May 23, 2013

the 15 Minute Diaper Clutch


Today I have a super simple sewing project - the 15 minute diaper clutch.  I'm not super fast with sewing, but this baby takes almost no time at all.  It's also a pretty easy project - even if you're a beginner.  While I'm calling it a diaper clutch, it could easily be used as a regular clutch as well.



I knew I wanted this case to be fairly large.  It needs to fit my wipes and I like it hold 3 larger sized diapers as well.  I laid out my fabrics together with the patterns on the outside as show.


I used my wipes case to gauge the size a bit.  I knew it needed to be larger so it could accommodate 3 diapers as well the wipes case.  Then I also figured out how long it needed to be to be enclosed and have a flap.  My final dimensions were 12.5" wide and 18" long.  You could make it smaller or larger, but I am happy with this size.


I used a DVD to help me round the corners at the top.


The first thing you'll sew is your bias tape across the bottom, as I'm holding it.  I used a crazy thin bias tape, which does make the project a little bit trickier.  The normal size would make it a little easier.  I sew it on the easy way, by just folding it over my fabric and sewing right down the line.  


This time I used a zigzag stitch in a contrasting color for fun.  A zigzag stitch can also be a really easy way to sew the bias tape on successfully because you're going to secure it well without worrying if you're running off the edge a little. 


After sewing the edge, you can fold the clutch to your desired size, pin the sides, and then sew the bias tape around the rest of the clutch (except not across the bottom).


I usually add velcro later because I like to see how the flap will meet up once I've stuff the clutch with what it'll actually hold.  Then I'll sew on a decorative button over the stitching of the velcro on the front flap.


This time I waited because I ordered labels that should be coming in the mail any day now and they'll look like this.  I've been checking my mailbox much more often than normal.


The floral fabric was leftover from my bathmats.  Since it's thicker I skipped using interfacing.  However, if I were making a regular clutch that I wanted to be firmer I would definitely use some.  Just sandwich it between the two layers of fabric and you're set.

Now wasn't that easy?  It's also a great way to use up scrap fabric.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

18 comments:

  1. Super cute! So much easier than looking through the entire diaper bag. Great for church. Wish I had this when mine were babies.
    Thanks for the tutorial Momma!

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  2. I love this. I need to make some of these seeing how I have 4 friends who will have babies within the next 2 1/2 months. Thanks for an easy and super cute baby shower gift idea.

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  3. I'm a big fan of supplies in small proportions, and hated the ginormous diaper bag route my friends thought they'd die without.

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  4. So cute, what a great idea!

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  5. so cute! I"m starting to get nostalgic with each of your posts lately. Gonna miss you!

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  6. I love the idea of using a zig zag stich with the bias tape. For some reason I can never sew bias tape on neatly, and never thought about using a zig zag stich before!

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  7. super cute! thanks for the tutorial. i'm excited to try it!

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  8. Very cute and simple!

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  9. OH my- sooo cute. Really 15 minutes? I'm a newbie to sewing, but this actually looks like I could do it! Now I need to find someone with a new baby! Thanks for the post!

    http://thisfineday.com

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  10. I never thought to use the zig zag for bias tape- but that would totally make it easier and make sure it catches. I love the look of the skinny tape too. That turned out cute. I never got around to making one for my son, but I probably need to since you made it so easy! I love that fabric too. :)

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  11. Is it so terrible of me that I can't wait for Elsa to be born (sweet girl is going to be so lucky to have 2 big brothers!) and yet I want her to hold off for as long as possible because then that means you are leaving blogland for the Summer? Going to miss you and all your creativity and kindness!

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  12. Where did you get the labels from? I can't wait to see them.

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  13. Cute project!! This will make fantastic gifts! And one for me too :) Your labels are going to be awesome! LOVE!

    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks so much for this! I think I finally know what to make for the bloggers baby shower that I'm going to next weekend here in Brisbane, Australia :) Being pregnant myself, I've been so indecisive on what to make for the other Mum's to be. lol

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  15. Looks very nice! Would b even more practical if the stripped lining was waterproof and the sides could open so your clutch is a mini changing mat @ the same time!

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  16. Looks very nice! Would b even more practical if the stripped lining was waterproof and the sides could open so your clutch is a mini changing mat @ the same time!

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  17. I have 2 new grandbabies I have made quilts for and I have been looking for a diaper clutch to make with matching fabric. This looks great!! I also have a couple of showers for others that this will be great for too!

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  18. very cute and easy... thanks for the tutorial

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