One of my new favorite crafts is sewing. I have wanted a Wet Bag for my diapers for a very long time. I just did not want to pay what a lot of people were charging for them. I went in search of a great tutorial and I found this one!
I have used some of her photos to illustrate steps where my photo was not clear enough. Please remember that I am very new to sewing so some parts may look sloppy but I am getting better. =)
What Is A Wet Bag?
Simply put it is a bag you can put wet items in that won’t leak or let out smell. You can see how this would be great for cloth diapers. These can also be helpful as reusable snack bags or swim suit bags for the beach. I even made a small one for my daughter’s crayons.
What You Will Need:
- Fabric of your choice. – 1 yard will make up to 3 bags. ( My Fabric was provided by J and O Fabrics. I will be reviewing the quality soon.)
- Plastic or vinyl. It feels like a thin plastic shower curtain. If you can’t find this at your local fabric store, you could always try a very inexpensive shower curtain. ( I used the thin shower curtain liner for mine!)
- Zipper– mine was 14 inches.
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary Blade
- Cutting Mat
- PATIENCE! =)
- Cut Fabric and Vinyl/plastic 12″x 14″ – For smaller bags you can change size as long as you account for the length of your zipper.
- Sew these pieces to your zipper – Can you see my first mistake below? That’s right one side will be upside down when it’s done. Make sure to think of how it will look when closed.
- You will need to lay your fabric upside down on the top of the zipper with your vinyl under the zipper. Go slowly.
- Open up the fabric so the outer layers are together, right sides together. (The goal is to have it inside out of what the final product would be. Line the vinyl/plastic up. Starting at one side sew three of the four sides together. Make sure that you are holding on to your fabric. The vinyl tends to be slippery and this step can easily involve a seam ripper if you are not careful. Be sure to leave the vinyl/plastic 12 inch side alone. Do not sew that side together then open your zipper half way.
- Carefully, pull the sewn fabric layer up through the bag and turn the whole bag inside out. This step is easy enough if you make sure to look at it carefully.
- Fold in the 12 inch side of plastic/vinyl in by a quarter to a half an inch. Make sure none of your fabric is being sewn. This will be the inside of your bag. In order for it to be waterproof you need the plastic to be all you see. Sew this side. Then very carefully push this vinyl back into the bag.
- Turn the entire bag inside out and you are done.