Charming Drawstring Beach Bag

"What am I going to use to take my flip flops and bikini to the beach? I need to look stylish, but be know how that sand gets in everything. I know, I will whip up a fast beach bag with that adorable Charm pack I have been saving....all the girls will be so jealous!"

~~1- 40 count Charm Pack
~~1-package Extra wide- double fold bias tape

1. Lay out all your charm squares and arrange them to your liking.
2. Sew- 4 squares across and 5 squares down. Make 2 of these.

~~ TWO~
3. From the top, measure down 1" from the top of the 2nd square. Put a pin on the mark, and on the seam. This will be a 1" hole for the drawstring. Mark all 4 of the long sides.

4. Sew down the length of the 5 squares starting at the top, leaving open the inch you marked. Be sure to back stitch before and after the 1" hole. Sew around the 2 sides and bottom of the bag, leaving the top along the 4 squares open. Make sure you leave open the 1" hole on the second side of the bag as you sew.
5. Press open the side seams to just past the hole.6. Stitch around the entire hole. Do both sides of the bag.
7. Press the top of the bag down 1/3" along the top.
8. Fold down the top 2- 1/2" sew around the entire bag. Sew on the edge of the 2-1/2" seam.

9. Sew around the entire bag again, 5/8" from the top. This will make the casing for the drawstring.

10. Turn the bag inside out. Pull bottom corners to a point, mark 2-1/2" from the point.
11. Mark with a pen or pencil, and sew along the line. This makes a box pleat in the bottom of the bag so your things are easier to find.
12. Cut the corner off, leaving a 1/4" seam.
"I just love that this bag has a drawstring, so easy to open and close. So easy to get to my sun tan lotion....sunscreen you say? Not me, I want to be TAN!"

Cut 2-44" lengths of bias tape.
This is what the double bias tape looks like when you open up the folds.
Now close it and sew along the open edge.
Like this.
Using a large safety pin, thread the bias tape through the casing going around the entire bag.
Coming out the same hole you went into.

Pull the bias tape until the ends match up.
Tie the ends together in a knot, like you would a balloon.
Using the safety pin, thread the 2nd bias tape through the other hole, coming out the same place you started. As you pull the bias tape strings, it is actually pulling itself because they each went all the way around the bag.
"Okay, girls, let's go! Gota love this bag!!!"
One very fast, stylish beach bag....or gym bag, just right for your gym shoes.
Aprox. 17" x 17"
WASH in warm water. DRY in dryer.


jaybird said...

super cute sheri!... and easy... i have a charm pack of nest but its reserved for a project... so now i gotta figure out what charm pack to use... hmm...

madrekarin said...

Very cute bag and very cute model. :)

princessteach said...

Very cute. I'm camping at the beach, right now, for 2 weeks. Yesterday, I thought I needed to make a bag to hold my flip flops when I was walking on the beach since holding them gets in the way of shell collecting. I even have material left over from the quilt I made yesterday here. I know what I am making today. Thanks.

Stacey said...

that is awesome!! it would be great for some books too!! we do not travel to the beach here, but the kids could use this for books, action figures, etc. thanks a bunch!!!

lissa said...

What cute project, an adorable model and I want her bike.

Dandelion Quilts said...

What a cute and easy bag...I love it.

Melissa Viljoen said...

Do you sell these?

sewmeow said...

Thanks for the simple, but adorable idea. I'm going to make some for sure!

V and Co. said...

ah i want her bike! and now i want to go to the beach but i'm stuck in is the life of a former san diegian...cute bag!

rachel griffith said...

cute model.
cute bike.
cute bag.

Mona said...

This is what I need to do!

Cute everything!

Amanda said...

This would be perfect for when I go to beach in Florida in a couple of weeks! Thanks!!!

Your model is adorable.

jen duncan said...

That's a great bag Sheri and I LOVE the photo shoot!!!

Rose said...

Very cute, love the photo captions, and the Nest material :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cute Sheri!

Sara said...

Great idea!

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luvinthemommyhood said...

Love this bag! So great!

Suzanne said...

nice little bag, beautiful model...

Trish said...

I can't wait to use one of my recently purchased charm packs for a bag like this. Looks Great!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

What a cute bag and that little gal is adorable!!!!

upstateLisa said...

great bag! even greater model! :-)

fabricaddict13 said...

Great bag!! Do you have a printer friendly tab???

fabricaddict13 said...

Great bag for many things, just need to pick out a charm pack to use. Think I will make one to use to take to the state fair. Could you add a printer friendly tab??? Thanks!!

sweetnightmare said...

Hi! I just happened to suddenly find myself on your blog and I LOVE it! You are so talented, everything you make is beautiful!! I've been thinking lately to make a quilt for the first time and after seeing everything here I'm excited!! you've inspired me :D

Perrine said...

I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to my list of how to as explained in my french post (
Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
Thank you,

Marcy Fearey said...

I made this today and it's a great idea, but I think there is a mistake in step 3. I think you mean for us to measure 1 inch UP from the top of the 2nd square. We went down as you said and would have had to fold down 5 inches and lose that whole top row of fabrics. So we redid the hole. Your picture also looks like you went up instead of down - but we were reading more than looking!