How to make wet bags easily and quickly. These make great baby shower gifts and are a must have for parents!
I LOVE (affiliate link) wet bags. If you aren't familiar, wet bags are a great way to store items that are wet or dirty. They have a lining of PUL which holds in the wetness... this is great when transporting items like dirty cloth diapers, wet bathing suits, etc.
It's not 100% waterproof- if you've got a soaking wet bathing suit then it WILL leak through eventually- but if you wring it out first, then you're golden. I use wet bags for everything- we keep one in the kitchen for dirty rags, in my purse for diapers, and in our bathrooms for diapers and wipes too.
I've made them a couple times, but I needed more for on the go. I also wanted a couple for gifts for friends.
I found this great tutorial on how to make a simple wet bag easily so I used it to put these together.
A couple of changes I made while sewing them:
- I cut 4x16" strips of fabric for straps and folded them in half... for some of the bags I added two straps, one strap, or no strap. I recommend using at least one. You add snaps to the ends of the straps so you can easily snap them around a towel rod or such. I actually like to bring one to the grocery store and stuff my wallet inside... then I can snap the strap around the front of the shopping cart for easy access to my stuff.
- I sewed a straight stitch around the wet bag when I sewed the sides using a walking foot. The slippery side of PUL is kind of a pain to sew so serging ended up being worthless. The walking foot made it faster and easier with minimal pinning. I think you'll also have less issues with leaking with a regular straight stitch- lots of holes doesn't make for great waterproofing.
- Again, I don't like working with the shiny side of the PUL so I tweaked the instructions so I didn't have to worry about it. Seeing I couldn't use my walking foot for the zipper area and I needed to use my zipper foot, I got around the issue by making sure that the pretty side of the PUL was face up. Then I faced the zipper down on top of the PUL and sewed it on (left). Once that was done, I top stitched the zipper onto the PUL (right).
For the black and white wet bag, I decided to change it up a bit. I used the same size cut as the others. I placed my PUL right side down. Then I took my zipper and placed it on the back (shiny) side of the PUL and glued it down. I sewed the zipper, then I used scissors to cut the area where the zipper is. It's not the prettiest edge, but PUL doesn't tend to fray so I figured it would work. I like the position of the opening in the front of the bag, but I like the LOOK of the bags with the zipper at the top.
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