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.