Removable, Zippered, Velcroed Pouch

When Isaac was born my good friend Leigh Anne from college sent me a Boat & Tote bag from Lands End with his name embroidered on it. When I received it I was thinking, “What in the world am I supposed to do with this? Do I put it in his room for decoration? It is a diaper bag?”

Hmmmmm….well it BECAME MY FAVORITE BAG EVER! Isaac uses it all the time. It is super durable and the ideal size. It is the bag I send with him to church or a friend’s house with his lunch, a change of clothes and a sippy cup in it. The childcare workers always know which bag is his because it is personalized with his name.

So when Kayla was born and Leigh Anne asked what I wanted I begged for a Boat and Tote bag for Kayla. Being the terrific friend she is she obliged.

My only complaint I have about this bag is that is has no pockets in it. I AM A POCKET GIRL! I send this bag to church with Kayla and all the little things fall to the bottom (baby Tylenol, plastic bag holder, emergency information card, hand sanitizer, Dr. Boudreaux’s butt paste).

So I sewed up a small 7″ x 9″ zippered and lined bag (I just winged it but if you want a tutorial let me know and I will do one). Recognize that fabric?

Before I sewed it all up I ironed some velcro on the back.

Then I took the other piece of velcro (the rough hook part) and used some E-6000 glue (STRONG STUFF!) and glued that piece on the interior of the bag.

And now I have a zippered pouch perfect for those baby essentials. The Boat & Tote bag is not machine washable. So now I can just remove the pouch and wash it and then velcro it back in place.

Now the bag is perfect!

You can do this with any bag you have. You don’t have to make your own pouch like I did. You can simply use any cosmetic bag or cloth bag you have hanging around and add velcro.

And lookie what arrived at my house today…

the makings for a backyard deck! We have a friend from church who is going to lay the foundation (trusses, joists, cement work) and then Tim and my father-in-love are going to put down the decking and the railing. In two weeks I will have a 16′ x 26′ deck!


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  1. I'm first again! Boudreaux's Butt Paste is awesome. You can use it on all kinds of stuff, not just butts!
    I love what you made! When we built our deck it was like Christmas every day for a while around here.

  2. I'm cruising through blogs and saw yours! That is a great idea for the bag!!

  3. Your cool friend Cheryl says:

    The Boat and Tote is my favorite bag ever!!! I have, like, 4 different sizes!

  4. I have a zippered canvas tote from Land's End that is monogrammed with my initials that I love. I've had it for ten years and I use it for everything! I love that they are washable!

  5. Shelley Fuge says:

    I have two of the extra large tote bags from LL Bean. I SWEAR SWEAR SWEAR by them. I use them all the time. I've had one for 8 years and use it for all travel. They are awesome!! Great minds think alike! 🙂

  6. The little bag in the bag is a good idea, but the deck – that will really change your life!

  7. I love it! Velcro. Genius, really.

    And I love Butt Paste.

  8. Centsational Girl says:

    Gotta luv your fabric pouch. And the butt paste.

    Very excited about that deck !

  9. The pouch is idea is awesome! I must try making that with my diaper bag – everything always falls to the bottom and it's impossible to find stuff!

    Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

  10. Ok of course I have to comment on the wood for your deck.

    I bet by now some of it is gone and taking it's rightful place in cement in your back yard. I also hear that the perimeter boards for the lower part of your deck are in. (at the time I am typing this you don't know this yet b/c you are out swimming ;0)) I think you need to take pictures and post them during construction, so I can see what my hubby is doing all day. 🙂
    Well, I better go your deck builder wants some lunch and I said I would bring him some. Can't wait to see the finished project.

  11. Richella says:

    I am a pocket girl, too. This was a smart move on your part.

    But can you tell us what is E6000 glue? I could use some strong glue around this three-boys-and-two-dogs house!

  12. You are amazing. Of course you made a pouch for that bag. I would expect nothing less from you.

    I have to tell you this. I only order the LL Bean ones for babies, because I can get them with the longer handles. For everyone else, it's the Lands End bags–cause THEY have POCKETS, Beckie! Seriously!

    And I spelled your name CORRECT. As I have 32,950 previous times. Just that one time I got it wrong. Forgive me–I was stressed and stuff. Sigh…

  13. tales from an oc cottage says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh, I just love to see a lift of lumber!!!

    m ^..^

  14. Oh, bless your heart for this post! I have a handmade purse that I adore, but I'm always losing my cell phone in it because it doesn't have pockets either. I've been trying to figure out a way to attach a pocket without actually sewing it to the purse and you've solved my problem!

    I love the pouch, btw. It's adorable!

  15. Genius…Pure genius! I love that idea for adding a pocket to your bag! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for that idea!!!

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