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How To Make A Cloth Diaper Wet Bag: A Simple DYI Guide

For parents who use cloth diapers, a wet bag is essential for on-the-go diaper changes. It’s a convenient and hygienic way to transport dirty diapers, wipes, and other diapering accessories. But why settle for a boring store-bought wet bag when you can make your own? 

This blog post will show you how to create a waterproof wet bag specifically designed for cloth diapers. With our step-by-step instructions, you can create a durable and functional wet bag that fits your cloth diapering needs.

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Materials Needed

  • Waterproof or water-resistant fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pins or clips
  • Closures such as snaps, zippers, or drawstrings
  • Webbing or ribbon for straps/handles
  • Interfacing (optional)
  • Sewing machine needles suitable for waterproof fabrics

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Cut two pieces of waterproof fabric to the desired size of your bag. The size will depend on what you plan to use it for. A common size for a wet bag is approximately 12″ x 15″.
  1. Pin the two pieces of fabric right sides together.
  1. Sew around three sides of the bag, leaving one of the shorter ends open.
  1. Turn the bag right side out and press.
  1. Fold the open end of the bag over twice to create a hem. Pin in place.
  1. Sew the hem in place, leaving a small opening for the drawstring, snaps or zipper.
  1. Add any pockets or compartments you desire by cutting additional pieces of fabric and sewing them in place.
  1. Sew any additional interfacing to the inside of the bag for added stability (optional).
  1. Fold the bag in half, right sides together, and pin the sides.
  1. Sew the two sides of the bag together.
  1. Turn the bag right side out and press.
  1. Create the closure of your choice (snaps, drawstring, or zipper) and attach it to the bag.
  1. Cut two pieces of webbing or ribbon to the desired length for the handles/straps.
  1. Pin or clip the handles/straps to the bag at the desired locations.
  1. Sew the handles/straps securely in place, reinforcing with additional stitching if needed.
  1. Turn the bag inside out and sew a seam along the bottom of the bag for added durability.
  1. Turn the bag right side out and press.
  1. Trim any excess thread or fabric.
  1. Test the bag to ensure it is waterproof by pouring water into it and checking for leaks.
  1. Your wet bag is now complete and ready to use for cloth diapers, swimwear, or other wet items!

Additional Tips and FAQ

Personalizing your wet bag is a fun way to make it unique for you and your baby. You can use different fabrics, add embroidery or applique, or iron-on transfers to add designs or your baby’s name. Many other fabric options are available, including fun prints and patterns.

How do I wash my wet bag?

Wash your wet bag in cold water and hang it to dry. Avoid using fabric softeners, as they can reduce the waterproofing effectiveness of the fabric.

Can I make a wet bag without a sewing machine?

Yes, you can use fabric glue to attach the zipper instead of sewing it.

A wet bag is an essential item for any cloth diapering parent. Making your own wet bag is a simple and fun DYI project that can save you money and give you a customized item that reflects your style.