I recently finished making my own diaper bag. I had wanted one in green oilcloth and just couldn't find one for sale. Since I'm pretty crafty, I thought I'd make my own :) I'm THRILLED with the final product.
However, I definitely did not start out thrilled. Here is my attempt number one:
I used a pattern that I bought online for this first one. My sewing skills were not quite up to the challenge. I had a really hard time putting it together. In addition, I used PUL fabric for the interior lining and it was sooooo slippery. The contrasting thread that I thought would be cute ended up showing all my mistakes.
When I finished this first bag, I was so upset. Pregnancy hormones were not a help in this. I felt like I had wasted so much money and time and would never be able to have a diaper bag I liked. I was "in the depths of despair." But time and sleep helped and I decided to try again.
This second time around, I used a pattern for a messenger bag from the book Sewing With Oilcloth. I nixed the PUL fabric and used blue thread rather than white. This helped hide all my crooked stitches. I also used store-bought bias tape rather than trying to make my own. Overall, this pattern was much easier for my current sewing skills and I found it easier to work with just oilcloth.
I wanted to share my craft fail to show that a project is always worth a second try. Sometimes you just have to change it up a bit or try a different approach. Have you ever had an experience like this?
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