Wednesday, March 02, 2011

30 minutes Diaper and Wipes Purse/Holder Tutorial

Tutorial revised on June 26, 2012.

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My princess was in school this morning while my li'l guy was having his mid-morning nap, so I have decided to whip up a little something out of some fabrics I have in my stash. I still had some of the linen fabric I used for this project and the Michael Miller print fabric I used for other projects (this and this). 

So, I took what was left of my linen and MM fabric, some lace and zipper from my stash and made this

Yeah... It's somewhat similar to this organizer/make-up purse I made except that it's bigger, has one more compartment inside (compared to just one card holder of my purse project), has one zippered pocket outside (as shown above) plus it has this:

So, your child spilled her juice... you don't have to struggle while in a hurry to zip open your diaper/wipes holder to get one wet tissue! Great, right? So, you wanna know how you can make one? 

So, you will need:

Piece A: 2 linen fabric pcs., 1 with hole 11.5" x 8" 
Piece B: 2 pink fabric pcs., 1 with hole 11.5" x 8" 
Pieces C: 1 linen fabric pc. 11.5" x 7.5" for interior pocket
Piece D: 1 linen fabric pc. 9" x 8" for zippered pocket
Piece E: 1 pink fabric pc. 9" X 4" (to be used as interior of the zippered pocket) - not shown in the picture
Pieces F: 2 linen fabric pcs. 2" x 1.5" for purse zipper tab
Pieces G: 2 pink fabric pcs. 2" x 1.5" for zippered pocket tab - not shown in the picture
Piece H: 1 pink fabric pc. 14" x 1" bias tape - not shown in the picture
1 pc. 11" zipper for the purse
1 pc. 9" zipper for the zippered pocket
lace for embellishment

Get pieces F for your zipper end covers and fold as shown below.

Sew them on to each end of the zipper. It would be better to adjust your velocity knob to the slowest for this part so your needle won't gett caught or break when it hits the metal parts of the zipper. It is also a good idea to take out these metal parts. Sew very slowly. 
Using the same procedure, get fabric pieces G and sew it on the other zipper so you will have two zippers (different length) with sewn tabs on each and either end.

Get fabric piece C so we can assemble the interior pocket. Fold it in half crosswise, and sew a straight stitch leaving a 1/4 seam from the folded edge of your fabric.

Get one of the fabric piece B (the one without hole) and sew the pocket on with a basting stitch, sewing the bottom and both sides of the pocket to the pink fabric. 

Get the center of your sewn piece by folding it in half. Sew a straight stitch on the center of your pocket so you will have two compartments for your pocket. 

So you now have two pockets instead of just one! Neat! ^^)

Now, get fabric pieces D (both of them), fold crosswise with right sides together (as shown below) and in between them place the zipper (shorter one). Make sure to align all of the raw edges as using the zupper foot, sew the zipper on the fabric. I typically sew 1/4" away from the edge.

Turn the sewn pocket piece.

Sew the lace on.

Get fabric piece E and sew the zipper on it using the same technique as we did above (to attach the zipper to the linen fabric - pocket). When it's sewn on, edgestitch just to strengthen the stitches.

Get one of the fabric piece A (the piece without the hole) and attach your pocket to it by spreading (opening) the whole zippered pocket piece we have just sewn. Align the raw edges of the pink fabric to the edge of fabric piece A making sure the pocket is more or less centered and the pink fabric should be facing you while the wrong side of the pink fabric should be facing the right side of fabric piece A. Sew the pink fabric on fabric piece A by sewing straight stitches, using the edgestitching you've done above as guide BUT make sure you start sewing and end sewing the straight stitches just where the zipper tab starts and ends (you can see it  below)

As you can see below, the interior fabric of the zippered pocket (pink fabric) is sewn on fabric piece A (no hole piece) but the stitches starts or ends on either zipper tab.

Take the other piece of the pocket (piece D) and align its raw edges with the raw edges of piece A and C. Take together fabric pieces D and C and fold the short sides under fabric C (as shown below) tuck it in under the pink interior fabric of the pocket (fabric piece C). Pin as necessary and do the same to the other side of the pocket. Sew close each side by sewing straight stitches about 1/8" away from the folded edges of the pocket.

After you've sewn the sides of the pocket, the only unsewn part of the pocket is the bottom part as you can see below.

Now you can sew close the bottom edge by sewing basting stitches (no backtracks). This is to make sure you'll catch all layers when you construct your purse later.

As you can see, I have sewn the zipper ends cover onto fabric piece A (no hole) because I didn't want it moving a lot. This is optional though and would depend whether you want to sew it on or not.

Now, we have a zippered pocket with the bottom sewn close.

This time, we need to attach the long zipper to both fabric pieces A (with hole and no hole+zippered pocket). You can follow these detailed instructions but it's basically the same as what we did with our zippered pocket. I have sewn some lace on one side of the purse (the fabric piece A with the hole). FOLLOW THESE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ATTACH ZIPPER TO THE PURSE PIECES. Click here for the detailed instructions. Basically, you take 1 piece A(with zippered pocket) and 1 piece B (with interior pockets), bring them right sides together, insert in between them the zipper (the zipper should be "right side facing the right side of fabric piece A) and you sew the zipper on with the zipper foot 1/4" away from the raw edges. Sew on the other side of the zipper by getting together fabric piece A (with hole) and fabric piece B (with hole), zipper should be "right side facing right side of fabric piece A with hole" and sew it on using the same technique we used above. After I have sewn on the zipper to the purse pieces, I sewed on lace to embellish it.

