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DIY Wetbag From Those Useful Plastic Mattress Zipper Bags

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Have you ever wondered what to do with those really neat plastic zipper bags you get with sheets and mattresses?  I have a whole stash of them because they are just too cool to throw away!

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I decided I needed more wetbags for my reusable wipes that I carry around everywhere. These aren’t completely waterproof, but they work for things like wet wipes and toiletry items. I just love useful things!  The only issue is…. these aren’t the right size, and they are just clear.  I like things to be practical AND pretty!  This is also a great way to use up some scrap fabric too! The fabric I used has been in my scrap bag for YEARS just waiting to be used.

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Okay, so this is what I did…..

Gather your supplies

  • Plastic bag
  • Scrap fabric fit to the size of your bag x2
  • Thread and Machine

Cut your plastic bag to the size you want.

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Mine just happened to be the right width for what I wanted.  If your bag is too wide, this project will have to be tweaked a bit.  You’ll need to cut the zipper to the width you need.  Make sure you get the head of the zipper in with your cut, and you should just be able to snip the rest of the zipper off and sew the end and sides of plastic up.

Sew your fabric together

So, I made this bag where the pretty fabric shows from the front and the back, but is still on the outside of the plastic so it doesn’t ruin from whatever you put in the bag.

First you need to figure out how much fabric you need, I just set the bag on top of it and marked where to cut on the wrong sides of the fabric.  I then cut two pieces, for the front view and back.

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Sew the pretty sides together, leaving the bottom open, then flip.

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Set this aside for now

Sew your bag together

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So, you cut your bag to the right size already.  Now you need to sew it up.  Flip the bag inside out, and sew the bottom and sides if needed.  I only needed to sew the bottom together since my width was already what I wanted.

Sew the fabric to your plastic.

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This turned out a little more difficult then I expected.  It is do-able, though. You just need to manhandle that plastic!! Show it who is boss!

Don’t forget to turn everything right side out. Then just sew your plastic to your fabric.  I just put the finished ends of the fabric starting at the zipper end then sewed all the way around, following the seam that was already there.  Then snip off the excess fabric at the bottom!

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Voilà!  (yes, I had to look up how to spell that word… Don’t judge me)

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Hope you enjoy!! It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever made… but I love making practical things pretty.  I also love up-cycling things into something I can use every day!!

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Here’s a pretty Pin for your Pinterest!

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DIY Burp cloths from Receiving Blankets!

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As many of you know already, I am due with a baby any time now! We are exactly a month away from him making his grand arrival! I have recently picked up sewing baby items like wipes, burp cloths, clothes, etc.  It has been so much fun learning all the new techniques I didn’t know.  So I’m going to show you today how to make your own DIY burp cloths!

I love making old things into something new!  I made a set of burp cloths out of an old receiving blanket I picked up at the thrift store and left over flannel my MIL gave me.  They were a perfect match.  I will probably make a set of matching wipes to go with them. Flannel is the perfect absorbent material for this type of project, and it’s so easy to work with!

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This project is super easy!  All you need is two layers of flannel fabric from old materials. If you don’t have flannel, old towels and pillowcases would do the trick! There are all kinds of goodies already in your house if you look hard enough!

I didn’t use a pattern, I just cut out a shape from both fabrics.

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Put the pretty sides together, and sew! I just use a regular straight stitch for this.

Leave a little gap, and pull out the right sides of your fabric.

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I recommend you iron it to make everything pretty and even.  I didn’t, but for my purposes, I really didn’t need to.

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Sew on a top stitch and close the little hole you left open.  That’s it!

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The longest part of this is cutting everything out.

Go scour the thrift shops for something fun to upcycle! You would be surprised what you can find there. Little hidden treasures all over the place.

Have you also looked at my DIY farmhouse style napkins?  They are a really great project to start your journey in using less paper products!  And, like this project, they are SUPER easy!

Here’s a nice pin for your DIY pinterest board. 🙂