• Diaper Bag Favorites + DIY Waterproof Diaper Clutch

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    Whenever my mom friends pull out their diaper bags, I love to peek inside to find out what their must-carry, can’t-leave-the-house-without-these-essential-items are. I feel like I’m kind of picky about the bags I carry around so with both Henry and Edie I’ve used a tote or day bag for a diaper bag, although I do gaze longingly at all those fancy pockets and waterproof interiors in real diaper bags I spot other moms using. Here’s what’s in my bag, what’s in yours?

    My diaper bag essentials:
    Day bag from Nena and Co.  (my ‘diaper bag’)
    (Although here’s a Skip Hop diaper bag that would make my life easier)
    Snacks: Lunchskins bag filled with trail mix (my homemade trail mix tips here)/ KIND nut bars/Dum dums for on-the-go Henry bribery
    To entertain baby: Pat the Bunny travel book/Gaga squeeze monkey toy in Target stores (similar)/Grimm’s Colorful grasping balls in rainbow
    For the outdoors: Burts Bees sunscreen stick/Linen blend sun hat
    For diaper changes: Baby wipes/DIY floral diaper case (see tutorial below)/ Striped Circo leggings/Circo onesie
    Aden and Anais swaddle blanket for nursing and light weight swaddling
    Wren and Rumor blanket which is my favorite! The softest blanket to snuggle baby in
    Clean well travel hand sanitizer
    Kleenex pocket pack for runny noses and minor spills
    CamelBak waterbottle

    (Not pictured: chewed up gum wrapped in a receipt, crushed up pretzels, string cheese wrapper, unnecessary pamphlets the nurse at the doctors office gave me I felt like I couldn’t turn down.)

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    Also! I also have a fun DIY for you today. We made this compact waterproof clutch for diapers + a wipes case… or dirty clothes. I wanted to use oil cloth but couldn’t find a design I liked, so I gave my own fabric a waterproof interior. I also wanted to keep the project super simple for beginning sewing- so no zippers, hooray!

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    Keep reading to see how we did it!

    Photography by Liz Stanley. Assisted by Sara Albers

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    Supplies:
    Cotton fabric (the thinner the better, mine was a thrift store find but it would have worked better if it was a thinner cotton. You can find vintage floral fabrics on etsy or at your local thrift store)
    Iron on vinyl
    Elastic
    Basic sewing supplies
    Sewing machine
    Iron

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    1. Cut two pieces of your cotton fabric: 11.5 x 12 and 8 x 12 inches. Cut two pieces of vinyl one inch shorter than your fabric: 11 x 11.5, 7.5 x 11.5 inches. Cut your elastic to 10.5 inches.

    2. Iron your vinyl pieces to the wrong side of the fabric, following instructions on your vinyl package and leaving half inch edge.

    3. Double fold and iron all edges to create a hem. Make sure to lay the vinyl paper over the vinyl on the fabric so it won’t melt onto the iron.

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    4. Placing right sides together, pin around all edge. Pin elastic piece 1 inch down from the top of the smaller piece (see image above for placement).

    5. Sew along the bottom three sides, leaving the top flap.

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    6. Turn it rightside-out and lastly, fold the outside flap in one more time to create a final hem that aligns with the rest of the hem. Sew along the two side edges of the flap.

    DIY diaper case

      
  • 9 comments

    1. Donna said… March 30, 2014 9:19 am

      can you tell me where to find that awesome blue print fabric?

    2. Camie said… March 20, 2014 3:52 pm

      I’d have to add chapstick and a sweater! Great list though, adorable picks

    3. Wendy B said… March 18, 2014 11:01 am

      I just love everything here. Those colorful beads, the book, the case- it’s all perfect. I’ve actually never carried a diaper bag either until this last baby and now i’m totally converted. those pockets are key!

    4. Melissa said… March 17, 2014 5:52 pm

      I love that you carry the Clean Well spray. After a few bouts with illnesses, I started carrying this everywhere. The spray is so perfect.

    5. Wendy B said… March 17, 2014 11:53 am

      Lovely picks. I use a wipe container I love and also I always carry bandaids!

      • Liz Stanley said… March 17, 2014 1:03 pm

        Bandaids! Just realized this weekend I should carry those around :)

    6. Caitlin said… March 17, 2014 10:50 am

      My baby loves that monkey, too, but I do think it was just recalled? Choking hazard? Just an FYI. I still let him use it, but I make sure to keep a close watch to make sure he doesn’t chew off the tail or whatever.

      The clutch is great!! I will have to try.

      • Liz Stanley said… March 17, 2014 1:02 pm

        oh! didn’t hear that, thanks for letting me know. I guess that makes sense why I couldn’t find it anymore at the store!

    7. stacy said… March 17, 2014 10:06 am

      That bag, that fabric! great DIY and love peeking into your essentials. thanks, liz!

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