I recently needed a baby shower gift, and since the mama-to-be is one of my favorite people in the world (and since she hadn’t decided on a theme or color for her nursery), I needed something hand made that wasn’t as big a project as a baby quilt – which I’ll work on once she picks some colors.

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My sweetheart and I call these “quick strikes.”  I know there is a more official name for these, but we just made one up.   Instead of carrying a big diaper bag with us, we started to leave the diaper bag in the car and carry one of these pouches instead. With two diapers, some wipes, and a light changing mat, you’ve got everything you need for a quick trip to the mall or the grocery store.  We’d restock from the diaper bag in the car if we had multiple errands to run.

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The thread is a light blue/turquoise and hard to see, but both the front and the back have some hand stitching. I’m new at this, so I didn’t want to take on too much. There’s just a little border on the front and some stars on the back. I used Aurifill in 28 wt, which worked well for me.

The little tag ended up a little bigger than I wanted, but it was my first try with adding a tag.  There’s a little fussy cut owl on one side, and I stamped the mama-to-be’s initials on the other.

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Here are all the contents of quick strike pouch.

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One side of the changing mat has the owls, and the other side has some soft flannel. I realize this won’t protect a sofa or bed against an “open air accident,” but I never use these at home. I use them when I’m out in public on a changing table, and I’d much rather have something that still keeps my baby off the changing table but can be tossed in the wash repeatedly.

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And here it is packed up and ready to zip and go!

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