Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wet Bag

Wet bags are great for people who have kids. They hold wet or poopy clothes (what baby doesn't have blow outs?), dirty cloth diapers, or any other messes that kids leave in their wake! The also make great snack bags (although you may want a much smaller size!) We cloth diaper 95% of the time, but still use disposables while we're out. I'd like to start using cloth when we're out and about more often, especially once I have TWO kids in diapers, so I made myself a wet bag! It turned out to be pretty simple and quick to make. Most small wet bags I see have zippers, but I figured snaps would work just as well. If you don't have either, you can also use velcro. (Please excuse the blurry pictures!)

Start off with 2 pieces of fabric that are the same size. You'll need one later of PUL, and one layer of a cotton fabric. Our small Joanns carries plain white PUL (in the utility fabric section), but some of the larger stores have colored and patterned PUL. The cotton fabric actually isn't necessary, but I didn't want a plain white bag, so I used it. If I had some patterned PUL though, I'd only be using one layer.
The size of the layers will depend on how large you want your bag. Mine is meant to accommodate wet cloth diapers, so I made it large enough to hold 3-4 diapers. The measurements were roughly 12 x 25 inches.
If you're using a zipper, I can't help you! I've never sewed a zipper on an item before, since I'm still relatively new to the sewing world. For velcro or snaps, you'll need a fold over flap. I cut the corners of my flap, but that's a matter of preference.
Lay your pieces of fabric so the pattern side of the cotton is facing the shiny side of the PUL. Sew a seam along the top and bottom.
Flip the fabric pattern side out and sew a top stitch. 
If you're adding velcro, sew it on now. You'll want the sticky side of the velcro on the inside of your flap, and the soft side on the opposite end on the patterned side of the fabric.
Fold your fabric in half, so the pattern side is on the inside. My flap ended up being about 2 inches longer than the body of the bag. Sew a seam along the two sides. PUL can be tricky to sew with, because it tries to stick to the foot of your sewing machine! To avoid this, guide the PUL through your machine by pulling from the back, and guiding it through with your other hand. 
Flip the wet bag right side out. If you're using snaps, add them now. 
Run your wet bag through the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to seal the holes you made with your sewing machine and thread. Your wet bag is now water proof and ready for use. These materials hold up great in the washer, so don't be afraid to wash it after every use.


  1. Love that print!! Did you know, the wet bag you gave me has a cotton piece of fabric sewn into the inside like a tag but win no writing? Well I just recently found out it is to put essential oils on it to keep the smell down. Haha. I couldn't believe it!

  2. You had me at Wet Bag. Very clever idea.

  3. This is a great post! I would love for you to come link up at my Strut Your Stuff Party!


  4. Oh awesome tutorial! And perfect timing. We cloth diaper as well and just use grocery sacks. I've been meaning to make myself a few but I didn't think that J's had the PUL. Now I know better!

  5. I'm totally new to sewing, and have spent a fortune on wet bags over the past 3 years...Following you now!

    If you have a moment, please link this up to my new party...
    Creative Juice Thursday


  6. love this! I didn't know Joann had PUL! Wonderful!

  7. I love that Joanns has PUL now! Nice wet bag- I'm glad you mentioned the snap idea. I really need to sew a couple small wet bags (we cloth diaper too) and I just got a snap press at a yard sale so I'm in the mood to put snaps on everything!

  8. Ok. That sounds like a fab item... I think I am the only mom on the planet whose kid has never had a "blow-out". But I have also sewn more zippers than I have changed diapers, lol! I think this would be good for wet swimsuits at the beach! To keep the camera and magazines from getting ruined!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  9. This is a GREAT idea! Please come link up at Fancy This Fridays at Truly Lovely!!! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2010/12/fancy-this-fridays-edition-1.html

  10. K awesome idea!!! I'm always on the go and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing. I found you through remodelaholic :)

  11. My boyfriend always brings home wet, stinky clothes from the gym in plastic bags....it would be great if he had one of these. I would have less plastic bags laying around the house.


  12. I totally need this!!! Potty training a two-year-old boy yields some accidents.

  13. Good luck with your upcoming delivery! You peaked my interest when I heard "two in diapers" cause I have have just that and I don't hear it too often! How old is your daughter? I have a 20 month old daughter and my son is 6 months old. We don't cloth diaper just yet, but as soon as she gets out of diapers I'd like to try them.

    I found your post at just the right time! I'm making a reusable version of my homemade wipes for a friend's baby shower, she is planning on CD. I'm sure she would love this, and I might as well make one for MYSELF while I'm at it! ;)

    Eeek, sorry for the book! I am just so excited about this, haha. Glad to have found your blog! Going from one to two is a LOT easier than going from zero to one, especially when they're this young. :)

  14. What great tutorial! I loooove the fabric too! Would you mind linking this up to the Baby & Child Gift Idea link party on my blog? http://findingmyaloha.blogspot.com/2010/12/gift-ideas-for-little-ones-link-party.html

    I hope to see you there!

  15. I NEED to make me some of these! I have a 2 year old daughter and am having a boy in 15 days. :) There are so many things I still want to make and this is one of them. I can't tell you how many times I put messy clothes in the diaper bag because I didn't have a great bag like this. :)


  16. Fantastic idea! Necessity for mommies with littles for sure! Great job! I would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com/

  17. Amazingly grand idea! Thanks for sharing on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

  18. I've been hoping to make one of these. I will have to use this tutorial. I saved up some fabric just for this project.

    Come link up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam!


  19. For being new to sewing you are doing pretty well! Come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings if you have a chance!

  20. Found your post on Pinterest. We just started cloth diapering and my new obsession is wet bags. I want one in every size and pattern. I think you have just saved me a bundle.
    PS- I appreciate your first commenters comment about the piece of fabric sewn in the bag. My pail liner has that and I was wondering what that was for! Essential oils...who knew?
    Thanks for the tute!