I made a kind of water / smell resistant nappy bag for Little Imp not long after she started day care. Daycare was happy to use our cloth nappies, but were sending each wet one home in a plastic nappy bag! - not really in line with the eco/cloth nappy ethos. The one feature I didn't include though at that time was a separate pocket for dry/clean nappies. So this is version 2 of my nappy or wet bag, with space for clean nappies included. A girlfriend has just had a little boy & plans to use cloth, so hopefully sh will find this useful! I now also use Little Imp's bag for swimming clothes - it will leak eventually, but still holds up pretty well.
- Block out fabric (purple),
- Large tooth jacket type plastic zipper - the length of the long edge of the bag (mine is longer as this is what I had)
- Plastic (I bought a $2 plastic table cloth from a Reject Store & cut that up, you could also use shower curtaining)
- Velcro (hook & loop, about 5cm)
- Cotton fabric for whatever you design on the front of the bag & a coordinating strip for the back
2 pieces (13 x 17) inches (roughly) from the plastic
From the cotton fabric cut a strip about (2.5 x 17) inches.
To create the 'Dry' Pocket:
Lay Piece C on top of Piece B as shown in the picture above, aligning the bottom corners and then marking where the loop velcro needs to be attached to Piece B. Pin the velcro in place.
You might also want to lightly mark the fabric using a ruler so that the velcro is nice & parallel to the edges.
Sew the velcro in place on both Piece B & C.
You then need to make another 1/4 inch fold, this time with both the cotton and block out fabric so that the raw edge of the cotton is hidden in the seam.
The picture below shows me sewing this seam.
And then the finished seam. I actually decided to sew another row of stitching along this seam to reinforce it (not shown).
Flip Piece C back over so it is right side up. The next step is to sew the cotton strip down, thereby hiding the stitching for the velcro). Re press the folded edge of the cotton and then flip it over to hide the velcro stitches & stitch in place.
Decorating the Front of the Bag:
If you want to add a label or anything else to embellish the back, now is the time to do that too.
Adding the 'waterproof' layer'
Spread out the plastic pieces and then pin one to the wrong side of Piece A and stitch in place around all four edges - keeping close to the edge. For the back of the bag use the velcro to attache Piece B and C together and align edges and bottom corners before positioning onto the plastic, pinning and stitching all 3 layers together.
Then trim away any excess plastic.
The back layers stitched together before trimming away excess plastic:
Then clip edges, turn bag right side out (this is why you left the zip partly un-zipped) & you are done...unless you are then a TOTAL IDIOT like I was, and decide to set the fabric penned giraffe face using a HOT IRON. IDIOT!!!
You can guess what happened I'm sure. Table cloth melted inside the bag... stuck to itself...couldn't be pried apart...DISASTER (and a few muttered cusses/swearwords too). Please learn from my mistake!!
I ended up having to cut out a large circle from both pieces of plastic & then managed to reline the bag without unpicking more than the second line of stitching along the zipper. Disaster averted. But pride hurt!