DIY Wet Dry Bag

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I love finding ways to simplify my life and save money at the same time. I will show you how, too! Over the past 25 years I've mastered the art of making our funds go farther and purchase more. Living the dream!
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Wet-DryBag1We are about to embark on potty training once again. I really dread this part of toddler-hood. It’s not fun and it is not cheap! It is messy and gross to put it nicely.

Potty training is often strife with urine and poop accidents. Thus…the need for a wet dry bag to put all those wet and stinky pants into. These bags are useful for all baby ages since we all know that diapers leak sometimes.

I first found these bags on cloth diaper websites. You can find pretty ones at boutiques and online for around $10 each. I made some for about $3.33 each.

I’ll make another batch to give away at baby showers once I find the materials even cheaper! (See the bottom of this post for how I found it cheaper at a later date.)

These bags are also great for wet swimsuits and traveling to keep your liquids from leaking on your clothes.

I bought the following materials:

  • 1 yard of PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) fabric – $14.99 – 40% coupon = $8.99
  • 12 inch zippers to match my fabric – $2.19 each
  • 1 spool white thread – $1 on sale at Wal-mart
I had a 40% off coupon and decided to use it for a cute fabric rather than a solid. The prints at Joann run around $14.99 and the solids around $7. They always seem to be OUT of PUL fabrics everywhere I check, so I didn’t have a lot of choices.
I also checked Amazon.com and found a few that might have been cheaper, but would have been harder to match the color of the zipper. So, I went with Joann.
With 1 yard of PUL fabric I was able to make 6-7 bags depending on the size. I made 6 large bags and 1 small one. I decided that since we live in a colder climate, the pants will often be bulky long pants so I needed more of the large bags, which measure 11″ x 11″ when finished.

I made each bag out of one rectangle measuring 12″ x 24″.

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I also cut small rectangles to use as a loop to pickup the bag and to hold while zipping it open and shut. Each rectangle is 2″ x 4″.

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For the loops, I fold in half lengthwise and sew a straight line down the side. I then turn it so it is right side out.
I fold the fabric for the bag so that it measures 12″ x 12″.

Next, I match up the zipper so that the zipper is facing the fabric right sides together on what will be the top of the bag (the shorter end). I pin it up right next to the edge. Using a zipper foot, I sew a straight line with it right up tight to the edge of the fabric.

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I open the zipper and match the other side of the zipper to the opposite side of what will be the top of the bag, right sides together (opposite short side). The fabric is slippery, so I pin this side to make sure it is centered on the fabric and so that the zipper will zip up evenly. Again, using the zipper foot, I sew a straight line with it right up tight to the edge of the fabric.

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Zip the zipper shut and line up the sides of the bag. Place the loop on the side with the end of the zipper where it starts so that you have a loop on one end and can grab the zipper pull with the other hand. Pin the loop in place and sew simple straight lines up each side using the regular sewing foot. I do a reverse stitch on the top and the bottom of the bag to reinforce.

Unzip the zipper. Fold over the top so that the fabric sticks up by the zipper slightly with just enough fabric to lay nicely over the zipper when it is shut.

This next step is the hardest. Pin the zipper tabs so that they will lay down flat when they are sewn. Starting at the open end of the zipper, using the zipper foot, sew straight lines from one open end all the way across to the other open end.

Flip the bag so that it is right-side out and zip it closed. Wha-la!

Before using, you will need to dry the bag in a hot dryer for 20 minutes to seal the holes.

Care Instructions:

Wash in warm water with mild detergent. Do not use fabric softeners. Occasionally dry in a hot dryer for 20 minutes to reseal holes.

UPDATE: I just found PUL fabric on clearance for $3 a yard in solid pink, lime green and brown fabrics at Joann.com. They are the “Red Tag” fabrics that are 50% off. Yeah! I’ll be posting more about this fabric use later.

 

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About Celeste

I love finding ways to simplify my life and save money at the same time. I will show you how, too! Over the past 25 years I've mastered the art of making our funds go farther and purchase more. Living the dream!

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