A diaper or nappy bag fell into the later category. So, I started looking at ones on etsy. I kinda fell in love with BagEnvy's Montery style bag. Specifically, I love the grey exterior and the colorful interior of this one:
With this specific bag and the fabric in mind, I started to look at tutorials or free patterns for similar bags, which are in abundance. The Gathered Bag Tutorial at BumbleBee Bliss is an especially good set of directions.
So, armed with the directions and with the dimensions of the BagEnvy bag, I set out this morning to make my own pattern. It's pretty simple and I think it's going to yield a nice sized tote that's uniquely ours around $50 with all the supplies.
I've selected a nice grey cotton for the exterior from Jo-Ann and have found some hardware on etsy, but before I proceed further, I'm considering whether I should use Heat n Bond Iron On Vinyl to make the interior more water resistant. It's something to ponder since I'm having trouble finding it locally.