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 4×16″ 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).
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
Danielle lives in Maryland with her three young sons and her husband, Brandon. In her spare time, she gardens, reads, horseback rides, and has a small homestead with goats and ducks. Visit her shop to buy patterns or her sewing eBooks. Subscribe to her newsletter to get blog updates, free patterns and other printables by clicking here.