2-in-1 Bag: Stroller Bag into a Messenger Bag

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Okay, stroller users.  
We need to talk about a few things.
Do you have one of these bag problems while strolling around with your little kiddo(s) in tow?
  • Your purse/bag handles aren’t long enough to fit over both stroller handles, making it difficult to find a place to hang your purse?
  • You decide to sling both straps over one of the stroller handles but it hangs too low and then wacks you in the leg each time you take a step?
  • Or maybe you skip the purse all together and just throw your wallet, some diapers, your keys and phone down into the storage basket below the stroller.  But then you arrive somewhere where you can’t take the stroller inside, so you have to grab your loose things from below, plus a squirmy child, and enter your destination.  Eek.
Can you relate?
Well, we are heading down to FL for a week getaway and my word, I’m tired of the bag/stroller dilemma.
So I needed a quick-acting conversion bag.  
So, here’s my solution.
This bag begins as a stroller bag with 2 snap on straps on each side, holding the bag up high and out of the way.  It also keeps the bag from slipping off the stroller handle(s).
The heavy duty snaps attach and release quickly, making the transformation speedy.
So when you’re ready to convert it into a messenger bag, just remove the permanently attached longer strap that is hidden inside of the bag while not in use…
Then un-snap the two side straps, removing the bag from the stroller.  
Next, sling the long strap over your shoulder and attach it to the short strap that was previously used as one of  the stroller straps.  
Then, just snap the two snaps, press the velcro into place (for added strength)………
………and you’re ready to go.  
The other short strap that is not in use, can be re-snapped into a loop and then used as a toddler handle if needed.  (Remember this post here?  Sometimes the little walkers just need something to hold onto.)
And then when you return back to the stroller, just quickly re-attach the side straps to the stroller, tuck the long strap back into the bag, and you’re on your way again.
And oh my, thanks to this sweet friend of mine for demonstrating her little guts out for me.  
Made it nice and easy for me.  
Thanks Lizzie.  You’re great.  And your spunk……..ahhh, it’s refreshing. 
Anyone in need of their own 2-in-1 Stroller/Messenger Bag?
Here’s how I made mine.
I started out with two outer pieces of fabric and two pieces of lining, all of which measured 12 x 22 inches.  (My outer pieces of fabric were very sturdy pieces of upholstery fabric.  The lining pieces are just plain ‘ol cotton.  Worked great for this project.)
Then I placed the two outer pieces of fabric together with right sides together and sewed along the short sides and along the bottom, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance……and left the top open.  Then I zig-zagged around those 3 sides as well.  I did the same thing with the 2 lining pieces.
Then, I grabbed one of the bottom corners, stuck my hand up inside the bag, and then opened up the fabric a bit so that I could fold the corner down like shown below.  Now the side seam of the bag is going up the front of this new point and the bottom seam of the bag is going directly down the back of this new point.  Make sense?
Then, keeping the folded corner exactly in place, I measured down two inches from the tip of the point, and placed a pin in place.
Then I sewed a straight line right across.  And then another line right above that, to secure it in place.  Repeat with the other corner and then both corners of the lining.
Then turn the outer fabric right side out and leave the lining inside out………and iron your seams flat as best you can.
Next cut out two pieces that are 17.5 x 14.5 inches, to be used for your bag flap.
 Place the two pieces together with right sides together, then sew along the sides (14.5 inches) and the bottom (one of the 17.5 inch sides).  Leave the top open.
Then clip the two bottom corners.  (Not sure why?  Take a look at why, here.)
Then turn the bag flap right side out, poke out the corner and then press flat.  Then top-stitch around the 3 sides, making a seam about an 1/8 of an inch from the outer edge.

