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Summer Beach Tote Sewing Pattern

Pool time or beach time makes summer so much more inviting.  Especially mid-summer when our temperatures hit in the 100s.  Water makes life more bearable.
That is why learning how to make a beach bag and having a custom bag to bring all those toys, snacks, towels and shoes to the beach is essential.
Learn how to make a beach bag with this free sewing tutorial and printable pattern.
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It is so useful for so many things.  It makes a great beach or pool tote bag for the summer.  But it has so many uses. 

This summer beach tote pattern has loads of pockets and is easy to carry around anywhere.  However, this bag can be used for so much more as well!



beach bag sewing pattern

You can use it to organize your craft supplies!  This is one of my tote bags in my sewing room.  It holds pens and pencils, dyes, rulers, pliers, etc.  It is great because I can move it from one place to another really easily.


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Second, you can use this tote bag for all your cleaning supplies.  You could grab some coated cotton or oilcloth and make a bag that is easy to clean and great for toting around your house.


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I use mine as the diaper bag for our baby!  The outside pockets are the perfect size for diapers, wipes, toys and even bottles.  The big inner pocket can hold a blanket, toys, clothes, anything you can think of to fill it with.



summer beach tote diy

Lastly, use it to organize all those baby things.  Use it to organize your baby's "fancy creams and lotions".


how to make a beach bag


Whether you need a new beach bag or just a great organizing bag, this is the sewing tutorial for you.






Want the entire Beachy Summer Tote Pattern and full step by step photo tutorial and none of the hassle?  Grab it for $3.75 in our Etsy Shop. No need to access the internet each time you want to make your own.
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beach bag pattern

How to Make a Beach Bag


Materials Needed

  • 1 ½ yards main fabric: denim, bottom weights, seeksucker, cottons and cotton blends
  • ½ yard lining fabric
  • 1 yard interfacing of Medium to heavy weight interfacing
  • Thread





beach bag pattern
Step 1
Place the two pocket pieces right sides together and sew down the longest side. Press with iron. 

Turn and fold with wrong sides together. Press.  Topstitch down the long folded edge to keep pieces together.
 


 


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Step 2
Take the pocket piece and the main tote bag pattern piece.
Place the edge of the pocket to the edge of the main tote bag pattern piece and pin. 





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Step 3
Create a pleat about 1 inch from the edge of the fabric.  Pin the pleat down.






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Step 3
Take a tape measure and measure 6 inches from the pleat. Create another pleat going the opposite direction. 







how to make a beach bag

how to make a beach bag

Step 4
Pin this pleat down. Pull the pocket fabric in again to create a pleat going the opposite direction. The two pleats should be facing each other. Continue measuring 6 inches and repeat your pleats. This should create 5 pockets. 



how to make a beach bag
At the end of the fabric, pin the raw edges of the pocket to the raw edges of the main tote fabric, then create a pleat similar to the pleat at the beginning of the pocket.
 





 
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Step 5
Sew the raw edge of the fabric at ¼ inch. Sew over each of the pleats to keep them in place . In between each of your facing pleats you will sew to create separate pockets. Begin at the top of the pocket fabric.





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Step 6
Sew down the middle of the two facing pleats. Cut threads and repeat this step with each pleat.
 
 


beach bag sewing pattern

beach bag sewing pattern
Step 7
Fold strap in half lengthwise with right sides together. Sew down the long edge at ¼” . Press stitching. Turn strap right side out . Press strap with seam on one side.
 
 


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Step 8
Take the tote bag and fold it in half with side seams together and pin. Sew down the side seam. 





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Step 9
Pin one of the round bottom pieces to the raw edge of the pocket side of the tote. Sew the round bottom to the tote bag at about  3/8”. Sew on the outside of the original pocket stitch . 







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Repeat this entire step for the lining, HOWEVER, when sewing the side seams of the tote, leave a 3 inch gap. (This will be used to pull the tote right side out later.) There should now be two tote bags
 
 




how to make a beach bag
Step 10
Pin one side of the strap to the right side of the fabric tote with pockets. Pin the other side of the strap directly across from the first pin. Sew the strap to the tote.






 beach bag sewing pattern

beach bag sewing pattern
Step 11
Together. Place the tote and lining with right sides together and pin. Sew around the edge of the bag at 1/2 inch. Now find the opening in the lining and pull the tote right side out.
 



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Step 12
Close the opening in the lining by stitching it closed. Push the lining inside the tote bag and press the top edge of the bag. Carefully topstitch around the top edge of the tote bag to keep the lining from pulling out of the tote.



how to make a beach bag



Want the free Beachy Summer Tote Sewing Pattern?  Simply click the button below.



Want the entire Beachy Summer Tote Pattern and full step by step photo tutorial and none of the hassle?  Grab it for $3.75 in our Etsy Shop. No need to access the internet each time you want to make your own.






Learn how to make a beach bag with this free sewing tutorial and printable pattern.

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