Sunday, October 2, 2011

A beach tote in October

My sister asked me to make her a beach tote and of course I told her I would. Sadly, the timing was bad and I got hit with morning sickness shortly after getting the fabric. As a result, she's getting a beach tote in October! Whoops!

When I was trying to find a large enough bag, I came across this tutorial at Creation Corner. I asked my sister to pick out the fabric she likes and this is the resulting bag. She chose Amy Butler Midwest Modern for the fabrics and asked for yellow accents. I chose a yellow I had in my stash.


This is a huge bag, that front panel is 20"x18". I tried to put a beach blanket in it to show scale and it swallowed it up! It's going to be perfect for my sister to drag with her toddler to the beach.


This side has 3 large pockets on the outside.


I took this photo for a few reasons. First off, you can see the lining fabric. And the detail on the yellow fabric. It's not a solid.


The other thing is that this is where I veered from the tutorial. I had used a cotton weight fabric so I lined it with interfacing for a little more strength. That meant the bag needed to be lined also and the original was not lined. So I decided to sew the handles in-between the lining and the front fabric.


Overall, I'm happy with how the bag came out and I would definitely recommend the tutorial! I'll be linking up to Sew Modern Monday this week.
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations


12 comments:

**nicke... said...

very cute bag. i love that yellow!

Jackie said...

Very cute bag...and perfect for the beach. I love those "Mary Poppin" type bags that hold everything.

Kenna said...

Darling bag!!! I love and have made several huge bags (my fave being about 20x28) and have just one suggestion. I can't tell if you topstitched around the top of the bag or not...but I highly recommend it. It adds a lil extra stability to the handles and the side seams....both of which I've managed to split on bags w/o the extra stitches. Hope that helps!!

Deb said...

What a beautiful bag! I think I've just added another thing to my 'to make' list :o)

Katy Cameron said...

Cute tote, and hey, the one reliable thing is that summer will roll around every year, and you'll always need a tote to hit the beach :oD

felicity said...

I love a huge bag for the beach or pool - this is going to be well-loved come next summer!

Toni said...

Great bag! And when you're hauling toddlers to the beach you definitely need a big bag! I love that yellow fabric. So glad you showed the close-up!

noga quilts said...

Lovely bag! You did a great job, nad the fabrics are fabulous!

Jacey said...

It looks like a great, roomy tote for your sister! I bet she can find other uses for it before the beach next year.

Marci Girl said...

Beautiful, and I am sure your sister loves it!

Kristy said...

It would be a perfect time of year for summer Down Under

AnneMarie said...

I'm SO with ya. All my projects are running one trimester behind!

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