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:
- Beach Towel (Pink Stripe Beach Towel on Amazon)
- 1/2 Yard Cotton or Terry Cloth, or an up cycled towel.
- 72" of 1" or 1.5" cotton web
- Pins or Wonderclips
- Sewing Machine Needle
- Scissors or Rotary Blade and Cutting Mat
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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
- Cut Fabric Pouch
Cut a 19" x 32" fabric rectangle.
- Fold Fabric Edge
Fold over 1/4" seam allowance on a short edge and press.
- Fold Fabric Again
Fold over the short fabric edge another 1/4" to form a finished edge. Press and Pin in Place.
- 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.
- Form the Pouch
Fold the fabric rectangle in half right sides together with the short edges meeting ash shown below. Pin in Place.
- Sew the Pouch Seams
Sew the side seams of the fabric pouch using 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the bottom corners at the diagonal.
- Turn Right Sides Out
Turn the pouch so it is facing right sides out. Push the corners of the seam allowance out.
- Make Straps
Turn the strap edges under 1/4" and sew along the raw edge.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.