How to: Diaper Bag Kit – Part 2

 You can find: How to: Diaper Bag Kit – Part 1

Turns out the top side of the bag doesn’t match the lining side nor the sides of the bag.
Measure and mark where you need to stitch.
(Ignore instruction to stitch by seam allowance.)

Open part of the seam of the lining.
I didn’t want to take all  the stitches out as the corners were perfect.

Add a piece of fabric in coordinating color making the top side of bag the correct size.
Make sure the seams are on the inside (hidden inside the bag).
Try and get it as even as you can on both sides.

Make sure size of top of bag and lining are the same.

Another view.

How it looks on the right side of the fabric.

Pin top of bag to lining.

Open the zipper so it’s out of the way.

Stitch over zipper in a straight line on the edge.

View from the other side.

Moving on to the straps.
Measure and mark 4 inches from the size of the bag on both sides.

Attach straps on your marking. Use 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Make sure straps are not twisted.

View from the other side.
You may want to reinforce your stitches.
Stay inside your seam allowance.

How it should look so far.

Make sure the sides of your bag are the correct size.
In this case 4.5 inches.

Insert your lining into your bag.

I find it helpful to pin first with a few pins, just to make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be.

Turn bag and lining inside out.

Pin and stitch all around the top of the bag, using 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Take extra care of your corners.

Turn bag to the right side.
Use the opening at the bottom of lining and zipper.

Measure 1/4 inch for top stitch.

How it should look.

Time to close the opening at the bottom of lining which we used for turning the bag.

With raw edges of fabric turned inside, top stitch the 6 inches.
Use 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Your bag is now complete.
Final touches, cut any loose thread.

You can find: How to: Diaper Bag Kit – Part 1

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How To: Diaper Bag Kit – Part 1

Ever come across a kit at the store and think, would it be easy or difficult to make?

This is what you can expect to find in the kit:
A basic instructions page

Pre-cut fabric pieces that will need to be assembled.
It’s nice that all the pieces of fabric are pre-serged.

Start off by folding and ironing 1/2 inch off top and bottom of the pockets towards the back.

Top stitch with 3/8 inch seam allowance.

Start working on the side panel of the bag by marking 4 inch on both sides.

Pin when lining up top pockets to marked line on side panel. Both pieces right side of fabric facing up.
Stitch bottom of pockets to side panel with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Mark center point on bottom on wrong side of fabric, of front, back and side pieces.

This next part should have been straight forward. Unfortunately, not so much…
Attach with pins right sides together of front and side panel.

Stitch around with  1/2  inch seam allowance.

Repeat for back panel of the bag.

The lining of the bag is mostly pre-assembled in this kit.
The zipper is in place and attached to sides of lining as well as two inside pockets.

Turn your attention to bottom of lining.

Fold corners of lining right sides together.

Pin and stitch corners of lining.
Repeat on both lining bottom pieces.

It helps if you put the lining corners one inside the other.

Pin around the outside of the lining.

Notice to pin in place the fabric when some of it is turned (right side of fabric).

Since this diaper bag is square at the top, pay extra attention to lining up the top part.
Don’t pin by the side on the lining.

Stitch with 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Leave 6 inch opening at the bottom center of the lining.

Assuming that all pieces of fabric in the kit are to the exact size they should be… big mistake.
Had to take some seams out, measure, add pieces of fabric and reassemble.

See part 2 to how it all worked out in the end.
You can find: How to: Diaper Bag Kit – Part 2