Sometime last year, after finding out that my brother John and his wife were expecting their first baby, I realized that the retail industry was lacking in baby things fit for a man to use/carry. I have seen far too many men at church carrying their babies and the lacy pink toile diaper bag that apparently came with them. Recently I've been trying to sew more and do more homemade gifts to save money, etc... so this year at Christmas when I made burp clothes and matching paci clips for all the babies in the family - naturally I made a skull and crossbones burp cloth for John. Then I decided I should make John a 'man' diaper bag as well. But Abby came early and I've been busy so I just now got around to getting it done. Anyway I found a pattern that I liked and thought could easily be adjusted for a man's bag, but I wanted to make it following the pattern first so that I could be sure how I should alter it to fit a guy.
So I made one for my boss, since she's due in November.
The bag called for a flower appliqué on the flap, but I thought that was a little boring and generic, so since Dr Jenny is a dog lover I made a puppy with a butterfly on it's nose instead and I think it turned out pretty dang cute, if I do say so myself!
And in general I just really like the combo of three random fabrics combining to make a pretty nifty little diaper bag.
***Spoiler alert - John if you don't want to see your bag before I give it to you look away now!***
So I added two inches to the length, one inch to the depth, 20 inches to the strap (since John wears bags across his chest) and side pockets to the outside of the bag.
And, yes you are seeing that correctly, it's a Star Trek diaper bag. (Don't be jealous!) I actually put some thought into this bag - you see I made it like the engineering Star Trek uniform. Red and black with the engineering logo. I had an especially fun time choosing the lining fabric and think it's about the coolest thing I've ever seen.
Plus (and please excuse the totally nerdy comment I'm about to make here) since it's the universe inside it makes it a bag of holding! Which is just too cool. (OK, there I said it, I promise only normal comments from now on.)
Anyway I think I may just have to make a little side business of man diaper bags - so let me know when your husbands need one. Oh and in case you're wondering if John will like this diaper bag, here is all I have to say: