I have used the same navy mini Eddie Bauer bag for the past seven years, and it’s been a great workhorse for me. It’s small, easily wipeable, durable, and holds what it needs to. (I don’t have a pic of it, but imagine your basic boxy little diaper bag with nylon strap, and you have it. I think it was, and is, sold at Target.)
(Important Detail: I love that the strap is adjustable to make it hang on my stroller without hitting the wheels, or sling over one shoulder, or wear across my body or behind my back, hands-free. I’ve been having trouble with my shoulders, mostly caused by my exclusive wearing of purses and totes on my right shoulder for all of my adolescent and adult life. My right shoulder sticks up higher than my left! So I need to be wearing a diaper bag either across my body, or on my left shoulder. But my left shoulder is wimpy, due to neglect, so the bag always falls down. Moving on…)
But beyond that fact that it’s boring and totally uninspiring, it’s too small for two in cloth diapers. I’m always grateful that we don’t have to haul around anything for bottle feeding, because that would necessitate an even bigger bag, but two in cloth diapers will be enough. (Don’t forget sippy cups, snacks, extra changes of clothes, wet bag for dirties, small toys and a book or two, my wallet and keys…) I haven’t had two in diapers for over four years, and back then, I remember trying to cram it all into the teeny diaper bag and getting frustrated that it wouldn’t fit. Good solution, yes?
So I’m on the hunt. I’m going to sew myself a cute diaper bag. It has to be made out of durable fabric that I enjoy looking at and wearing. It has to be washable. It has to have lots of pockets. The strap has to be comfy. And did I mention it has to be cute? Because if I’m going to haul around a gigantic diaper bag, it better not look like a diaper bag, and I’d better not mind wearing it.
I’ve narrowed it down to four five six choices. (Added two while googling around for this post!) They aren’t all necessarily designed to be diaper bags, but since I can modify the interior pockets to fit my needs, they will all work beautifully. I will also make sure whatever bag I choose has a place for sippy cups, a place for keys, a cell phone pocket, somewhere for my big wallet, and someplace to stash my lip gloss. Here we go…I want to hear your votes!
(For more links to lots of tote/bag tutorials and patterns, many free, check out my links page.)
I love the look of this bag. If you search for “Amy Butler Nappy Bag” on Flickr, you’ll get lots of samples of of other people’s work to peruse. The positives: it’s huge, it’s cute, and I already own the pattern. (I intended to sew it up before Asher was born. See how far I got on that? I bought the pattern.) The negatives: It can only be worn on one shoulder, and I think I need the hands-free option of slinging a diaper bag across my body and shoving it around to my back while I wrestle a toddler and baby.
This would make a great diaper bag, and give me a chance to use two coordinating fabrics on the outside of the bag, in addition to something cute on the inside as lining. As you can see, it is designed to be worn across the body, so no shoulder issues. However, I wonder if it will be too deep and not wide enough, making things difficult to find? Again, head over to Flickr and search “Pink Chalk Studio Mail Sack” to see some seriously cute stuff.
Totally adorable. Again, a chance to showcase two fabrics on the exterior, plus at least one more inside. It’s huge, and easy to sew (from what I’ve read). Negatives: only worn on one shoulder, deeper than it is wide.
(Totally nabbed that photo from my sister’s Flickr photostream; I knew she wouldn’t mind. Hey, I bought her the book…) I really like this tote from Amy Karol’s book Bend-the-Rules Sewing, which I happen to own. (No pattern to buy, see?.) It’d be easy to turn into a diaper bag. I could see it in a khaki linen with a cute blue or green print peeking out from the pleats…if you search for “Pleated Beauty Handbag” on Flickr, you’ll see lots of options! Anyways, negatives: the straps are skinny (I could modify this, of course, but it would change the look of the bag significantly, in my opinion) and it wouldn’t work as an across-the-body bag, either.
This pattern was designed by a cloth diapering mom, so I know it would fit enough cloth diapers for at least one. It’s cute, and I could wear it across my body and save my shoulder. I also love supporting a fellow mom in her work. However, for my purposes, I’m not sure it’s going to be big enough.
I really like how versatile this bag is. Designed by the same mama as the Hot Mama Messenger-Style Diaper Bag (above), this one can be worn over the shoulder, messenger-style, or across the back (there are backpack straps on the back). It was designed to be worn with many different styles of baby carriers, hence the versatility. The only negative I can think of right now is that it’s a little boxy, and I wanted to avoid a boxy diaper bag. (That sounds really dumb now that I type it out, but if I’m going to put all the time and effort into this thing, I’d better make sure I’m going to like it!)
Okay, whew. What do you think? What’s your fave? Have another diaper bag pattern to link to? Trust me, I’ve probably seen them all, but you never know!