Today's tutorial come to you from Larissa over at Just Another Day in Paradise.
Larissa has a fun blog full of tutorials, recipes, parties and other goodies. She's a momma of 3 boys, who are obviously regulars on her blog and often the inspiration behind some of her great projects. She also makes magic with felt as you'll see below. I fell head over heels for this adorable Old MacDonald Felt Puppet tutorial, which you can see here with patterns, and this fun Felt Fishing Set here. She also hosted a great Christmas in July party last July, which you can still take advantage of by visiting this link.
Here is all you will need:
1 cloth, lined place mat...yup I said place mat
coordinating acrylic paint
The first thing you will want to do is paint on the monogrammed letter. Before you do that you will need to make sure you know how far you are going to fold up the bottom for your pocket. I folded up about 5" and then marked it.
You will also need to measure approximately where the trifolds are going to be. This will tell you where the front is.
With the front marked and the "fold" marked (that will make the bottom edge of your carryall), you can use a stencil of your choosing. I used scrap vinyl to cut a stencil. You can pick a font you like and a size you want. I chose a traditional font in a pretty large type.
Very lightly apply 1-2 coats of acrylic paint, making sure not to push too hard so that the paint doesn't leak to the other side.
Once the paint has dried it is time to sew on the velcro. Pin your inside pocket up and in place. Then fold your carryall into thirds again.
You will have two place marked for velcro. One on the inside pocket and one on the fabric of the trifold. Pin velcro in place. Unpin pocket and sew the velcro to the placemat.
Next I chose to add a decorative strip of ribbon. This is purely decorative. You can add it anywhere you would like. I simply pinned it in place on the unattached pocket and then sewed it in place along the top and the bottom edge of the ribbon.
Next it is time to secure the pocket in place. Pin the pocket in place.
To pin the pocket in place and add decorative stitching, start on the outside of the carryall, bottom corner...down by the monogram letter. Sew up the edge, securing the pocket on one side. Continue up the entire edge of the carryall, then over the top and then back down the other edge. Again securing the other side of the pocket. Stop stitching at the other bottom corner.
This is what the stitching will look like around the outside.
Now it is time to sew in smaller pockets. You will need to mark the width of the pockets to fit 1-2 diapers, 1 small wipes case, and 1 additional pocket. These pockets will be about equal in length and will match up with the trifold part of the carry all.
You will sew at each marker, starting at the top of the pocket and sew down to the bottom. You will sew twice, creating 3 pockets.
Now all you have to do is pack it with the essentials.
For me that was hand sanitizer...dirty diaper bags...
a couple of diapers...and a case of wipes.
Then all I have to do is fold it up and toss it in my non-diaper bag, oh-so-fabulous-giant-purse.
over at my blog tomorrow.