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Date: 3/14/12 8:15 PM

Hi friends! I'm expecting my first baby in May, and I really want to make a great diaper bag! I'm also considering a second bag for Daddy so that I can have a fabulous one and he can have a plain, boring one that he won't be embarrassed to carry.

Any suggestions for the best pattern? This is no time for experimenting with patterns that are questionable. Being 7 months pregnant is enough of an adventure!

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Date: 3/14/12 8:36 PM

I make Simplicity 4202 and have had great

I have also made it with monkey fabric. I added my own pockets inside for additional compartments
I also purchased webbing and used for the strap and sewed on the fabric.



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Date: 3/14/12 8:43 PM

I like Butterick 4560. I have made it a bazillion times for baby showers.

My Review

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Date: 3/15/12 2:03 AM

I know I am the odd one out, but I found the best diaper bag for each of my three kids to be a backpack.

They have compartments for all the various supplies and your hands are free. Outside pockets can be used for sippy cups and snacks for older kids or yourself.

The weight of a diaper bag can tip a stroller, but a back pack is out of the way.

Once you have more than one child it is really important to have your hands free and not have to leave you handbag behind as you race after a toddler.

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Subject: Whats the best diaper bag pattern? Date: 3/15/12 3:40 AM

No you're not, Michelle. I prefer a backpack to diaper bags.

My own DD has a pink Winnie the Pooh bag DH picked out, so I can't switch. My son, I used a Hello Kitty themed backpack (which had one small patch on it with the dog, cause it was a boy).

It carried all my junk, all his junk and usually my, then, 4 year old sister's junk. Not to mention work junk that I had to carry around back then.

And I am lazy. I buy those things. I don't find them fun or something I want to spend my time on. While I have to carry one now, I hate the things, but they are a necessary evil for the moment.


And Congrats for the baby!
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Date: 3/15/12 12:07 PM

I just finished making Butterick 4560. Here is a link to my review

It is a great pattern and makes a roomy diaper bag with lots of pockets. Depending on the fabric you choose, it could be quite fashionable and not too "cutesy" for carrying all your stuff. I do have several suggestions in my review in case you decide to make this pattern. It is easy to make but there are a couple of things that could use a little tweaking to make it easier.

OH, PS, congratulations on your first baby! The baby I made this for is due May 3 - a girl.
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Date: 3/15/12 12:34 PM

I'm another vote for backpacks. It kept my hands free, (or more correctly 1 less thing to hold) and held plenty for trips to the store and grandparents. I'd leave extra diapers and wipes in the car for emergency cleanups. Backpacks are also much easier on the back than traditional diaper bags.

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Date: 3/15/12 2:30 PM

I've also made Butterick 4560 and would vote it a good-quality pattern as well.

The main changes I made were based on PatternReview reviews -- I replaced the fusible fleece lining with a lining that is more like heavyweight horsehair, and I sew-in magnet closures instead of velcro.

Two of my friends are pregnant at the moment, and I just purchased fabric to make two more bags! Outside fabric will be tan corduroy, inside fabric a bright yellow quilting print. I wanted the bag to be as unisex as possible, as both sets of new parents are feminists, and dad will be doing a lot of the childrearing too.

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Date: 3/15/12 3:53 PM

I made a diaper bag for my next door neighbor when she was expecting her first baby. She's been using it for the last two years and it still looks wonderful and is holding up great! I used the Professional Tote pattern from the Creative Thimble.
Pictures and other details are on my blog:
http://thereshesews.blogspot.com/2009/09/professional-mom-tote.html

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Date: 3/17/12 0:23 AM

Thanks, everyone, for all your comments and suggestions. I am now leaning towards the backpack persuasion--it had never even occurred to me! Whatever I decide, I'll be sure to post a review. Thanks again for all your help.

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