How to Make your own Beach Bag

July 27, 2017

make your own beach bag

After years of using the same beach bag this year felt like a good time for an upgrade and with my new found sewing skills I thought why not make it myself! If you fancy creating your own just follow the simple instructions below for making your own beautiful beach bag.

You will need:
  • A sturdy and stylish outer fabric – I went with linen.
  • Lining material
  • 8mm Eyelet kit
  • A mallet
  • Rope
Method:

To start decide what size you’d like you bag to be and cut out the fabric giving a 2cm seam allowance. Cut the height of the lining slightly shorter (around 2cm shorter) than your outer fabric to allow for the fold at the top.

cut out fabric

Pin the right sides together of your patterned fabric and of you lining and sew around 3 of the 4 sides to create two separate bag shapes.

pin corner of bag

Now that you have the basic shape it’s time to give the bottom of the bag a bit more structure. Put your finger into the corner of the bag and flatten it down so that the seams either side go down the middle (you need these to align). Now pin in place making sure the pin goes through the stitching on both sides – this is going to give a more professional finish as it allows the seams to align.

sew perpendicular to seam

You’re now going to sew perpendicular to the original seam, this gives the bag a flat bottom, so varying the distance you sew from the “point” will vary the width of the bottom of your bag, stitch closer to the end for a narrow bag and further from it for a wider one.
Repeat this for the lining as well.

right sides together

Now we’re going to attach the lining to the outer fabric. Turn your fabric so that it is right way around and pop it inside the lining so that the right side of both the fabric and the lining material are together.

turn the right way round

Pin the edges together and sew around the bag making sure to leave a gap of about 10cm. Once you stitched almost all the way around turn the bag inside out (which will bring it to the correct way round) and hand stitch the gap shut.

invisible stitch the hole together

Next step is to sort out the handles, I’ve chosen to use 8mm eyelets which is a good size for fitting some slim rope through, make sure you gauge your eyelet size dependant on what you’ve chosen for the handles.

Follow the instructions that come with your kit to cut out a hole where the eyelet is going to be placed and then secure the eyelets on using a rubber mallet – I’ve never used eyelets before so was a bit concerned about trying this but it’s actually very fun and you’ll want to start adding eyelets to everything!

The final step is to add the handles to your bag, I chose to plait my rope before putting it through the eyelets and securing it in place with a firm knot.

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I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful, it can easily be adapted for loads of shapes and sizes! I’d love to know if you have a go at making one.

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3 comments

  1. Oh wow, this is so simple but so cute!! I love that elephant pattern; very beach worthy haha.

    🍉 Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

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  2. This is such a fun DIY post!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  3. Oh my gosh, that bag is so cute! I absolutely love the elephant fabric. I'm absolutely terrible at sewing, especially with a sewing machine (which sounds so silly, I find hand stitching easier), but this project seems so simple that I may just give it a go!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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