Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hanging Wet Bag Tutorial

Now that we’ve started early potty training we need to keep a wet bag in the bathroom for dirty diapers. Here’s an easy tutorial for making one. It has straps that can snap onto a towel rack and it matches the bathroom! I used two layers of fabric…a pretty cotton print for the outside and a layer of PUL on the inside. If you find a PUL fabric you like, you can just use that without an outer layer of cotton.
You'll need:
  • 1/2 yd cotton print fabric
  • 1/2 yd PUL fabric
  • 12” zipper
  • 2 sets of snaps (3/8” or 9mm)
  • All the basics: scissors, thread, sewing machine, pins, etc.

Here’s how to make it:
Note: Iron the cotton fabric before proceeding (not the PUL!)  
Step 1: You need 4 pieces of fabric - 2 pieces of PUL and 2 pieces of cotton -  that measure 13“ x 18.5”. Since 18.5” is half a yard all I had to do was layer the PUL and cotton on top of each other, cut the fabrics at 26”, then cut them in half again at 13”.
13 x 26" 
Cut four 13 x 26" pieces - 2 of cotton and 2 of PUL
Step 2: You now have 2 sets of PUL and cotton for the front and back of the bag. Take the front set (you decide which on that is) and cut off 3” from the top.
3" cut off the top of the front set of cotton/PUL
Step 3: Baste the PUL and cotton pieces together making sure the waterproof side of the PUL is facing outward. (I used ¼” seam, white thread, and a universal 90/14 needle) * Sewing the PUL works best if the PUL is facing down and the cotton is facing up toward the presser foot.
Baste the PUL and cotton pieces together with PUL facing down toward machine
The sections are basted with PUL waterproof side facing down (out)
Step 4: Adding the zipper:  The fact that the front piece is in 2 sections makes adding the zipper fairly easy. My zipper will open from left to right. Keep track of the orientation of the front pieces to make sure the pattern is consistent.
Zipper will open left to right, fabric pieces are oriented correctly
Pin and sew the top front piece to the zipper, right sides together. It’s easiest if you keep the zipper closed at first, start sewing, and then open the zipper half way through. This keeps the zipper pull out of the way.
Sew with zipper closed at first (I'm using a zipper foot)
Then open up the zipper and continue to sew

Pin and sew the bottom front piece to the other side of the zipper, right sides together. Yessss, the zipper is done.
Pin ans sew the bottom section to the zipper
Yay, the zipper is done! And best of all...it works.
Step 5: Straps - Cut a 2 ½” (½ yd long) strip of fabric from your cotton print. I used a different print for the straps.
2 1/2" by 18.5"
Fold the straps in half lengthwise, right sides together and stitch. Turn right side out (using a safety pin, the Fasturn, or whatever device you prefer). Press.
Cut the strap in half.
Pin the straps onto the top front section as shown.
Pin the straps to the top front section
Step 6: Pin the back side of the wet bag to the front, right sides together. Leave the bottom unpinned for now and leave the zipper closed. Keep the straps tucked inside. There will be extra fabric on the bottom of the back section. Make sure the waterproof part of the PUL is facing outward.
Pin top and sides together, PUL facing out, zipper closed
Stitch the top and sides together.
Reach in and unzip the bag. Trim the extra fabric at the bottom. Stitch the bottom edge closed.
Stitch top and sides, unzip bag, trim bottom and stitch it closed
Turn the bag right side out….almost done!
Step 7: The top straps will fold over and snap together. Trim them to fit around your rod, leaving room for some overlap. Finish one end of each strap. (Fold under and stitch).
Trim the straps to fit, finish the ends
Apply snaps (or Velcro) to the straps using the directions that came with your snaps. My directions said to use a spool of thread and a hammer, but the spool of thread didn’t work so I used a metal bobbin which will probably never be the same again, hehe.
Add snaps
You are done!

Next, I plan to make a diaper stacker that has a built in wipes holder and a place for Ally’s board book. I’m still trying to figure out how to make it. I’ll be back soon with that tutorial J


  1. Neat tutorial! Question, since the cotton is in the inside seam, does it wick through to the outside?

    1. That should be fine. They make one like that on the Babyville Boutique blog...http://www.babyvilleboutique.com/blog/2013/02/zippered-wet-bag-tutorial. There are so many cute PUL designs available now!

  2. Thanks :) I haven't had a wicking problem yet and have been using it since I made it, but it is possible. A modified version would be to make it kind of like how I made the reusable snack bags(see green goodies), sewing the inside and outside pouches separately and then putting them together, with the zipper at the top.

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! This is exactly what I've been looking for! :) By the way, we have the same rotary cutter and my name is Hannah. :)

    1. Great! I hope this pattern works for you, Hannah :D

  4. If I have a cute patterned PUL can I use only one layer of fabric??

  5. Excellent! How many nappies does this hold?

  6. This one holds 4 double-stuffed diapers.