 Onto the straps.
Cut out one outer piece of fabric and one piece of lining that is 43 x 3 1/4 inches.  And then cut 2 outer pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of lining that are 10 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.
Then sew the two long pieces together along the sides and one end, with right sides together.  Then sew each shorter piece together with its matching piece of lining, with right sides together.  Again, sew along the sides and one end.  Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Then trim each corner on the one end of each strap piece, turn right side out, and press flat.  Then top-stitch around the 3 sides, making a seam about an 1/8 of an inch from the outer edge.
Now onto putting the bag together.
Take one of the short straps and place it face up on top of the long piece, which is also facing up. 
Match up their raw, un-sewed ends.
Then turn the two straps over and line up the exact middle of the 2 3/4 inch wide straps, right up with one of the side seams of your main bag piece.  See the two straps there, with the right side of the fabric facing the right side of the bag fabric?
And instead of lining up the upper edges of the bag opening and the raw edges of the two straps, raise the straps up about a half inch above the edge of the bag opening and then pin in place, making sure the center of the strap is still lined up with that center side seam of the bag.  (Doing this will allow you to have extra fabric to secure the straps to the bag, and provide you with more fabric to create seams to secure the bag strap in place.  You’ll understand better later on.)
Then attach the other short strap to the other side seam of the bag, raising the strap above the top edge of the bag by about a 1/2 inch.  Make sure to have right sides together and center the strap right along that side seam.
Next, grab your bag flap, turn it over, and attach it to the front of the bag with pins along the top……placing right sides together.  Make sure to match up the raw edges of the bag flap (the un-sewn edges) with the raw edge of the bag.  And also be sure to center the bag flap between the two side seams, along the front of the bag.
Once your straps and bag flap are all securely pinned into place, drop your bag down inside of the lining.  At this point, your bag is right side out and your lining is inside out……..making the two fabrics rights sides together after you drop it down inside.
Line up the side seams and the top raw edges, and pin it into place all the way around the bag.
Sew all the way around the top, securing the straps and bag flap into place but leave about a 10 inch opening along the front side, opposite the bag flap.  Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Then turn the bag right side out, pulling it out through that hole that you left.  Then fold the raw edges of the opening down towards the inside of the opening hole, a 1/2 inch.  Pin into place.  Then iron flat all the way around the bag opening.
Then top-stitch around the top opening of the bag, making a seam about an 1/8 of an inch from the upper edge.  Even continue sewing all the way around to the back of the bag, keeping the back seam flat and in place.
Then, sew  a rectangle with an ‘X’ through it, adding extra strength to those side straps. 
**Remember that extra 1/2 inch that you added as you pinned the strap to the bag earlier on?  This allows the strap to hang down even lower so that you can create this rectangle with the ‘X’ in it.  There is no need to make the rectangle any lower than the strap ends that are inside of the bag……so feel for the ends of the strap and use that as a guide to sew your rectangle.
Lastly, adding the hardware.
I purchased these heavy duty snaps in a package of 8, at Walmart for a few dollars.  I added two snaps to the base of each of the short straps……and the back side of the snaps to the other end of the short straps.
So that I could snap the ends down to the base, creating a loop for both sides of the bag.
Then on the long piece, I added two snaps to the end.  Then on the short piece (that is on the opposite side of the long piece), I added the back sides of these snaps about 4 1/2 inches from the end.  Then I placed some wide velcro (also purchased at Walmart) along the underside of the long strap and then on the front side of the short strap.  This will give the strap extra strength when being used as a messenger bag.
And then when the long strap is connected to the short strap, it looks like this.
Lastly, add a bit of velcro to the under side of the bag flap and then along the front of the bag.  
You could add snaps or buttons instead.  Whatever you prefer.

There you have it.
All done.
And because life just got a little simpler, you may just find yourself completely excited to speed along your way with your new 2-in-1 bag.

Go on, get going.

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217 Responses to “2-in-1 Bag: Stroller Bag into a Messenger Bag”
  1. 1
    Emine İncefidan says:


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    Kelly's Korner says:

    Very cool tutorial! I am out of the stroller phase, but the tutorial for the bag was helpful for me!

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    Cathy says:

    This is AMAZING!! Thank you for another wonderful tutorial.

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    Daisha says:

    What an awesome idea and tutorial. If I get brave enough I'll give it a try!

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    Auntie Louisa says:

    That's a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Angie says:

    This is a great bag – what a cool concept.

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    Mandy says:

    So I am leaving for a Florida getaway on Saturday, and now you've just convinced me that I need to made this bag before I leave, as if packing stuff for 4 kids wasn't enough to consume the week!! :)
    maybe we'll see you there….

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    Brandy @ Gluesticks says:

    That is fabulous! I love it! I made this bag for my umbrella stroller a few months ago. It works great, but would be nice to convert it to a purse too. As usual, you think of everything! :)


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    Queen Bee says:

    OMG! I desperately LOVE this but, unfortunately, I can't sew a lick!! Maybe you will put them in your SHOP?? PA-LEEEEEEESE????

    Your wonderful tutorials leave me, once again, hate being sew-handicapped! Umph!

  10. 10
    Valerie says:

    This is one of the greatest ideas…ever!

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    Heather says:

    That is a super cool idea! :)

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    Amanda says:

    Oh man, I need to make one of those! I have been trying to figure out how to make one, but haven't put enough thought/energy into it…thanks for doing that for me! You always have awesome tutorials! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

  13. 13
    Romberg Family says:

    That is the greatest idea!!! So simple and funny to think that no one has ever come up with something like that!!

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    Rebekah says:

    Absolutely BRILLIANT! This would make a great shower gift.

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    inday_adin says:

    Genius!!! I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. This would be great as a baby shower gift, don't you think? Love, Love, Love it!

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    Lu says:

    Wow, LOVE! Combines two of my faves, strolling and messenger bags! Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to make one!

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    Melissa says:

    Maybe you should have patented this one! Sure Genius! It is so stylish and functional. Amazing!

  18. 18
    Melissa says:

    You. Are. Brilliant. 'nough said.

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    hsbc loan says:

    that's very handy, its really wonderful

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    anhesty says:

    fabulous diy! thanks!

  21. 21
    caryn says:

    Dear Ashley, stop being so cute. Love Caryn.

    That's genius, Ash – how the heck do you come up with all of this stuff and have time to do it?!??

  22. 22
    Porche' says:

    Awesome tutorial! It was so easy to follow, even for a novice sewer like myself. You are incredibly talented. Thanks!

  23. 23
    Here I Am. says:

    LOVE this idea! I just ordered a new diaper bag for this reason alone and now I could have made this..oh well..still probably will :)Thanks for sharing!

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    Bnmspanier says:

    I so wish i could sew! You should make them and people can order them!!!

  25. 25
    Olga says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!!! How clever! Might have to make me one of those now!

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    anne says:

    O my gosh! That is BRILLIANT! Can't wait to make my own. :)

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    Aimee says:

    I am so impressed. How clever you are!

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    Joseph's Grainery Recipes says:

    What a brilliant solution! My shins thank you!

