Diaper Bag/Playing Mat

I read many other blogs and I just realized that my English is very poor, so I decided that I will post more pictures until I improve my language skills. This way you may understand better how things were made and help you even more. Unfortunately I don’t have many pictures of my old creations but in the future I will pay more attention to that. I promise.

My latest project was a 2 in 1 present for my dear friend Marta who had her first baby a couple of weeks ago. The present contains two peaces: a folding diaper holder and a playing mat that you can fold in and wear it as a bag. This way you can put the diaper holder in it and for example a few toys, too. It wasn’t very difficult to sew them but you need to be a little better at sewing as a beginner.

Here is the final product:





Let’s get started. I will show how you can make it step by step!

1. You will need for the playing mat/bag:

– 80x85cm cotton fabric with patter on it (mine was blue with cute worms)

-80x85cm filling fabric (I still don’t know the proper English word for it)

-80x85cm plain cotton fabric

-60cm zigzag ribbon for the worm

-20x30cm blue fabric for the worm

-black and red stitching yarn for the eyes and the mouth of the worm

-2 pieces of 7x60cm cotton fabric with pattern for the handlers

-2 pieces of 7x60cm plain cotton material for the handlers

-2 pieces of 4,5x60cm filling material for the handlers

-6 pair of snap fasteners (13mm)

STEP 1: Put the (80x85cm) filling fabric on the wrong side of your plain (white) fabric (85x80cm) and pin them together on the edges and in the middle as well. With the edge of an old soap draw a couple of lines on the right side of your white fabric. Something like this:

It might be a good idea to pin the two fabrics together along  these lines, too. And if you do so than pin across those lines so your sewing machine will sew through the pins and you can take them out when you are done with one seam. Now it’s time to sew together the two fabrics along those lines. I suggest that you sew one line/seam vertically and then one horizontally this way you’ll have a better chance that your seams stay nice flat. When you are done don’t forget to take out all the pins!

STEP 2: It’s time to cut out the worm from the blue fabric. You just have to be creative and drew it yourself because I don’t have a pattern for that but it should look like something like this:

Now you have to cut in every 1,5-2cm along the side and fold it back. Even better if you iron it down. Before you sew this little worm onto the other fabric you must hand-stitch its eyes and mouth with the blue and red yarn. If the face is ready then turn the worm on the right side and place it in the middle of your white plain fabric (what you had just sewed together with the filling) and of course you’ll have to pin it down again.

Now get back to the sewing machine and sew your little worm onto the white fabric. When it’s done take the zig-zag ribbon and sew it onto the worm covering the edge of it.

STEP 3: Place your colored fabric and what you’ve made so far onto each other facing the wrong side of the colored fabric and the filling! Now comes a little bit of a trick. As you sewed together the filling and the white fabrics the edges may have become a little uneven. Pin this now together with your colored fabric just on a few places and then cut it straight: 5cm from the edge of the colored fabric. Careful, don’t cut your colored fabric!

Now it should look like this:

With the help of your iron fold 1cm up from your colored fabric all around. Then fold the now 4cm wide edge onto the white fabric and pin it down. The corners are a bit tricky but just fold it as you would fold a wrapping paper. Next you’ll have to sew all the way around the folding. Basically the playing mat-part is done now.

STEP 4: Making the handlers. Take the 7x60cm colored and white fabrics facing the right side. 1cm from the side sew them together on one side. When it’s done turn it out and iron your line and also the other side: fold in 1cm along the edge:

Now put the 5x60cm filling into it, pin it and sew down on the other longer side on the right side of the fabric.

STEP 5: Attaching the handlers. Now you pin down the end of the handlers on the shorter side of the playing mat and on the “outside” where the colored (blue) fabric is. Make sure they are even from the middle line. The length between the two end of one handler should be not wilder then 30cm. Follow the drawing below:

Of course you must turn 1-1,5cm from the handler underneath itself to make it look nice. Attach it to the playing mat where the “frame” runs and don’t go onto the white fabric. Sew it down on all four endings. Now it should look like this:

It is very pretty now and you are almost done! You have a good idea how it will function.

STEP 6: Fold in the two longer side of the playing mat. They should overlap in the middle as wild as the “frame” is (about 4cm). On the inside you will have to sew on the one half of the snap fasteners and on the outside the other half.  So when you fold the playing mat the two sides stay together. I hope you understand what I try to explain.

And this is it. Your playing mat/diaper bag is done! If you fold the whole thing in half you’ll have two packets what you can fill from above and carry the bag on the shoulders.

If there is one person who understood my description and liked my idea, please, let me know!


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