With the wonderful (no sarcasm here) advent of NO PLASTIC BAGS hitting most of Los Angeles stores and spreading throughout California (and eventually the world, I hope!), I didn't realize how much I needed a plastic bag until I opened the cubby all my plastic bags used to be in and there were none there! What was I going to do for all those dirty athletic shoes I had to carry in my gym bag? or my sweaty gym clothes I peel off post-workout? or my synchronized swimming suits drenched in chlorine?! I thought it would be silly and ironic of me to go out and purchase plastic bags to solve these damp problems and on top of it all, I am a supporter of this anti-plastic bag initiative, so I need to make moves to make a change and why not make it fun in the process. I started sewing last year and have a sewing machine too (I even know how to thread it - the hardest part next to pinning). I have pretty good advanced beginning skills so I thought crafting a waterproof drawstring bag should not be that hard.
This video was extremely helpful in constructing a simple drawstring bag - remember I am just looking for a bag to store all my smelly wet items, I was not really trying to get fancy with it.
In terms of fabric, I remember being downtown and finding this 'placematty,' plasticy material and I was like ooO that would be a good Project Runway challenge but then again I was like I can use this as my waterproof fabric for my drawstring bag! So I picked up a half a yard of laminated cotton fabric (that had some bend/gathering to it, other fabrics like oilcloths are really stiff!) which ran for about $10 (yes that is about $20/yard - so not cheap! I am going to check other 'cash only' stores next time).
The only drawback to using this fabric is how difficult it is to keep down while sewing - especially when I folded the top over. It was so bad I didn't bother doing another stitch on top (to keep the string from moving) because it was such a nightmare. The plasticness of the fabric doesn't move as smoothly over the teeth on your sewing machine. The simple solution would be to press on the fold but since this is a derivative of plastic we are dealing with, it will most likely melt - you don't press your rain coat do you? I found this great article from Sew4home on tips and tricks to use when sewing with laminated cottons - will definitely use the wax paper trick or roller foot for my next bag.