Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tutorial: Diaper Holder

I feel that I can hardly call this a tutorial, but I'll at least tell you how I made it. It was made without a pattern and it shows. I went with the flow and fixed things as I went that I did wrong. So, please, use caution if you decide to do this for yourself, it's not the best way to make it at all! Without further ado, this is how I made my diaper caddy.

The first thing I did was cut two pieces of fabric (main and liner) 9" by 28".

Next, I sewed a seam on each piece of fabric along one of the 9" sides. I did a double seam because I like the way it looks.

Then I folded up each piece (the seamed side) 9" and sewed up the sides. For both you sew it right sides together. I did a seam the width of my presser foot.

Next, turn the main piece right side out. Slip the liner inside of the main piece. Here is where I realized that I should have created a step somewhere for the two already-seamed 9" edge pieces to be sewn together. I decided I'd sew it together after-the-fact. We'll call this my first mistake.

Then I pressed the "lid" pieces about 1/4" and pinned them together. Sew them together all the way around. I decided to fold my corners in so that it wasn't just straight across when closed.

My second mistake was when I put the diapers and wipes in. I really didn't like how the bottom corners stuck out. This was easy to fix with some buttons. I folded the corners up and attached them with buttons. I'm actually kind of happy I made this mistake because I LOVE buttons and this was a good excuse to use some extras.

 My third mistake was when I folded over the lid with the diapers in. It stuck out on the top corners and just looked funny. So unfortunately I had to clip the sides, fold them in about an inch and sew again. This left an unsightly rough edge that I fixed by hand sewing.

Now it's starting to look presentable. The last step is to sew on some hook and eye tape (i.e. Velcro) and sew on some buttons to cover up the stitching.

All done! Three main mistakes but not too bad for creating it from scratch without a pattern.

This post is part of my series for 2010 where I create something as often as possible (I realized that every day was unattainable for me).

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