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I don't know if this is the right forum, so please let me know if it isn't! Another mama gave me the great idea to make recycled wool drawstring wetbags for DS at daycare. That way his dipes can breathe, rather than just sitting around stinking. Anyway, I wanted to know if anyone has ideas on how I can (inexpensively) make them, or a WAHM who makes them.

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I'd think you'd get more ideas on the craft forum (whichever one deals with sewing). I'm a no-PUL kind of girl, so I'd like to make a wool wetbag too, but haven't looked into it yet . . .

You could look on etsy for WAHM made wool wetbags. Seems like I've seen 'em.

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I would think you could get some 100% wool sweaters from the thrift store, cut and sew them into bags, add a drawstring and then felt them in the washer to create a tighter weave. I have not done this but I have worked in felting and this seems like it would work for your project. Just remember to leave room for shrinkage.

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I would think you could get some 100% wool sweaters from the thrift store, cut and sew them into bags, add a drawstring and then felt them in the washer to create a tighter weave. I have not done this but I have worked in felting and this seems like it would work for your project. Just remember to leave room for shrinkage.
I think this is a great idea. I'd felt the sweater before you cut and sew. Probably quite easy to put a zipper at the top. I would think with the frequent opening and closing, a drawstring would wear at the wool, and it would be easier to just put in a zipper than to reinforce the drawstring casing and the holes it comes out of.

If you don't want/need the bag to seal, then another idea is to sew a rectangular bag with an open top. Fold in the 2 sides generously (so 4 layers at each side). Take a knitting needle to make a drawstring hole on each side (and move it around to make the holes bigger), and put the drawstring in that way. You can't cinch it closed, but it's easy and quick.
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I would actually cut and sew BEFORE you felt it. That way, any holes left in the fabric by your needle will close up and you'll have less potential for leaking. Same thing with the drawstring, I'd put that in first.


Actually, I think you could just take sweater, and cut off the arms, sew the pit holes closed, and put a drawstring in the bottom. Then put it in a bucket with warm water and a mild soap, and rub and squeeze. You'll feel it felt up.
Then rinse with cool water, and lanolize.


I am going to go do just that!

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Yeah - when I made the suggestion I was picturing, like the PP said, just basically cut off the arms of the sweater and sew of those holes and the neck hole (or just use the body of the sweater, depending on the size you need. I usually felt before cutting, but the person who suggested felting after had a good point. Maybe I'll try that technique sometime.

What I was wondering about doing for the drawstring is to crochet a long tie, or use some ribbon or something as a tie, then weave it in and out, like you would for a tie on longies. Seems easier than fussing with a drawstring, but i don't know if you would cause too much wear over time. The zipper is a good idea, but then again, I don't really love sewing zippers.

Again, I've never seen one of these and never tried it, but I want to hear how it works when one of you actually makes one!

The only thing I wondered about functionally was the issue with lanolizing, how often, etc - since I assume the bag will likely need to be cleaned more often than a soaker might (especially if it's regularly holding poopy diapers).

Let's see pics and updates!

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I've changed my answer. I've only worked with newly handknit wool, not old knit sweaters, so I was picturing it unraveling before my eyes with every cut of the scissors! If the sweater is worn, probably is best to felt after sewing. Oops!

Can't wait to see pics and hear how it turns out. I'm tempted to try to make one too.
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Ladies, you are terrific! Now, this is my first attempt at sewing... or even using wool, so I have a dumb question. How exactly do I lanolize and wash it? Just buy some lanolin and...?
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I don't know if this is the right forum, so please let me know if it isn't! Another mama gave me the great idea to make recycled wool drawstring wetbags for DS at daycare. That way his dipes can breathe, rather than just sitting around stinking. Anyway, I wanted to know if anyone has ideas on how I can (inexpensively) make them.

I also wanted to add that I have never made anything with, or used wool before, so simplicity is also super important!

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I've made them from thrift store felted sweaters, and also from poly fleece when it goes on sale. They are both easy and very inexpensive to make. I make them with an elastic on the top, so while they don't cinch totally closed, they are effective in keeping odors in. I also made my pail liners from fleece. I wash them about 2x a week and have had the same two for about 15 months now. HTH
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Ladies, you are terrific! Now, this is my first attempt at sewing... or even using wool, so I have a dumb question. How exactly do I lanolize and wash it? Just buy some lanolin and...?
lots of sites that sell woolies also sell lanolin and wool wash. I just use my Ecover detergent and lansinoh lanolin.

I sqeze a big glob into the bucket and then run in the hottest water I can. Swish until the lanolin melts, and I add a drop of detergent to help the lanolin disperse. then add cool water until it's more on the warm side, and submerge the wool. You'll see the lanolin 'disappear' out of the water. Remember to turn it inside out in the water too.

I roll it in a towel, and drape it somewhere to dry.

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Since I always try to prefelt/shrink everything, I do all my lanolizing in the washer. This method won't work for anything that is not already felted!!! (It will shrink it like your favorite old wool sweater that someone washed and now is about the right size for your cocker spaniel).

Anyway, my routine: I fill machine with tepid water, add some eucalan. Agitate on gentle cycle, then spin out (without rinsing). If I want more lanolization (I do this for soakers, but I probably wouldnt' for my wetbag, I don't know), then I get a little container with a cap, add hot water, about an inch squirt of lanolin (lansinoh is fine) and a tiny bit of baby wash. Shake it up until well mixed and pour into the machine, or directly onto your item. I always pour some directly onto the crotch area of my soakers...

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