How many times have you been out and about with your baby and had a mess and changed your baby? Inevitably, this happens when you don’t have back up clothes but it happens all the time, right? What do you do with the dirty stuff? Plastic shopping bags are unreliable, often they have a little hole in the bottom (also, they’re in short supply around my house these days because we use reuseable shopping bags). I don’t care if you are using cloth diapers or not, if you have a baby you need a wet bag (or several). A small portable, reuseable, waterproof bag that you can put wet or messy stuff in. I have one that was given to me at my baby shower. I use it all the time. But more often than not I wish I had another one or two wet bags on hand. So I made some.
This is a twenty minute small wet bag project. Can you sew straight lines? You can make this.
Here’s what you need: (sewing machine – duh!)
PUL fabric (you can buy a three pack of 21 x 24 inch pieces at JoAnn – this is enough fabric to make 6 bags) Each of my bags was made from a 24 x 10.5 inch rectangle.
One zipper per bag ( I used 9 inch zippers. The zipper needs to be equal to the width of the bag)
Cut out your fabric.
Turn one short edge by 1/2 inch and pin (wrong sides facing).
Line up the zipper on the inside edge of the pinned fabric and pin in place.
Sew along the edge, 1/4 inch from the zipper track.
Turn the other short edge by 1/2 inch and pin (wrong sides facing).
Line up the other side of the zipper on that inside edge and pin in place. (you will be creating a tube/cylinder)
Sew along the edge, 1/4 inch from the zipper track. (Make sure you don’t sew it to the back of the bag)
Turn inside out, right sides facing with zipper area about 1.5 inches from the top. Pin in place.
Clip 1/2 inch in from the edge about 1 inch below the zipper.
Roll the edges in twice and pin to hold in place.
Sew down the edges, starting at the top above the zipper. Reinforce, by sewing backwards at the top inch. Sew just behind the zipper stops and then continue on down the rolled edge, back sew the last inch to reinforce.
Open zipper to turn the bag inside out and you’re done!
You can place the bags in a dryer for 20 minutes on high to seal up the PUL fabric where the needle/pins punctured it.
Use a wet bag for dirty diapers. Baby accidents. Dirty dishes/bibs/spoons from eating out. Wet bathing suits. Mama cloth. So many uses!
(Hang to dry after washing.)