Big, big news!! I own my own cloth diapers now! Yes, I’m actually excited about washing my kid’s poopy diapers! Since G was born we were using a diaper service, which was paid for by our friends and my mother as baby shower gifts. It was awesome! I cannot say enough wonderful things about having someone else come pick up my dirty diapers and exchange them for a bag full of pristine clean ones! I could not, however, justify continuing to pay for such a service out of our own pocket as a stay at home mom, living on one salary. It was a luxury we could not afford. I will say though, that I was extremely fortunate to have a diaper service owner who was willing to sell me her “discards”. You know, the stained diapers that can’t be put in service anymore. So, for a fraction of the cost of new diapers, I bought all the diapers I will need for G and any subsequent siblings. Afterall, why do I care about some stains? My kid is just going to poop on them and make his own stains. Right?!?
Get to the point……. I needed some wet bags for my diaper pail. The service used to use clear plastic bags and we’d get a new one each week. Since that is not happening anymore, and not very green, I started to look into wet bags. I didn’t feel like spending $40 on two wet bags via the internet, so I decided to make my own. It’s a bag, it wasn’t going to be that hard! A trip to JoAnn Fabric and a few hours later I was ready to start making my wet bags.
This is for a 54 quart diaper pail. All you need is 3/4 yd of PUL Fabric (polyester/polyurethane laminate, waterproof fabric), some polyester thread, 2 yds elastic cording and a drawstring stopper/cincher. (and a sewing machine)
Lay the fabric right sides facing and pin the edges.
Mark off a 5.5 inch block in each lower corner.
Sew down the edges. On one side leave 3 inches at the top unsewn.
You can serge or add an extra zigzag stitch to reinforce the seams.
To give the bottom structure:
Clip out the marked off blocks. Open, flatten and align the edges to create a T-seam. Sew.
Turn in the top 1/4 inch of the bag and sew.
On the reserved three inches along the side, turn in 1/4 inch and sew.
Turn the top two inches down and sew to create a drawstring casing.
Run the elastic cording through the casing. Add the cincher and knot the ends of the cording.
Make sure the white PUL side is the inside of the bag when using.
It’s that easy. (I hope I made it look easy, because it really was!)
Now, back to washing diapers…. When wash day comes around, all I have to do is empty the wet bag into the washer and turn it inside out and throw it in with the diapers. Everything comes clean and the bag is ready to use the next time!