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.

There’s no pattern, just a few easy-to-follow instructions.

The finished size of this tote 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 lightweight cotton fabric for the lining and handles. Below is a step-by-step tutorial and a printable PDF.

Supplies

  • fabric and matching thread
  • fabric marking pen/pencil
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • measuring tape/ruler
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • FREE Download: PDF With Complete Instructions

How to Make an Easy Sew Summer Beach Tote – 6 Easy Steps

Below are quick steps to get you started, download the PDF with detailed instructions in the Supplies List above or at the end of this post.

STEP 1:

Start by folding your fabric in half (at the bottom) and cut according to the measurements below.

 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.
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.

STEP 2:

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.

STEP 3:

Insert the lining of the bag into the body of the bag as shown below.

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.

Line up the seams then stitch around leaving about 4″ open so you can turn the body of the bag inside out.

Illustration to make an easy sew summer tote bag. The simple illustrations shows the outside of the bag with the wrong side out and lining inserted. Basically right sides to right sides. Stitch all the way around to sew the outside and liner together leaving a 4 inch gap to turn the bag inside out.

STEP 4:

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

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.
Illustration to make an easy sew summer tote. This illustration shows the bag turned right side out with the lining already sewn inside. Top stitch all the way around the top of the bag tucking in the 4-inch opening to finish.

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STEP 5:

To make the handles, fold the fabric for both handles in half lengthwise and press before sewing. Sew across leaving the ends open then turn handles right side out.

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.

STEP 6:

Turn the handle right sides out. Tuck in the ends. Press and pin to your bag as shown in the diagram below.

Pin The Handles: Measure, mark and pin the handles onto the bag 5 inches from the side seams and 1.5 inches from the top as shown below. Stitch a rectangle to secure the handle to the bag and an X across to reinforce 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.

Download the PDF With Complete Instructions.

Vertical photo of a finished summer tote bag on a chair filled with towels ready to take to the beach. Pin this image to your Pinterest sewing boards to come back to the DIY later!
If you love this Easy Sew Tote Bag, Pin the image above to your Pinterest craft boards to come back to later!

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