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    What is that stuff called?

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    I'm going to make myself a tote for groceries and want to cover the fabric with that "stuff" that makes it slick and/or waterproof. But I don't know what it's called. I don't want to go to the fabric store and ask for that "stuff" one puts on fabric.! Thanks for your collective knowledge.

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    Scotchguard?

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    Could it be vinyl? You can purchase a vinyl that you iron onto whatever fabric you use or you could purchase laminated fabric - then you just simply wipe off any dirt, etc. Finally there is PUL which is the slick stuff that is used for diapers or bags - its a plastic-y material also.

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    I used PUL for my lunch and snack bags I made....I found it in the area of the baby stuff in Joannes..There are some reaal cute prints for baby diaper covers...

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    Thanks. Now I can go and ask for it by name and not look like a dummy.

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    I'm grateful for the answers to your question too. After making over 12 grocery totes for Christmas gifts, I'm ready to make some for me. San Francisco started it, but now my big county requires we bring our own bags. I've been wanting to experiment with that waterproof vinyl. I've never heard of PUL; what do the letters stand for?
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    Oh my..... learned something new yet again! http://www.celticclothswholesale.com.../PULFabric.htm

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    Great information. Thanks. I made a grocery bag out of a large bird seed bag. You can also make them out of dog food or horse feed bags too. They are already "coated" with a moisture proof lining, so to speak, and are fairly sturdy plus they have nice designs on the outside. I just cut them to size, box the bottoms and add webbing handles. My neighbor uses hers all the time. Have to make a couple for myself now.

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    Such a creative group! Good way to reuse and recycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLO View Post
    Great information. Thanks. I made a grocery bag out of a large bird seed bag. You can also make them out of dog food or horse feed bags too. They are already "coated" with a moisture proof lining, so to speak, and are fairly sturdy plus they have nice designs on the outside. I just cut them to size, box the bottoms and add webbing handles. My neighbor uses hers all the time. Have to make a couple for myself now.
    What a great idea! I always have empty horse feed bags. They don't stay full for long, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey1 View Post
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    We have made totes using pet screen found at Walmart. It sews very easily, doesn't hurt if it gets wet. There are free patterns for these if you check out the internet. You can sew it just like a tote & attach fabric to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    Oh my..... learned something new yet again! http://www.celticclothswholesale.com.../PULFabric.htm
    Very interesting! Thanks for the site. I have never heard of this before. Too bad this was not around when my two were babies 37 & 40 years ago, I would definitely have made some diapers, instead of using Pampers. Neither of my two ever wore a cloth diaper, and this would have been so cool to keep for the second one. I will just have to look for it in the store just to see what it looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    Oh my..... learned something new yet again! http://www.celticclothswholesale.com.../PULFabric.htm
    Sounds a little like the plastic pants we used to use, or rubber pants like my mother used.
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    I think you are talking about oil cloth?
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    My first thought was oil-cloth, that's slick and reminds me of the old picnic table cloths. I think its pretty thick fabric though. PUL comes in some really cute designs. I was looking 3 years ago to make diapers for #2 grand-baby, all Jo-Ann had was plain white. They have more selections now.
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    I have used pet screening for the body of the bags and it works great for beach bags and what ever. You can get it in roll at Home Depo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    Oh my..... learned something new yet again! http://www.celticclothswholesale.com.../PULFabric.htm
    I had never heard of this. Thanks for the link. I have bookmarked it for future reference.

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    Now only have to remember to use them, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msariano View Post
    Hello,
    I'm going to make myself a tote for groceries and want to cover the fabric with that "stuff" that makes it slick and/or waterproof. But I don't know what it's called. I don't want to go to the fabric store and ask for that "stuff" one puts on fabric.! Thanks for your collective knowledge.
    Wipe off is fine, but these grocery totes need to be washed - make sure it will withstand the washer.

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    Would it be oilcloth ? I have made totes from this and it is great. Wipes clean in a jiffy.

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    You could use Scotchguard, or you can buy plastic laminate, either sew in or iron on that would make the bags water-resistant. There is also a fairly new product on the market where the fabric is already bonded to the fabric, especially good for raincoats, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winhall View Post
    I have used pet screening for the body of the bags and it works great for beach bags and what ever. You can get it in roll at Home Depo.
    I have made a ton of these and they work great. Throw them in the washer and line dry ! Easy Peezy !!

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    I bought some Plasti Dip (Performix brand) to put on the bottom of my knit socks, but haven't tried it yet so can't vouch for how well it works on cloth.
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