Hitting the Beach in Style

It’s official everyone. I’m declaring myself a bag maker. Here’s why:

Beach Bag

Isn’t it fantastic??

In less than two weeks, I’ll be heading to the beach for a week of fun/sun/sand/laughter with my best friend, my mom, and my sweet sister-in-law. We are excited to have a girls only trip, and are in a frenzy of vacation prep.

Beach Bag

When I think of spending a day at the pool/beach, I think of a cute bag to carry all the essentials. I found a pattern by Amy of Nana Company called the Riverside Tote and it is the perfect sized beach bag.

Handmade Tag

All the fabrics came from my stash. The only thing I bought were the cotton handles, and that cute ‘Handmade’ leather tag. I love shopping in my fabric cabinet! It was fun to pull fabrics that work so well together.

Beach Bag Lining

I started with this fun floral print, and built the bag around it. I adore the way it turned out. You can see the magnetic snap in the picture above. The pattern doesn’t call for a snap, but I wanted to be able to have the bag close and not be totally open when I’m carrying it on my shoulder.

Beach bag tote

Let me say, this bag is big. It has plenty of room to hold multiple towels, sunscreen, books, water, and whatever else you want to carry with you. It hangs perfectly on the shoulder without feeling like I’m carrying a backpack.

The tabs covering the handle ends are made from cork fabric I bought in Paducah earlier this year. This stuff is pretty cool, and I bought four colors of it.  I’ve been looking for a project to use the cork with and this was the perfect one.  I love how those cork tabs give so much personality to the bag.

Cork Fabric Tabs

Speaking of personality, just look at that binding! I’m in love! It’s a Basic Grey print that has been hanging out in my sewing room for about a year and it looks so great here. My Mom says it looks like a big zipper. 🙂

If you need a tote for a day at the beach, pool, playground or park this is a wonderful bag to make. I really enjoyed working on it and have had some fun showing it off to the girls. Okay, enough of me going on about my bag. Time for me to hop off here and get to work. I have one more customer quilt to finish and a store sample to add borders to before I leave and I’m counting down the days!

Linking to Finished or Not Friday.



About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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15 Responses to Hitting the Beach in Style

  1. dezertsuz says:

    That is a FABULOUS bag! Yes, you are a bagmaker. Have a wonderful time with your family of girls – sounds like the perfect outing for that bag.

  2. Alycia C says:

    What a great bag!

  3. This bag is great Beth! I have this pattern on my to-do list.

  4. Fantastic job, your fabric choices make it look designer made! And it is!!

  5. Great tote! I’ve been wondering about that cork fabric! What about those rivets? Nice!

  6. The vacation sounds like it is going to be amazing, Beth. Enjoy your preparation and girl time, and I know that bag is going to be really handy and perfect to use. It turned out beautifully!

  7. That’s one great tote and it will be so much fun on your trip with the girls! It really is just a beauty and every one of these makes me think I need one, but I have too many bags, so we’ll let the bag envy subside for now.

  8. Kate says:

    Stylish, pretty and practical. You hit all the right notes with your new bag. Have fun with the girls.

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    You are indeed a bag maker. They are not hard to do, just different than all the quilting we do. It’s fun to do something different once in a while;)

  10. Cindy says:

    I love your bag! It looks perfect for a beach holiday. Have fun!

  11. I love your bag and the extra touches you added makes it even more special. Enjoy your vacation.

  12. kaholly says:

    Beth, your bag is magnificent! It sits up so proud and tall! Curious to know what you used as a filler. Have a funderful time at the beach!

  13. Danice says:

    The bag is roomy and stylish- love it 🙂

  14. A perfect beach bag! Enjoy your girls getaway ☀️

  15. Liz W. says:

    It’s beautiful! I agree the binding looks like a zipper. I’ve been sort of into bagmaking too lately … at least, more than I used to be, but it is still very scary to me! This bag just screams beach, with that almost straw-bag like exterior. Have fun on your vacation!

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