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    Antigone says:

    great idea! thanks a lot Ashley ;D

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    Katie @ Not Just Decorating says:

    What a good idea. You are so creative. I've been reading your blog for a while and I'm always amazed at how many great ideas you come up with. You have inspired me to start my own and I just did. So I wanted to say thanks :)

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    Mormishmom says:

    This is awesome!

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    Laurel and Jeremy says:

    Yay! Thanks so much! And I love her shirt!!! where did she get it?

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    WannaBcrafty says:

    This has to be the cutest thing EVER… Thanks so much for sharing :) Sooo super cute

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    Allison and Mason: says:

    This idea is genius. I think it's my all time favorite. You should get a patient on it and you'll be famous because once mom's start seeing these out there they will want one!! You should sell them at your shop!

    Well done!!

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    Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    perfect! My little sister mentioned that she wants a messenger bag on her last visit. I think this will be something I make for her for Christmas this year!

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    lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE says:

    k, you have no idea how nuts-awesome the timing on this tutorial is. Literally last night I was googling diaper bag and messenger bag patterns because I want to make my own diaper bag and I want that style. Mine will be sporting some pockets on the inside and I'm going to make the outer fabric a nice wipeable oilcloth, but that is tiny little adjustments to the perfect design, plus a bonus Brilliant Idea. I love it. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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    Aubrey says:

    Hey Ashley.
    This is perfect!!!! I have another baby coming in January and this is exactly what I'm looking for!
    Have you ever thought of including a PDF file along with your tutorial so we can print these awesome instructions? I have a bit of a tough time getting my computer into my sewing room, that would help a ton!

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    jehan says:

    I. LOVE. YOU….right now. Perfect. My next project (I hope)

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    MNorman says:

    AWESOME!!! Is this something they actually make that you came up with your own "instructable" for??? or is this your idea? Its genius and you should totally sell these!!!! I can't sew that well — I would love to buy one! And I love the pattern of your bag.

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    The Whitings in Philly says:

    Hi…I've been friends with Lizzie since our husbands both started dental school in Philly and she recently mentioned on her blog that she's friends with you. As soon as I saw that first picture, I wondered if it was Lizzie – I recognized her body! She's a great model, huh? Happy to see her on here. I agree about her spunk! And that is a great looking bag too. I love all your ideas.

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    cuppycakey says:

    Wow, that is a great invention! You are super creative! Also, I just had to comment on the stroller! We have the same one with the double attachment and we love it! I have never seen another one in use so it's cool to see it here! :)
    So, I love your tutorials, they are so easy to follow, so clear, and make everything seem so do-able! Awesome job!

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    halifax loan says:

    Thank you for this post. great tutorial.

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    Michelle says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! I'm due with baby #2 next week and have a 16 month old, so going out without a place to store diapers and money and such is not an option. I can't wait to whip this up and make my double stroller look less frumpy and more awesome! Thanks :)

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    Kristi says:

    Brilliant! I SO need to make one of these! {Love your fabric choices too : )}

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    Наталя says:

    THANK YOU!!! I just think about sewing stroller bag. Your tutorial is great!

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    Nikki - Lilybug_Designs says:

    This is genius! I might just need to make myself one.

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    bethanndodd says:

    My stroller days are pretty much over but I still LOVE it!!! Have fun (and get some much needed relaxation) in Florida!!!

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    Christy, Home-Mom.com says:

    awww this is beautiful, I love your fabric and this is going to "the list" of projects I want to attempt. Thanks ;)

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    Kelley says:

    This is GENIOUS. I love it. I want it.

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    Kimberly says:

    I'm really not this skilled as a sewer, but I am so going to try because I NEED this. Brilliant.

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    Amanda says:

    Ummm…brilliant. I need one. But I don't sew. Would you consider selling these? I would buy one!

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    Brenda says:

    Superb!! With a couple of tiny renditions this will swing perfectly from the bars of my walker. [due to arthritis and severe Fibro, and chronic fatigue even us younger than 50s' need some support!].

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    Annette @ Designs By A Rose says:

    I don't have a baby or a need for a stroller, but I like the idea for an older child. At soccer games and football games, I have to tote all my daughters gear and pom poms. I found a rolling basket to carry stuff, but it would be nice to be able to "hang" my purse on it. I was thinking about making something similar. Thanks for the tutorial. Now I don't have to figure out how to make it!

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    Lynette @ My Craft Discovery says:

    I love this idea. I will definitely hang onto this idea when I reach the stroller stage! What a great gift idea!

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    Samantha says:

    I LOVE this!! My bosses wife is having a baby boy and is due this week! I wish I had time to make it for her!


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    LEF says:

    Love this – thanks for a great tutorial! Now I just have to work up the nerve to actually try to make it.

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    The Ostlers says:

    this is friggan brilliant!!! i love it! Im going to Joanns tomorrow! I have another project to keep in mind while browsing fabrics. :D

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    Britney says:

    Genious! And so stinking cute! Where was this when I was hauling kids around in a stroller?

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    Jen Ketcher says:

    This is one project I may actually have to do from all the crafting blogs I follow! Thanks for the great idea.

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    Mrs B says:

    This would also work for thos of us looking after Older parents in wheelchairs.

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    Adele says:

    Holy cow! awesome!! I cannot wait to make one of these!! Thanks!!

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    Jessica says:

    I absolutely love this. We are expecting #2 in late February and a relative is expecting their first in January and this would be wonderful for both of us. Thanks for sharing such a great item :) Cannot wait to get it started!

