Last Sunday Ben and I put the boys to bed and then proceeded to enjoy our lazy afternoon “off”. We are at the beginning of trying to transition Payton from a nap to a quiet time in his room, and the transition was off to a rough start. My big idea was to give him my alarm clock, set it to go off an hour after he went in his room, and that would be that. No such luck- he popped in and out of his room to let me know that the music was going (which it wasn’t) or that he needed to go to the bathroom. Of course, after his dashing about upstairs finally woke up his brother, he finally decided to have a nap. Grr, the joys of raising a very rambunctious three year old. I might need to read Dr. Dobson’s The Strong Willed Child. The title fits Payton to a tee. Any suggestions on how to make the transition from a daily nap to a quiet time from more experienced moms would sure be appreciated….
Eventually Ben and I did manage to scrape a few quiet minutes to ourselves so Ben played his Father’s Day gift (a video game) while I decided now was an optimum time to pull out my sewing machine and sew a diaper clutch for my purse. I have now transitioned from a diaper bag to just throwing a couple extra diapers and a box of wipes in my purse, but my purse was always looking like a disaster with the extra baggage along. Case in point-
What I really wanted was something to corral the wipes and diapers into a manageable space that I would be able to grab or give to Ben to change Devin’s diaper. I saw some for sale, but for the $15-25 being charged, I knew I could make something cheaper.
After fishing through my leftover fabric, I found this black, red, green and white fabric that I just love. It makes me happy, and I need all the happiness I can get while changing diapers. Potty training is only 1 1/2 years away! But until then, I’m stuck.
I grabbed an old wipes container that had a top middle opening rather than one that opens along the side seam. I took mine from the church nursery (sorry if I stole someone’s- it had been lying there for 8 months, so I didn’t think anyone would mind. If it’s yours, contact me and I’ll buy you a new one!). I used the wipes container and a diaper to measure how much fabric I would need, along with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
I didn’t care that it wasn’t 100% straight as I knew that the outer edges would be covered by the front pockets. After cutting the front piece of fabric (intended to create the two pockets) in half, I hemmed the one piece to create the diaper pocket. I’m all about eye-balling hems. Fortunately, they usually turn out well. You could pin or iron if you want, but it will add extra time.
Diaper pocket- completed! For the wipes side I cut the remaining pocket piece in half, hemmed the inside edge that would allow for the opening to get to the wipes, and then sewed around the edged using the same method as before. I did, however, make a mistake and sewed the top edge down.
This left me unable to get the wipes contained in, so out came the handy-dandy seam ripper and I pulled the whole seam out. To fix the problem I had to stitch an extra piece of fabric between the two side pockets to join to the two pockets. With the body of the clutch sewed, I turned my thoughts to how to make it stay closed in the confines of my purse. A leftover button in my sewing basket and some basting tape leftover from making superhero capes was the perfect answer. I sewed the button on-
(Please excuse the shape my nails are in…looking at in the pictures is making me seriously consider a trip to a manicurist in my near future). And then I attached the basting tape into a loop to put around the button.
Some have asked for the dimensions of the fabric that I used. These are just the sizes I used, so be aware that the finished product might not fit your wipes container or diapers if you don’t pre-measure.
Piece 1 (back): 12×9 inches (1/2 inch seam allowance for all sides) Piece 2 (middle coverage): 9×2 inches Piece 3 (diaper side) : 9×5 1/2 inches (1/4 inch seam allowance for all sides) Pieces 4 & 5 (wipes side): 4 1/2×5 1/2 inches (1/4 inch seam allowance for all sides)
If you choose to make a diaper clutch like this, feel free to send me a picture and I’ll post it to share. Wish us wisdom as we try and deal with Payton’s sleeping, and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day!