As my youngest nears potty training, I find myself not needing a diaper bag anymore, but I frequently need diapers. Or Pull-Ups rather. And of course wipes (I think I'll still carry wipes after my kids are grown--they're so handy!). Another great invention that I never saw when my boys were babies are these great diaper and wipe totes. They fit a travel-size wipe container and 2-3 diapers. You can throw it in your purse (great for someone like me who changes purses frequently), or just grab the tote when you don't need your entire bag. It keeps the items you need together, and the diapers don't get all mushed and dirty in the bottom of your purse. Love it! I made myself this polka-dotted one with a matching hot pink liner using a pattern in Nancy Halvorsen's Winsome Baby book (it's on sale right now!). I skipped all the applique and quilting for a more modern look.
Stacy--crafty girl that she is--had a brilliant idea for an even easier diaper and wipe tote. Why not turn it on its side so it looks like a hip clutch? But that's not all. She made it even simpler by using a single piece of felt and a big, cool button. Here's the tutorial for all you crafty mamas.
Felt Clutch Diaper and Wipe Tote Tutorial
What you'll need:
*Piece of wool felt
*Pinking sheers (optional) and rotary cutter/mat
*Fabric glue like Liquid Stitch
*Sewing machine and coordinating thread
*Matching button or other embellishments (optional)
Okay, let's get started!
1. Cut your felt to cut to 10" x 16.5". Divide evenly into three 5.5" sections and mark with chalk.
2. Fold the piece in half length wise and cut a wide half-arc to form the front flap with your pinking shears (you could also leave this straight for a different look).
3. Fold the bottom third up to the other marked line and pin.
4. Starting on one side a the fold, stitch up the side leaving a 1/2" seam. Continue up the flap until you get to the top arc. Now change to a 1/4" allowance. Moving back down the other side, go back to a 1/2" allowance. Now use your pinking shears to trim off 1/4" off the sides only (not the arc of the flap) so you have a decorative edge.
5. Using your fabric glue, attach a the non-looped side of the Velcro to the top of the inside flap. Close the flap to see where the looped side of the Velcro should be placed, then glue it on as well.
6. Sew on your button or other embellishments and you're done!
Fill it with your wipe container and a couple of diapers and you'll be the hippest mama at the mall.
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