DIY Diaper bag

When I started the process of searching for a diaper bag, I knew exactly what I wanted.  It had to be a neutral color so my husband could also carry it and not be subjected to walking around with a bright pink bag.  I didn’t want compartments on the outside of the bag, I wanted leather and I would prefer if it didn’t necessarily look like a diaper bag.  It needed to be quality and I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg.  One month in, I knew finding everything on my list would be close to impossible so I decided to make one myself.

I used Simplicity 1387 view A for this bag, with the following alterations:
-Lined the inside with satin and mesh for stability.  Made five pockets and storage spaces (failed to take a pic of the inside)
-Double stitched the seams separating the leather from the canvas
-Changed the positioning, length and width of the straps
-Added a decorative closure by making a 6×2 pull tab on each side and attaching a brass cast ring and spring snap
-Added an embossed stamp to personalize it a bit more
-Added a leather band around the top of the bag

The fabric used was this heavy weight cotton canvas from moodfabrics.com and heavy weight lambskin undyed leather from Tandy.  The leather and canvas was dyed using Fiebings leather dye in Cordovan

The hardware used was this 2″ brass cast ring
                                       this spring snap

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23 Comments

  1. November 11, 2014 / 5:17 am

    Beautiful!!! So much better than any diaper bag out there. So hard to find a good classic one, my straps always tear or the lining rips out. Just not durable, even the expensive ones. What a practical thing to sew!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:14 am

      Thank you Shelley!
      I definitely wanted a functional leather non diaper diaper bag 🙂

  2. November 11, 2014 / 7:24 am

    This is the first baby bag that I've seen that someone would actually want to be seen with!
    Your understanding of bag making is admirable and shows how your creativity extends beyond clothes making.
    Keep up the great posts!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:15 am

      Thank you so much

  3. November 11, 2014 / 9:35 am

    That is massively cool. What a great and stylish idea for something so mundanely utilitarian.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:15 am

      Thank you Laura

  4. November 11, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    So classy you could re-use it later for when your daughter takes up ice skating and you need a tote for her skates!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:16 am

      Thank you Mary Beth you are absolutely right unless she has weak ankles like her mom lol

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:17 am

      Thank you

  5. November 11, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Well, that is the most elegant, classy diaper bag I have ever seen! Wonderful job!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:17 am

      Thank you Val

  6. November 11, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Wow, I never would've envisioned this! I love your diaper bag! I'm sure your husband thanks you also, LOL.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:17 am

      Thank you Levone, yes he is grateful!

  7. November 11, 2014 / 9:17 pm

    As always, your work is impeccable. Love it!!!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:18 am

      Thank you Jennifer

  8. November 12, 2014 / 1:36 am

    Beautiful and definitely something you can repurpose after your diaper bag experience is over! Beautifully made and I appreciate your attention to detail! is it possible to see how you finished the interior? thank you.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:20 am

      Thank you Tee, I will try to update the post this weekend with inside pics.

  9. November 12, 2014 / 3:52 am

    Luv the bag! You are so talented! So . . .I visit the Tandy site every time you post a DIY using leather. Which hide do you choose? I've never purchased real leather and am curious about the process. Thanks!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:24 am

      The actual leather I purchased is sold out, but you can look for a heavy weight lambskin or any heavy weight garment leather. In order to be able to sew with your machine, make sure whatever leather you get it's garment leather.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:25 am

      Thank you

  10. December 2, 2014 / 11:06 am

    Great looking bag! You did an excellent job and designed something for those of us who don't like carrying pastels and lambs. Lol. Would like to see the inside. My girlfriend resorted to using a Coach backpack.

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