’t have nappies/diapers and wipes to test Upcycled Diaper bag completefor size so guessed based on the tutorial image.







Then finally a fastener for the strap, I used velcro as it’s what I had in my sewing box.

And that’s it, it took me around 1hr 30mns to do including the photos, and it would make a nice gift filled with some nappies, wipes and cream. I’m going to be making more of these, a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric.

Complete with diapers and wet wipes open Complete with diapers and wet wipes closed shut

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  1. This is a great post Kathy and you make it sound so easy.I cant sew but you make me want to give it a try as you not only make it sound easy,it sounds fun too.

    • Even beginner sewers could make this diaper bag! Most of the things I make mean you only have to sew in straight lines. I made another 2 diaper bags today as gifts, it only took me around 3 hrs. Once I have the names of the babies I’ll do a little bit of embroidery. 🙂

  2. This looks like it would be possible for someone like me to do (even with my sewing machine phobia)! I'm sure it could also be easily adapted to hold other items 🙂

    • It’s pretty easy to do and as you say could be adapted, perhaps for toiletries, crochet hooks, travel bag (with wipes, ear plugs ect), the list is endless. There’s probably a hypnosis session for sewing machine phobia! 🙂

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