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    Lesa says:

    okay, that is CLEVER! I think you should be selling those! Thanks for the generosity to share the pattern idea!

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    Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    I just spent the last little while making this bag. GREAT TUTORIAL! Very easy to follow and I love my bag! I am done except for the snaps and velcro. But that'll have to wait for my next run to the fabric store. Thanks again for this idea. I am thinking about a few additions I can make to it too! So fun! Thanks!

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    Daisie says:

    LOVE IT!! GENIUS!! I'm thinking your model Lizzie just may have gotten so excited to speed along with her 2-in-1 bag that she forgot to put the baby in the stroller!!! (see last picture) hahaha! Something that I'd probably do for real! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

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    Sara Marie says:

    Great idea!

    We're having a giveaway on our blog. Check it out!


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    meagan says:

    This is every mom's dream bag. I'm a little worried to too advanced for my beginner skills though. Hopefully I can talk some one in the making (helping) one with me! Love the fabric too!

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    The Wade Family says:

    This is the coolest idea that I've ever seen. Thank you SO much for posting it! I'm ordering fabric now so I can make it soon….

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    Megan says:

    I have been looking for a messenger style purse and decided I am going to make my own… This tutorial is going to help out A LOT!!! Very creative!!!

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    Sonya Cheng says:

    Great pram – we have the same one! Thanks for the Tute…it looks so easy to follow!

    Just a quick question: do you need a special machine to attach the snaps? I don't have one, but would still love to have a go at making it.

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    the mama monster says:

    oh my goodness perfect! we are going to disneyland in 2 weeks and i was looking to make a stroller bag and i have a phil and teds so i know its going to work. is it ok for me to link over to your bag at my blog? i'm doing a traveling with kids week right now and i would love to feature this!

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    Cammy says:

    Darling bag! Definitely going to go on my project list. The instructions looks so clear and easy, love that.

    Totally random but I think I cheered with Lizzie in high school. I was a junior and she was a sophomore. If it's her she looks just as good as she did in high school and it looks like she hasn't lost her cute spunk either.

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    Katelyn says:

    great idea and love the last picture – she does have spunk!

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    Christene from WhipperBerry says:

    What a neat idea! Wow!

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    Bellis says:

    Wonderful tutorial!
    We have the same stroller :) greetings from Poland!

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    Stefeven1 says:

    That is a great idea !! Love the print of the bag ….
    Can't wait to have another baby to make it :) well, I mean the bag !:))
    Keep going the great job !!


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    Kendal and Alissa says:

    Love it! I have the exact same stroller, but I was wondering if you thought of putting an expandable pocket on the side to put a water bottle or drink in it? Since these strollers don't have drink holders. I would love to see how to do that.

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    Tiffany says:

    OK I LOVE this bag! But I don't have an ounce of sewing ability…UGH. Maybe I can talk my mom into making one for me!!

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    the Spartan says:

    Love it–and love even more that we have the same Phil and Ted stroller–the best, huh? Great tutorial–though by the time I get around to making one my babe will probably be in high school and definitely out of the stroller!

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    Lil Bit says:

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    Lil Bits, Big World

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    ebkins says:

    Oh my gosh! That was totally me! I could have used this pattern ages ago! I was extatic when my little one no longer needed a stroller JUST so I wouldn't have to worry about it! ha! Oh well… I'll have to use this for my next one!

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    Beth @ Sand To Pearl says:

    Such a cute idea! I've never actually have a real diaper bag (mine's been an old purse and now it's a back pack). My baby brother is sending me his old Army uniforms, I'm going to try to make this out of those. Along with some matching things for the kids, I'm so excited, now I'm going to have to bug him till he sends them out.

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    B says:

    I love it so much! Making one for when we jet set to Florida in November. And I think I am going to use the same fabric, sorry I just love it so much!

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    CraftyBrit says:

    This is FANTASTIC! I'll be going on a long awaited trip to Disney World in a couple weeks, for 4 days and with my kiddos/strollers this will be great! Thanks for the wonderful idea, and tutorial!

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    Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com says:

    love this idea!!

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    Amy says:

    i am so going to make this- GENIUS

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    Joyce says:

    Wow, one of the best ideas! I've had the same problem a few months ago. We have another stroller now, because the old one was broken with 2 handles, so you can use them apart. But the idea is still one of the best. Sorry my englisch is not so well.

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    Jo says:

    I love this! I already have all my pieces cut out and im getting ready to sew everything together…heres to hoping my beginner skills can do this! I am a little nervous about putting on the snaps. the pack i bought have no instructions!

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    Jo says:

    Just finished making it…took me four hours but i love it!

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    Kibba says:

    I don't have little kids anymore, but this is totally cute. I think I need to make one for myself. Thanks!

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    Genevieve says:

    brilliant! love this idea. totally need to make one before our next vacation too! and just as a side note- i knew lizzie in philly! how funny. say hi to her for me! :) and hope you're enjoying your fam vacation in fl!

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    Fernanda says:

    Great idea! Thanks

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    Amy Pinney says:

    Ok–so I made this bag last night and LOVE it! I made a few "customizations", like the occasional pocket here and there :) and I also did my strap a little differently–I only used two sets of snaps, and configured the long strap so that when the bag is attached to the stroller, the long strap snaps together at the end, creating a loop for older little ones to hold on to while pushing the stroller! It works GREAT. The bag itself is a *tad* wider than I'd like, so next time I'll adjust that, but I LOOOVE it!

