Thursday, 24 March 2016

Five Genuinely Useful New Baby Makes #3: Drawstring Bag

(image source: The Village Haberdashery)

Hi everyone! I’m a little late in my monthly instalment of my 'Five Genuinely Useful New Baby Makes' series of posts (originally published on the Village Haberdashery's beautiful blog 'The Daily Stitch').  But fear not, I'm back to state my case for another genuinely useful new-baby sewing project. 

This one, at first glance, may not scream ‘new baby’ to you, but hear me out. When my daughter was almost brand new, a friend (blogger Handmade Jane, to be precise) gave us a drawstring bag similar to this that she had made. We have used it, in one way or another, almost every day since she gave it to us. Almost every day for two years! That’s a lot of days. Nothing we were given or bought for Dolores has been used so consistently, which is why I suggest you make one the next time someone you know reproduces.

‘Well, how is a drawstring bag useful for a baby then?’ you may be asking. Well, from my experience, the use of ours has changed a bit, as Dolores has got older. This next sentence requires a graphic description warning: when babies are tiny, they do lots of wees and runny poos, which oftentimes leak onto their clothes. A parent attempting to leave the house with their baby for more than an hour without at least one entire outfit change is, quite frankly, a fool. We used to keep our drawstring bag loaded with a change of clothing at all times. It was useful to keep the change of clothing in a separate bag, as the changing kit would sometimes get transferred between the main changing bag that lived on the pushchair and her dad’s backpack for when more outward bound type travels were being attempted.

Now that Dolores is a toddler, the drawstring bag is still useful for changes of clothes that are, thankfully, these days usually required due to mud or food-based mess. It is also really useful for chucking in just a nappy, pack of wipes, a drink and snack for mini trips out.

Convinced of their worth as a new-baby sewing project?! Good! Well, I guess the next question is how to make one. For this one, I decided on what the final dimensions should be and kind of made it up as I went along. I was pretty pleased with my efforts because all the seam allowances are enclosed which gives a nice neat finish. But there are heaps of tutorials and how-to’s out there each with their own variation. This tutorial by Quilting Bees looks like a good contender, IMO, but a simple Google search for ‘lined drawstring bag tutorial’ will bring up heaps of other options.

Perhaps even more so than the baby trousers or baby shoes, with this project you can really go to town with your fabric choices. We used some 100% organic Cloud9 cotton called Whimsical Wood  from the Sweet Autumn collection, which was complimented by some solid lilac cotton for the lining. And you needn’t hold back with the trims either, as the simple addition of a row of ribbon, ricrac or braid like this neon pom pom trim used here, are easy to apply and can really make your project pop. I’ve seen some fantastic garments and craft projects via Pinterest recently that combine delicate ditsy floral fabrics with a POW! of neon, which was the inspiration behind this bag. What fabric and trims would you pick?


Jane said...

You don't know how happy reading this post makes me Zoe! Really pleased to hear that little bag turned out to be so useful, they're my fail safe new baby gift. xx

Christals Creations said...

I agree bags are so useful. And wipe/nappy pouches. Easy to toss from bag to bag when going out and about. Great for stash busting too. :)

Knitlass said...

Good call, Zoe!! If you use a waterproof liner then they are even better for the stinky/milky messes of little babies and can be used for stashing cloth nappies without making everything else wet. We have one which has been in our changing bag for more than 9 years!!!

Hazie said...

Hi Zoe,
Just wondering what size you think is most useful?
I make a lot of Caddy bags as gifts, which are drawstring bags with padded pockets so they stand up. There is a tutorial here
I give big ones to new parents as gifts - the right size to store nappies and changing bits n bobs. Smaller ones are good for storing craft projects.
I think your drawstring bag looks great, quick to make with good opportunities to add a bit of embellishment.

Kristen said...

We use a zippered waterproof bag for a change of clothes because then the wet/stinky/messy clothes that are being changed OUT of will be nicely contained. But a disposable plastic bag like a large Ziploc works just as well (if less eco-friendly) and would be nicely contained in a cute handmade drawstring bag like this. :)

I also keep a stash of "baby things" - Kleenex, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, maybe a spare bib or hair clips - in our diaper bag inside of their own drawstring or zippered pouch so that I can easily switch it between bags. When my LO was an infant, we had 2-3 different diaper bags - one for basic everyday use, one for daycare (aka Grandma's house), and sometimes just used my tote bag, so having those things easily moveable was key.

Janet Blackbourn said...

These are sooo useful - what a great idea to make one. We had two when my son was small – one for clean things and one for dirty things. Anything that's waterproof and machine washable is a winner in my book.

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