Baby Essentials (or Not): $1 Diaper "Clutch" Bag

This past summer, I wrote a series of “Baby Essentials (or Not)” posts, as I prepared for Enoch’s birth. Now that he is nine-months-old, I am looking forward to continuing this series as I share what have been some favorites for us. (I am also an auntie excited for a nephew’s birth this summer, so the baby-preparation projects will continue!) 


It is always a unique challenge of balancing “being prepared” with “lugging too much,” when it comes to diaper bags. With my heavy baby, my goal is to take as little as possible, while still having everything I need to care for my little ones while on an outing.

Obviously, long outings require more than a quick trip. But when your only choice is a hefty stocked bag, you might end up hauling it with you “just in case,” even though you probably won’t need more than one diaper.


My favorite solution is a handy “Diaper Clutch”; with room for just the few essentials. I take this on my walk to church every week, or a short outing to the library. It has room for my cute Travel Wipes Container, a cloth diaper (two if I squish them well), and even a burp rag, if necessary.

I followed the instructions in this tutorial on turning a Placemat into a Diaper Clutch. I picked up a lonely placemat for $1 (no matches to be found!), when I spied my favorite pale green and red colors. (Turns out, it had a Martha Stewart tag on it. I find that especially amusing, since I’m using it for diapers.)

To make mine even more portable, I sewed on a loop handle, using a wide grosgrain ribbon (from Freecycle). I made the loop large enough to slip over a stroller handle, or to carry over my arm.

This is a simple and quick sewing project; perfect for a frugal baby shower gift! Let me know if you try making one; I’d love to see!

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  • […] When you’re juggling a little one (and even if you’re not!), it’s nice to have one bag to consolidate all your needs during an outing. Instead of having a purse, a book bag, a diaper bag, and a grocery bag (for a few items), try “The Mommy Bag” to simplify. When you don’t want a bulky “baby-looking” diaper bag as your purse, this is my favorite option (when I’m not using the $1 Diaper Clutch Bag). […]

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