Big Beautiful Beach Bag

Big Beautiful Beach Bag

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And let’s make a very big beach bag and what’s really great Is there’s a free pattern online and it is from Blank Fabrics. The fabric is also from Blank Fabrics but you could use this pattern with any fabric at all. It just happens to look really cute with the fabric that they’ve chosen. So let’s go through the materials that we’re going to need. So the first thing we’re going to need is this pattern I’ll put a link in the description for you. Of course some thread, and some grommets. Now if you cannot find these in the notions department, go look in the drapery department because the drapery has the bigger grommets. The fabric. And the fabric is adorable. It has all of this summer theme to it which will be very very cute. And instead of doing a handle with fabric I want to do a rope handle. And if you’re going to use rope, make sure that the rope will fit inside the grommets and after you tie the knot the rope is not going to come out of the grommets. The next thing is some fusible fleece. Now Pellon makes a nice fusible fleece, and it is a nice weight and it’s polyester so it’s going to hold up in the wash, and it fuses on which makes it a lot easier to use. So the first thing we need to do is make the inside of the bag and it should be 19½” by 23½”. In the directions there are no pockets, and I’m going to show you how to add some pockets if you choose to. And take any size that you want and match up the sizes. So this is going to be one very big pocket and it’s 12″ by 13″. So put your two pieces together, sew all the way around leaving an opening at the bottom. And turn it right side out and press it. The other pocket is going to be on the other side and it’s going to be a long and thin pocket. Again, just take your two pieces of the same size, put them right sides together and sew all the way around a quarter-inch, leaving a little opening to turn the right-side out. So after you’ve sewn this all together, clip off your corners. It’s important that you clip off the corners because that way when you turn it right-side out you’re going to be able to get a nice square corner. So trim all four corners from both pockets, turn it right-side out and press it. Now that it’s been pressed you don’t have to worry about the bottom seam because you’re going to stitch that in later. But what you need to do is do a row of stitching. You can do one or two rows of stitching along the top and that’s just going to keep the layers together so that they don’t come apart like this in the pocket. Now for the placement of these pockets on the inside, you need to take a couple of things into consideration. The bottom is going to have a little flat bottom, so the pocket must come up at least 4″. And the top is going to have a grommet in it. So you have to make sure that the pocket goes below the grommet mark. So find the center of the bag and place the pocket in so that you know you’re not going to stitch it through the grommet and you’re not going to stitch it through the bottom. When the pocket is in place, then you need to stitch around the three sides. If you have a long pocket you can sew two lines or one line so that you’ll make the one pocket into smaller pockets. Pockets are done. After the pockets have been sewn on I would recommend to take a piece of fusible interfacing and take about 4″ and iron a 4″ strip along the top of both the bag inings. This bag is going to be a very big bag. It’s going to hold a lot of things which is going to make it heavy. You’ll just give it a little bit extra security. The next thing we’re going to do is we’re going to mark the grommet placement. We’re not doing the grommets now, we’re just going to mark the placement because it’s a lot easier to mark it when the fabric is flat. So find the center of the bag and go over 5″ from your center mark. So you have 10″ apart. Now mark down 1″ and the grommets are going to go in the area 1″ down. That 1″ is the area that you’re going to sew, so the grommet is going to go 1″ below. Here’s your 1″ mark and your grommet is going to go here because you need room to be able to sew. So from here what you do is you take the smallest part of the grommet and draw the circle. And there is your marking. So you need two for the front and you need to for the back. And then just leave them alone because you’ll work with these after. Place the right sides together. Now we’re going to mark the bottom. At the bottom we need to mark a 3″ square. So you need to go up 3″ and across 3″. And if you have a ruler that can give you a 3″ square that’s what you need to mark in both corners. Now you only need to do the 3″ squares on one side because this is going to be a cutting line. Now with both the sides together you’re going to back- stitch, sew all the way to that drawn line, and backstitch again. For the bottom you’re going to start and you’re going to go over a couple of inches, backstitch, start at the square again, backstitch, go over a couple inches because you are going to need this to turn out when the bag is finished. So you need to leave a good amount of space here because if not, you’re going to try to turn that whole bag into a small space, it’s not going to work. So definitely leave a good amount of space. Now I’m going to cut out that 3″ square. And do it on both sides. This is going to give us a box corner. You want to sew those two seams together and by doing that, open up the bag until the bottom seam and the side seam match up. Now you’re going to be able to sew along this edge which is your 3″ square and sew it at a quarter inch. And do it to both sides. With that seam sewn it makes a nice square bottom to your bag. For the front of the bag I’ve chosen two different fabrics. I have the lovely striped fabric and I also have the black fabric. It’s 6½” by 23½”. This is 13½” by 23½”. Match up the seams and sew the seams together. And that is going to make one big piece of fabric After you’ve pressed it, it needs to be pressed onto the fusible fleece. The fusible fleece has two sides. One is a very soft side; the other side feels like little bumps on it. The little bumps are glue. You need to take the glue side and iron it onto the top so that the two pieces become one. And do that to both pieces. The fusible Fleece is going to be 19½” by 23½” because this is what this works out to be. Now at this point if you want you can actually take this and quilt it. And just as before we need to sew the right sides together. We need to mark in each of the corners our 3″ square. We’re going to backstitch, stitch all the way to our mark of our three inch square and we’re going to stop there because we want to put some side pockets on and it will be easier to put the side pockets on without the bottom sewn. Cut off the 3″ square. Take it to the iron and iron the seam down the center flat and open. Along the side of the bag we are going to add some pockets. The directions tell you to take a piece of fabric 5½” by 18½”, fold it in half right sides together, and then you’re going to sew it just like you did the inside pockets, so in the two sides turning it right-side out and pressing it. But I’m going to show you another way to do a pocket. I want to have a pocket that’s going to fit a bottle of pop or a bottle of water on the side. So I’m going to want a bigger pocket. So start with a 6″ by 24″. Fold it together right sides and then stitch down both sides. And you do not need to do any stitching here. And turn it right-side out and press it flat. So for the pocket that they recommended like we did on the inside, you’re going to take this pocket and place it on the side and stitch down three sides. And that way you will have the pocket. And this is the one that did not have any stitching here. This will fit right into the bottom of that 3″ square that you cut out. So now you’re able to again sew, stitch down, and sew back. However, this will be caught into the bottom of the bag so this pocket will be right to the bottom of the bag. So we have the large pocket and we have the smaller pocket, both on the side seams. Now we can turn the bag back to the wrong side and matching up the side seams [and] your squares, you need to stitch at the bottom of the bag. And you don’t need to leave an opening here. And then just as before, fold those to meet and stitch along these edges. Now we can turn the bag right-side out. So we have the outer bag and the lining. We need to put the two of them together and they need to match right sides. So put the two bags together and line up the side seams. Stitch the top together all the way around. Now through that bottom opening you’re able to take the bag out. So there’s the lining and the big opening in the lining. So just fold these seams inside and close that up. Push the lining into the bag, matching up that top seam where the outside of the bag and the inside of the bag match. And then topstitch a quarter inch all the way around. Now the way to do the grommet is you need to cut out the hole so that the grommet can go around. But because there’s a couple of layers here, I would recommend that you take and do a line of stitching around that circle that you drew. And it doesn’t have to be too too fussy because the sewing is going to be covered by the grommet. Now you do not want to sew in the area that’s going to be cut out, and you need to cut that hole out. Now grommets come in two parts. They snap together. The larger one is the ring that goes on the outside. Now you’re able to snap that on. Put your rope through the grommet and tie your knot. What a great bag. It’s nice and big, it has a nice flat bottom because of that 3″ square that we cut out, and it is washable. This would make up nice in many different fabrics. It would really be nice also in a diaper bag especially if you put the big pockets on the side for baby bottles. I’ll put a link in the description to the fabric from Blank called Beach Party and to the pattern so you’re able to follow along. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

