Pocket Tote ‘Diaper Bag’ (a pattern by JenFoxStudios)

OH boy!  I’ve been away for too long.  What have I been doing?  A little bit of sewing here and there.  On this cold rainy evening,  I thought I’d take this time to show off a bag I made as part of a baby gift. The pattern I used is called the Pocket Tote!

Pocket Tote Diaper Bag

About the pattern: The Pocket Tote sewing pattern features exterior patch pockets, a flap, a wide shoulder strap, snap closure and interior pocket(s). Approx. finished size is 15″w x 12″h x 5″d  with a 10″strap drop.

I purchased my pattern here.   I was very motivated to purchase and get started on this bag after reading a review of the pattern from Sherrana at DIY at Needles and Nails.  Her bag turned out so lovely and I love her fabric choices too.  Oh please take a look at her gorgeous bag! This really is a nice pattern and very easy to follow for a novice sewer. You want a little challange?  You can make this as simple as you want or go crazy and make it your own with some creativity. Of course it just wasn’t enough for me to make the bag as is. The style is very simplistic which makes for easy modifications (In my opinion).

Two divided pockets in contrast fabric.
Two divided pockets in contrast fabric.
Nice big pocket with flap
Nice big pocket with flap

Modifications: For starters, I changed the front pocket because I didn’t want to fool with making two smaller pockets or deal with more piping. Don’t get me wrong, I did start out making the two front pockets with piping, which was optional, but I just didn’t like how mine came out so I scrapped it! I didn’t even want to fool with trying to stitch around the pocket ever so carefully to ensure my lines looked good around the curve and so forth (shameful I know). I loved the look of the pocket flap though and since I’d already sewn it to the bag, I wasn’t going to take it out…so I decided to make a full length pocket and just divide it down the middle. Voila! Two nice size pockets!!


I didn’t just want a plain back either. Since I was making this as a diaper bag, I wanted more pockets so I added another full length pocket on the back to hold a changing pad or whatever mom wants to use for easy access.

The wide strap is great.  Although not adjustable, it still fits perfectly and comfortably on the shoulders.

Matching Changing Pad
Back pocket w/changing pad

I just loved how this bag turned out. It’s so adorable and the size is perfect! It’s not too big or too small. I feel it’s just the right size for the essential items (without over stuffing with unnecessary crap just to fill the space)…I know cause I use to do it and was stuck with a heavy bag trying to dig and find what I needed which somehow always ended at the bottom of the bag.

Pocket Tote

For the interior, I added four cargo-like pockets and two elastic pockets on the gussets for bottles and the like. I lined the pockets with water resistant materials too.

Interior with Items
6 Interior Pocket

I love denim bags and is my go-to fabric when I’m having a hard time finding coordinating fabrics. You can basically put anything with denim. I chose to top-stitch with a nice orange to make it pop!  Even though this is for a baby boy, I wanted to make it neutral even for a girl or the bag could be used after baby if mom wanted.


thumbs upOverall a great pattern!

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