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    Amy Pinney says:

    P.s. For those of you having trouble installing the snaps–I did too! I found this video that helped a TON.

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    Amy Pinney says:


    Would help if I posted the link right? ;)

    ^ snap installation video!

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    Lacey says:

    I love this! Thanks so much for creating a fun piece that will work on a stroller! My sister is expecting twins and I think THIS will give her the confidence to take them both out at once! What a great idea!

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    Rachel says:

    Holy Cow! This is GENIUS!!!!! kudos to you. Now I am off to start making this!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    Emily says:

    Genius! And great instructions and photos too.

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh my thank you so much for the stroller bag tutorial. I have needed something like that for a while. I will definatley be trying it out. Thank you!

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    HSDesigns says:

    Oh this is AMAZING – And just what I NEED> Unfortunately for me – I have NO SEWING SKILLS> I wonder if this is something you might want to make and sell?? Just an idea…..lol

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    Lynnette says:

    Brilliant! Like others, I am wanting inside pockets and oil cloth–though oil cloth inside for easy wipability. Also plan to try it as shower gift. And (again, like another) want a PDF or way to print. I tried copy and paste but your pics don't copy–maybe that's on purpose. If we're not supposed to copy, let me know–I surely don't want to infringe on your great idea if it's not up for grabs! Thanks for sharing.

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    Lexa says:

    Wow this really is amzing. I am pregnant with my first and I have been looking for a bag I love and this is just perfect. I am also wondering if you would be willing to make more to sell. I would buy one in a heartbeat so I hope you decide to :)

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    TakingChancesLovingLife says:

    I wan to buy a sewing machine now! Just for this. Seriously. Awesome.

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    Angie says:

    LOVE this! It makes me wish we used our stroller more!

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    Adele says:

    Okay, so I LOVE THIS… and I just made one, but I had a little trouble with the snaps… Do you have any suggestions for installing the heavy duty snaps? Mine don't seem to really HOLD very well… Like they aren't completely snapped on… ???? Any ideas?

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    Ashley says:

    Hey Adele, I just used the snap set from WalMart that had the little metal tools that came with it. I hammered those suckers in really hard and they haven't given me any problems. Try placing the tools back over the snaps and hammering away at it again. If it still doesn't work, you may have to try a sturdier snap……and sorry if you do, that may be a pain. But hopefully giving it a good re-hammer will do the trick.

    Good luck!

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    Jessica Stier says:

    Not only is this bag totally practical and totally cute, you have it on a Phil & Ted's stroller!!! That's a winning combination for sure. I love everything about this post!!!

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    Wendi says:

    What fabric did you use and where can I find it? Also, How much of each fabric do I need to make this? This is just soooo awesome!!!

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    Rebekah says:

    You are wonderfully talented!! I made my bag on Monday and your directions were very easy to follow. For the snaps, I bought the tool that is like a big paper punch and they go on really easily.

    Mine looks almost as good as yours, but my fabric (home decor fabric) is softer than I thought it would be and the bag does not hold much shape. Hmmm, have to think how to make it stiffer next time…yes, I plan to make another one soon!!

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    Remy Hair says:

    Elegant.. Love it!

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    Anne says:

    I would love to make this…can you tell me the approximate amount of fabric total that you used? Not sure how much I need yardage-wise. Thanks!!!

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      I am reading through all of the comments looking for this information too!!

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        HostileBear says:

        I took a wild guess and bought a meter of each. I had enough left over but I also didn’t cut my fabric according to the selvage so maybe buy a wee-bit more if you’re prone to mistakes. Also, I used the left overs to make some pockets on the inside lining. Hope that helps!

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    Anonymous says:

    Was browsing for something else entirely but saw this and said YAHOO! My mother has been asking for me to come up with something for the back of my grandmothers wheelchair that she can put things in and then unsnap when it's time to get in the car etc. I've been experimenting with metal loops that slide on the handles but this fixes all my problems. Will just make it a bit deeper to suit! Thankyou thankyou thank YOU! Neala

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    Stephanie Krohn says:

    Thanks for the tutorial-it was very easy to follow. I even added pockets to the inside. Maybe my fabric wasn't very stiff, but next time I think I will add interfacing.

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    Stephanie Krohn says:

    I noticed that a lot of people are wondering how much fabric to buy. I bought a yard of each fabric and had enough left over to make pockets.

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    Anne says:

    Thanks Stephanie! I was wondering that very thing. :o)

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    Annchan says:

    I just made this bag. It's really easy. Thank you for the tute.
    I used a denim for the outside and a light upholstery fabric for the lining. It sags a little in the middle though….

    I also added a zippered pocket to the flap and another pocket (not zippered) inside.

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    Ashley says:

    Thanks Stephanie, you sweet thing! I appreciate you filling in on the fabric question. And yes, a yard of each is great! :)


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    Miranda B says:

    Such a GREAT bag…I just made it in a weekend. I would say I have beginner sewing skills from high school. I played with the dimensions and added pockets, that is where my challenges came from (plus I used a checkard type pattern). Make sure you get enough fabric of both types..remember that some are different widths. I ran out of contrasting fabric and my fabric store ran out…so had to pick a plain colour to off set some pockets and the flap. But the bag still turned out wonderfully and my husband likes it…so hopefully he will carry it!! lol Thanks for such a GREAT tutorial!!

