I had some fabric in my stash that I knew I wanted to use and I wanted the bag to be large enough to hold four towels and our beach blanket. I wanted to add some pockets to the outside for easy access to the sunscreen, swimmies and for any shells or rocks the kids decided they had to keep! Plus, I wanted a bag that I could throw into the wash along with the towels. I stacked my towels and blanket, measured the pile to get the dimensions for my bag and did a quick little sketch of how I wanted the bag to look. Then went to bed trying to figure out how the heck I was going to sew it together! The next morning I woke up, got the kids breakfast, made myself a cup of coffee and settled down to catch up on the blogs I follow still baffled as to how I was going to sew my bag together. It was as if the sewing gods were answering my prayers because there in my feed was a post from Steph at girl. Inspired saying she was guest posting at i heart naptime with an over sized beach bag tutorial! Sah-weeet! The beach bag was even bigger than the one I had drawn which was great and she had easy to follow instructions on how to put the bag together. I made a few changes to the design so it matched the bag I had originally sketched. Instead of the interior zip pocket that Steph added, I added the two exterior pockets from my sketch to either side of the bag. I also constructed the straps differently than she did. Instead of the straps being sandwiched between the exterior and interior pieces, I added the straps after the bag was constructed so that they were visible on the exterior of the bag. I did start out with the same dimensions that Steph had but I cut my pocket pieces the wrong size so I had to change the size of the bag. It was not a big deal though and my bag still holds a lot of stuff!
|two large pockets for storage|
|fits all our gear perfectly|
|all packed and ready to go!|
I am so glad that I found this tutorial! This bag is just what I needed for hauling all our gear to the lake or to my in-laws pool!
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p.s. it is already day two of KCW! head on over to see some awesome inspiration and guest posts. i better get a move on ;)