How to Create a Swim Wetbag

Whether you’ve spent the day at the pool and want to keep your damp swimsuits from getting everything wet, or you’ve just worked out and need to keep clothing separated, this wet bag can hold all your gear and keep it contained so the rest of your items stay dry and smelling fresh! This swimsuit wet bag features a handy clip so you can attach it to a tote or beach bag or make a matching strap to use as a stand-alone piece!

Swim Wetbag Finished

Materials to sew a Swim Wetbag:

  • ½ – ¾ yard material for exterior
  • ½ yard PUL fabric
  • 18″ zipper
  • 1″ D-ring
  • 1″ lobster claw clip\clasp
  • Ruler
  • Thread to match
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Sewing machine, I sew on a BERNINA 580
  • Zipper Foot, I use the BERNINA Zipper foot #4

Optional Materials to sew a Swim Wetbag:

What is PUL?

PUL is short for Polyurethane Laminate. This material is popular in diaper making because it is waterproof and wicks moisture away from the body. PUL has two sides: a knit material that is typically kept close to the body and a shiny (sometimes tacky\sticky feeling) exterior that keeps moisture ‘sealed in’. Consequently, the ‘right side’ of the material is usually the knit fabric. However, since our PUL will be used to make a bag and not worn, the right side of the fabric in this tutorial will be the shiny, laminate side. Pins can easily leave holes in PUL fabric so it is recommended to use clips (such as Wonder Clips, binding clips, etc.) or keep pins within the seam allowance when sewing. Although PUL can withstand the heat from washers and dryers, it will not typically withstand the heat of the iron—finger press seams when necessary. If you find that the laminate side is difficult to sew, use a Walking foot to aid in stitching.

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial PUL Fabric Information

PUL material can be found in most brick and mortar stores as well as numerous online vendors and can be found in a variety of colors and prints.

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial Finished Wetbag

Cutting:

From exterior fabric:

  • Cut 2, 16 x 16″ squares
  • Cut 1, 4 x 18″ strip

From PUL:

  • Cut 1, 16 x 16″ squares

Swim Wetbag Sewing Materials

Sewing Instructions to create a Swim Wetbag:

Note: All seams are ½″ unless otherwise specified

Step 1

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Create the fabric sandwich

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Sew 1/8” away from zipper teeth

Make a ‘fabric sandwich’—Place exterior fabric right side up, lay zipper right side down along top edge of fabric, and the wrong side (knit side) of the PUL facing up, on top of it all. Match raw edges and clip\pin layers together. Sew 1/8″ away from zipper teeth.

Step 2

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Topstitch fabric layers 1/8” away from finished edge

Press layers open with wrong sides together and zipper sandwiched in between. Topstitch fabric layers 1/8″ away from finished edge.

Step 3Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - create fabric sandwich

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Topstitch fabric layers 1/8” away from finished edge

Repeat steps 1-2 with second exterior and PUL squares. Make sure fabrics are in the same placement as in step one by matching up the raw edges on the sides.

Step 4

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - 4.	Remove excess zipper tape

Remove excess zipper tape.

whipstitch edges of the zipper together

Prior to cutting, it’s a good idea to whipstitch edges of the zipper together with a few quick stitches to keep the zipper from sliding off the track.

Step 5

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - 5.	Fold 4 x 18” strip in half lengthwise

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Top stitch close to both finished, long edges.

Fold 4 x 18″ strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Unfold and bring raw edges of fabric to meet fold line. Fold strip in half again, matching finished edges. Top stitch close to both finished, long edges.

Step 6 Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Cut a 4″ segment from finished strip

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Slip one end through lobster claw clasp

Cut a 4″ segment from finished strip. Slip one end through lobster claw clasp. Fold strip clasp, matching raw edges. Place raw edges along one exterior side edge, 1 ¼″ – 1 ½″ under zipper and baste in place, keeping PUL lining free from stitching.

Step 7

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Open out bag

Unzip the zipper halfway. Open out bag so that the right sides of the exterior bag are facing each other and the right sides of the lining are facing each other. Match raw edges and pin\clip in place.

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - make sure that the zipper is pinched toward the bag lining on each side

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - make sure that the zipper is pinched toward the bag lining on each side

Note: When pinning, make sure that the zipper is pinched toward the bag lining on each side. This will give it a consistent appearance when you are finished sewing and keep the zipper from becoming recessed and difficult to zip.

Step 8

8.	Sew around the entire bag, leaving a 4” opening at the bottom edge of the exterior panel.

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Clip bottom corners of exterior and PUL

Sew around the entire bag, leaving a 4″ opening at the bottom edge of the exterior panel. Clip bottom corners of exterior and PUL.

Note: Depending on the style of zipper used (for example, coil vs metal), it may be necessary to increase your stitch length when sewing over the zipper so that you do not break your needle. In either case, sew slowly when stitch over this area.

Step 9

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial - Turn right side out through opening in exterior

Turn right side out through opening in exterior.

Step 10

Slipstitch opening closed on bottom of the bag

Slipstitch opening closed on bottom of the bag. Push lining to the inside of the bag.

Step 11 Slide remaining strap material through D-ring

Place strap edges together matching folds and raw edges

Swim Wet Bag - Stitch close to D-ring through all thickness

To make a matching, removable strap: Slide remaining strap material through D-ring. Fold back ¾″ of the strap over D-ring as well as ¾″ on the other side of the strip that is free from hardware. Place strap edges together matching folds and raw edges. Stitch close to D-ring through all thickness. Sew again ½″ away from original stitching, encasing raw edges.

Swim Wetbag Sewing Tutorial Finished

3 thoughts on “How to Create a Swim Wetbag

  1. Hi there,
    I have been sewing, quilting, you name it for quite a few years. Was exploring We All Sew and saw your tutorial. Your pictures and tips are great. If I were a beginner, I would certainly love using your projects. Very clear and concise. Even though I have been sewing for some time, I still learn something every time I look at someone projects.

    Following your pictures one would be able to figure out you needed 2 squares.

    Good Job!!

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