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Monday, August 30, 2010

Canvas Beach Bag


I don't know about you guys, but the end of summer is a little nostalgic for me.  It is nice to be able to turn off the ac, open the windows, and enjoy some cooler fresh air, but the fact that fall is around the corner means that snow is not too far away.  That makes me want to barf.  So in order to soak up the last few rays of sunshine by the pool, here is an easy little tutorial for you.

I had looked all over for a great beach bag, but never found one that was big enough.  Now that I have a baby, I have twice the amount of stuff to schlep to the pool, so this bag is extra big.  I can fit 3 towels, tons of sunscreen, and plenty of snacks and toys in it.

Lets get started.  You will need:

  •  3/4 yard of canvas.  I used this great canvas stripped fabric from Ikea.  At $7.99 a yard, its quite the steal for a beach bag.
  • 60" of thick rope or cord for the handles.  I got mine from Joanns.  You can also just use some of your left over fabric.

There are 5 main pieces you need to create the bag. 
A and B - The front and back of the bag.  These pieces measure 21" x 17 1/2"
C and D - These are the side pieces of the bag.  They measure 7" x 17 1/2"
E - This is the bottom piece of the bag.  It measures 7" x 21"

You also need a square piece of fabric for the outside pocket.  My square measured 10" x 10 1/2"

Step 1: Prep your pocket by folding each side under 1/2" and iron flat.

Step 2:  Fold the bottom corners of your pocket under slightly, and then refold the corners, to give your pocket a little character.

Step 3 - Stitch along the top of the pocket, stopping 1/4" away from the sides (back-stitch to secure)

Step 4:  Place the pocket in the middle of your front piece for the bag (piece A).  I positioned my pocket about 3/4 of the way down the fabric (about 5 1/2" down).  Stitch along the sides and the bottom 1/4" from the end.  Make sure you leave the top of the pocket open (this is the side you just stitched along the seam).

Step 5 - Fold the top of A, B, C, and D down 1/2", and then down another 1" and press.
*Note: The top side for A and B it is one of the sides that measures 21" and the top side for C and D measures 7".

Step 6 -  Now you are going to attach the sides of A, B, C, and D together with 1/2 " seam.  This will create the bag, with no bottom attached yet. 

Sew the right side of A to the left side of C. 
Then the right side of C to the left side of B. 
Then the right side of B to the left side of D. 
And then the right side of D to the left side of A. 

Remember to sew with right sides together.   It may sound complicated, but it will make sense once you do it.  Then you can surge or zigzag stitch the ends of the seams together to keep them from fraying.

Step 7 - Fold along each of the 4 sides of your bag, and press, to create your rectangle.

Step 8 - Pin your bottom piece (piece E) along the sides of the bottom of the bag.  Pin them with right sides together, and the wrong sides facing you.

Step 9 - Stitch a 1/2" hem along the sides of the bottom piece, then surge or zigzag stitch the edges.  Go slowly when you are sewing the corners, it can be a little tricky to make sure you are sewing all of the fabric, so you don't leave any holes in the corners.

Step 10 - Flip your bag right-side out and press the corners to make nice 90 degree angles. 

Step 11 - Now, cut 2 30" strips of your strap material.  I wanted the handles on my bag to be longer so I could hang it on my stroller, but feel free to make yours the length you want them to be.  

Step 12 - Pin the straps onto the bag, and sew all around the top hem of the bag.  When you come to the strap, do a front and back-stitch along the top and bottom of the strap, and make an X in the middle to secure it.

Step 13- Hand stitch on your button to the front of the pocket.  I opted not to sew a button hole, just so the pocket would be easier access,  but feel free to add one if you would like!

Step 14- Load that puppy up and hit the pool!  


42 comments:

  1. Leanne, you are amazing. My mom sews, but I never picked up on the talent. I am delighted by the goodies you create! :)

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  2. i loved this bag! i actually just made one today. :) i had picked up some red and white striped canvas at ikea to make a bag with and when i saw your tutorial- it was perfect! i'll be posting about it soon on my blog but i'll let you know when i do. thanks leann! hope your doing well.

