A blue diaper bag. . . .
A couple of months ago, my sweet husband asked me to make a diaper bag for a friend of his that recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their family. His friend also happens to be a huge fan of the Dallas Mavericks. So, my hubby bought a Dirk Nowitzki jersey, and asked me to make a bag from it. (It's not really lopsided like in the photo!)
I was leery about sewing the stretchy jersey, so I procrastinated. Finally, I decided to fuse the jersey to a dark fabric, and treat the fused fabrics as one piece. After that, it all fell together pretty easily. It's pretty large, too -- 18" wide, 16" high, 7" deep.
I used a sturdy pair of capri pants for the sides, bottom and handles. I really liked the pockets on these!
I used a large shirt for the lining, and a skirt for the pockets on the inside (there are two -- a bottle holder and a large one for diapers and a travel wipes case.) The top button is missing in the pic below, to make room for sewing the top seam; I re-attached it after the photos, though!
The recipient liked his new diaper bag (YAY!) I have to say that I actually enjoyed making this bag, too. . . even though the colors, fabrics and patterns weren't in my comfort zone!
And the update. . . .
Christine is doing better, thank God. Her vision is still poor, and we found out Friday that it will likely remain that way. (But it's better than some of the alternatives, right?) She visited her rheumatologists yesterday and they are fabulous. They helped us understand more what we are dealing with (an autoimmune disorder -- still no official "name" or diagnosis.) They are helping us manage her current medications well, and the bothersome side effects that are starting to crop up. She also just started methotrexate, and lucky me, I learned how to give injections. We both survived the first injection just fine, so I'm thinking this must get easier. She's being weaned from the steroids, so the methotrexate will take over where the steroids leave off. Hopefully the two will balance each other during the transition -- otherwise, the scleritis will flare up again. They are projecting her treatment to last at least a year, but more likely two years.
Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the prayers, support and encouragement. Please know that this has meant more to our family than you can imagine.
Blessings to you all.