8.30.2009

diaper strap tutorial.



I've had a number of emails lately asking for ideas on quick and easy baby gifts. You know, the kind you can give a new mom with a little note of well wishes and wipes, without the fanfare of showers and gift receipts. My answer is, the diaper strap.

I think we're kinda steering away from the big vinyl chunky diaper bags, and moving more towards a modern disguised looking baby bag. Especially for those quick trips where you don't necessarily need to haul the baby tub and loofahs. I love the strap idea because it's enough to carry the essentials - a couple diapers and the wipes - and it keeps them strapped together tight and stylish in your own handbag; AND dad can carry it to the changing room without wearing a purse. You're welcome guys.

So here it is:














Check out these totally cute diaper cakes from ediapercakes.com.  They'd be such a good idea for a baby shower table centerpiece.  Love 'em.

42 comments:

ShEiLa said...

it is super-nice when you give out your trade secrets... in the form of a tutorial. i don't need diapers much anymore... both those lunch sacks are still dancing in my head... oh the possibilities.

ToOdLeS.

Alice Wills Gold said...

You are like a blogging enrichment leader...oh yeah, you are a blogging enrichment leader. he he

I love my diaper strap...never want to make one...hope mine lasts a while.

I would hate to have to send LG to the bathroom with a purse. Yeah right...like he ever changes diapers at church anymore.

TheFamousStacie said...

Ah... Muslin is, like, the secret ingredient!
Great idea, I'm all about simplifying!
Once, when Cougar was a baby, I collapsed in the church parking lot with a baby in a car seat on one arm, the diaper bag, my church bag (was RS secretary at the time), my scriptures and my purse in the other.
My scriptures are now located on my iphone, that is located in my purse with the lone diaper - that darn well better get us through : ).

Donna said...

I love the one you made me! So cute.

Jennifer Dawn said...

Okay...so I didn't win the drawing :(, but I did pay JoAnn's a visit today. I stocked up on all the supplies needed to make a diaper strap for Miss Lydia Grace. I hope it turns out as cute as the one you made. I doubt it (you have the magic touch), but here goes...

Oh...I almost forgot. I hear the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and Miss Dani has made her own private blog. I would love to be able to see it. :)

Lisa H. (Sewing or Something) said...

I don't have muslin, do you think fusible interface will do the trick? Is it just for making it thicker?

SpiceitUP said...

I think this might be my new go to baby gift...such a cute, unique idea! I love it!

Anonymous said...

This is another pointless thing a mom will use once and never use again. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea. I just had to make one today to go with some bibs I made and I think it's super cute! Thanks for an awesome tutorial!
Rose C.

SilverMoon Dragon said...

This is such a great idea! So much better than the plastic grocery bag I currently use for the same purpose.

Stephanie said...

i think this is fabulous and perfect for when you want to celebrate a birth, which all should be, but are on tight funds. thank you for the tutorial, i'm sorry someone was having a rough day and thought it was pointless...i love it and might have to trade in my diaper clutch for this less bulky option

Promise Sharples said...

I made this tonight in cheetah-print fleece. Turned out ADORABLE and was extremely easy.

Miranda said...

I really love this - have made several already. Such an easy and cute project - and as a Mom, I can promise I use mine EVERY time I use my diaper bag :)

Team Jenkins said...

just whipped this up ( and i'm pretty much sewing illiterate) for a friend this afternoon, on a whim with what i could find to use at my home. turned out super cute - thanks for a wonderful tutorial & idea!!

Anonymous said...

thank you! i loved your diaper strap tutorial. this was one of my first sewing projects and it turned out great! i made mine using a plaid fabric and instead of the button i sewed on a homemade muslin flower. i will be making these for every baby shower i attend from now on.

Anonymous said...

o by the way...... seriously not pointless!! I often throw a diaper, my wipes case, and a bottle in my purse when i go into a store or resteraunt and i dont feel like lugging the diaper bag in. now it will be neat and tidy :) thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I like it! Only thing is that I'd make it just a little longer to fit a cloth diaper. Cloth diapers are a little puffier than a disposables because the microfiber is thicker than plastic..

Samantha said...

Just made two in an afternoon :) Awesome tutorial with awesome results! NO MORE FLOATING DIAPERS FOR ME! YAY

Kirstin @ Hello Kirsti said...

Thanks for a great tutorial! The new momma loves it! I paired this with Craftiness Isn't Optional's Baporn for the perfect but still quick gift!
Blogged with a link back here:
http://www.hellokirsti.com/2012/01/bapron-and-diaper-strap.html

Peg Leum said...