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    Kristina says:

    Wow! I've been looking to buy a bag just like this! I found this pattern while browsing your site recently and thought "That's just what I've been looking for!" Two in one bags are so expensive to buy! I decided to get up the courage and finally try one of your patterns. You should know that this is my first real sewing project. I made some curtains once – which means I bought the fabric and over the top and bottom and hung it on a curtain rod. Not a bit deal. But I tried making your bag and it turned out GREAT! You instructions are so clear and easy to follow. You really make things sound simple and uncomplicated. I didn't get confused once!

    Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talents and creativity with all of us! You really made my day. I love love love my bag and now I have the courage to try many more sewing projects!

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    Triple The Bows says:

    I just finished my first 2-in-1 stroller bag. I made it for a friend and I have another friend I want to make one for. Very simple to make with your wonderful instructions. Thank you for sharing your talent!


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    Carla Smith says:

    found your blog and loved the bag so much I went thur my stash and made right away,it turned out great.thanks

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    Anne says:

    Just made this bag and it couldn't have been easier (hardest part was attaching the snaps!). I used home decor fabric for the outside of the bag, but put a layer of batting between that and the liner to give the body and the flap of the bag some more structure. I also put a pocket on the inside. Don't be scared of the snaps like I was…in my case, I used snaps from Wal-mart, but the tools that came with them were horrible and made the snaps hard to snap together. I used the tools from a different brand to hammer the snaps in a bit more, and thankfully that worked. This was the project that inspired me to get my sewing machine back out a few months ago…I did some smaller projects to build up to this, and now that this is done I'm still amazed! Thanks for the great tutorial, Ashley! :o)

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    Anonymous says:

    OMG I love this and are going to make it i have a 8 month old and my bag never fits on the stroller and once i grow out of it i can use it on the shopping carts :) thanks so much

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    Katie says:

    Thanks so much! I made one for my little sister, Mom of 4, twin 8 month old boys! The only thing I would change is put velcro on before assembling bag (so you can't see the stitching on the outside of bag) also use something to make the bag a bit stiffer. I'm going to use those changes on MY bag…when I get there :)

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    Toaster4JC says:

    I am helping a friend learn to sew, we are making this bag but without the flap and with just the long strap as a beginning sewing project. I was wondering how you would add a zipper, if it is possible? She would like it to zip. I'm a bit of a novice sewer myself, not sure how to add a zipper yet. Your tutorials have been the best I've found though so I thought I'd ask you.

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    Simply Sara says:

    oh my! I am going to make one of these and with a "toddler Strap" as well :) Well 2 of them! Even though I am out of the stroller phase I will still make one of these!! I will be able to hook it on a cart!!! This is just amazing! Thank you so much! Now i need to go get more fabric!

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    Rebecca says:

    This is one of easiest-to-follow messenger tutorials I’ve seen online. I used a bunch of your tips for making one for a birthday girl. Thanks!

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    Kimberley says:

    You are awesome! I love your tutorials!!! Will definitely be trying some!

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    nemsmom says:

    I have made four of these in the last couple months for baby shower gifts and everyone LOVES theme! I’m new to sewing and self-taught, but your instructions were so simple. Thank you!

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    Jenny Richins says:

    Again, you came to my rescue. I have been searching for a awesome diaper bag. I seem that I can’t find any at the store that aren’t baby-ish or just ugly. The cute ones are always too much money. However I am even more thrilled this doesn’t involve a zipper. sewing zippers make me pitch fits. Thanks. :)

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    T-Bone says:

    When I found this post I knew it would be the perfect bag for my daughter, she has two children and one on the way! And I can still hear her now moaning and groaning about how there was no room to put her diaper bag on a stroller. Then she would hang it on the handle bar and it would drag the ground. She went through many diaper bags needless to say…lol. This is perfect! I blogged on this and linked it here http://thefamilycircus789.blogspot.com/2011/06/2-in-1-strollermessenger-bag.html. Thank you so much!!

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    amanda says:

    I needed a gift for my Zumba instructor who is still teaching and she’s due next week!! Thanks so much!! The tutorial was awesome!! I am really intimidated by bags, purses and totes–inside out scares me but you have helped me conquer my fears!!! Thanks a heap!

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    chu says:

    OH. MY. GOD. i have been searching for a good, easy, Explained pattern for a messenger bag FOREVER. thank you so much. i will try it ASAP!!

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    Trixxy Minxx says:

    Hi! That was a great tutorial! I have just finished my first bag which was also my first sewing project EVER! I did however put 3 pockets on the inside of mine (well, my attempt at pockets, but they do actually look really good) I added 2 to the inside back wall (the side with the flap) and 1 larger 1 on the inside front. Also I shortened the strap by about 5″ because i’m pretty short and it was just too long for me. I’m not sure how to add photo’s to this comment box, but if I could, I would show you what mine looks like. I love how simple the instructions came across even though I broke 2 needles trying to sew through all those layers of fabric towards the end lol (the part where you attach the lining to the outside and sew over all the straps) I had a lot of fun and i’m planning on making another 1 really soon but maybe not as wide. Your tutorial was great! Thank you for sharing it with us!!


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    Michaella says:

    Just made my first bag!! It was so easy thank you so much for the fun tutorial!! I bought 3/4 yard of fabric & had enough for 2 pockets.

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    Larisa Marie says:

    This is awesome and I love it!! This is on my to do list!

