I designed and made this diaper bag before Weston was born (luckily I had it finished extra early, or it would probably still be sitting in my sewing bins). I wanted a bag that would be large enough to hold everything for both Wyatt who is almost 2 and Weston who is a newborn.
I found the Michael Miller damask fabric at a local fabric store when I was still living in Arizona for $5 a yard, so I bought some with no plan in mind. I know, not something I would normally do, but how can you resist $5 a yard for Michael Miller fabric? So anyway, when I decided to make a diaper bag I couldn't find anything I liked any better online, and although I was not too sure if the damask was too bright and bold for a diaper bag (for someone as boring and simple like me at least), I thought that maybe I'd give it a try. I decided that if I couldn't find a lining fabric to match, I would use something else, but I totally lucked out and found the lining that was a perfect match at JoAnn. The lining fabric wasn't my favorite, but I thought I better use it because I would probably never find anything else that matched so well. It's kinda grown on me now so I don't mind it so much.
Anyway, I'm sure you all care so much about all of that, so here's some pictures of the inside. I wanted the look of a messenger bag but with the practicality of a zippered bag, so I added a set-in zipper that is separating so when it's not being used it can lay totally flat inside the bag and doesn't get in the way. It's probably my favorite feature of the bag.
I also added lots of pockets, I almost thought too many, but I've already discovered that you can never have too many pockets, and they're all full.
I thought about doing a tutorial for the bag, but then decided against it since it was my first one in this design and I wasn't sure if I would be happy with it in the end. But it actually worked out really well, so I *might* (emphasis on "might") do one in the future if enough people are interested. I also wouldn't mind having a real paper pattern printed for the bag, for my own use and for others to use too, but I have no idea where to even start with all of that. Anyone have any suggestions?