Beach Bag

I saw this tutorial the other day and knew I had to make this bag.  Turns out, it is SUPER simple to make and very roomy.  I took it with me to the splash pad the other day and it held 3 towels, sunscreen, a book, my camera, my phone, my wristlet and my keys.  Not too shabby.  All you need are two place mats (Target has some Great options) and three yards of cotton twill ribbon (lots of different colors at Joanns).  I followed the tutorial instructions for the 2nd bag by sewing the two place mats together at the bottom, then sewing my ribbon ends together.  Next I sewed the ribbon onto the place mats and finally, sewed the edges of the placemats together.

I really like how it turned out and I think I might go back to get some "fancier" place mats and make another version of this bag.  We made this bag at my sewing group and here are all of the variations that were made. 

I love using household items in unusual ways.  Do you like shopping at Target for craft/sewing supplies?


  1. Very clever! I like your beach bags--Kohls may be another play to find placemats.

    1. thanks! Kohls is a great tip. I think a couple of the girls even found good deals at Marshalls and TJMaxx.


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