Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Diaper Clutch Tutorial

Diaper Clutch Tutorial

First, have you seen my giveaway for this clutch?  Enter here!

Now, on to the tutorial!  This diaper clutch is just big enough to hold a disposable diaper or two, a travel wipes case, and a disposable changing pad.  It only requires one fat quarter of fabric, and some velcro as a closure.  Here's what it looks like when it is full:

It is very easy to make, as it is all straight line sewing.  It only requires a standard sewing machine, as all the seams will be enclosed.  It is a great project for a beginner sewist. 

1.  Cut two pieces of fabric that are 18" x 11".  You can use two different fabrics if you would like the lining to be different than the outside.

2.  Cut a small triangle off the top corners.  I did this by eye on the first corner, and then I used the scrap I had just cut off as a template to make the cuts on the other top corners.

3.  Now iron out all the wrinkles, and fold it in thirds and iron it to make creases to look like this:

4.  Place the two pieces right sides together and sew all around with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a small opening on the side through which you will turn it right side out.  Backstitch at the beginning and end.  In this picture, I have marked with pins so you can see where I left the opening:

Here I am sewing all around:

5.  Turn right side out, poking out the corners neatly, and press well. 

6.  Now sew on the hook (scratchy) side of the velcro across the inside top.

If you want to sew a decorative tag on the reverse side, now is the time to do it.

7.  Next, sew on the loop (soft) side of the velcro across the outside bottom:

8.  This is the only tricky part.  You need to fold it in thirds now, but it needs to be inside out -- i.e. lining fabric on the outside.  Pin it in place.  It should look like this:

9.  Now you are going to start sewing at one bottom corner (where I am pointing in the last picture).  Sew all the way up the side, along one diagonal corner, across the top, along the other diagonal corner, and back down the other side.  This will simultaneously stitch it into the clutch shape and topstitch the top edge.  You need to sew very close to the edge -- about 1/8" seam allowance.  Backstitch at the start and end.

Here is what it should look like when you are done:
  (Just a side note:  You can see looking at this picture that I did not actually fold it in perfect thirds but rather made the top flap a little longer.  This is just personal preference.)

10.  Now turn it right side out and iron again.  And you are done!

From one yard of fabric, you could make four -- enough for a bunch of friends! 

Please let me know if you use this tutorial.  I would love to see pictures!

1 comment:

  1. I've been looking at a variety of diaper clutch tutes and yours is the Easiest and Prettiest one. I'm off to go make one for my sister in law. Thank you!


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