This gorgeous little Baby Nappy & Wipes Travel Pouch will fit into your regular handbag for those short trips. When my two were still little I used to drag around a rather large baby bag (diaper bag) everywhere we went. When they got a little older I so wanted to use a regular handbag that I ended up putting a nappy and a packet of baby wipes in with my regular handbag contents. Not a great look standing at the counter to pay trying to find your wallet hidden in between the nappies! One of these Baby Nappy & Wipes Travel Pouches would have been perfect. Too late for me now but I’m sure I have a few friends that would like one…and of course plenty of you here will have a use for the pattern too!
They are super simple to make and don’t require much fabric at all. I made mine from an end of roll piece of fabric I bought in a bulk lot a wee while ago.
What you will need to make a Baby Nappy & Wipes Travel Pouch
- Fabric – Scraps will probably do! Mine were printed cotton for the main fabric and plain cotton for the lining.
- Matching Thread
- Velcro – I used 1 inch (2.5cm) wide by 3 inches (7.5cm) long. You could also use snaps or buttons.
- General Sewing Supplies, Sewing Machine, Pins, Scissors and a Glue Stick…yep you read that last one right!
- Nappy & Wipes Travel Pouch PDF Pattern
- All Seam Allowances are 3/8″ (1cm), unless otherwise stated.
Step by Step Instructions for making the Baby Nappy & Wipes Travel Pouch
Step 1 – Print, Tape and Cut out PDF Pattern
Print out the PDF pattern taking care that it is printed in actual size and no scaling is being used. It should print fine on both A4 and Letter size paper. Trim the required edges and line up the border lines an the grey triangles. Cut out the pattern pieces.
Take care with the back piece if your fabric is directional. Since the top flap folds over it will be upside down. If you are a total beginner it might pay to chose a print that isn’t directional (that doesn’t matter which way up it goes) eg, dots, stripes, chevron and florals. But I will show you the steps just in case you want to give it a go.
Step 2 – Splitting Back Piece for Directional Fabric (Optional)
As you can see my tree fabric is directional. If I had cut it in one piece it would have been upside down on the flap at the front or the whole back side. So I chose to cut the top flap separately. You will need to cut straight across 3/8″ (1cm) down from the angled edge. See photos. You will also need to make sure the back piece you cut is long enough, I purposely cut mine an inch longer and trimmed using the pattern piece after I attached the pieces together.
Line up the pieces carefully and pin along the raw edge.
Sew using a 3/8″ (1cm) seam allowance. You will want to be careful about this.
Press the seam open, as you can see it didn’t line up perfectly…next time! As it will be on the fold it will not be to noticeable.
Trim the corner to match the angle of the top flap. Now you are ready to carry on and sew as normal.
Step 3 – Sew Main and Lining Together
With the right sides facing each other lay the front pieces together and pin the top edge together (keep an eye on the prints to make sure it is the top – if no print then it doesn’t matter just the narrower edge). Repeat for the Back piece pinning around the top flap.
Sew pinned edges. The back piece is a little trickier start sewing at the edge 3/8″ (1cm) down from the start of the angle. You may like to mark this point with a fabric marker to make this easier. Sew straight in by 3/8″ (1cm) then pivot and sew up the angle, pivot again sew across the top and sew right round to the other side. Please have a look at the photo above!!
Trim off the top corners of the flap and cut into the seam allowance at the corner near the side. Again see the photo! This will help it sit nicely when you turn them the right way around.
For the front piece press the seam open.
Turn the back piece the right way around and press using your iron. It should look like above.
Step 4 – Sew Front and Back Pieces Together
Fold the pieces open and lay them right sides facing each other. Start by lining up the center seam.
Pin the rest of the long side together.
Sew, and don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end.
It should look like above! Only yours will be lying flat, I had a miss measure in the original pattern which I have corrected for the Pdf. Either way it will still turn out fine!
Sew along the short side of the MAIN FABRIC and trim off the corners.
Turn round the right way, and leave the lining sticking out the opening.
Fold in the raw edges and press.
Sew using a narrower seam allowance to make sure you catch all the layers. I used the edge of my presser foot as a guide. Don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end.
Tuck the lining inside. Press the flap seems so it all sits nicely. You can top stitch the flap and opening if you like.
Step 5 – Attach Fasteners
You can use snaps, domes, buttons or I chose Velcro. I chose Velcro as it will be the easiest to quickly open and close when you are trying to change a wriggly little one! My Velcro is 1″ (2.5cm) wide by 3″ (7.5cm) long.
And this is where the glue stick comes in! I use it to temporarily glue the Velcro in place, so it doesn’t move around while you are trying to sew it. My glue stick is purple but dries clear, but a regular clear one works perfectly too.
Starting at a corner sew all the way around the Velcro. Do Not Lock Stitch! Leave the thread tails long so we can tie them off ourselves. This way you won’t risk having extra stitches and thread bunching on the right side of the Baby Nappy & Wipes Travel Pouch.
Using a needle thread the tails from the right side to the wrong side at a corner. See photo above!
Tie the all for threads together, I tie the front two to the back two. Then using your needle tuck them under the Velcro so there are no loose ends. Trim off the excess thread tails.
Repeat the same steps for the second piece of Velcro, using you first to find the perfect place for it to go.
Finish the second threads in the same way on the inside.
And you are finished!! Ready for your next trip, or just heading out to the shop. These are so quick to make you can whip up a couple to leave in the car or at Grandma’s house.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.