Colorful Beach Bag

Colorful Beach Bag

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

Additional Information

  • 54" wide home decor fabric:
  • 5/8 yd for body
  • 3/4 yd for lining and trim
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Sewing machine colorful beach bag
NOTE: Seam allowances 1/2".
  1. From main body fabric cut two 19"x21" rectangles.
  2. From lining and trim fabric cut:
  3. Two 19"x21" rectangles for lining
  4. Two 6"x21" rectangles for bottom
  5. Four 2-1/2"x17" strips for handles.
  6. Press under 1/2" on one long side of the bottom rectangles.
  7. Pin, right side up, onto the bottom edge of the main fabric rectangles. Topstitch pressed edge.
  8. Press 1/2" seam allowance on the 4 long edges of handle strips.
  9. Wrong sides together, pin the 2 handle strips. Topstitch each long edge. Repeat with the two remaining handle strips.
  10. With the handle facing downward, pin and stitch each end 6-1/2" from side edges.
  11. Right sides facing, pin front and back fabric rectangles together. Stitch bottom and side seams.
  12. Right sides facing, pin front and back lining rectangles together. Stitch side seams.
  13. Right sides facing, pin outside of bag to lining at top edge and stitch all around the top.
  14. Turn right side out, press and topstitch.
  15. Turn lining side out; stitch across bottom.
  16. To make squared corners fold out bottom corners, centering seams and stitch at the 6" point (3" on each side of seam).
  17. Turn right side out.
Colorful Beach Bag is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bag, confusing instructions I made this bag (and modified it a bit.. made the handles longer for my needs, and the bag slightly larger), and after carefully thinking through before doing each step, I was successful. diagram would be helpful, and some steps are not very well written. but if you walk through the steps before actually sew the bag, it makes sense. once created, it's a very useful bag, and I've been using it almost every day for years now.
Date published: 2013-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from bad instructions I just stumbled on the reviews for this project and was glad to see all the comments about the instructions! I made this bag last year and was so annoyed by the directions provided that I emailed CS about the problems with the lining. I never got a response. I was able to complete the project because I've been sewing many years and was able to improvise. I cut the lining and outside panels the same size--including the same size bottom panels for the lining and added a stiff insert to create a flat bottom. I also added pockets to the lining for glasses, cell phone, keys etc and velcro to keep it closed. I am very happy with my bag and use it all the time, but could understand why anyone would be confused and frustrated by this project!
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confused? I am making this tote and am having some same concerns as others. It wasn't real clear that the lining fabric in Step #12 should be sewn to the outer fabric bottom. That should have been said in there. Also, when I did sew it the lining fabric is seems too small and doesn't lay right. I completely do not understand how to make the corners. It's almost like the person who did these directions got tired at the end and didn't give much detail. Can you provide recommendations on how to fix?
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instruction clarification-liner is not short. When you are adding the bottom rectangle to the side panel, match up the raw edges, finished sides up. You are just adding a contrasting color and strengthening (two layers of fabric) for the bottom of the bag. The size of the side panel does not change - it remains the same as the original side panel cut and, therefore, the same size as the liner.
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's not as east as it looks.... Skill level #2 is incorrect. I've been sewing for years and couldn't get this bag correct. The directions are a bit too unclear. Especially, the bottom and lining of the bag. I would recomment this project, only if they redo the directions.
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 0 out of 5 by from Is this project good to go as is? Before I try to make this, as a beginner, are the current directions the ones I should follow? Other reviews indicated that directions had been changed. Are the ones that are showing currently the updated ones, or should I adjust them?
Date published: 2009-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I tested on scrap fabric first... I first sewed this project using shower curtain fabric. I'm glad I did, as I made plenty of mistakes. I admit I'm glad others were also confused by the instructions. Step 4: make sure to line up the bottom edge of the bottom rectangle with the bottom edge of the main fabric pieces. Then sew along the pressed-under edge. This wasn't clear to me. Also, when sewing the lining bottom, I pressed under 1/2 inch and top stiched the lining closed. It ended up working for me, and I'm happy with the results. I am happy I took the time to struggle with scrap fabric, first. I will be making more bags for my friends.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 0 out of 5 by from Are directions updated? After reading the reviews, I would love to make this bag although, if the directions are incorrect I would rather try another pattern. Please let us know if corrected!! Thanks
Date published: 2009-05-13
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