You know I love sewing for babies, right? I know it’s been a bit since I’ve made anything — but there’s a new baby in town! That always spurs me to make something. It’s really how I got back into sewing. I was pregnant with my daughter (who just turned 16!) and got the itch to make a few things – a crib set and such. It wasn’t long after that that I started my blog and business. So anytime I have the opportunity to sew for babies I get to work!! This green denim Divided Basket and Diaper Pouch gift was my most recent baby gift I made!
I loved picking out fabrics for this one! The Divided Basket was chosen after seeing some of the nursery pictures, so hopefully it’ll feel right at home with some diapers and lotions tucked in. I upped the personalization factor with adding an initial stamped leather tab like in the last one I made. I did skip the front pocket – so that’s always an option for an extra speedy sew!
And you have to know this diaper pouch is also a must-give gift. I can’t tell you how many I’ve made over the years, but it’s such a quick sew and a fun opportunity to use beautiful fabrics. It’s perfect to slip into any bag for when you need to get out of the house quick. Also makes it really easy to pass off to a diaper changing helper at any time!
I’m so happy for my friend and her beautiful baby! It’s always such happy news!
And just for fun I thought you might want to check out some of the Divided Baskets and diaper pouches I’ve made in the past:
Oh my gosh you guys!!!! I am so thrilled with this project! My daughter went on her school trip to Disney last week and she requested a mini backpack. You know I love a backpack and I love making things my kids love and use. So I started out thinking I would make her my Making Backpack! I asked her about what size she wanted and she gave me some measurements from the mini Kånken by Fjallraven (it’s a Swedish based company and their Kånken style backpack has been around since 1978). It’s a total classic! And there are patterns that have similar features so that you can sew up your own – Sarah Kirsten’s Raspberry Rucksack and here’s a quick search for a few others. So this Mini Franken-Kånken was made!
I knew I was still going to use the base construction of my Making Backpack pattern, so I shrunk down the size and added some of those great Kånken details! I used the pop-up pocket from Sarah’s Raspberry Rucksack pattern (which she had kindly gifted to me when she released her pattern). It’s a very clever pocket design! The remaining aspects of the backpack were done on the fly and in combination the Making Backpack details. I had given myself only part of a day to make the bag – nothing like a deadline! It was so fun to see it come together – I even managed to take some fun video and will probably put together a reel for IG. Gotta have fun!
Okay, so here’s the details for the supplies I used, which were also such a fun part of this project! I had sent my daughter a bunch of pictures and together we pulled some fabrics that would work. And I love them! There’s so many great options for beautiful fabrics that you really can’t go wrong!
Let me know if you’d like to see me add this size option to the Making Backpack pattern. I won’t be able to do the same pocket as Sarah’s (that I used in this sample), but I think I could come up with a fun alternate pocket design to include.
I know you may have seen a quick glimpse of this sample in the Yarrow Sew-along video or in the pattern itself, but today I’m showing it off in all its glory!
So, a couple of the testers (thanks Jordan and Katie!) who helped with the Yarrow both had this brilliant idea of using leather (or other non-fraying textile) as the front pocket and then adding rivets to the pocket. Of course I was smitten! So I had to sew up this sample right before the pattern release.
This rust color has to be my favorite of all time, it’s a cotton twill (6.5 oz. Japanese Cotton Twill in Copper) that I purchased from Blackbird Fabrics a couple of years ago (unfortunately is sold out now). I think cotton twill is a great option for this project – you can find it at many shops and it usually comes in a lot of great colors!
The front pocket is a scrap of my Pebble Copper from my shop. I had listed some scrap packs of leather in my shop, but they’re almost all sold out now! I plan to try to continue adding more to the shop soon so please check back. And of course the rivets add that perfect finishing touch! Here’s my blog post about rivets, it includes links to shops where I’ve personally bought from and tools.
I lined this with a gorgeous print by Jeanne McGee (for Cotton + Steel) I had picked up from Cottoneer a while back. I love this abstract design! The zipper is zipper-by-the yard from My Handmade Space.
Hope you have a great day!