Saturday, April 11, 2009

Dispenser for Diaper Disposal Bags

So, you've got this nasty used disposable diaper (or, who knows, even a cloth one!) and you're in the car and you've got to get this thing packaged in some scent-proof manner before you and the rest of your passengers gag. Obviously someone else has had this problem, because any baby store or aisle will happily sell you a roll of 25 powder scented bags specifically designed for this problem for about $3. They'll also sell you a funky duck-shaped dispenser that looks to me like it would always be at the bottom of my diaper bag.
I thought it would be more useful to have a fabric cover that clipped on the outside of the bag, so I figured out one.

Here's what we're making:


* Roll of diaper disposal bags for verifying size
* Fabric square, about 7 x 7 inches. (Note mine is bigger than it needs to be)
* Scrap of elastic (optional: you could use ribbon or thread)
* Ribbon or cord for making the clip loop and tying shut the top of the bag
* clip of some sort - a small carabiner would work
* cord lock (optional: you could always just tie it.)
* Thread to match

* Scissors
* Sewing Machine (although I sewed my first model by hand - there's not much to it.)
* A few straight pins
* A safety pin

* Basic sewing and sewing machine operation

1. Fold and sew a roughly 1/2 inch seam on two edges of the fabric square.

2. Fold and sew two slightly larger seams, which will become the channels for the elastic (at the bottom) and ribbon closure (at the top.) Mine were about 3/4 inch. Use a scant seam allowance to leave as much room as possible for the ribbon or elastic.

3. Attach the ribbon loop for the clip, and the clip itself if you're using one of the style I had.
I used about 4 inches of 3/4 inch ribbon, with the ends folded in so as to not leave a raw edge. I attached it about 2 inches down from the "top" channel. If I were doing it again, I would make the loop a little smaller and attach it a little further up.

4. Wrap your cover around the roll of bags, wrong side out. There will be an overlap. Place two pins, one about 1 inch below the top channel, and the other 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the bottom channel.

5. Slip the roll of bags out, and flatten your cover, placing the fold right where the overlap ends on the "right" side of the cover. Sew a seam with scant allowance starting at the very top of the cover and to the first pin. Backstitch. Repeat at the bottom.

6. With the cover still inside out, carefully cut two slits in the bottom channel, one on each side of the seam. Using a safety pin, thread a scrap of elastic (or ribbon) through. Cinch, tie a good knot and cut off the excess.

7. Turn the cover right-side out. Carefully cut two slits in the top channel. You should probably use some "no-fray," or even stitch a button hole around these since they're on the outside.

8. Thread in your ribbon or cord, using the safety pin.

9. Tie a knot at the end of the ribbon, and attach the cord lock if using.

10. All done! Slip in your roll of bags and pull the first one out of the slot in the side. Attach to your diaper bag and always have it at your finger tips!

4 comments: said...

This is a great idea! I've been wanting one of these to put on my dog's leash too-multi-functional! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to, I'll be linking.

TarkheenaCrafts said...

Thank you, Rachel. Glad you liked it.

TarkheenaCrafts said...

Update from Tarkheena: the rolled bags that this was made for are awful. It takes two hands and a lot of concentration to remove them from the roll, which is not something you want to be doing while trying to keep a baby on a changing pad. Hopefully doggy bags work better. Otherwise, you can use this same bag with little or no modification to hold unrolled bags.

April said...

BRILLIANT. Thank you so much for this! I've had something like this in mind, but am not good at figuring out how to put it all together. Last christmas I made something similar from another tute for my mom to carry doggie bags in....This is fantastic.