More stitches for the wee one

I have been a gift-making machine lately. Above and below are the latest gifts that are going into the mail tomorrow for baby Daniel.

I made this diaper bag without a pattern, however it was rather easy to complete since it was basically a series of rectangles sewn together. There are a total of 10 pockets on this baby, so hopefully Ruth will be able to store everything in there that she and Danny need. The outside of the bag is made from an Amy Butler cotton print and the inside is a polka-dot cotton I found at Jo-Ann’s to match. I fused iron-on vinyl onto all of the pieces to make the entire bag water-repellent because… well… there’s going to be a baby around this thing, and those things leak all sorts of gross stuff.

I also made a changing pad from an old Alexander Henry print I have been hording for a few years. The underside is terrycloth and it’s quilted with 4 layers of batting to help keep it soft and cushy. I ended up pre-washing the changing pad’s fabrics numerous times on high heat to pre-shrink everything as much as possible due to the aforementioned leaking scenarios.

And into the box it all goes! I spent so much time on them it’s strange to let it all go, but I know Ruth will appreciate my stitched efforts more than most.

Nicole Smith is an author, editor, designer, and instructor who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Check out her latest book, Skirt-A-Day Sewing, out now at your local bookstore, or online.
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