Friends, I have found it! I have been searching for a looong time, and I have finally found it- the perfect, easy-to-put-together, everyone-needs-one baby shower gift!
See, my friend Katie gives these fabulous baby blankets to everyone as shower presents. And as I’ve watched this stroke of genius move, I’ve often thought, “I need a go-to handmade baby shower present too!” But my ideas have all fallen short (embroidered onesies are great, if the parents know the name… and nursing covers, my other main contender, can’t really be sewn ahead if you want to match the fabric to the mama-to-be). Until today.
These diaper clutches are perfect, y’all. They are super cute, they don’t scream ‘baby,’ but are great to have in the baby bag or purse for emergency changes and runs to the restroom. And did I mention that they’re so purse-like and cute?
I made one for my sister to match her Coach-esque baby bag.
And I am so smitten that I made this pretty mint colored one for myself (both of my kids are potty trained)! Right now, I use it mine to tuck an emergency change of clothes for Piper Jane into my purse.
First cut two 21″ x 13″ rectangles of fabric, one of heavier exterior material (I used vinyl/pleather) and one of lining material (quilter’s cotton or home decor weight fabric both worked great). OPTIONAL- If you want a line of elastic to hold diapers/wipes/diaper rash cream in place, pin a 13″ wide length of elastic 12″ from the bottom of the lining rectangle. Sew in place along the vertical edges, and then at intervals along the elastic, making ‘pockets’ where creams or essentials can be secured.
Then fold up 8″ of the bottom edge so that the right sides are facing each other, pin in place and sew along the left and right edges. Repeat the folding/pinning/sewing with the exterior pockets. For the lining pocket, leave a 3″-4″ opening in the middle of the sewing (for turning the clutch right side in). Cut two diagonal lines on both the exterior flap and the lining flap, making triangles. These will become ‘envelope-esque’ closures for the clutch.
Turn the exterior pocket right side in and tuck into the lining pocket (the right side of the lining pocket should be facing the right side of the exterior pocket. Pin all along the closures (either triangular or rectangular) and along the opening. Sew in place.
Add magnetic closures to the center of the flap of the lining piece and the front of the exterior pocket (to determine where to add the magnet on the exterior, fold the flap over the pocket and mark). Secure. You might also want to add an extra piece of interfacing or thick fabric to the back of the magnetic closure for sturdiness and stability.
Pull the clutch right side in through the opening in the stitching. Top stitch along all of the top edges to secure.
DONE! Be-autiful, right? And the perfect gift for new mama’s. I seriously can’t wait for my next baby shower.