Well, I think I'll cope, because it looks fantastic. I love the applique cat, and with the ringsling and pouch it will be stunning.
You can see her whole journey here on the Natural Mamas Forum. Now we just have to wait for the lucky owner to get her fantastic present, and for her to send in some action shots!
"Here is a quick description:
I had roughly 1 meter of 150cm wide fabric left over from making other things.
I was in a hurry so ...
I cut the lining and main fabric pieces together, then stiched around each piece and left a small opening on a seam edge (so opening would be closed when sewing bag together) to be able to turn each piece and topstich tops of pockets, bag edges, etc, thus removing the need for rolled hems and making the pieces easier to work with (I could do this because my lining [an old bedsheet] was a block colour which would not look odd if it showed through some seams).
The strap was 3 lengths of the remaining fabric sewn together using french seams to ensure the strength of the strap wasn't compromised (the main fabric and lining were sewn independently for this so that the seams would lie next to each other and not on top of each other when sewn together to reduce bulk) and the joins were blended into the aethetics by placing the strap/loops (instead of elastic) just under the join on each side.
As the joins sit just above the main body of the bag they interfere with neither the functionality of the straps nor the drap and feel of the main bag.
I made the bag wider to reduce the "blocky" look of the end product and I ignored the recomendations for pocket sizes and simply made pockets which looked and felt right to me.
I added a pocket to the outside, back panel of the bag for shoving muslin squares/tissues, etc into.
I added side pockets on the inside too for bottles/talc/drinks
I hate velcro with a rather strong passion so I used a magnet bag clasp under the pocket on the front panel instead."
I'm a big fan of Eva (a Didymos Wrap in case you are wondering!), I have a shortie with a lovely fringe and I'm very fond of it.
So it was lovely to receive pictures of this wrap conversion.
"...this one I made out of an old Didymos Eva wrap ringsling.
It had a tear and I didn't trust it anymore so I cut it up into pieces and made an Onbag that's in between the baby and the classic bag.
I had to cheat with the long straps since the wrap was only 2 meters long, but with a double seam it works fine...
I put the lining only on the inside of the bag and not on the straps.
I use this bag every day now"
I had thought of trying one in leather but I really don't have the skills or expertise for it...
Judith (who is also the author of the DIY instructions in Dutch) has made this with a lovely bright striped lining.
"I wasn't sure my sewing machine could make it through a few layers of leather but it worked out all just fine.
I had to make a few changes because leather is slightly different to work with and I had to change the measurements to fit the pattern for the peace of leahter I had available.
Because the onbag is a little smaller than the baby onbag (27x27 cm, straps 14cm wide) I assumed the purpose is different. I'm going to use it for citytrips (not a whole day, just one or two hours)
I left away the sidepocket and loops because of this changed purpose (and I like to backcarry my daugthers)."
It is so great to have such talented designers and seamstresses from all over the world contributing to this design. I am overwhelmed by the creativity and talent which is pouring in from all directions!
The lighter outer fabric works beautifully with the darker taffeta lining - the shades really pick up the colours of the wrap.
And if it is beautiful to look at then it is even more lovely to touch!
She will look quite stunning wearing this ensemble - I do hope we get some action photos!
Very very glamerous!
I really love the lining she's chosen, I have a bit of a thing for stripes!
Iris' stripes work really well as a full-shell wrap bag, and as usual the wrap-bags are the ones I don't want to give away - doesn't the two-tone taffeta lining look amazing with the stripes!
"I have never really sewed anything more than a hem.
I made it out of an old sofa throw that is a heavy 100% cotton and very similar in weave to a German weave wrap.
Can you see how well I managed to line up the stripes!
I didn't line it - but did manage to put in all three interior pockets and two side pockets.