Perfect Zip Bags Inspiration ~ Waterproof Bags!

on November 28 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 24 Comments

You can receive a free copy of the Perfect Zip Bags Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (a $10 value) with your order of $30 or more. Check out this post for all the details. Every day throughout the promotion we’re posting examples of ways in which you can present the bags as gifts. Check out the Bento Box Bag from Day 1, the Bare Essentials Bag from Day 2, the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3, and the Personalized Hobby Bag from Day 4. We’d love to see your ideas of how to make a Perfect Zip Bag a great gift–please share in the comments!

Waterproof Bags

Call me crazy, but I think the best time to send my kids to swim lessons is the dead of winter. Poor girls may have chattering teeth on the way back to the car, but the extra attention they get in January compared to July is worth it. New swimsuits for Christmas may not be a tradition in most families, but they are around here. For the past couple of years I’ve been using wet bags that were originally used for cloth diapers to carry swimsuits home. This year, however, they’ll have awesome new swim bags made with Happy Mochi Yum Yum vinyl-coated cotton!


Happy Mochi Yum Yum vinyl-coated cotton. (We don’t carry this in the shop, but we do carry the quilt-weight cotton.) For the lining I used PUL, which is a water-proof fabric often used in cloth diapers.

Perfect Zip Bag

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Sparkle Vinyl Bag

SMS employee, Irene, used amazing sparkle vinyl to create this great Perfect Zip bag. We love the idea of using a bag like this to present a gift card.

I hope you’ll be inspired to use the Perfect Zip PDF pattern to make some fabulous waterproof bags.

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24 Responses to Perfect Zip Bags Inspiration ~ Waterproof Bags!

  1. […] Bag from Day 2, the Quilted Gadget Bag from Day 3, the Personalized Hobby Bag from Day 4,  the Waterproof Bags from Day 5, and the Super-Special-Fabric Bags from Day 6. I made 14 bags in 5 days, just spending a […]

  2. Shirley Clark says:

    I can think of lots of uses for these!

  3. Amy G. says:

    Don’t forget to use tissue paper on top of the vinyl so your presser foot doesn’t stick!

  4. Lindsay F says:

    Need to make one ASAP

  5. Natalia says:

    The fabrics are really cool!

  6. Toni-Anne says:

    There must be so many uses for this waterproof material, must go and look at your range!

  7. Jayne says:


  8. Jayne says:

    I did not know there was such an animal as waterproof fabric. With 2 aging retrievers at my home, I’m thinking I’d like to combine the dogged/waterproof bag ideas and come up with an easy way to rest my babies bones inside without worrying about a mess. Thanks SMS!

  9. Mary P says:

    I’ve made a bunch of zippered wet bags for cloth diapering (for myself, and for friends). So quick, easy, and a great gift.

  10. Gina says:

    Interesting idea. I hadn’t considered a swim bag before. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Tiffany says:

    SOOOOOOO Cute!!!!!!

  12. jennifer says:

    this would be great for carrying home wet cloth diapers.

  13. min says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I’ve never put in a zipper and have been waiting for the perfect first project. This may be it! We too are winter swimmers. 🙂

  14. Jennyroo says:

    I’m a bag lady at heart! There aren’t enough totes and pouches in the world to satisfy my craving for Just. One. More. Thanks for sharing!

  15. nopinkhere says:

    I love winter swim lessons too! I’m paying for group lessons, but my son often gets a private lesson if no one else comes. I also am using repurposed cloth diaper wet bags, but I need to upgrade!

  16. Debbie says:

    great gift ideas!

  17. Christine says:

    Thanks for the patterns. What a great idea.

  18. kate C. says:

    cool idea!

  19. kathyh says:

    And here I was thinking the PUL fabric jumped into my cart because my niece said I should make her some pocket diapers!

  20. Christina G. says:

    Very cute!

  21. aprilshowers says:

    I would love to make some waterproof bags, but I am a little intimidated by the materials since I have only been sewing for a few months. Do the vinyl-coated cotton and PUL require any special handling techniques? I love that swim bag – such a fun print!

  22. linda says:

    nice versions – I had never though of using waterproof materials!

  23. Genevieve says:

    I will for sure! Great idea!


  24. Beth T says:

    Not as much fun as swimming lesson bags, but I’d love some waterproof bags for our emergency supplies. These would be great in our “Go Bags”.

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