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  3. So cute, can double as a diaper bag...must make. Thanks!

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  4. so i made this bag and posted about it here- thanks leanne!

    http://vievesscrapbooking.blogspot.com/2010/09/canvas-bag.html

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  5. So I could follow your tutorial exactly and still not have my bag turn out as cute as yours! Great job as usual.

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  6. Hi Leanne. I found your blog, and I'm very impressed with your sewing! We were in your BYU ward in '08. This beach bag is so cute! I was at IKEA yesterday and there was the same material but yellow and white stripes. If only I can get my hands on a sewing machine!

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  7. By the way you have an amzaing voice! I remember you would sing in church. :)

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  8. i love this tutorial. i am excited to make a couple for my family. thank you!!

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  9. Thanks, Leanne! I can't wait to make this!
    Jenny

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  10. My Mom and I are going to make several of these for our beach trip! Thank you so much for this!! We are super excited!

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  11. Love the bag. What are the finished dimensions?

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  12. I love that you used the word schlep. You are awesome! And the bag freakin rocks too!

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial!

    I made this bag a little while back. It was quite big, so I made an internal lining and seperated it into two compartments, one for towels and clothes and one for all the things you don't want to be digging through the towels and clothes to find (E.g. purse, sunscreen, goggles, etc). And where the two compartments meet I created a section to store sunnies or reading glasses. The bag was wide enough to have space for two glasses pockets. I made my bag from upholstery-weight twill that I bought from spoonflower.com.

    There is a picture of the completed bag on my blog, at the bottom of my post about Spoonflower. You can find it here - http://justmindingmybeeswax.blogspot.com/2012/01/spoonflower.html . I'd love to know what you think.

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    1. Just letting you know that my post which includes the bag I made has moved to http://warmbreathandascream.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/some-sewing-projects-using-spoonflower.html

      It really is a useful bag. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  15. So, I just started sewing a couple of weeks back. Saw some cool ideas on pinterest and thought it would give a few things a shot. Your tutorial was so easy that this was only the third thing I ever made and it turned out awesome. Thanks so much... plan on making a few more for family & friends =)

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  16. Your so stinkin talented! I wish I could do all this!

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  17. Yaaay! Thank you for this! I've been wanting to make a bag like this, but all the tutorials I've seen looks so complicated. Yours is simple, great instructions easy to understand and I appreciate the pictures illustrating the steps! Now, I'm off to shop for the canvas :D

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  18. Thank you for the inspiration! I am piecing together a beach bag today using parts of this tutorial but french seams to prevent fraying. Will try to post pics when it's finished!

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  19. This is an extremely easy looking pattern to follow. I will be taking my toddler son on a cruise in September and believe this will be perfect for when we go to the pool. Now I have to find the perfect material.

    I'm also going to figure a way to use this pattern as a diaper bag for a friend and then monogram it for her.

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  20. AWESOME BAG! I wish we had an IKEA nearby... totally! Thanks for sharing this. I must make one for myself in some kind of canvas fabric.

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  21. Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! I posted your tutorial on my blog with a link back to your blog, hope it’s ok http://makeitandwearit.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/mothers-day-diy-gift.html.
    Please write me if there is a problem makeandwear@gmail.com.

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  22. I'm new to sewing and want to make a beach bag similar to this one. I have a particular fabric that I want for it, and it is not canvas. Can I still make the bag and line it with a stronger material to make it similar to yours? Thanks!

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  23. Hello ..Thanks so much for sharing your great tutorial. I have added it to my list of must have summer tutorials on my blog, linking it back to you :D

    http://www.thecraftimaginarium.co.uk/2012/05/tutorial-roundup-summertime-d.html

    Thanks so much,

    Cree

    P.s Nancy just use some iron on interfacing to your fabric to make it stiffer..you can use some of the heavy type :D

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  24. Hey Leanne
    I'm a big fan ! Love, love, loved this tutorial thank you so much for sharing & may I share the bag you inspired with you ?
    http://craftlee.blogspot.ie/2012/06/were-all-goin-on-summer-holiday.html
    I've linked back to you on my post.