As you can see below, I already have the holes done for the wipes. Basically, you just trace where your opening should be and cut carefully. VERY IMPORTANT: make sure the zipper is open all the way. This will make it easier for us to turn the purse inside out later. Assemble the purse by pinning together both fabric pieces A (one with zippered pocket and one with hole) and both fabric pieces B (one with interior pockets and one with hole). Pin as necessary.

Sew the fabric pieces together by sewing all around the four sides of the purse. When you get to the part where the zipper tab is, don't sew through the tabs but just beside it. (see here)After sewing straight stitches, serge or sew zigzag stitches to prevent fraying.

Take the tip of the fabric pieces and sew a straight stitch 1" away from each tip of your purse as shown below. Then cut excess fabric by cutting about 1/4" away from the straight stitches then do zigzag stitches to the cut (raw) edge just to prevent fraying.

So, you'll have these blunt edges which will give your purse more "room".

Turn the sewn purse inside out through the holes you have made for your wipes. After you have turn the purse inside out, align very well the holes, pin as necessary and sew on the edges of the hole by sewing basting stitches. This is to make sure we will catch both pieces (piece A and B with hole) when we sew the bias tape on.

Get your bias tape and sew it all around the hole. I wasn't able to make photos of each step but just to explain how I did it, please refer to THIS TUTORIAL, step 5.

When you're finished with the bias, you'll have this:

A view of the interior of the purse/organizer with the interior pockets in use.

Oh, I need some wet tissue. Fast!

Well, here you go! ^^)

And oh, the zippered pocket in action...

You could even add a wristlet if you want, see here

I really like how this came out. Though, I am already planning on making another one. I am thinking of adding a separator so inside it's like having 2 purses in 1. The other side is for the diapers and wipes (of course, with the hole!) and the other side would hold baby's nappy cream, maybe mom's lip balm, health care cards) and I will still keep the outer and zippered pocket. ^^)

This project is so easy-to-do. It actually took me longer to write the tutorial than sewing it! I hope you'd make one and show me your own 30-minute Diaper and Wipes Purse/Holder!

Happy crafty wednesday everyone and I hope you liked today's tutorial. Next week, I'll show you the summer dress I made as a birthday gift for my princess' friend and I will post a tutorial, too ^^). 

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Jenn said...

Very cute! Can't wait to see the summer dress!

Laura said...

Omg I love it!!..I am going to try to do one for myself!!

casserole said...

What a handy organizer! I love all of those pockets! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Erin said...
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To Sew With Love said...

Hi, Erin. I have tried to send you an email but I couldn't find it. thanks for your constructive feedback. I looked into the music issue and I have tried to solve it. I hope that your previous experience won't keep you from visiting us again. Hope to see you here again soon ^^)


Erin said...

thank you for fixing the music,

love your ideas.

To Sew With Love said...

the pleasure's mine, Erin ^^)

Rachel {} said...

what a great idea... I love that it is soft and easy to transport... SO Cute!!! I hope you will share this over at the Project Party Weekend!

Charmaine said...

What a cool idea and I love the fabric you've used. Thanks for the excellent tutorial.

Suzanne said...

I'm beyond diapers and wipes but I love the idea of making something that makes the wipes look so much better. Thanks!

Cook Clean Craft said...

Very cute. Love the choice of fabrics! Stopping by from the Tip Junkie link-up.

dizzytina said...

That is just so cute thanks so much for sharing I may give one ago Tina x x

Erica {B is for Boy} said...

This is so clever! It is perfect for a quick trip somewhere when you don't want to take a diaper bag!

April said...

Very cute! I love the fabric. I have been wanting to make one of these too, but I think by the time I get around to it my youngest will be out of diapers! lol

AllieMakes! said...

Cute idea to make a carry-all! Great tutorial! Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie last week! I can't wait to see what you have for this week!

Ginger said...

Neat idea! I need to make something like this because I hate carrying around a big purse...or a purse period. But it would be nice to have something small to stash the necessities! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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angie said...

Oh I love this! Especially the idea of making it a wrist-let. I try to be as minimalist as possible and having something like this would be great. I'll have to try it! :)

Laura said...

Really like this craft. Hope to try it soon.
Did not like the toolbar that came with it.

Joseph said...

What type of cloth you have use and how you get print on it?
Gift Card printing
Scratch Cards
Plastic Business Cards

Melanie Ball said...

I love this design!! I am new to this sewing hobby and would love to see a video of this being made, is there one?

Melanie Ball said...

I love this design!! I am new to this sewing hobby and would love to see a video of this being made, is there one?

Melanie Ball said...

Oppsie, I'm talking about the wipes case, would love to see a video please :)

Melanie Ball said...

Oopsie, my comment is talking about the wipes case, I would love to see a video please :)

Lindy said...

Love this! I am trying to make this right now and have a few questions. Do you have an email address?

Lelanie Denso said...

@LindyYes, Lindy. It's ToSewWithLove(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Lauren Lanker said...

Just wanted to let you know I loved your diaper and wipes purse holder so much, I featured it in my round-up of 16 DIY Baby Shower Gift Ideas. Feel free to stop by and check it out anytime!

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Corisa Ford said...

I commented, then it gives me a blank cell asking me for my email address.


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