Skip to Content

How To Make a Beach Bag Towel Tote – Easy Beach Bag

How To Make a Beach Bag Towel Tote – Easy Beach Bag

Sharing is caring!

DIY Beach Towel Tote Bag! Learn how to make a beach towel tote bag with this easy tutorial. Did you know that you can make a beach bag out of a beach towel? Yes, you can make a towel and bag in one! With this tutorial you will turn your beach towel into a grab and go bag and it even comes with a pocket to tuck all your pool or beach gear into.

The beach towel tote is perfect for the kids who hate to carry their own towels to the beach and pool. They can stuff their goggles into in and sling it over their shoulder and go! No more fussing. I would know, I tested it myself! Worked like a charm. 😉

DIY Beach Towel Tote Bag Supplies List: 

How to Sew a Beach Towel Tote Bag DIY Tutorial and Instructions

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Sew a Beach Towel Into a Tote Bag DIY

  1. Cut Fabric Pouch

    Cut a 19″ x 32″ fabric rectangle.

  2. Fold Fabric Edge

    Fold over 1/4″ seam allowance on a short edge and press.

  3. Fold Fabric Again

    Fold over the short fabric edge another 1/4″ to form a finished edge. Press and Pin in Place.

  4. Sew the Finished Edge

    Sew along the inside edge of the finished edge to create an edge that will not ravel. Repeat for the other short side of the fabric piece.

  5. Form the Pouch

    Fold the fabric rectangle in half right sides together with the short edges meeting ash shown below. Pin in Place.

  6. Sew the Pouch Seams

    Sew the side seams of the fabric pouch using 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the bottom corners at the diagonal.

  7. Turn Right Sides Out

    Turn the pouch so it is facing right sides out. Push the corners of the seam allowance out.

  8. Make Straps

    Turn the strap edges under 1/4″ and sew along the raw edge.

  9. Pin Pouch and Strap to Towel

    Place the pouch on the towel with the bottom of the pouch aligned with the bottom of the towel.

  10. Add Straps

    Add the strap to the top of the pouch. Line up the bottom edges of the straps, pouch, and towel making sure the straps are not twisted. Align the straps so the outside edge of the straps are lined up with the outside edge of the pouch and pin through all the layers.

  11. Sew the Strap and Pouch

    Sew the strap and the pouch to the towel. Start at the top of the pouch on the outside edge of the strap and sew to the bottom of the strap, pouch, and towel. Sew a second seam along the inside edge of the strap. Repeat for the other side of the strap and pouch. Be sure to pull the towel taut as you sew to prevent it from bunching up between the seams.

  12. Fold the towel

    Turn the towel over so the front the towel is facing up. Fold the flaps of the towel inward so the edges meet.

  13. Turn the Pouch Right Sides Out

    To make the bag for the towel to sit in you will first need to turn it right side out to form a bag. Turn the towel and pouch where the towel and pouch seam meet. The bottom of the straps will now be inside the bag. The towel will be the front the bag and the pouch will be the back.

  14. Fold the Towel Inward

    Fold the inward folded towel down a third of the way so the top of the towel meets the top of the bag.

  15. Tuck the Towel Into the Bag

    Bring the top folded edge of the towel into the the center of the bag and tuck all the way in to form the same size bag front and back.

  16. Use your Beach Towel as a Tote

    You will now have a beach bag tote bag that has a pocket on the back to put your extra gear in.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Monday 16th of January 2023

Directions do not specify if pouch goes on right side or wrong side of towel? Also, do I stitch the bottom of pouch to towel? It looks like it is stitched in picture? I finished but mine did not turn out like pictured. Any clarification would be appreciated Is there a video tutorial for this?

Jason Altiery

Sunday 4th of July 2021

I loved this publication. I liked the content.

Lisa - Cucicucicoo Eco Sewing & Crafting

Saturday 5th of June 2021

This is great! I love having kiddos bring their own things and this bag is perfect for it!


Tuesday 1st of June 2021

This is so much cleverer than I realised when I first saw it! I thought you'd made a bag from a towel but this is even better! It's still a towel AND it's a bag - so practical. Love it!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.