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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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Recycled Yogurt Container into a Planter!

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Disclosure:  There are a few affiliate links to products I used for this project.  If you click my link and purchase said product, I will receive a small commission for referring you.  The price will not go up for you, I will just receive a referral commission from the company.

Who goes through yogurt like crazy? Seriously, we love greek yogurt.  I get one of these large vanilla flavored containers, a large plain yogurt container, and several boxes of the fruit filled ones every two weeks! Thank GOODNESS we have a recycling company  here!  When we lived in Amarillo, there was little to no recycling that we knew of.  Here in the hill country they have them all over the place and it is super convenient.

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I came up with a cute way to upcycle these into a plant container! My mother and I are obsessed with our little succulent gardens, she basically breeds them.  Every time she comes to my house she brings me tons of baby succulents. I love them!  I killed them when we lived in the desert (ironic, right?) but now that we live somewhere humid, they are SO easy to take care of.  But this post is not about how to take care of them.  Maybe some other post we can talk about it.

So, all I did was poke some holes in the bottom of this guy and decorated him.  That’s it.  The hardest part was trying to figure out HOW to decorate him.  There really are so many options here.  Paint, marker, stencil, decoupage fabric or paper, vinyl, anything really.  No matter what your choice, just remember, it’s probably going to fade.  That’s just the pits of it. Unless you put a shade lover inside it, the sun will bleach whatever you do.  But hey, I’m not going to let that stop me from making it cute for the time being…

Originally, I was going to doodle all over it with a sharpie, but then I saw this magazine setting on the table.

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I had just read an interesting article out of it this morning.. The biologist in me LOVES scientific illustrations; I’m downright obsessed with them. They hang all over my house and my computer is filled with digital files. I saw this and had to read the article.  It was actually a quite interesting and educated read (something that surprised me given it’s our electrical coops magazine).  It interviewed our invertebrate experts from our local universities and they talked about how collecting seashells along the coast as a hobby is a great thing, and buying them in a store is actually not so eco-friendly if you want shells.  Companies who sell seashells usually don’t disclose where or how they got these shells.. So it could be a really unsustainable practice for our molluscs.  When you go collect it yourself from the shore you are making sure that the animal has already moved out and you aren’t killing any wildlife. So if you are in desperate need of seashells, and are capable of going to the seashore, do that instead of buying them! But these collections are for personal use only, not commercial.

ANYWAY… I loved the magazine spread .. And that’s where inspiration hit…

What you’ll need if you decide to decorate the way I did:

  • Adhesive Spray
  • Craft glue (the brand I linked here isn’t the brand I used, but it is the industry leader in craft glue and very reliable.)
  • Sponge or paint brush
  • Decorative fabric or paper
  • Something sharp like a nail or awl
  • Dirt and plants!

Take the packaging off… I guess if you wanted you could carefully cut if off and use it as a template to trace your fabric or paper.  It would probably turn out a whole lot prettier than mine. Ha!

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First you gotta poke holes in the bottom for drainage.  This isn’t super essential, but most plants need drainage. I just got an awl out of my sewing supplies, but anything sharp will do the trick.  I peeled my packaging off after I poked the holes… It doesn’t matter which step is first I guess..

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Then eyeball where your material is gonna go if you chose to go with paper or fabric like I did.

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Trim or tear off the extra material.  You’ll want to leave a tad extra just because it isn’t going to go on completely even. You can trim off any extra after everything is glued down.  upcycled planter, recycled yogurt container, diy planter, diy project, garden project, diy garden, succulent planter

Spray the back of your material with spray adhesive and stick ‘er on there.

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Keep in mind, this will bubble up given the shape of the container (unless you use the original packaging as a template).  I tried to make mine lay all flat and pretty at first… but then I realized I liked it better bubbly and torn looking… IDK, I don’t like perfection.

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I then tore off some extra pieces and stuck them on there too, I really wanted the names of the different species for reference (again, I guess this is the biologist in me)…

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Once you get everything glued on to your container, flatten it out the best you can.  Then get some craft glue and a sponge brush (a regular paint brush would work too) and put a few layers of glue on there. Let each layer of glue dry before you add another layer.

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You’re done! Now fill it with dirt and put whatever plants you want in it! For my succulents, I filled it with potting soil, put a layer of sand on top, then a layer of regular gravel. Then I just stole some babies off my other succulents. Yay!

Oh, and I had to add my little oyster shell for decoration.

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Here are some of my other upcycled planters. Courtesy of my mother for always going “oh hey, that would make a cute planter”.  She’s got it stuck in my head now, and we have just gone crazy with it!

I have this one made out of an incense burner that was part of a bath kit I literally kept for 8 years without opening… I finally threw the rest out and kept this little guy.

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Cute right? Well, there you have it, a cute planter “upcycled” out of something you would have thrown away!

Check out my upcycled burp cloths from receiving blankets or my farmhouse napkins if you want to see other ways to upcycle old things around the house!

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