We’ve been squeezing out every last ounce of Summer here and my DIY wet bags have been so awesome while as we hit up the pools and water parks. But I have a feeling like I’ll be making for for other purposes.
I made a clear vinyl wet back that attaches to my Ultimate Pool Bag last year and I loved it so much I wanted more. I wanted another large sized one and a smaller clutch style one that would serve as more of a splash bag.
I’ve got sizing for both but you could easily tweek my pattern to make whatever size suits you. They would be awesome for pencil cases or craft kit holders. Really any time you’d love to quickly be able to see in your bag or want a little protection from dampness.
How to Make a Vinyl Wet Bag
They come together so fast with very inexpensive supplies it’s hard not to want to make a gazillion. Watch how easy it is to make your own clear vinyl wet bag.
What You Need
- Clear Vinyl
- Double Fold Bias Tape (does not have to be true bias tape made on the bias you just want the double fold)
- Snaps and Tools to Attach Snaps
- 10×13 Clear vinyl
- 1 yard bias tape
- 15-18X60 Clear Vinyl
- 1.5-2 yard Bias Tape (depending if you want to do the bottom strip)
What to Do
- Fold your vinyl in half to form your bag shape make one edge about 1/2-1 inch below the other edge.
- Trim the bias tape to a little more than the width of the top edge of your bag. If doing the bottom edge you will need two pieces this long. With the remainder you should have close to what you need to line the top edge and fold it over for a wrist loop trim it down if you want it smaller.
- It is easier to do both top edges first (on the clutch video I don’t do this). Start by tucking the edge under of your bias tape to hide the raw edge then sandwiching the vinyl in between the folds of the vinyl. On one edge you will finish by tucking the edge under and clipping. On the other you will have a long tail.
- Zig zag stitch the bias tape in place making sure to catch the vinyl in between. On the side with the tail once you get to the end of the vinyl just straight stitch the bias tape together along the bottom Edge.
- Next fold the tail over to form your wrist loop. Tuck the raw edge under and sew into place with an X or a few rows of back stitches.
- Fold your bag so that the edge with the wrist loop is 1/2-1 inch above the other top edge.
- If you are adding bias tape at the bottom edge you can cut it to make it lay more flat. Skip to step 8 if you are just using the folded edge. Attach the bias tape to the bottom edge just like you did to the top edge.
- Next attach the snaps. See the video for step by step instructions if you’re not sure how to do that.
- Next clip the sides in place.
- Fold the wrist loop edge over the other top edge and clip in place
- Sew the sides about 1/4 seam allowance and making sure to back stitch at both ends. At the top you should have both bias edges on top of each other.
- Next attach the snaps. See the video for step by step instructions of how to do that.
And you’re good to go! I like the large one for shoving all the wet stuff in as we’re leaving the pool. You know swimsuits, goggles, aqua socks, toys. All of that. And the little one is awesome for keeping my phone accessible but protected from splashes or drippy kids hanging around.
It’s obviously not going to do anything for crazy amounts of splashing but off to the side how I have it it’s just what I need. I might have to make some more of the small sized ones for toiletry bags or just to have see-through cases I can throw in my bags for on the go.
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