Cloth Diaper Wet Bag {Tutorial}

Now that we all know how to make the round nesting baskets for the baby basket cake it is time to start filling them with handmade goodies! One of my most favorite items that I bought for my first child and still use all the time is my diaper wet bag made of PUL fabric. If any of you use cloth diapers one of these bags is a must. These bags are also great for wet or soiled clothing. I keep one in the diaper bag at all times and I also have one in my beach bag. I just wish I would have thought to make one of these sooner. I spent about $45 dollars for two of them about 4 years ago. I would say that they only cost me about $5.00 per bag to make. So worth the $5.00 if you ask me!

What is PUL fabric? PUL fabric is a polyester/ polyurethane laminated knit fabric. It is a waterproof fabric and is used for cloth diapers and mattress covers. PUL fabric can be hard to find but I found a large selection of it here. There are also a few on-line diapering stores that carry PUL fabrics.

Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

(allow about 1.5 hours to complete)

Materials Needed:

* 1 fat quarter or a large scrap piece of cotton fabric

*1/2 yard PUL fabric

*two 12 inch zippers

*switch to a small needle and when pinning fabrics in place try not to use too many pins. The more holes pinned into the fabric the more of a chance it will leak a little.

When working with PUL fabric the laminated smooth-shiny side is the waterproof side and will be used on the inside of the bag. The softer side will be on the outside of the bag and will be referred to as the right side of the fabric in this tutorial.

Cut the following:

* 1 piece of fabric 9″ x 13 1/2″ (pocket)

* 2 pieces of PUL fabric 15″ 13 1/2″ (bag)

* 1 piece of fabric 4 1/2″ x 2″ (tag)

Take the 4 1/2″ x 2″ piece of fabric and fold it as if you were making bias tape. Then top stitch down the middle. Gather your piece of fabric and one of the 12″ zippers. Take the piece of fabric and pin the zipper in place on the top of the fabric. The right side of the zipper will be touching the right side of the fabric. Sew in place using a zipper foot. Fold side down flat and top stitch edge. I would not recommend ironing it may ruin the PUL fabric underneath.

Now take one of your pieces of PUL fabric and place it right side up. Now place the piece of fabric on top so that the bottom edges are even and right sides are facing up.

Now make a little mark where the middle of the zipper lines up onto the edge of the PUL fabric underneath. Make marks on both sides.

Now draw a line across connecting your two marks. The line will be used as a guide for sewing your fabric pocket piece onto the PUL fabric.

Now line up the right side of the zipper to the top of the line you just drew. Note** The right side of your fabric will be touching the right side of the PUL on the shorter side of the PUL fabric.

Sew zipper.

Fold fabric pieces down flat. Try the zipper to make sure it works. Now you have the front of your wet bag finished.

Gather the other piece of the PUL fabric and your 12″ zipper. Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of the PUL fabric. Sew zipper.

Fold PUL down and top stitch.

Now take the piece of PUL that has the zipper sewn on and line it up so that the top of the zipper lines up with the top of the other piece of PUL fabric, right sides facing. Sew zipper in place. Then turn right side out and top stitch the piece of fabric that you just sewed the zipper onto.

Now pin the two pieces together and trim if needed.

Take the tag and pin it on the top side of the bag just below the zipper or place it on the side of the bag. It’s your choice where you want to put it. Sew sides and bottom of bag. Take your time the PUL fabric is a little slippery and will move a little bit.

Now square off the bottom edges to give it shape. Just make sure that you grab the fabric pocket piece with the front of the bag when sewing the corner edges. If not, it will give you a funny looking edge.

Turn right side out and now your finished!

You will love these little bags!

**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects…not to sell in your etsy shop. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s. Just please be kind and give credit where credit is due. I put a lot of time into my designs and tutorials.**

Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!

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  1. Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – I am a cloth diapering mama and I spent way too much money on my wet bags…being 8 months preggers though, at the time I really didn't care! Next friend of mine to have a baby is getting several of these!

  2. MommaMoulton says:

    I am SOOO not crafty…can I place an order for a couple of these?? Pretty please!?!? :) I am a cloth diapering Momma and have a planet wise one, but would LOVE a few more! :)

  3. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. This is great!! I need to make myself one of these for when my baby comes=)

    Thanks for the super detailed tutorial!!!

  5. GREAT tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I have 2 wet bags, but they're drawstring. I'd love to have one with a zipper.

  6. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  7. I'm not in need of baby wet bags but making this a little bigger thinking "Waaaay great for a swim suit!"
    and great for BABY Shower gifts! Thanks!

  8. Elli Scrivner says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial! I just started making my own diapers, so this seems like the next logical project. I can't wait!

  9. Vickie G says:

    Thanks for the tutorial my daughter needs some of these for my new grandson. These will make a great gift.

    One suggestion there is wash away basting tape made for quilters. It’s 1/4 ” wide and would eliminate the need to pin at all. It’s called “Wash away Wonder tape”.

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  12. I LOVE the use of a fat quarter to make a smaller wet bag!

  13. so is this actually a wet/dry bag? the first part of the tutorial detailing the dry part & the second half the wet bag part?

    • The first photo of the finished bag confused me too at first – it looked like it was an iner bag and supposed to go inside somehow. But it’s actually a wet bag with a smaller dry pocket on the outside front.

      One tip I found for working with the PUL that really helped: when sewing with right sides together, place a piece of tissue or parchment paper on top (between the fabric and the presser foot) to ensure the fabric pulls through evenly. You can see through it and it tears away (carefully!) when you’re done.

  14. I was wondering if you could possible tell me what the name or maker of the fabric is that you used for the fat quarter. It’s so pretty and I’ve been trying to find the name of it everywhere.

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  19. I was intimidated when I saw this at first – as I don’t do zippers. But I took it one step at a time and it turned out! Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial. I hadn’t purchased any wet bags yet (I’m too cheap) but really wanted something that was cute. Now to make one for my sister!

  20. Thanks so much for the free tutorial! I’m a beginner in the sewing world but am looking forward to tackling this project! :) Your instructions seem clear and easy to follow.

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