Easy Sew Summer Beach Tote – Free Printable

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Square feature image of a finished patterned beach bag on a red chair.

This easy-sew summer beach tote is roomy enough to hold 4 beach towels with space to spare.

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I needed a big beach bag since I’m the one who totes all the towels and snacks when we head out to the water park.

This bag is really easy to sew and there is no pattern. There’s no fusible fleece or fancy piping. You can certainly add those if you like.

And there’s not a lot of pinning and pressing. All that to say, you can make this bag in less than 30 minutes. Use it for the beach or even as a shopping bag.

The finished size is 18-inches wide by 15-inches tall with a wide 6-inch base. I used upholstery fabric for the outside of my bag and light cotton fabric for the lining and handles. Here’s how to make one.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • fabric and matching thread
  • fabric marking pen/pencil
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • measuring tape/ruler
  • iron
  • sewing machine

How to Make an Easy Sew Summer Beach Tote

Below are quick steps to get you started. You can download a PDF with detailed instructions at the end of this post.

 Cut Fabric Instructions - 19" x 19" with 3" square cut out of the bottom corners. When sewn/finished, this bag has a wide 6" flat bottom. Note: Fabric is folded on the bottom so it measures 19" x 38" unfolded. Cut two handles 3.5" wide x 30" long.

Start by folding your fabric in half and cut your fabric using the measurements above. NOTE: The fabric will be folded at the bottom for your lining and the body of the bag.

easy sew summer tote - Bag Instructions for sides and gusset - Sew the sides and bottom of your bag for the body of your bag and the lining.

Next sew the sides and bottom of your bag for the body of your bag and the lining. Below shows how to sew the bottom gussets.

How to insert liner - Turn you lining right side out and Insert into the outside of your bag which remains wrong sides out. This give your right sides to right sides. Line up the seams and stitch across the top of the bag. Leave 4" open so you can turn the bag inside out.

Insert the lining of the bag as shown above. Line up the seams then stitch all the way around. Leave about 4″ open and turn inside out.

Top Stitch top of the bag - Once you've flipped the bag right side out, top stitch all the way around the top edge of your bag to give a finished look. Tuck in the 4" opening as you go to close.

Once you’ve flipped the bag right side out, top stitch all the way around the top edge of your bag to give a finished look. Tuck in the 4″ opening as you top stitch to close.

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Making the Handle and Finishing

Stitch Handle - Fold the fabric for both handles in half lengthwise and press the seam all the way across before sewing. Sew across leaving the ends open then turn handles right side out. See the photos below to finish the ends of the handles.

Fold the fabric for both handles in half lengthwise and press the seam all the way across before sewing. Sew across leaving the ends open then turn handles right side out. See the photos below to finish the ends of the handles.

easy sew summer tote -Top Stitch Handle to Bag - With your bag right side out. Measure, mark then pin the handles onto the bag 5" from the side seams 1.5" down. Stitch a rectangle to secure the handle to the bag and an X across to reinforce the handles.

With your bag right side out. Measure, mark then pin the handles onto the bag 5-inches from the side seams 1.5-inches down. Stitch a rectangle to secure the handle to the bag and an X across to reinforce the handles.

Download the PDF of the complete instructions.

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