DIY Beach Tote Tutorial

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
DIY Beach Tote Tutorial

A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach.

DIY Beach Tote cutting fabric using the Fiskars Rotary Ruler

1. Cut 2 pieces of outer fabric each measuring 19” x 21” using the Fiskars 6" x 24" Rotary Ruler Combo.

2. Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric each measuring 19” x 21”.

DIY Beach Tote using craft fuse to stablize your bag

3. Following manufacturer's instructions, adhere fusible Craft Fuse to the back of the outer fabric.

DIY Beach Tote pinning-outer-fabrics together for sewing

4. Sew side seams and bottom seam of the 2 outer fabrics together, with right sides facing.

Leave a 6” hole unsewn in the bottom seam of the tote

5. Sew side seams and bottom seam of the 2 lining fabrics together, with right sides facing. Leave a 6” hole unsewn in the bottom seam.

6. Mark a 3” square in each bottom corner of the sewn outer fabric, using the stitching as your right angle guide.

DIY Beach Tote cut away the squares you marked

7. Cut away the squares you marked.

8. Open up the corners of the fabric and repin together to create the gusset bottom on both sides of the bag.

Open up the corners of the fabric and repin together to create the gusset bottom on both sides of the bag.

9. Repeat steps 6-8 for the lining fabric.

10. Place the outer bag inside the lining with the right side of the outer fabric facing the right side of the lining. Match the side seams and pin around the perimeter of the top edge. Sew the bag outer to the lining around the top edge.

11. Turn the bag right sides out through the opening you left in the lining fabric.

12. Handstitch or machine stitch the hole in the lining closed.

DIY Beach Tote Tutorial topstitch thru all layers of-bag-opening

13. Press the top, opening edge of the bag with an iron and top stitch through all layers of fabric.

Attaching-handles to the bag

14. Cut 2 lengths of cotton webbing measuring 38” and sew to each side of the bag for handles.

Now you can carry everything you need to the beach!

Supply List

½ yard Canvas or other heavy weight fabric

½ yard Lightweight fabric for lining

Pellon Craft Fuse

72” Cotton Webbing

Sewing Machine

Thread

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