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    Rebecca says:

    I just wanted to let you know I made this bag for my friend and she LOVES it! I added a few pockets, but your tutorial was my bread and butter. I had it open on my computer for days and days. Thank you so much! And if you want to see pictures, they are here: http://ladylinguaphile.blogspot.com/2011/08/monstrously-cute.html

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    Maureen says:

    I absolutely LOVE this bag. Just got done making my own and your tutorial made it SOOO easy. I will be the only one in town with a 2 in 1 purple snakeskin bag!

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    Erica Darnell says:

    We just made this bag & I *LOVE* it!! Oh, and it also fits on certain shopping carts too! My baby taps it w/his feet while we shop. Awesome!! :)

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    Kim says:

    I love this bag! I made one for myself (see it here http://pinterest.com/pin/264074202/) and then helped my friend make her own. I ended up adding pockets inside mine which was more difficult than I thought, but I love having the pockets. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    Alishia says:

    Love how you explained everything in detail. Instead of making the loop, one can just add the measurements together for the strap to make one solid strap. Even thinking maybe making these a little smaller for my neices for Christmas for school. :) Thank you for the pattern!

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    carrie says:

    Thank you for this .I just cant wait to make it . I will make a few so i can have one being grandma and 2 for mama and more for the other grand parents. I just cant wait to do this. Thankyou one more time.

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    Dawn says:

    Thank you for this pattern and the very clear instructions. It was fun making it!
    I finished the bag for my friend yesterday. I added an inside zipped pocket and a cell phone pocket on the outside and only used the long strap as my friend no longer needs the stroller straps (though she wished she’d had one like this when her son was younger!).
    I posted a photo on my blog today and linked to this site.


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    Lynn says:

    Great idea. Your instructions are the best,

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    Caron says:

    Awesome tutorial! Great pictures, and super easy to follow! I actually made one tonight (all but the snaps and velcro) and I LOVE how it turned out! I even added a little thin plastic to the bottom of the bag between the outer layer and the lining before I closed it up to give it some structure. Thank you again, can’t wait to finish it up! :)

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    Jody says:

    LOVE this & am going to attempt to make one :). I’m really new to sewing however & just had a small suggestion. I’m absolutely loving some of your tutorials but think it would be even more helpful if you included a small section at the beginning or end of the post which covers point by point the materials needed to create said project. That way people like me who are pretty clueless would know just how much fabric to go buy along with how much & what size of buttons, Velcro, etc. It’s probably pretty basic stuff for those who know what they’re doing to figure out but people like me would find this tremendously helpful.

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    dana says:

    I love your site! And I love this bag! I haven’t had a chance to make it yet but its been on my list. One question: What are the finished measurements? I have two boys and I cloth diaper. Plus one of my boys is diabetic. This means that I generally carry around a lot of stuff. Just wondering if this is going to be bigger than my current bag or if I need to make adjustments to it in order to get it to be the size I want/need. Thanks!

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    Emily says:

    Great tutorial!!!!! I made one today in a few hours. My friend is going to love it! I added elastic band pockets inside for more organization.

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      Sara says:

      How do you do elasticized pockets? I want to add some when I make my bag. :) Also, how do you add the snaps? I haven’t done this before… :)

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        Emily says:

        I took a cut two pieces of fabric that contrasted the lining in to 8″x 33″ folded over one long side about 1/4″ and sewed across to make a hem then folded down 1/2″ and sewed across to make a casing. Slipped some elastic through that was a little shorter than the length of the casing and tacked one end of the elastic down so it stayed in place. I also used a saftey pinto keep the other end of the elastic from slipping inside. I placed the pocket material face up on the lining and matched one side from the bottom up and sewed it in place. Then I pinned the bottom together adding a pleat every couple of inches until the pocket was the same length as the linning. Sewed the bottom and the other side and based on the number of pleats (I had 4) sewed from the top of the casing down the pocket material and linning to make separate pockets. I did this to both linning pieces and then continued following this tutorial to make the bag. I hope that was easy to understand.

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    Patricia says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am almost done with mine. Once it’s finished I will be posting pics and a link to your page! I just started a blog and there’s not much to it, but this will be a start!

    One thing I noticed: the outer flap on my bag seems longer than the one in your pictures. Since I didn’t have a pattern, I measured several times before cutting all my pieces, so I don’t think that is the issue. Maybe once I get “stuff” in it, it won’t look so long.

    Also, the velcro that you used, was that sew-on, or was it sticky? I have only looked in two places, but can only find sticky-back velcro in that width. Thanks again!

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      Sara says:

      The flap does seem to be longer than the bag, at least from the photos I’ve seen from other people making it as well. I modified mine and rounded the corners, you can see photos at the link I posted below this comment. :) Try making the flap a bit shorter next time, works wonders. :)

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    Sara says:

    Made my first messenger/stroller bag! I modified your pattern, and my strap stays permanently attached. I’ll be adding snaps to the strap later on, but check it out, I blogged about it! :) http://newmommyintraining.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-first-messengerdiaper-bag.html

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    Ashley says:

    How on earth do you attach those heavy duty snaps? I’m pretty sure I bought the same exact ones from Wal Mart. These post-style snaps are confusing! I just want to know which goes with which with fabric in between. Somebody, help!

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    SewSoBlessed says:


    Exactly how much of each fabric do I need to purchase? I can’t wait to attempt this!!


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    Ashley says:

    WOW as a past Nanny I feel like I should have had a work bag like this!!!!!!!!!!

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    Melanie says:

    I can’t wait to make this! Thank you so much for sharing it! I think this will HAVE to be my next project.

