Man, I love these bags! I can’t stop making them (as you can see). They are just so versatile and great for when you want to keep some ‘easily wet’ bits and pieces by you. I have made one for me (for caravan travel), one for each of the girls to use at uni, and one for my mum (which she keeps by her bed).
The bag itself is just a cheap jute bag with pockets that I bought from Tiger for £2 each – but the clever bit is waterproofing them.
Georgia: “This is a lifesaver at uni because of all the communal living. I can keep my shower things in my room and just grab this bag every morning.”
I used a fabric called PUL, which stands for Polyurethane Laminated Fabric. basically it is fabric that is lovely and smooth on the one side but with a breathable waterproof backing. You can use it to make anything from babies panties to lunch bags – and I am in love with it (as you can see from my stash).
- half a metre of PUL
- matching thread
- Paper (newspaper if fine)
How I did it:
I measured all around the top of my bag (circumference) and also its height. This will give you the dimensions of a rectangle. I then added a seam allowance to all four sides of the measurements and cut out the rectangle in PUL.
I then put my bag onto a piece of paper and drew a circle around the base. This gave me a paper circle. Add your seam allowance to the circumference of the circle (so that you have a seam allowance around outside of the circle) – now cut the circle out. BEFORE you transfer it to the PUL, cut your circle in half so that you have two semi-circles – then (using more paper and sticky tape) add a seam allowance to the cut (straight) sides of the two semi circles. This is because you will need to have a seam allowance to leave this open so that you can turn the bag through it later on.
With the remaining PUL, cut a long strip twice as wide as you want for your handle.
- the short side of the rectangle to form a fat tube
- two one inch seams either end of the straight edge that forms the bottom half circles
- the two sides together along the length of the handle.
Turn the handle through and sew down with top stitching to keep the fabric in place (see above). Secure the handle to either side of the bag with a few stitches (see below).
With right sides together, pin the bottom circle onto the tube of PUL. Sew around to keep in place.
Now ease your original bag inside your PUL tube (the right sides should be together), pin and stitch around the top (make sure the handle is pushed down out of the way between the layers). Sew around the top of the bag.
Now for the magic part. Gently ease the bag through the seam you left open in the base, pull the lining up and push it into the bag. Secure the opening with a few stitches and fill with your goodies.
Voila! Show me the way to the shower block please.