Easy Peasy Wet Bag Tutorial

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Wet bags are great for on the go cloth diapering, mama cloth, or even just swimsuits and gym clothes. As a cloth diapering mama, I’ve already got a few of these that I made myself and I can’t wait to make more of various sizes. They are also great to keep in the kitchen for dish cloths & messy aprons or pot holders, etc. Here’s an easy way to make your own. You can easily adjust things to you own preference as far as size, just make sure that you choose a zipper that is long enough.

You’ll need:

PUL material (2) 12″ x 14″ rectangles
Outer Print (2) 12″ x 14″ rectangles
(1) 4″ x 8″ handle rectangle
12″ zipper

*The longest zipper I had was 9″ so I compensated with extra cotton print pieces covering the ends of the zipper as you’ll see later.

Take the 4 x 8 piece for you hand and fold lengthwise in half, right side together. Sew along open long edge. Turn right side out and top stitch 1/8″ alone each long side. Set this aside for later. =)
sew handle

Lay out 1 outer print right side facing up . *You’ll see here where I used smaller strips to compensate for the smaller zipper. If you need to use those extra pieces be sure to place right side facing the right side of the outer print piece. *I realize that in this photo they are actually facing the wrong direction. I did fix it before sewing though & it was late at night, lol.
Then be sure to center the zipper, facing down and lay the PUL (shiny side down) on top. Line up all edges and pin in place.

layer and sew one side of zipper
sew across top of zipper
I made sure to fold over the short edge that would be closest to the zipper. It gives a cleaner look and will keep the fabric from unraveling there. 
up close of sewn layers

Fold the pieces back and topstitch down the length of the zipper to secure those two layers you just created.

top stitch zipper

This is what it should look like now.

one side zipper finished

See how those extra fabric strips will fold right over and cover the fact that the zipper isn’t long enough?

close up of zipper end coverings
Now you will layer your remaining pieces in the same fashion you did earlier. Outer print facing up, you will want to carefully line up the other side of your zipper (now with half your bag attached to it) and be sure the zipper is facing down. you will probably need to do some pinning and moving around of the zipper pull while sewing so that you can get close to the teeth of the zipper.

Once again, top stitch the length of the zipper.

zipper finished

finished open zipper

Gather your fabrics no so that the outer prints have right sides facing and PUL has shiny sides facing. Pin.

fabrics right sides together and pin

You’ll want to slip in your handle that you made earlier now. Near what will be the top of our bag by the zipper, insert handle piece so that the open ends are poking out and pin in place. Sew all the way around leaving a few inches open on the shorter side of the PUL, making sure to reinforce your stitching as you go over the zipper ends and where you put your handle. We don’t want them coming loose later on. =)

add in finished handle

Turn bag right side out through the opening left in the PUL. Then fold the edges in and just stitch closed. The arrows indicate where the stitching starts and ends.

finished seams

Push the PUL lining inside the bag and Voila! you’ve got yourself a handy wet bag. =) I hope this quick and basic tutorial can help someone out with their wet bag needs. Feedback appreciated!

finished easy wet bag tutorial

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  1. Oh SWEET!!!! Thanks for showing the zipper part too!! I’ve been curious as to how to install one!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

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