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    NessaVee says:

    Brilliant. just Brilliant! I have been in search for a diaper bag for what feels like forever and today I said “Screw it, I’ll make what I want” and then found your page. Perfect timing! Thanks I’m about to rock this! :)

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    Nathalia says:

    I just stop buy to say that I have made one also, as I loved the idea and it is a perfect fit for this trolley (same as mine). As i have two babies I was looking for a big (not a huge) bag and this idea was a perfect one! Thank you once again for sharing this tutorial! Best wishes :)

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    Hollyanne says:

    I love this bag :). I just made one today. Finished the whole thing except for the snaps. I got some duds, so I need to return the snaps and get some new ones. Hopefully the other ones work better. I can’t wait to use it when we go to the zoo this summer :). Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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    I absolutely love this idea..It would work great too for walkers and wheelchairs I bet! Thanks for the free tutorial and pattern-did you ever figure out exactly how much yardage you need? I don’t think I saw that at first glance.

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    Laura says:

    This is awesome!! I’m totally making this… I have that exact stroller and by the time I stuff my diaper bag in the bottom I have no room left for anything else. and I like how this hangs high… if I put my other one over the handles it falls on my sons head (I have the double seat). Thanks so much for this!! :D

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    Monyca says:

    This is AMAZING! I still have to get started with my newly acquired sewing machine – all good intentions, but I can’t wait to make myself one of these. You should really take your idea to that TV show about clever inventions, and make tons of money ;-)

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    Frances says:

    LOVE your bag! It is so cute and very clever! I look forward to making my own!

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    Joanna says:

    Thanks for this. This was the first thing I ever sewed on a sewing machine a couple of months ago for my latest design project and I’m even referring back to it now just a week before my deadline! Thank-you, it is wonderfully simple and effective.

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    Maruja says:

    Excelente bolso super practico, para las mamis que siempre andamos apuradas.

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    Krista says:

    I just finished making this it turned great! Can’t wait to use it next week

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    Bing says:

    F A B U L O U S!!!!! Thank you so much for this step by step procedure!! I so love it!

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    Amazing! If I get off my duff and make one, I’ll probably add padding to the shoulder strap, because that’s how I roll… Question, though! Do you have any tips for adding interior pockets/exterior bottle pockets?

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    Amanda says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! My daughter uses an adaptive stroller and there is very little basket room (which is nuts considering all the extra stuff that she needs!). This bag is going to be amazing! Your turorial
    Was super easy to follow. I made my bag with some fun Ikea canvas and coton lining, only thing that I would change is to use some fusible interface since my bag came out a bit flimsy. Thanks again!!!


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    Sara says:

    I so love this bag… I just made it and I do Love it… Thank you so much for the tutorial.. GOD BLESS!!!!

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    5432r2d2 says:

    I’ve been lost for hours on the part that you flip the bag inside out!!! -.-

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    Amy says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this, and it turned out, WONDERFULLY! I am a complete novice and had to teach myself as I went, but your tutorial and step-by-step instructions were such help that even I could do it! I now like to flaunt it around and pretend I know what I’m doing. :) Thank you!!

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    Amanda says:

    WOW, just found this, so awesome! I am totally making this for all of my new mommie friends (and one for me too!), very cute :) And nifty too, it doubles as a diaper bag.

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    Tiff says:

    I just finished making two bags off of this tutorial. Thanks for posting it. I’m happy to send pic’s if you’d like.

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    tina says:

    I made mine and added vinyl on the inside for spills and elastic on the ends for a bottle and sippy cup. I only complaint is that there isn’t a supply list. I ran out of one of the fabrics because I didn’t account for the flap, but I just adjusted and made my straps the same color. all in all a great project!!!

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    Juanita Hales says:

    Thank you so much for a great tutorial! I made this for a friend and I will be making more for others!

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    Kathy says:

    I’m making this bag. I want a smaller on to Carry a full-size Bible and my iPad in. Not sure how to cut the size, still working on it.

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    Trudy says:

    Eeeeeeeeek! I use a wheelchair and need a bag that hooks on the handles but can also convert to a messenger bag when walking with a cane. I love the way you approached the convertable handle/ strap!

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    Kitty says:

    Love this pattern and was wondering if you could use oilcloth to make it instead?

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    Ruth says:

    Wow……brilliant, fantastic and amazing clear and easy to understand instructions……project sorted for the weekend

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    HostileBear says:

    Any idea what seam allowance I should use for the flap? I assume 5/8 but just wondering what everyone used or if it even matters. THANKS

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    Hostilebear says:

    Never mind about the seam allowance (as posted above). I sorted it out. Man, was this bag an easy and attractive project. I’m relatively new at sewing and I was able to finish this in a few hours. Well done!

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    Deni says:

    What are the final dimension of the bag. How would I adjust it to fit a 16″ wide stroller

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    Judy H says:

    I made this bag today. Came out beautiful. I used a fusible, sew able plastic to cover the lining. Thank you for the very easy to follow instructions. I am proud to give this as a gift.

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    Dawnyon says:

    You’ve made this tutorial really easy to follow & your introduction was something most mothers can relate to. I can’t wait to start this project! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Lindsay says:

    I have made this bag for a friend and love it! I want to make another one, but want to use a cotton fabric for the outer parts. Is there a way to do this that will still make it sturdy? Some sort of interfacing? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!! :)

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    Bonnie says:

    I’m going to make this for my son. It will be great for his special needs stroller and wheelchair.

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