How to Make a Simple Reusable Diaper Sack ~Plus~ Babyville Boutique Giveaway (11/23)

I am infamous for forgetting to bring a wetbag on the go. Dirty diapers are typically set on the all-weather floor mat of the passenger seat in our van, or in the case that my husband is driving, under my feet. Not always pleasant and with my pregnant senses the window is often put down a crack if the scent gets to be too much (I have left them in the back seat or trunk before, but after forgetting them a time or two this has been the better option).

When I had the opportunity to sample the latest fabric and notion releases from Babyville Boutique I looked through all of their new patterns and books and made note of various projects I wanted to try like the crayon rolls, which would be perfect for our upcoming travels. I have only sewed with PUL a few times and struggled with it getting stuck under the presser foot and some of the tips outlined in the pattern books were helpful in making it a slightly easier process.

Then it hit me last week that the diaper cuts of PUL would be perfect for making my own dirty diaper sacks to leave in the car for when we were on the go. Just something simple to sew and use that would better contain the odor and messes of a diaper and could easily be tossed in the wash along with the diapers. Thus my quick and easy reusable diaper sack pattern was born: minimal measuring and cutting, no Velcro or zippers to wrestle with and a nice roomy pocket to store a couple of dirty diapers. This is not designed to be tossed around or shaken upside down, because the closure is not airtight, but does a similar job to those little disposable bags so many families use on the run. I cannot fit 35 bags on a small 3 inch roll like its disposable competitors, but I did play around with a little burrito roll where you can take a few on the run in a little easy-to-grab bundle (bottom left picture, above).

Each diaper sack takes half of a diaper cut to make, so a package of three Babyville diaper cuts will make six of these little bags. Babyville Boutique fabrics and notions are available at Joann Fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and also came to select Walmart stores this fall. In addition to new PUL prints and notions, the new books are filled with additional project ideas for PUL and they have also added smaller pattern books like the one for diaper soakers and trainers (see last photo).


-Cutting Mat, Rotary Blade and Ruler
(or a pair of scissors, ruler and a pencil or fabric safe marking pen)

-Sewing Machine and Scotch tape for the sewing foot

-21” X 24” PUL Diaper Cut or piece of PUL


1. Cut the PUL into 10″ X 24” pieces. Or 10.5″ X 24″, which would be less trimming, but one of my pieces was a hair shy of 21″ once I lined up the print so I chose to go with a slightly smaller measurement. Although you would think you could just cut the diaper cut in half, you will find that the pieces do not always measure perfectly, especially when you’re making sure a print is straight, so we will trim the PUL to make sure it measures just right. This will make the sewing portion a lot easier as the edges will match up properly.

To do this, lay the PUL on a cutting mat and trim the edges so that it measures exactly 21” X 24” (or 20″ X 24″). Then cut the PUL in half so you will end up with two pieces of PUL to work with. My 24” long ruler definitely makes this job easier, but if you have a shorter ruler one thing you can do is fold the PUL in half, measure 12” then cut the fabric so you do not have as long of an edge to trim (if you are using scissors carefully measure the piece of PUL with a ruler, use a fabric safe pen or pencil to mark the fabric and cut the pieces to size).

2. Fold down the short edge, pin if necessary, and sew a ¼ or ½ inch seam. Repeat on the second 10” side. Make sure to put some tape on the bottom side of your sewing foot to help the PUL slide underneath better. Once you start the seam, it is a good idea to take your second hand and pull the back side of the fabric as you sew to help keep it from getting stuck under the presser foot.

3. Next we will fold the PUL so that it makes a little tuckable closure for the top of our diaper sack after it is sewn. Lay the PUL wrong side down and fold one of the short sides back 4 inches. Then carefully fold the other short, seamed sides up over the 4 inch lip in half. You should be looking at the laminated sides of the PUL and the small 4 inch section you folded back should be hidden. Pin this in place.

4. Sew a ½ inch seam on each of the sides. Begin and end with a back stitch to secure it in place. You may want to toss it in the dryer for a few minutes to seal the holes you made while sewing, but otherwise fold the bag right side out and you are done!

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. Chantay Heidenthal says:

    Who won the contest?

  2. Amy Roberts says:

    Emi! I just made my first bag and it turned out perfectly! Excellent instructions. I can’t wait to make more!!


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