Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wet Bag #1 --the travel size

The main difference between using cloth diapers as opposed to disposable diapers is--duh--you don't throw cloth diapers away.  So if you're out and about, what do you do with a soiled cloth diaper?  You don't want it to get the rest of your diaper bag or purse all gross.  And you don't want it to make your bag all smelly.  What to do?

Enter, the wet bag.

Made using the measurements 

Wet bags, you've heard of 'em, right?  It's basically just a regular old zipper pouch that's lined with some kind of waterproof fabric.

I've seen tutorials for wet bags floating around blogland that use shower curtains or cheap plastic table cloths as liners.  These seem fine for toting swimsuits around, but since I knew I'd be using mine on a regular basis, I wanted something a little more hearty and, more importantly, something that I could throw in the wash along with the dirty diapers.  You know, wash out all the smell and bacteria.  Seems like a good idea.

So I asked you all what to use and you wisely suggested PUL.  Thank you!  I haven't actually had a chance to wash it yet, but I will be doing that soon.  Very soon.  And, once I do, I'll come back here and update you all on how it goes.  But I expect it to go just fine.  Because everyone I've asked who's used it says it washes just fine.  Anyone want to back me up on that?

Okay, so let's get back to the awesome wet bag I made.  I actually made two, one travel size one and one different one, but we'll get to the other one tomorrow.

I was going to type up more about the bag, but... why?  These pictures speak for themselves.  Enjoy.

A few FYI's-
-This bag works great.
-I made it before I actually bought the diapers and thought "It is huge!  It is too big!"  I was wrong.  It is a little big, but not so big.  Actually, it's just about right.  Just big enough for two dirty cloth diapers.
-PUL can be tricky to sew with.  Well, only on the sticky-ish side.  But only sometimes.  It was frustrating on this bag when I was sewing the top stitching next to the zipper.  The bag I'll show you tomorrow caused me no grief whatsoever.  So who knows.  But if you happen to luck out and have one of those frustrating experiences, tissue paper is the answer.  Get some white tissue paper that you can kind of see through and just put it on top of the PUL.  Then pull it off when you're done.
-You can buy PUL at Jo Ann's.  It's about $10/yard.  It's about $5/yard when you use your 50% off coupon.  Why would anyone ever pay full price for anything at Jo Ann's?
-I bought a yard of PUL and it was enough to make this bag and the large bag I'll show you tomorrow.  With a little bit left over.

Wet bags.  That is the answer to stink-free diaper bags.

See you tomorrow for more cloth diapering adventures!
Isn't this fun?
Maybe just a little?


Ballerina Baller said...

hi, me again... can you post a wet bag how-to-make entry? this looks super cute and I'd love to make one of my own but I'm so not sewing-capeable. lol. I could knit a hat and a frog (sorta) but sewing gets me soooo confused!

Aleatha Shannon said...

katie -about the sticky pul: i've heard that you can purchase a "non-stick" sewing machine foot for some models. haven't done it myself, but it might be worth it to someone who sews with a lot of sticky fabric.

Kathy Haynie said...

Who knew that stinky could be so beee-u-ti-ful! Wow! Nice work, Katie. (I agree that either a tutorial, or a link to someone else's tutorial, would be awesome. But maybe that awesomeness is coming tomorrow??)

Amber said...

Once again, you are awesome! I have a travel wet bag that I purchased (I am so not crafty in any way!) It works well, but it has a draw string. I kind of like the zipper - makes sure that the diapers stay where they are put! This cloth diaper week is fantastic! I'm learning all kinds of interesting things. Keep it coming!