I’m cheating a little with the rules of Me-Made-May today, but hey, it’s my challenge and these are me-mades. The only thing is I’m not really wearing them today, but they make me smile so I wanted to share them with you. I order to get ready for the big day, I wanted to make both my little girl and me nice bags to bring to hospital, as well as a smaller for her (the pink and blue one on the photo below) to put toiletries (so small and she already fills a bag). The smaller pouches come from the Craftsy class on Beginner Serging, it’s the project associated with the class: an exposed zipper pouch. I think you’ve seen some over the Internet already, and I took advantage of a discount linked with Andrea’s very good review of this class. If you have a serger, take this class, you will learn lots! I made plenty of notes, but still think I’ll have to re-run the lessons a few times to remember everything!
The bags are easy to make and require little equipment: 2 fat quarters, some fusible fleece and a zipper. I used simple fusible interfacing and some scraps of fabric for the first version. Of course you don’t actually need a serger to make these bags, but the point of it all is to learn to use it. After the first version I made 2 other bags, this time playing with fat quarters and contrasting zippers. I tried to make a bigger one and also added a handle (the red and white on the photo below), but it was just too big for interfacing – which means it doesn’t hold its shape. But it’s the perfect size to place all items needed for the birthing room: my t-shirt and water spray and my little girl’s first onesies, pyjamas, socks and hat. I embroidered a little frog on her hat (me-made too), it’s a private joke between my husband and I: when he came with me to the 2nd ultrasound and saw her for the first time, he thought she looked like a frog (grenouille in French). We’ve been calling her “grenouille” since, so I thought it was appropriate to have a little frog for her first day with us!
She has a bigger bag too, to put the many many things you need to bring along. I did a quick search on the internet and found two very nice designs by SusieD on Etsy – I used this nappy bag for grenouille and a weekender bag for me. I have changed dimensions for both, as I wanted BIG bags. Again I have done a first version for the nappy bag, but apparently didn’t chose the colours very wisely and I don’t really like it. It worked as a muslin and from there it was easier to make a bigger bag. Both bags are really well thought out, they have plenty of pockets and the instructions are very clear and well illustrated. A trip to Ikea in the upholstery area and I found all the fabrics I wanted: flowers and leaves for me, farms and animals for her.
A word of warning though: both bags are entirely lined and nowhere can the wrong side of fabric be seen, that means there are a lot of pieces to cut and assemble. So in order to understand the construction and see where I could change dimensions, I made a miniature paper bag for mine, with colour codes for different fabrics, interlining, fusible fleece, etc. – it took me a couple of hours, but the cutting and sewing went very smoothly after that!
Costs for the big bags
patterns 9.46€ for both patterns, a little more each if you buy them separately.
fabrics for her bag: 21.15 €
fabrics for mine : 23.64 €
Total cost for both bags: 54.25 € – not too bad!