I wanted to share how I make a lined zippered wet bag here as I have been making them for custom orders. Zippers used to freak me out and I avoided sewing things that needed a zipper. I always seemed to have trouble getting my stitching straight with the zipper foot. I was making a lined backpack with zippered pockets and discovered that my adjustable blind hem stitch foot worked GREAT with the zipper installation. Happy accident! Today as I finished a SYOF custom bag I snapped a few photos of the process to share with you.
For this bag I used a panel that my customer provided and cut the back side of the bag and the PUL based off the panel.
Next you want to sew the zipper to the outer layer fabric. I use my adjustable foot with the needle in the far left position. I turn the guide so that it is just at where the foot snaps in to the shank.
Now you want to take your lining fabric and sew that to the zipper. You want to remember that the laminate side is the right side of your fabric for this bag and lay the piece laminate side down on top of the zipper.
Once you have sewn the lining to the zipper you will flip the lining out of the way and top-stitch if desired. Set the needle to the center position to top-stitch.
Repeat with the outer layer for the other side.
Repeat sewing the lining to the zipper. Once sewn, flip everything out of the way and top-stitch the part you just sewed in.
If you are adding in a handle and logo label, add them now.
You will put the outer layer right sides together and the lining right sides together now. Pin or clip to secure. I like to leave my turning hole on the side or bottom of the outer layer. For this bag I left the hole on the side. Be sure to leave the zipper half open!
Use a seam allowance that you are comfortable with. I made this with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Using a walking foot is really helpful to keep the fabrics from shifting as you sew.
Pivot with the needle down when you get to each corner.
All sewn and ready to clip corners and turn. *optional – you can serge the seams if desired.
After you have serged the seams or trimmed the corners, turn right side out through the hole.
Insert your care tag into the hole. If you do not have care labels/tags you can hand sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch.
All done! You now have a beautiful lined wet bag for diapers, swim suits, family cloth or cloth pads!