How to Make a Reversible Beach Bag

I had a wonderful opportunity to get customized fabric from a fellow blogger who was starting a new business, Northern Whimsy.  There were SO many choices it was difficult to pick one, but with my brother getting engaged, a fabric for a beach bag for the bride-to-be with her new last name in her favor color was the perfect gift and great way to show off the customized fabric!

Items Needed to Make a Reversible Beach Bag:

Items Needed to Make a Reversible Bag

Items Needed to Make a Reversible Bag

  • 2 pieces of fabric 18″h x 17″w (inside pattern)
  • 2 pieces of fabric 18″h x 17″w (outside pattern)
  • 1 piece of fabric 44″h x 4″w (either outside or inside pattern)
  • thread to match
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins / Pencil
  • Iron

This will make a bag 14″ x 13″ x 3.5″ but you can make the bag any size.  Use quilting fabric or stronger to make a durable bag. If you do use stronger fabric, will want to use a jean needle for your sewing machine to handle the thicker fabric.

For the 44″h fabric, you could also use two pieces of 22″ fabric for the straps if you don’t have fabric that long.  I used almost the entire yard of fabric to make this bag so the fabric for the straps had to be from both the inside and outside pattern. (The yard was divided into two patterns.)

I missed measured and cut the fabric too short so I will have to improvise…but the directions will be correct.  Ahh, we learn as we go!

OberBargain Tip:  Measure twice, cut once! Besides that, use coupons to buy the fabric so you can make this bag inexpensively.

 

Directions:

1. Make sure the fabric is washed and ironed as it will be easier to cut and sew.  Cut the fabric into the proper dimensions.Fold the Fabric

2. Iron the 44″ fabric in half so it is 2″ wide instead of 4″. Unfold fabric and fold half of the fabric into the crease on each side so there is an inch of fabric on each side of the crease.  Fold the two sides together so it makes one long 1″ handle. Iron together and then sew both sides leaving 1/4″ from the edge.

1" Wide Handle for Bag

1″ Wide Handle for Bag

3. Place the matching fabrics back to back for both the inside and outside pattern so the matching patterned side of each is facing each other.

4. Pin the sides and bottom together to allow for a 1/2 inch seam for the back-to-back fabric used as the inside pattern.  Leave the top open.  Repeat for the outside pattern.

5. Set up the sewing machine making sure to thread the machine and put in the bobbin.  Select the straight stitch.  (When I sewed for the first time, I found this site helpful.)  Sew the fabric for the handle on both sides leaving 1/4″ to 1/8″ from the edge.

6. Sew the sides and bottom leaving 1/4″ from the edge for both the inside and outside pattern.

Measure 2 inches

Measure 2 inches

7.  For both the inside and outside pattern, pinch the corners together to create a flat bottom to the bag and measure 2 inches from the corner. Pin or pencil a line across and sew each pattern.

Sewed Corner

Sewed Corner

8. For both the inside and outside pattern, fold back the top of the bag 1/2 inch and pin all the way around. (I decided to make an additional step that is not needed and sew each.) Place the inside fabric of the bag into the outside fabric.

Inside and Outside of Bags Sewn

Inside and Outside of Bags Sewn

9. Place the straps in between the inside and outside patterns on both sides of the bag, making sure to have 2 or 3 inches from the edge. Pin. Be also sure to leave 2 or 3 inches to remain open and not sewn to turn the bag inside out. Sew top of bag 1/4 inch from the edge.

Top of bag pinned

Top of bag pinned

10. Turn bag inside out by way of the opening and stitch around the top of the bag. Done!

Finished Reversible Bag

Finished Reversible Bag

 

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