DIY Diaper Pail Liner

DIY Diaper Pail

When I originally made the decision to cloth diaper, I was a little clueless as to how maintain those soiled diapers. I started out with a Planet Wise Diaper Bag simply because I won one and didn’t know there were other options.

I started to search for something different. We have two boys in diapers and the hanging bag just wasn’t enough. I found that Planet Wise has pail liners, and immediately fell in love with the idea.

I knew I wanted to use one of these little cuties for my son’s room instead of a plastic garbage bin.

I found this at Ikea for $25. And it looks adorable in his room.

Yeah, so let’s talk pail liners. I knew I would need two, to alternate on wash days. So I bought a yard and 1/2 of white PUL from Diaper Sewing Supplies, their PUL sells for $7.95 per yard, so I was able to get two pail liners and a few diapers for less than the cost of one pail liner! Score!

Ready for the tutorial? Let’s get to it!

First you are going to have to measure your receptacle.

Get the measurements from the bottom of the inside and add a few inches. My length was 40 inches since I didn’t want a seam on the bottom of my bag. I only wanted to sew up the two sides.


You will also need to measure the circumference of the receptacle.

I added a whole inch to each side, cutting my rectangle to 24X 40 inches.


Go ahead and cut out another piece to make both bags at the same time.

Seriously, make two. Trust me.


Now we are going to make a French seam to close in the sides and make it super extra water-proof. Now this is an extra step, you could in theory just sew a straight stitch right down the side and call it a day. But that’s not what we’re doing today.


Start by sewing your two side seams together. Shiny sides touching using a 1/2 inch seam.


To enclose the seam you need to take that seam you just finished and pull the fabric over it to encase it. You will now be sewing with the right sides, or the rough sides together.

You will be able to just barely see the seam line as you sew.

Go ahead and sew just next to the seam line as shown below.



This is what your seams will look like when complete.


Easy peasy! And you’re almost done! That was fast, huh?


The last step is to attach the elastic. I used fold over elastic to give it a nice finished look. Plus it matches my décor. So… bonus.

You are just going to line up the edge of the PUL with the inner fold of the FOE, tack down, stretch and sew, stretch and sew. That’s it.

Finishing is a pain in the butt. Or just on my machine? I dunno?


Here is an example of how I used a tight zig zag stitch for the seam. I saw some other tutorials where the stitch went all the way through the elastic to the very top, but I can say in all confidence that this stitch is the most attractive in my opinion and LASTS. I have been using my two bags for almost a year now.


Sew until you get to the beginning of your elastic.


Cut your long end to leave a 1 inch tail.

Continue to pull and stretch as you sew to the joining point.


To close your ends simply tuck one end under the other and fold the opposite tail in half over top.

Using a zig zag stitch go over the two seams. You can use a longer stitch length here to help. This is going to be nice and thick, so take your time.

And that’s all she wrote! Woo Hoo! We did it! *Cue Dora music*


That’s a whole lotta diapers!

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    • says

      haha We call them nappies sometimes. But that usually ensues a large wail from my toddler who think that means it is in fact NAPTIME. lol

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