100 thoughts on “Big Beautiful Beach Bag

  1. Love this pattern. This is perfect, I have been going thru the channels looking for a huge beach bag tutorial.
    Thanks for such a great pattern WITH lots of pockets, a bonus.
    I finished the 4 block loose pin wheels, also a long arm oven mitt an apron and a small tote to put it all in for my
    Granddaughters shower gift this weekend. I will take a picture and send it to you in a few days. Many thanks!!

  2. Wow, you are so good at teaching. I make my bags with all your tips and tricks. Thank you for your patience.

  3. Oh I do love a nice bag.  I always enjoy your very clear instructions.  This fabric is darling.  Thank you.

  4. Hi Laura I'll echo everyone else's comments here and ask a question. When and if I ever get the news that I will be a grandparent I know my daughter would love a bag like this to carry everything around. I love the idea of the taller outside pocket. Do you think it would be too bulky particularly in the box seam to add in Insul-Bright? Or perhaps cut the Insul-Bright a little shorter? Thank you as always for your clear instructions.

  5. Hi Laura!!!  I Love this bag.  Thanks for another fabulous video!  Perfect size bag , maybe to store stuff, Yarn, fabric.  Oh the possibilities!…

  6. Great bag Laura & really beautiful fabric, actually that fabric makes you want to go to the beach, oh well, that would keep me away from my sewing lol  !!

  7. Hi I am having trouble finding the rope, can you tell me where you found it? All I can find looks like torch wick not pretty at all. Thanks so much I have made 3 but I need rope for handles.:)

  8. Love the bag but unable to download the pattern from website. In fact unable to download any of the patterns. I have a few months to make it as it's winter in New Zelaand

  9. A great bag for traveling, I am just wondering about maybe zipper, I am always dropping my bags and ever thing falls out, my reason for zippers.

