Summer’s coming up and with that comes…a new bag! I think every year about this time I do a new bag tutorial. There must be something about going to the pool or to the beach that makes me want a new bag. And really, this bag could be used for anything-it’d be a great teenager bag for just on the go-or really whatever. But it’s perfect for all those summer pool days, so for now, let’s call this the Pool Bag Tutorial:
It’s soft and stretchy and VERY easy to make (you can do this!) and you can fit lots in it.
Summer Pool Bag Tutorial:
- 3/4 yard each of 2 coordinating knit fabrics (I used knit to make it soft and stretchy. You don’t have to-you can use a basic cotton if you want. If you use knit and it’s wider than your average fabric, you might only need 1/2 yard.
- Cut two pieces of fabric from each of your two fabrics. See the image below for your shape. The length should be 17 inches and the width is 16 inches at the bottom and 15 inches at the top. The bottom corners should be rounded and the top is not a straight line, I dipped it in a little. Just make sure that it’s symmetrical.
- Cut 1 piece from each fabric that is about 5 inches wide and 55 inches long.
Putting right sides together, sew the long side of the 2 pieces that are 5 by 55 on each side. Then turn right side out and press flat. This is your strap (obviously-you already knew that right?). Set this aside for later.
Putting right sides together with your outer fabric, sew around the edges of your main pieces. Leave the top open.
Do this for your inner fabric as well.
Now turn your INNER bag right side out. Leave the OUTER bag inside out. Put your INNER bag down inside your OUTER bag.
Now it’s time to grab your strap again. Slide this down between the two layers of bag. Make sure that your outer fabric on the strap is facing the outer fabric of the bag and pin it in place on each side of the bag where your seams are from sewing the bag together. You will have the ends of the straps sticking out each side:
Now, starting in the middle of one side of the bag (so not near the straps), sew all the way around the top of the bag leaving an opening that is about 4-5 inches big.
Then reach into that opening that you left and pull the bags to be right side out:
Tuck the inner down into the out and press everything nice and flat.
Top stitch all the way around the top. This will close your opening as well.
Tie a knot at the top of your strap (this is just to look cute).
Fill it up and head to the pool!
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