Wetbags are awesome. Seriously. Yes, they’re awesome if you’re doing cloth diapers. Honestly, I’d consider them a necessity. Even if you’re not, or you’re beyond the point of needing them, wetbags are super handy to have around. Potty training (soiled clothes), swimming (wet swimsuits), sand toys, picnic dishes, or pretty much any situation where you’d have wet things that you don’t want to touch anything else! What’s even more awesome is that they’re super easy and pretty cheap to make!
A wetbag slightly bigger than the size I show in this tutorial (mine ended up 10.5 inches by 14.5 inches) costs $16.50 from Planet Wise (13 inches by 16 inches). I paid $7 for TWO of these! That’s $3.50 for a travel size wetbag. In all fairness, I will say that I already had the thread, so I didn’t have to buy that. I got PUL fabric (the link is to Joann’s, but at Walmart it’s 11.99/yard) and two zippers (14 inches, $1.47 each) from Walmart. You’ll also need a sewing machine and I used some nice techniques mine (actually my mom’s which she lets me borrow because she’s awesome) has, but you can get away with a pretty basic machine for this. And here it is!
Quick and Easy Wetbag Picture Tutorial!
I started with a 12 inch cut of fabric, about 64 inches across. First I made the loop (handy for picking up the bag and could be modified to have a snap or something fancy so you can clip the wetbag onto your diaper bag). I cut a 2 inch strip off of the bottom (the 12 inch side) and then cut that in half, ending with two pieces that were 6 inches across.
Fold it in half and sew along with the smallest seam you can get away with (it’ll make the next step easier).
Now flip it inside out, like so: take a piece of yarn and tie it to a safety pin.
Feed the safety pin through the tube.
Pin the safety pin to the end of the tube.
Feed the safety pin back through the tube and once you get it going, pull the yarn.
Voila! You have a little tube! Set this aside for later. Or if you’re going to do a button/snap, fold it within itself a little (so the raw edge is on the inside) and sew across.
Take the remaining ~62 inches and fold it in half (so they’re ~31 inches each) and cut.
Fold one of the halves in half and pin it. Sew this on a really, really wide stitch (basting stitch). As wide as your machine can go (which is a 4 on mine) because you’re going to have to unpick this later.
Pin the zipper so that the teeth are up against the basting stitch with the zipper itself facing the basting stitch. Line up the end of the zipper where it starts with the edge of the wetbag. Sew on a regular stitch with a zipper foot (if you have one).
Sew the other side of the zipper just like you did the first.
Unzip the zipper (it’ll make things easier) and unpick the basting stitches. A really easy way to unzip a zipper that’s facing away from you is to move the tab so it’s pointing the wrong way (upwards, if that makes more sense) and then push on the top of that to get the zipper down. Holding it like shown (spreading the sides apart) seems to make it easier to pick.
Sew across the zipper on the opposite side from the metal stopper, about 5/8 an inch away from the edge of the fabric. You could put your regular foot back on for this if you’d like. Either way, it needs to be switched before you do the zig zag in the next step.
Fold the little tube in half and stick it so the loop is facing inside of the inner fabric like this and sew along the edge all the way to the bottom (though line it up better on the top than I did with this one). If you’re doing a modified holding tab, just sew the raw edge side of the tab into this. I used a zig-zag stretch stitch, but you could get away with a regular zig-zag.
Sew the same stitch down the other side and you’re done! Yay wetbags!
I hope that made sense! Just leave a comment or email me (see the contact tab on the top) if you have any questions. Have fun making some cheap and easy wetbags!