Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

September 5, 2013 in Projects

Today, I m going to teach you how to sew a Large Wet Bag for Cloth Diapers!

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Supplies you’ll need:

1.5 yds. of cute outer fabric

22″ of PUL (Polyurethane Laminate; waterproof fabric)

Optional: Fabric scrap to create the stars; I had read that sometimes a little piece of fabric is included in wet bags for a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to cut down on smelliness, so, I made the removable stars on the outside for a couple drops of lavender essential oil. It can then be removed and washed by hand or separately from the wet bag/diapers.

Zipper 19″ or less (depending on width of intended size)

Polyester All Purpose Thread (higher quality is recommended to avoid wicking)

A Roller Foot for your machine is highly recommended as it is pretty beneficial!!

Note: My project turned out somewhat big, so, I’m revamping the measurements for a better size (finished size: 24.5″ tall by 19″ wide). So, if anything looks larger in the pictures than the measurements I’m giving, go with the measurements I’ve blogged! If you measure your space and would like to go even smaller, adjust measurements and zipper size accordingly.

Directions:

Cut your outer fabric at 50″ long (or 25″ on the fold) by 20″ wide and cut your PUL exactly the same. Cut 4 strips for the ties at 2″ by 15″ (or wider or longer if desired). Also

 Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Also, cut a piece for the flap (this is optional; I built this in to maybe assist in keeping smells in). Flap is 20″ wide and 5″ tall. You can leave it square or…

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Cut curves on the corner; just an idea: fold in half so all 4 lower corners are lined up. Use a bowl to trace the curve and cut all 4 at the same time!

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Take all 4 ties fold in half with pretty sides together; pin if desired and stitch about a 3/8″ seam allowance leaving top and bottom open.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Turn right side out (see how to use a skinny loop turner here)!

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Tie one end in a knot on each tie.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

For the stars, I used MasterWorks and created an embroidery design from artwork built into the program, embroidered them with the embroidery machine on 2 layers of fabric (one layer being fused with heavy fusible interfacing) and then cut closely around them with pinking sheers. I used safety pins to pin it to the bag, later.

You could also create the same effect by drawing a design onto your fabric (interfaced with heavy fusible interfacing, then, place another layer of fabric underneath to sandwich the interfacing) Stitch on that line (perhaps several times with a straight stitch or just using a blanket stitch) with your sewing machine around your entire design, then, trimming around the entire thing with pinking sheers.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Now, we’re going to create a French Seam on the PUL to help avoid wicking when diapers are in there waiting for washing. Place the shiny sides together and stitch a 1/4″ seam allowance along the left and right side. Iron along that tiny seam allowance to somewhat fuse them together (try not to iron past your seamline). Trim down your seam to an 1/8.” Turn inside out. I highly recommend using a Roller Foot when sewing on the shiny side of PUL, it glides through rather than drags, as it would with your regular foot. Now, we’re going to stitch a 1/4″ from our seam line, enveloping your previous seam allowance (the top of the seam should look like below after sewing). Turn right side out again, open bag and press seam to one side from the outside (do not iron on the polyurethane side; it will melt)! Set aside.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Now, place pretty sides of your flap together and stitch a 1/2″ seam allowance around the sides and lower edge (leaving the top straight edge completely open). Pink your edges with pinking sheers around the curves (I just pinked the entire lower edge).

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Turn right side out and press. I topstitched a 1/4″ from the sides and lower edges because I think it looks nice (again, don’t stitch the top as it is unnecessary).

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

4.5″ in (or desired placement) from either side of the top edge of one side of your bag, place 2 straps down on top of each other as shown. Stitch down in place. Do so on both sides (2 straps sewn 4.5″ in from the right and the same from the left).

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Then, place your flap down and lined up with the top edge on top of your straps (the straps are barely visible below, but, they’re sticking out from beneath the flap).

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

With needle in the center, baste flap down.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Now, fold bag in half, pretty sides together (straps and flap lay flat inside bag). Stitch your right and left seams at a 1/2″ seam allowance. Although this seam may never be seen again as it will be stitched closed, you may want to serge or pink your seams here to avoid any fraying on the inside.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Now, place fabric inside PUL. Shiny PUL should be facing outwards. Fabric should be pretty sides together, inside the PUL. We’re putting wrong sides together, technically. Hopefully, that makes sense.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Pin around the entire circle of the top, pinning PUL to fabric. Stitch 1/4″ seam around the entire top edge to sew the PUL to the faric. Turn right side out; at this point you’ll want to finish that top edge. I recommend serging, but, if you don’t have a serger, you could use an overcasting stitch on your machine or pinking sheers or binding.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

This next step is a little tricky. I started with the top, backside of my bag. Open your zipper, with teeth facing down toward the bottom of your bag, pin with the top zipper stop even with the seam. Stitch about 3/8″ in from the edge from seam to seam, backstitching at both ends.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

To begin pinning on the front side, match the other top zipper stop up with the seam (close to where your first zipper stop is sewn down; in fact, literally right next to it). Make sure your zipper is not twisted.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Pin all the way down. This time, you’ll be stitching at the zipper bottom. You probably won’t be able to start where the zipper, itself is, so start the closest you can to it. Stitch about a 3/8″ seam backstitching at both ends.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

At the end of my last stitch, I stitched over the excess zipper tape, stitching the 2 together, reinforcing it. Then, trimmed off excess with pinking sheers.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Here is the area where I could not get to, so continue on to see how to finish…

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Turn right side out and zip about 4″ or 5″ as shown.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Then, flip back inside out; lay zipper flat and even with seam allowance (as even as you can get it), line up and stitch as best you can from the very beginning (at the seam) to where you were previously able to start, backstitching, closing that hole.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

I then, flipped it over (zipper on bottom), flattened the seam on the zipper and stitched about a 1/4″ in to make sure there were no holes (make sure not to hit the metal zipper stop).

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Turn right side out…it may need a little pressing. I pressed the flap up and then down.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Hang up and admire.

Totally Stitchin': Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

Again, I safety pinned the stars onto the wet bag. I will be placing a few drops of essential oil there to perhaps aid in smelly scent reduction! 😀 Thanks for following along! Let me know if something doesn’t make sense, kindly, in the comments section! Would love to see what you’re making; post a picture at our facebook page!

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