Sewing instructions for a beach bag for a seaside holiday

That seaside holiday is drawing near and you’re still in need of a large bag for your towel and swimming costume – and for the children’s toys... It’s so easy to sew yourself a roomy beach bag that coordinates with your other beach accessories all on your own! There are no limits to your creativity! With the new sewing instructions from, we’ll show you how to make different kinds of beach bags.





•0.5 m robust cotton fabric, e.g. Flowerina (item no.: 16_6773_01)
•0.5 m matching cotton fabric for the lining, e.g. Tula Cotton medium
•3.5 m bag webbing
Sewing thread in matching colours
Fabric shears or rotary cutter, tailor’s chalk, measuring tape, pins


Cutting to size



Place the cotton fabric in the fold of the fabric on the table in front of you.
Then cut into the fold of fabric so that you have two rectangles in front of you. You can do this either with fabric shears or with a rotary cutter.


Marking with notches



Use small notches to identify the markings for the belt webbing shown in the diagram. To do this, fold the fabric such that you can cut into the markings on both sides in a single step (first position the fabric in the fold and then fold cross-wise once; the fabric fold is now the middle of the bag).


Sewing on the handles



Cut two pieces out of the belt webbing for the bag that are each as long as the length of the fabric plus 60 cm. Now, take a length of belt webbing and pin it to the fabric. The markings showing where the belt webbing should commence are marked on the diagram and also on the fabric by means of the notches.


Stitching on the handles



Now, top-stitch the belt webbing close to the edge on the outer fabric. Top-stitching close to the edge means that the needle pierces the fabric close to the edge of the belt webbing. On the side on which the handle is located, you will discontinue top-stitching on the belt webbing approx. 5 cm before the edge.


Sewing the side seams



Now, sew the pieces of fabric together on three sides (two short sides, one long side). While doing this, secure the beginning and end of the seam by sewing to and fro.


Changing the direction of the seam



We will change direction after working on the edge of the short side. To do this, leave the needle pierced in the fabric, lift the presser foot and rotate the fabric.
Then lower the presser foot again and you can now sew the long, lower edge of the beach bag. Proceed in exactly the same manner at the next corner. Then, serge the edges using a zigzag stitch or an overlock machine.





On the lower corners, cut into the seam allowance obliquely so that you can subsequently shape the corners properly.


Shaping the base



To shape the base and to give your bag some depth, you must sew a dart at the seam opposite the opening of the bag. To do this, pull the fabric apart in such a manner that a triangle is formed, in the middle of which the seams of the side seam and of the base denote the depth.


Now, top-stitch the base of the triangle. The more you tuck in the base side, the deeper your bag will be. Make sure that the side seams are precisely superimposed upon one another and that there is no unsightly misalignment of the seams. You can make this easier for yourself by pinning along the length of the side seam into the side seam, thus attaching both seams to each other such that they are superimposed.


Sewing the lining



For the lining sac, proceed in the same manner as when sewing the outer fabric. The length of the lining material is cut to size so as to be 5 cm shorter. Then, sew together the lining sac on three sides (leaving a turn opening that is approx. 10 cm long on one of the side seams), serge and shape the base (same length as the base side of the triangle that occurs in the outer fabric).


Shaping the base for the lining



You need to shape the base for the lining sac in exactly the same way as you did for the outer fabric. So, measure the dimensions on the outer fabric using the measuring tape, and use this for orientation.


Sewing the lining sac and the outer fabric together



Superimpose the lining sac and the outer fabric sac, finished side to finished side, (display side to display side) onto each other, pinning the upper edges to one another.


Then, leaving a seam allowance of 1.5 cm on the upper edge, top-stitch the two fabric sacs to each other. Ensure that the belt webbing handles do not get caught up, too. They are now to lie between the two layers of fabric.


Turning the fabric sac right side out



You can now turn the sac through the opening in the lining material so that the outer fabric with the handles is again on the outside.


Closing the turn opening



You still need to top-stitch the turn opening in the lining sac close to the edge so as to close it.


Top-stitching the upper edge



The outer fabric is drawn into the beach bag somewhat on the upper edge as the lining sac is shorter. To secure the sac, now top-stitch once around the upper edge of the beach bag. The seam should be positioned in the seam transition of the lining material and the outer fabric.


The beach bag is ready!




Have fun!