Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Leather Diaper Bag and Giveaway: Closed

1.08.2014

Leather Diaper Bag and Giveaway: Closed

I made myself a cute diaper bag right before Henry was born and loved it. (I even made a free diaper bag pattern and tutorial.) It has held up really well for two years, but I decided I needed something I could wear as a backpack now that I'll soon have two kids. I didn't have the time or patience to figure it out for myself, so I purchased the Classic for Moms sewing pattern that has a backpack or shoulder strap option. It was hard to make (only because I used leather: more on that later!) and took some time, but I love love love it! It feels much more like "me" and there is tons of strength built into the inside.
I decided to use leather because I really wanted a leather bag. I bought a leather jacket from the thrift store and cut out as much as possible. I did have to cut through some of the previous details, but I like the look of the added random details. Luckily, I had some gorgeous turquoise herringbone fabric on hand that I'd been hoarding for the perfect project. This was definitely the perfect project for it. I also used some iron-on vinyl for some of the herringbone fabric, but I don't love it.
Now let me tell you about the leather. For some reason I didn't think through how thick the leather would be when layered together. I got to the point where I hated everything because I struggled so much with the thick layers. It did work out and I learned a LOT about leather, but I would NOT recommend sewing this pattern with leather unless you have lots of leather experience.
The only changes I made, besides using leather was to change the front pocket from a changing pad into a padded pocket. I did this because I want to use it for electronics if need be. I love the side pockets and all the pockets inside.
I love this pattern so much that I contacted Whistlepig Creek Productions about it and they are offering one pattern to you with the choice of the hardware kit in bronze or the hardware kit in nickel! I can't wait to see what you make from it!
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11 comments:

  1. Love your bag! That leather must have been a bear. I love the Whistle Pig Creek Boho Bag pattern, but I think I would stick to using cotton instead. :)

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  2. I love it! I can't believe you did it in Leather

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  3. Oh my goodness, you are very brave! I think I would have stopped sewing as soon as the needle broke. I love how you upcycled the jacket into the bag - it's definitely going to last!

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  4. My favourite would be the Pockets A plenty bag - you need lots of those pockets when you're a mum :-)

    Agy (aka Agatha)

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  5. I love the S'more Camping Bag..absolutely adorable! You did a wonderful job on your bag! Leather wow!! Thanks for the giveaway!!1

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  6. Pixie squares quilt is adorable!
    I love the bag. It will be perfect to carry all the kid stuff around. Favorite part, the zip top!
    I have used the iron on vinyl before, and like you, it is not my favorite in bags. Thanks for sharing all your hard work!

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  7. Love, love, love the Just Rewards wallet/purse AND the iPad Cover and Carry Case -- couldn't decide between the two!! Would love to do both!!

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  8. I love the look of the Classic for Mums, and would want it in nickel. I like my current diaper bag but it would be nice to have something new with baby #3. I still have time to sew something too.

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  9. I love that bag, but I also really llike the floofa paloofa! i have a giant st bernard and need to make her a bed that's big enough. I don't mind altering a pattern that's too small into one large enough, but I've been looking for one I like.. I like that one.

    Plus she had a free embroidery pattern for machines that's a big hound dog. a slight change up in colors, and i can make that dog look like my sweet St. Bailey. :)

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  10. I like the which way is up quilt pattern as well

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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