Several weeks ago, I saw an episode of "Sewing with Nancy" on PBS. I can't recall the guest, but she made this very cool picnic tote. With a few modifications, this is now a baby totepad for my granddaughter.
* Cut two 36" squares of fabric (these pieces are heavy cotton from Ikea)
* 1 1/2 yards woven strap or belt material
* Two 1 1/4" D-loops
* 1 parachute buckle
* 1 large button
* 10" of elastic cord.
|I found this 1 1/2" button at Jo-Ann's|
Take the fabric for the outer bag, fold on the diagonal, as accurately as possible. Steam and press. Open and fold on the other diagonal. Steam and press.
Along the fold, place a 3" mark on each side of the crease. Measure and mark 19" up along this crease. Mark 1.5" on each side of this last mark. Draw a line connecting the two points, one on each side of the crease. ("Crease" is used too many times - sorry about that). Flip the fabric over and repeat on the other side.
Place the outside edge of one zipper on the straight line. Pin and sew close to the teeth.
For the curved lines, I used a cake cover. With the zipper closed, mark a point 3" from the end of the zipper (not the fabric part) nearest the fold. This mark will be on the outer side of the zipper. Place the large dinner plate or cake cover on the new mark and draw a circle. Open the zipper and pin the fabric edge of the zipper. Sew next to the teeth. Repeat for the other three zippers. The instructions did not advise to do so, but I sewed the outer edges of the zippers. Trim the zipper tips, if you desire.
|Zippers sewn in place|
|Sew the D-rings to the corner of the blanket.|
|Thread the elastic cord thru the button hole.|
|Secure the elastic 6" from the top point of the bag.|
|It's done. Here's the bag opened to a blanket or changing pad.|
|Zip the four sides together|
|Secure the top, wrapping the elastic loop around both points, then over the button.|
|Clip the parachute buckle and it's ready to go.|