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Campfire Messenger Diaper Bag

Waxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - Noodlehead Waxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - NoodleheadWaxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - NoodleheadI 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.

Waxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - Noodlehead

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.

Waxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - NoodleheadWaxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - Noodlehead

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!

Waxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - Noodlehead

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

Waxed Canvas Campfire Messenger Bag - Noodlehead

15 thoughts on “Campfire Messenger Diaper Bag

  1. Natasha says:

    This looks amazing! She’s lucky to have you for a friend,

  2. erinmalia says:

    I love this bag! Can you tell me if the original size would fit a standard-sized binder? Thanks!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Erin, the original size would be a bit snug for a binder. I might suggest trying the small size of the Explorer Tote (it has a recessed zipper option, too), you could switch the handles to a crossbody fairly easily. 🙂

  3. Tammy says:

    This is beautiful and practical. Perhaps you would consider releasing it as an add on to your PDF pattern of your original design?

  4. Tammy says:

    This bag is beautiful and practical. Perhaps you would release this size as an add on to your PDF design in the future?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      That’s a great idea Tammy! Perhaps!

  5. Mary Hayes says:

    Inspired!!! Would love the make the larger version of the messenger bag….. How difficult was it to adjust the pattern?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      It took me a bit of time to adjust it (was going for the size of another bag she liked), but it’s definitely doable. 🙂

  6. Samantha A Dale says:

    Did you use any specific needle with Cordura?My husband uses this for curling brushes and I have a plan to steal some.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      I think it was just a universal needle (size 14). 🙂

  7. K.Z. says:

    Love this bag! Can we just print the pattern at 110% to make it larger or will that not work for some reason?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      I haven’t done it that way, but if you try it let me know!

  8. An oh so stylish nappy bag… lucky friend!

  9. Dorrie says:

    I would love to see the enlarged measurements added to the pdf!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      That’s a great idea, maybe at some point in the future. 🙂

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