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Make Your Own Beach Tote Bag with Debbie Shore

Make Your Own Beach Tote Bag with Debbie Shore

This fantastic summer sewing project from Debbie Shore is a great one to get stuck into before your holiday this year – a gorgeous beach tote bag! This handy DIY sewing project will take you step-by-step through how to create a pretty beach tote bag that’s ideal for carrying all your beach essentials, whilst also keeping your personal belongs zipped up safely inside. Gone are the days of getting suncream on everything… utilise the perfectly sized pockets to ensure everything has its place!

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Step-by-Step Beach Tote Bag Sewing Project:

This handy bag is perfect for taking towels and sun creams to the beach, whilst the handy zipped inside pocket keeps your belongings safe!

You Will Need:

Pattern Pieces to Cut:

  • 1 piece of denim measuring 29” x 17”
  • 1 denim circle measuring 9” across
  • 1 piece of lining measuring 29” x 17”
  • 1 lining circle measuring 9” across
  • 1 contrast pocket piece measuring 29” x 8”
  • 1 pocket lining piece measuring 29” x 8”
  • 2 zipped pocket pieces from lining measuring 12” x 6”

Beach Tote Bag Instructions:

Top Tip:

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Use a hem gauge to create a perfect circle!

Step 1:

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Sew the pocket pieces right sides together across the bottom. Fold to the right side and press. Fold the bias binding in half and press, then sew to the top of the pocket. Trim.

Step 2:

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Sew the bottom of the pocket to the denim panel, 2 ½” from the bottom of the denim. Sew one central dividing line, then two more 7” from this line. Sew back and forth a few times at the top of the dividing lines to strengthen the seams.

Step 3:

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Fold the panel in half right sides together and sew the short sides to make a tube.

Step 4:

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Fold and crease the circular base to mark the quarters. Crease or mark the tube in quarters in the same way. Match up the markings and pin the circular base in; add more pins in between, to make sure the base sits perfectly symmetrically.

Step 5:

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Sew in place removing pins as you sew, then turn the right side out.

Step 6:

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Take one of the zip pocket pieces and draw a box measuring 8” x ½” in the centre, 1 ½” from the top. Draw another line through the centre, forming a ‘Y’ shape at each end.

Step 7:

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Place this over the centre of the wrong side of the lining, 3” from the top. Sew around the box. Cut along the centre line and into the corners.

Step 8:

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Push the pocket through the hole and press.

Step 9:

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Sew the open ends of the zip together by hand; this helps when inserting the zip behind the hole.

Step 10:

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Place the zip behind the rectangular gap, secure with a fabric glue stick. Sew all around the box. [You may need to put your zipper foot onto your machine].

Step 11:

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Place the second pocket piece over the first, and sew around the edge; make sure you just sew the pocket, not the bag lining.

Step 12:

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Sew the lining together in the same way as the outer bag, firstly into a tube, then quarter mark the circular base before sewing.

Step 13:

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Push the lining inside the bag, wrong sides together, matching the seam. Sew around the top with an 1/8” seam allowance. Add the remaining bias binding to the top in the same way as you made the pocket, but this time overlap the ends to make neat.

Step 14:

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Add the eight eyelets according to the manufacturers’ instructions evenly around the top of the bag, 1” from the top. Thread the cord through the eyelets and knot to finish.

And there you have it – all you need to do now is pack a towel, your suncream, a good book and cold drink, and you are ready to hit the beach!

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