So there are really only 2 more items I wanted to talk about on this topic, then I promise, I will move on from the baby talk!
Find the fabric for this projects HERE and the pattern for the Belle Baby Bag HERE
Diaper bags. Are. Outrageously. Expensive. If you can sew, there is no excuse for buying a diaper bag (in my opinion). I spent weeks looking for the perfect diaper bag pattern, and low and behold…Alicia from Swoon Patterns is miraculously pregnant at the same time that I am!!! Which means she released a diaper bag pattern in the nick of time for me!!! I mean, not really for me. More for her, I’m sure. But I’ll take it!
|My pile of Belle Baby Bag pieces cut and ready to go!
So I adore the “Passage” in Pomegranate from AMH’s Mod Corsage collection. Such vibrant colors. Seriously, pictures really don’t do the print justice. I didn’t want to pair the fabrics with a solid, so I went with some Michael Miller’s Painter’s Canvas in a blue-grey color. I feel like it really gave a little added texture and made the bag really POP.
This is the shoulder strap for the bag–using Passage in pomegranate. You can’t find a store bought diaper bag in fabrics this gorgeous. Won’t happen.
And then this is the nearly finished bag (I was waiting for the strap hardware to come in). The pattern is very well written (thank you Alicia!), and I couldn’t be more happy with the fabric (thank you Anna Maria!!!). I’m not going to lie…I started carrying it as my purse as soon as I got the rest of the hardware in. It’s going to be a great diaper bag–there are pockets everywhere, and there are even stroller clips (not shown in picture) that attach to the handle of the stroller. So there’s the diaper bag.
The last thing I’m going to gush about for the time being is the wall hanging I made for Gemma’s room. If you haven’t heard of Vanessa at Fabric Confetti, run–don’t walk–to her website. Her embroidery-applique designs are awesome! I purchased the Elemenopea embroidery design package (it also comes with SVG files to load into your cutter). I was originally going to hand embroider “Gemma” onto a big wall hanging, but…ain’t nobody got time for that! Find the embroidery files to purchase HERE on the Fabric Confetti website.
|Elemenopea Embroidery package-picture from the Fabric Confetti website
So this comes in two different sizes (I swear–I didn’t get paid anything to promote either of these products. I just love them. I purchased them both myself and didn’t ask for any kind of payment from any designer mentioned in this post.) I bought the larger size. And yes, it is a bit pricey. But…so worth it.
I embroidered/appliqued each letter in “Gemma” separately and cut them out so I could set them at wonky angles on the wall hanging. Note the reappearance of “Passage” in pomegranate! The solid fabric on the bottom portion of the letters and also seen in the border of the wall hanging is a shot cotton by Studio E. The prints in the top portion of the letters are all various prints from Mod Corsage.
So this is the nearly finished project–loaded onto the longarm and being quilted. So these are just a few of the things I’ve made for the nursery, and I’m happy with the few items I did make…even though my original plan was to basically stress myself out to the point of no return by making crib sheets, changing pad covers, lots of baby clothes, etc. Nope. Didn’t happen. 🙂