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Thread: Have you made a waterproof bag?

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    Have you made a waterproof bag?

    My DH wants me to make a waterproof bag for our motorcycle sidecar. I have been googling for patterns/fabric and saw a couple of interesting blogs. One mentioned "Pul" used for making diaper coverups.

    I had thought about using a vynyl tablecloth.

    DH asked about the seams and told him I did not know how to make the seams waterproof. Hopefully our bag would not be caught in a downpour.

    I'm thinking a bag with a flap on top in addition to a zipper. Also, wondering about a strap with a snap or hook/clasp to attach to a small bar/handle inside the side car so it would not slide around on the floor.

    He wants it big enough for our camera and gps and other small items.

    If you have made something like this, would you share some tips/ideas with me.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    I apologize. I just posted this in pictures. I thought I was in chit chat. Moderator, please move for me. Thanks.

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    Sounds like a challenge.
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    We have a motorcycle trailer that we pull behind our Goldwing. Even inside of the closed trailer, I keep our camera and other electronic items in special padded bags that we bought specially for the item as it has been know to leak in a heavy downpour.

    I wouldn't consider making a bag for the expensive items if it's going to be exposed to the weather. I have yet to have "me" stay dry in the rain in special rain-gear I wouldn't want to chance our electronics. But that's just the worry wart in me.

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    Have you considered using rubber backed curtain fabric. It is waterproofed - with the rubber backing - and has a reasonable amount of "body" to it.

    I made a "man bag" for hubby by "googling" around and took what I considered to be the best of about 3 or 4 patterns that I found on the net and consolidated them into 1 taking into consideration what he wanted.

    Good luck with the bag and don't forget piccies please.

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    did a lot of boating ...hard to find ''waterproof ...ruined a lot of lighters and cigarettes but there is a bag at the dive shops love it .....totally waterproof .................no zipper just roll down ..roll down roll down top and then it has a strap like a life jacket that buckets tight water don't get in cause of all the rolls

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    I just googled it and found a website called www.thewaterproofstore.com. I would try to make a bag like theirs. There are several different sizes. Also would recommend tarp or denier nylon fabric. Double up the bag one internal with a closure and then one outer bag over that one. Hope this helps! Good luck.

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    Google Seatlte Fabrics. I think I saw some there when I was looking for neoprene. You can pick out fabrics you are interested in and they will send swatches for a small price.

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    DH and I each have a recumbent trike, and we take our cameras and phones with us when we ride. I got a "Lock & Lock" plastic container that's large enough to hold all of our critical items, then made a regular zippered fabric bag to hold it all. DH uses the smaller "Lock & Lock" containers to carry his lunch in, and even with watery lunches like soup, we've yet to have one leak.
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    Buying a waterproof bag sounds like a sure thing. If you make your own, I would suggest putting silicone sealer along the seams-- the kind you would use to caulk around the tub in the bathroom. It's a thought. Never tried it.
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    I also have not tried it, but was thinking something like silicone sealer, or maybe a type of glue that remains flexible when dry. There used to be a product called "Shoe Goo" that could be used in this way. You would want to test it first on something small, perhaps make a little bag, seal up all the seams and then when it's dry fill it with water and see what happens. Have now Googled - voila: http://www.rei.com/product/679240/so...9-001b2166c2c0

    Of course, by the time you buy enough of this kind of product plus your other materials you might have spent more than on a ready made bag, and your time is worth something.
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    I have made them for my grandkids to place wet bathing suits in after swimming...I used a shower curtain and use clips to hold it together instead of pins while sewing...also I put in a polyester zipper..that way zip open put in wet stuff zip closed...no mess in the car on the way home...also good for small toddlers who are potty training and have an accident..easy clean up...good luck with your project.
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    I replaced the plastic windows on my sonís boat. I could not pin the fabric, however this tape called seamstick I used holds it in place to sew, I donít think it will allow water in, it did not on the boat. I used Sunbrella fafric.
    http://search.sailrite.com/?freeText=seam%20tape&history=p6defdi5||sub_attr_name~Store_ID^refineVal ue~Retail1...ewdl17r6||categoryName~cat_121353%40R etail1^category~121383%40Retail1^subCategoryName~N otions^subCategoryName~Notions

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    If you wanted to try a quick bag and go to a camp shop and buy a can of canvas waterproofing.
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    See if you can find an umbrella tutorial on utube or here. If we can make seams in an umbrella that don't leak, you should be able to use them in a bag. Right?

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    There are special seam sealers and seam tapes sold in camping stores. I echo the folks recommending something like a Lock and Lock or Pelican sturdy plastic container for protection of valuables, then making a bag to hold them. I used to scuba and no matter how careful I was something eventually got wet through leakage. You can make small tightly woven cloth bags of silica (from drying flowers kits) or reuse the silica bead packets that come with new shoes and purses to keep the humidity down so you won't get rust or molding in sealed containers. Just velcro them into the container and replace them frequently. This works even in a home safe.

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    Wow - lots of neat suggestions. I appreciate all of them. Thank you! The plastic containers sound like a neat idea. DH looked at the website posted (www.thewaterproofstore.com) and found a duffle bag he liked for strapping to the trunk of the bike incase we take an overnight trip on it.

    Will post pictures of what I make.

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