Just made one during little man's morning nap with some fabric from my stash. GREAT gift idea...will def make more. THANKS!

Ellie's Pink Piano said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have a baby shower to go to tonight and had nothing for the mommy and remembered this and was thrilled, hand made, cute and personal!!! Thanks

Emily said...

I love this! Although I'm wondering if you have any tips about sewing the button through the velcro? I made two of these and found sewing on the button to be the most frustrating part of it. I'm very new to the sewing world so I'd appreciate any advice! Thank you for this great idea--they were a big hit at my siter in laws baby shower!

Anonymous said...

love this... idk why someone would say its useless cuz i have two little boys in diapers and they are in two different sizes and they have two different wipes one is senistive and one is not...so i made 2 different ones to keep them seperate! I LOVE THIS! and so does my husband cuz he doesnt get confused (:

Anonymous said...

Love this! I just made two of these in an hour and I'm gonna make more. They'll make great baby shower gifts. Thanks!

~Liz Ward

Whitney & McKayla said...

Such a thrifty idea! I need 4 of them in the next couple of months to pair with covered wipe cases and pacifier clips. These mommy's will love them!

PS...I use mine ALL the time! Even inside my diaper bag, it keeps all the diapers nice and stacked instead of getting that one that always get squished down in to the corner of the bag.

Anonymous said...

Do I have to use Muslin or can I use something else? I don't have any on hand and would love to try make on today =)

cally said...

You can use any fabric. I use Muslim because it's cheap and I don't care that it's covered up. Don't use something as thick as duck cloth or canvas because it doesn't bend as well. And something like a thin broadcloth is just too thin to stabize it enough. Any medium weight cotton will do!

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much! I JUST made one! What a quick and easy little project. I love love love it! Can't wait to make more.

Anonymous said...

Great idea!! I have 2 nieces expecting and am always looking for homemade gift ideas to go with store bought gifts. I made a cloth yoyo to use instead of the button. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

Anonymous said...

I'm scouring the scrap bin as I type this! I'm going on vacation with my baby for a family wedding and I REFUSE to use my nasty, bulky, falling apart diaper bag and this will be perfect for keeping the wipes and diapers handy in my purse and a quick grab for those inevitable runs to the bathroom changing table!
For those that think this is a waste.... a waste is the $70 diaper bag I was given that didn't even last a year. If this only lasts the 3 day weekend who cares? it'll cost pennies and will save me some sanity for this outing.

Anonymous said...

what can i use instead of mulsin?

cally said...

any lightweight cotton will do!

Theresa said...

I came across this tutorial almost a year ago when I was Googling to find something to keep my diapers and wipes together. I was at the point where I didn't always carry a diaper bag and I hated diapers and wipes floating around my purse or car. This tutorial is so great! I've been using my strap for at least 9 or 10 months and get so many compliments on it! It goes to the gym daycare, to my MIL's house when I drop the kids off for a couple of hours, and everywhere else we go. I've also now made 4 of them for showers and the new moms always rave about how creative they are. Thanks again!

Diana Escobar said...

I made an awesome baby care package for a good friend who just had a little baby girl. I included an item from your tutorial. If you want to check it out, it's on my blog post: http://www.domesticacademic.com/2012/06/baby-care-package-pinterest-cornucopia.html

Amy said...

Just have to let you know I just made one and I am already in love with it. Holy easy project!! Thanks!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

This is such a super simple idea but totally love it to same time. Just shared it on our baby board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing! Off to go make one for a mommy to be! http://pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/baby-activities/

Claire- theSITSgirls.com said...

So simple and cute! I love being able to just toss some diapers into my purse and dash! Thanks for helping me out with that!

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/get-paid-blogging

Anonymous said...

Hateful much?

Liz Huber said...

Hi! I love this and am trying to make one for a gift for a friend's baby shower. I'm having a hard time sewing through the Velcro - has anyone else had problems with it? I have an old sewing maching so that could be the problem too, but any advice would be great! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love the simplicity. I sewed the velcro before I sewed the sides. This made it easier to sew through and you don't see the stitches. I made one for my sister who is always forgetting her nappy bag. Thanks for the great ideas.

Danielle Bartran said...

just made one in MINUTES. Thank you for sharing this super easy tutorial!!

Torrie said...

I can't believe how fast these go together-Thanks for sharing.