We are off to Disney in a few days. Me + Four Kids = Loads of Exhausting Fun! Super excited because I have never been and neither have the kiddos. When Russ was leaving for work overseas, I decided a fun trip was in order for Matthew's 12th birthday and what could be better than the most magical place on earth? Yep, Superty Duperty Excited!
I bought a small cross carry bag to carry valuables in. But knew I'd want more than the basket on the stroller for other items. The bags I used for a diaper bag are typically shoved in the basket, so I decided I needed to make a stroller bag. Not just any stroller bag, but a cool Disney - Mickey - Minnie bag.
Bear with me, I'm sure you can feel my exuberance in this post and my bubbly may annoy the cranky reader. :-) I'll try to limit the number of smileys in this post. :-) Starting now...
I had not intended to do a tutorial for this bag. I was just whipping it together, without a pattern this week, amongst homeschooling and two men working in the house installing all new duct work and a new HVAC system. It's been kind of crazy around here. I did not use a pattern, but worked up a basic set of instructions, which will probably only be valuable to anyone who can sew, or has done bags before. I am going to try to attach a document with my applique sketches and basic instructions at the bottom of this post. Will give some instructions along with the photos. At the very least, you'll have my Mickey and Minnie to use on whatever project you choose.
First, I should give credit to my inspiration. I saw this bag....
On Pinterest of course. I pinned it a few weeks back. Pinspiration. I drew up the silhouettes, facing the opposite direction because I was using the iron on applique paper. I changed this to add shoes of a different color and my daughter drew the hair bow for me. Thank you, Kristy!
As you can see in my first photo above, I did the applique and then I hand-embroidered our name and the tails using 4 strands of black floss and a stem stitch. The Disney font, I googled "disney font." I found a site that I could type in our name. I saved the photo, then enlarged it on my screen to the right size, held the fabric up to the monitor and traced with my water soluable fabric pen. To trace the tails, I taped my sketch paper on a window and held the fabric over it, after I did the applique of course. I did use interfacing on the bag's exterior fabric, just a light one to give extra reinforcement for the applique and embroidery.
Here I made straps, width according to whatever size swivel hook and d-rings you use. I didn't measure mine. I made them somewhat long and pinned to the bag exterior and hooked on the stroller to determine the length. I wanted it to hang in a certain place, then trimmed off any extra length. So again, I don't have any measurements for the straps. :-)
I made a detachable shoulder strap because I thought there might come times when we may need to remove the bag, especially if we use Disney transportation and need to fold the stroller, might be better to take the bag off. I didn't want it to be awkward to carry, so I made a detachable shoulder strap, which can be kept in the bag. Close up below....
It's a length of fabric, then I looped it up on both ends, so the straps on the bag will just loop right through it. I cut my strap 6" wide by 27" long. I folded like bias tape and I did use a double layer of batting just in the part above the loops, so the strap would be softer on the shoulder. I cut the batting just the width of the strap once folded, not 6" because then you'd be folding it in on itself and end up with a thick strap, harder to sew.
The exterior and the liner were both cut with a fold of fabric on the bottom. Approximately 18" wide by 38" long. I stitched the sides and did a flat fold in the corners, measuring four inches in from the point for my stitching line. Here is a tutorial for make the flat bottom bag from Craft Couture by T.C. I didn't measure length across as she does. I measured 4" in from the point and drew my stitching line there.
To finish up, I made the magnetic closure. You need to cut two of the tabs out of fabric and interfacing. Attach magnetic closure to tab and bag. Stitch tab pieces with right sides together, clip curves, and turn. Pin into center back. Drop liner in the outer bag and top stitch. And you're finished.
I am trying this for the first time, linking up my sketch and basic instructions through Google Documents. Will have to let me know if it works or not. Click below.