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October 9, 2012

Coming Soon: Wet Bag Tutorial!



A friend I grew up with contacted me a few weeks back via Facebook asking if I could make a custom wet bag for her. I'd never made one before, but I accepted the challenge because I've worked with laminates and PUL plenty of times, and wet bags looked simple enough. However, after an hour or two of Googling, the tutorials I found on the internet left a lot to be desired, so I decided to make my own pattern.



In case you're wondering what a wet bag is, it's nothing more than a small bag that's lined with a waterproof material, good for storing things like wet swimsuits, soiled cloth diapers, or dirty clothes if your child has a mishap with food or bodily functions (as I hear babies/toddlers are wont to do *wink*).

They'd also be perfect for storing food, snacks, juice boxes or items that could potentially leak. And I was also thinking about making one for our car to use as a little trash bag for items like apple cores or chocolate wrappers that could make the car messy or sticky.



The finished bag measures 8" x 10" x 3". The biggest beef I had with the internet tutes out there, is that they were all 2-dimensional. Even though wet bags are fairly large (anywhere between 10x10 to 14x14), no one added gussets (which is just cray-cray if you ask me)! Without gussets, it's a real pain in the keister trying to see inside a huge flat bag, not to mention get your hand in there or pull things in and out.

Because I thought some of you might be looking for quick & easy Christmas gift ideas, I've been working on a step-by-step photo tutorial. Should be up by next Monday at the latest :)

8 comments:

  1. When I saw this I squealed...hoping you're having some good news to share soon! I will be making one of these for my cousin. She is having a baby in January and uses cloth diapers, so I'm sure she can use as many of these as she can get. Me, I use disposable (not me, my kids!). My husband told me if I want to stay married, I cannot use cloth diapers. lol!

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  2. Can't wait for the tutorial. I would love to make some of these for Christmas gifts.

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  3. excellent! i really should have a few of these with my messy messy kids... ;) xo

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  4. Fun! Really quick...as a cloth diapering mom, you may want to revise your pattern so that there isn't a seam across the bottom. While wet bags aren't intended to hold dripping wet items, the fewer seams in the PUL the better, because they will leak (I know this from experience!) And I always make my wet bags with gussets too! :)

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  5. I mean across the bottom of the PUL, of course... :)

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  6. Did you ever post your tutorial?? I am also looking for one without a seam across the bottom!

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  7. Did you ever post your tutorial?? I am also looking for one without a seam across the bottom!

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