the beginnings of a diaper bag

While languishing next to the air conditioner the other day, I was dreaming of crisp mornings, changing leaves, sweaters, and hot chocolate. In between day dreams, though, I started researching fabrics for the diaper bag I want to make for when the new babe arrives. I plan on using the Colette Cooper pattern, with a handful of modifications for this soon-to-be mama of two.

I have a philosophy about diaper bags: They need to be cute. In fact, that’s maybe my primary focus. Because here’s the thing: the baby will not be using the diaper bag. I’ll be the one toting that thing around for at least the next year, and I want to like it–nay, I want to love it. I loved the bag I used with Asher, but after eighteen months it, understandably, wore out. For a new babe, I need a new bag. And this time I’m going to make it myself.

For fabric, I’m looking at durable duck canvas prints and–if it’s in the budget–real leather. After poking around online, I found these contenders:

diaper bag inspiration 1

{from left to right, top to bottom: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6}

Clearly I’m finding inspiration in graphic prints and mostly neutral palettes. I also found these:

diaper bag inspiration 2

{from top to bottom: 1, 2, 3}

Something about the bird print really attracts me, and gingham is, well, gingham. I also found the Swiss cross print inexplicably alluring. I’m leaning toward a tobacco-colored leather as contrast, but am intrigued by some of the brighter leather options Mood Fabrics offers. And I haven’t even begun to research the perfect hardware for this bag. Because if the fabrics have to be perfect, then dammit, so does the hardware–so does the hardware.

What’s your favorite print of these options? Should I lean toward all neutral, or leap for one of the more colorful options?

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  1. Sonia Crawford
    Posted August 21, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I like 4 & 5 from the first grouping and 2 & 3 from the second grouping. I am less of a colorful person. I like number 5 from the first grouping best.

  2. Mom
    Posted August 21, 2015 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    My faves are 1, 3, 4, and 6 from the top set. SO CUTE!

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