I recently had the pleasure of making a diaper bag for my friend who is having her third child. It was very exciting because she’s got excellent taste and it was fun to make her something and collaborate a bit. She chose the Campfire Messenger Bag, but we decided to enlarge it by a few inches. Now, I’m not going to say it’s an easy thing to do. But the math takes a bit of time and gets a little bit tricky with the gusset depending on how much bigger you’re going for. I would definitely recommend using some scrap fabric and giving the main body of the bag a run through before cutting your final fabrics. It was fun to work through making it bigger, and added a bit of intrigue for me.
She chose a denim waxed canvas and a green waxed canvas for the main body and we picked out a lining using Cordura 500. I have had some in my stash forever, but ended up ordering this lighter weight version for the lining. I really liked working with it! It’s so nice and stable and water resistant which makes the lining wipeable – which is pretty essential when it comes to a diaper bag. I’m definitely planning on trying more bags with Cordura though, it’s fun to experiment with trying something new to me. I didn’t add any interfacing so that’s always a bonus.
I added a leather crossbody strap, which is a fun touch. I think I’ll make an adjustable for her using a buckle as well. It’ll be nice considering her husband will be using the bag, too!
Pattern: Campfire Messenger Bag (enlarged, 2″ wider, 2″ taller, 1″ deeper)
Fabrics: Waxed Canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, Cordura 500 (Silver) from Seattle Fabrics
Leather: custom cut from my shop
Hardware: all from Buckleguy.com