Saturday, February 26, 2011

Diaper Keeper

This is a variation of Anna's Diaper Pouch pattern so if there is some part of the instruction you don't get just pop over to her site. I'll not go into super detail, since it's fairly straight forward. I just (once again) adapted/simplified the pattern to meet my needs.

Cutting Guide:

FABRIC #1 (butterfly)
2 pieces 3"x 8.5"
2 pieces 6"x 8.5"
1 piece 3.5" x 8

FABRIC #2 (polka dot)
2 pieces 8.5" x9.5"
2 pieces 4" x 8.5"

Start with the piece of fabric for the closure- it's the 3.5" x 8" piece. Follow steps in image below.

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On the two lining pieces, with right sides together sew up the two sides and part of the bottom (1/2" seam allowance) being careful to leave a hole for turning. Clip corners.

Assemble the exterior by sewing the final six pieces of the fabric together as shown with a 1/4" seam allowance. You should have two of these.

For the monogram I just cut a 3" letter on my cricut machine and used it as a stencil. If you don't own one you can just print a letter in your favorite font using any computer program and cut around it for your stencil.

Use your stencil and whatever method of applique you prefer to apply the monogram to the center of ONE of the exteriors.

I like the messy look of the straight stitch and contrasting thread, but if you'd like to satin stitch or a zig-zag feel free.

Pin the two exterior pieces with right sides together, being careful to match the seams. Sew around bottom and two sides with a 1/2" seam allowance.

Turn right side out. Pin the button tab to the BACK of the exterior and sew in place with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Insert the exterior into the lining (lining is still inside out) and match upper edges. Pin and sew around at 5/8" seam allowance.

Using the opening in the bottom of the lining, pull both of the layers so they are right side out. Pin the lining hole closed and sew shut.

Attach your button. You might want to put 3-4 diapers and some wipes in the keeper before you add the button and measure so you know it all fits snuggly.

Here are some more with a smaller letter and a larger letter...just to give you perspective.

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