Friday, 27 May 2016

How to waterproof cotton bags

My little Miss Eight Year Old is super duper excited for next week's half term. Not just because she doesn't have to wake up early for school (we're not early risers in this house!), she also has a packed social schedule that involves lots of playdates with her BFFs (in her own words, not mine!). So she asked me for a little bag that she can store her usual playdate kit ; snacks, change of clothes, arts and crafts pack etc. Problem is, she wanted me to make her a bag with this cheap, thin quilting cotton from my stash; because it's pink, and girly and cupcake-y. Delighted as I was at the prospect of making her the bag, I was slightly worried about the lack of protection the fabric offers - it's not waterproof, it's really thin and although it's pretty, I'm sure it will absorb all sorts of ickyness from the elements when she takes it out. (yuck!) Until I remembered the solution to the same problems with our cotton shoes. 

We were introduce this Nano Protector for our purchase at our local Brantano's. Basically, it contains this revolutionary nanotechnology that when used, will make your bags, clothes and shoes water and dirt resistant as the nano elements cover individual fibres.  As a mum, I was a little apprehensive about products that are too good to be true. But truth be told, I am actually quite impressed by it. The only thing I need to remind you is to read the instructions carefully before using it because it is not suitable for all materials. And when you are going to use it, DO IT IN AN OPEN OR WELL VENTILATED SPACE, AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN. I used it in my closed workshop and almost fainted from the very funky fumes. Very interesting experience.

After leaving it to dry for a few hours, I tested it by spraying the bag with water and as you can see, it simply runs off like little pearls and instead of being absorbed by the fibres. Absolutely amazing! So if you ever plan to make bags with non waterproof materials, bear this trick in mind.

I just saw the weather forecast for next week, wet and horrible for 3 out of 5 days. At least I have one less thing to worry about now. 

If you have any other tips on waterproofing non water resistant materials, feel free to share them in the comment box below. I would love to hear about them.

Fely xxx


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