I just can’t seem to stop making bags. I just love them! I’ve had lots of fun with several other bag tutorials already-messsenger bag, ruffled tote, and sling tote-but there’s something that just always makes me want to make more bags! (Really if you have a bag you want me to make a tutorial for let me know and I’ll give it a try.)
Now, I am calling this bag the Summertime Beach Bag Tote, but it’s not summer yet and I live no where near a beach. I just needed a pop of bright color and summertime cheer in my life. But really this could be a going to the park or the pool or just around town bag.
Sunglasses, book, towel. Who’s ready for summer?
Summertime Beach Bag Tote Tutorial:
1 yard each of 2 coordinating fabrics
About 1 yard (a little less) of fusible fleece interfacing
Some readers have had a hard time getting the pattern to print correctly. I am going to give you the measurements of the bag so that you can either just eyeball it or so that you can verify that your pattern printed correctly:
From the very top corner down to the very bottom is 20 inches.
From the bottom of the rounded part of the top to the bottom is 14 inches.
The width at the very top is 16 inches and tapers down to 12 inches at the bottom.
The bottom oval is 9 inches by 5 1/2 inches.
Start out by printing your pattern pieces and cutting them out. Then cut 2 pieces for the bag of the main fabric (for the outside) and 2 for the inside. Also cut a strap that is 37 inches by 3.5 inches. Cut this from both fabrics.
With your interfacing cut 2 of the bag pieces and 1 of the strap pieces.
Iron your interfacing to the main fabric pieces following the instructions on the interfacing:
If you want a pocket on this inside, make that now. I cut my fabric 12″ x 12″ then folded it in half with right sides together and sewed most of the way around leaving a small opening to turn it. Then turned it right side out and pressed it flat:
Then center it where you want it on your bag (don’t do it near the top of the bag or thing will fall out) and sew around the side, bottom and other side. If you want to make some compartments just sew a straight vertical line down the pocket:
Now, take your two bag pieces and place them with right sides together. Stitch up the two outer edges. Do this with your inner fabric as well:
Grab your bottom piece and pin it in place:
Sew that in place.
Now let’s make the strap. Take your pieces (you should have your interfacing fused already) and place them right sides together. Sew up the long part of both sides and turn right side out. Then top stitch the strap several times to make it nice and sturdy and cute:
Now, turn your inner pieces of your bag right side out but leave the other pieces inside out. Stick the inner bag down into the outer bag. Take your strap and stick it down in so that it is between the two layers of bag and the ends of the strap stick out like this:
Now you are going to stitch your bag all the way around the top edge across the straps and around the other side just leaving a small opening to turn everything right side out.
Turn it all right side out and tuck the inner fabric down into the outer. Press the corners out:
Now, hit the beach! Or the park. Or the pool.