  10. Hi, Laura, Thank you for your video, and yours pattern in the above link. I love every your videos. Thank you.

  11. I subscribed, this is amazing! your so interesting and get to the point. I love your styles and am inspired to sew more. thankyou so much. 💓💓

  12. Could you use some interfacing for the pockets?  Love the fabric and the pattern.  Thanks for the tutorial.

  13. This would make a fantastic knitting bag. Pockets for your pattern and accessories like darning needles, stitch markers, measuring tape, etc. Nice long handles to sling the bag over your shoulder freeing up your hands. I love it.

  14. I love this video, well explained , beautiful fabrics and such a lovely idea. Thank you, this will be my next project.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial, very easy to follow. I know someone who would love a bag like this, hope it turns out as well as yours.

  16. hi your video is awesome. like it very much ,,,, would you please teach us more variety of bags using different fabrics.. example velvet more soft and handy

  17. Thanks for your detailed instructions – the pattern doesn't seem to be available. I love this big bag, it is great. Excellent tutorial as always.

  18. It is beautiful! I'd like to make these a bit smaller and use them as bags to bring to the grocery store! There are lots of ideas going through my head…..I can use painter's dropcloth and embroider something nice on the front and the back. I've got some sisters that would love this…..and of course, so will I. Your video tutorials are so easy to follow, very instructive. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. BTW, the red and white Quilt, behind you, is gorgeous!

  19. Woke up to several centimetres of snow on the ground this morning. Watching this tutorial turned my gray sky to blue. Thanks, beautiful lady! You are the best!!!!

  20. Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I was wondering if you could help me? I used my beach bag and two of the grommets came loose. Do you have any thoughts as to how to keep them in place? Thanks! Hollie

  21. awesome tutorial!! It was perfect for me in that there was no annoying background music and you have very understandable diction. Followed along and made one of these today and loved the "soda/water bottle" pocket! I wanted a large lined. square bottom beach bag with lots of pockets and this was perfect. Wish I could keep it, but alas it's for my daughter's birthday gift, lol

  22. I LOVE THIS TUTORIAL!! This is the bag im making… with the fabric envelope!! Is awesome!! Thank you for your knowledge and for making all this great videos!!

  23. Awesome. Thanks Laura for your really easy-to-follow and understand instructions…
    Your SewVeryEasy site name really fits the way you give your step by step, clear, and orderly manner sewing instructions to create an excellent project every single time.

    Thanks again and looking forward to more projects with you.

  24. I made this bag and just love it! I used oil cloth for the bottom and insulated the side pockets to keep my water bottles cool🤗

  25. I decided that I wanted to make my sister a large beach bag and saw your bag. I downloaded the pattern, have the fabric and I'm ready to start sewing! Thank you for the great pattern and tutorial.

  26. i found if you sew a line of stitching for grommet, also squeeze a thin line of super glue over the stitching and grommet will never tear out of fabric. did this on my daughters jeans where grommet button was tearing out and it worked beautifully and on a backpack grommet repair too!

  27. Let me start by saying, I just love you and all your tutorials! I have made several of your projects! You are an excellent teacher! I'm fairly new to sewing and have learned soooo much from you, thank you for all you do!! I do have a question though, I am in the middle of making this bag now and I'm am all the way to the part where you sew the 2 side pockets on the outside of the bag and I am having a hard time?? Its almost like I did something wrong, but I followed step by step and it looks the exact same! Is it just me or is it a little difficult to sew the side pockets on because of the extra bulk and with the bag partialy together, to not accidently sew through to the other side?? If you have any tips or tricks please let me know??!! Thank you again for all you do!!

  28. This looks completely awesome, and doable for even a novice (me). I was wondering, how much would you estimate a project like this would cost? Thank you!

  29. Could you please leave a link to the pattern for the large beach bag pattern? I do not see it below as you explained it would be. Thank you very much.

  30. Hi Laura, is this a canvas type material? Will quilting cotton be sturdy enough with the fusible fleece?

  31. Thank you Laura for yet another fantastic tutorial. I just ordered some fabric from a Etsy seller, and I'm going to make this bag. You are a inspiration to me and I've learned so much from you. Thank you!

  32. I think it would be clearer if you used solid colors or patterns that weren't so similar. As a beginner I couldn't really tell what you were doing since the patterns are so busy.

  33. This link works for the bag pattern:

  34. This link will take you to the pattern:

  35. Good morning – love the bag! – I see the pattern is no longer available. Is there perhaps a spot where we can buy the pattern?

  36. gorgeous fabric! always love to watch your videos cause they are truly clear and easy to follow, hence SewVeryEasy the perfect site to be inspired. love it and thank you so much Laura.

  37. The pattern for the xl beach bag is no longer on the Blank Quilting site. Do you have it or know where I can get or purchase the pattern?

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