    Thanks again !
    S x x

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  25. I made this bag in an outdoor canvas print with Palm trees and beach chairs on the sand print for my son's girlfriend. They live at the beach so it was very appropriate. Then some other people saw it and they wanted one so I made one for them. Then my grandaughter wanted one and the lady in my neighbor hood who is charge of the craft club wants me to make one as a raffle prize for our annual bazaar! Everyone loves it and it's so easy to make. Can be done in one afternoon. For my son's I added a deep pocket on the inside on the side because his girlfriend loses her keys so now they won't fly out when she rummages for stuff. I think I could make a career of this pattern alone...lol. I love this pattern.

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    1. Are you charging for them? If so, how much? I have a couple friends offering to pay for them but I'm not sure how much to charge. Thanks!

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  26. Thanks for a great tutorial! I used it when I made this bag yesterday! I got red/cream striped canvas from Hancock Fabrics and added a red waterproof lining for when we go to the beach. The bottom of my bag doesn't look nearly as good as yours! haha! I can't wait to use my awesome beach bag! I've already got people asking me to make them one! Thanks again!

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  27. I just made this and it turned out wonderfully! Thank you for the detailed tutorial. It was very clear and helpful!

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  28. I made one of these and use it to when we go swimming at friend's houses or head to the beach. It was also a great size for a diaper bag. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Jenny
    http://seaminglysmitten.com/
    www.seaminglysmitten.blogspot.com

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  29. I like your bag, your tutorial is great, and I love all your other stuff too! I make bags--a lot of them. I'm addicted to finding fabric at the thrift store and making great bags. Have you ever considered lining the bag? It's super easy to do. Just make another "bag" from lining material (leaving about 7 inches along one seam open), sew the straps on the right sides of the opening of the bag, and sew the lining on, right sides together. Then flip the whole thing around, close up the lining, and top stitch along the opening of the bag. It makes is very finished looking and no loose threads coming off. It really only takes a couple of extra minutes. Oh, and you can put a pocket on the inside too, the same way you did the other one. HOpe this helps!

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  30. I came across this tutorial in a google search for a beach bag, as I had some cool blue and white striped canvas material and this one was just perfect! I am a novice sewer and your instructions and photos were so helpful and easy to follow. My bag came out beautifully and it was a quick project. Thank you!

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  31. I used your tutorial the other day to make one of these bags. I added a lining and some pockets, and posted it on my project journal blog, with a link to your tutorial. Thanks for a great tutorial. I love this bag!

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  32. Excited to sew this today, every piece is cut and ready to sew, if it comes out good (meaning I sew straight lines lol) I will make one as a gift to guests that will be visiting for spring break. Thank you for this tutorial!

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  33. I just made this. Love it. I didn't make it out of canvas I just made it out of regular quilting material. Obviously not as strong as canvas so it doesn't keep its shape. But I like the flimsiness of it. Love that it's big and I can see everything inside of it. Can't wait to take it to the pool this summer. It's so big I know all my friends will ask to put there stuff in my bag *eye roll*.

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  34. This is such a simple tutorial ! I'm excited to grab my materials and try it out!! super cute idea !! maybe make one for my mum as well :D

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  35. what is the finished size of this bag?

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  36. Awesome!! It's a nice information about the easy Canvas Bag.Thanks …. I’m hoping there will be more posts.Great information.You really did a great job on posting.

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  37. So cute, can double as a diaper bag...must make. Thanks!
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  38. Am I the only one who had trouble with sewing the bottom on? The instructions are lacking, and I feel like maybe they assume I know how to do this? Any further clarification, or pictures, would help.

    THanks!

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