Saturday, July 30, 2011
My sewing abilities seem to be improving slowly but surely.
Last year, I initiated myself into the world of sewing with a minky cover for Jack's changing table pad (which turned out really well!) and a PUL pail liner for his diaper pail (which turned out to be functional - still going strong! - if not the most beautiful thing ever).
For Easter this year I made Jack a sock monkey, which was half hand sewn and half machine sewn, that I was very happy with!
I don't have pictures of the other projects, but I do have a shot of Mr. Sock Monkey:
Pretty cute, huh?
For my next trick I made a lined wet bag! This sewing project was considerably harder than my previous attempts and involved a zipper - definitely new territory - but I'm quite pleased with how it turned out! Again, maybe not the most beautiful wet bag ever, but I think it'll be nice and functional.
For those who don't know, a wet bag is a waterproof bag made to hold wet items. In this case, it will be holding used cloth diapers. We already have a small Planet Wise wet bag, which we've been really happy with, but it only holds a maximum of 2 diapers.
It's perfect for a few short hours away from home, but I often find myself wishing we had not only a secondary bag for when the first one is dirty, but also one that has a little larger capacity for when we're away from the house for an extended period of time.
A medium wet bag in the brand we already have costs $16.50 plus shipping. Not overly expensive for the amount of use you get out of it, but I decided I'd try my hand at making my own!
Here are the results:
Looks pretty good to me!
I used Skip to my Lou's Lined Zippered Pouch Tutorial to help me figure out what I was doing.
I ended up with a wet bag which is 12x16-inches with a PUL inner, and cotton outer. I expect that it will hold 6-8 used diapers.
~ Cotton outer fabric - already had this left over from another project
~ PUL inner fabric - already had this left over from making Jack's pail liner
~ Zipper - $1.19
~ Zipper foot - $6.60. I did buy a zipper foot for my sewing machine with this particular project in mind, however since I'm sure I will be using it again in the future and isn't specific to this project I don't really think it should be counted toward the total cost of this wet bag, even though Mark does :P
So $1.19, if you're me, $7.79 if you're Mark
Either way, I definitely saved some money and gained some sewing confidence!
Next up, cloth napkins!