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Appliqué Beach Tote Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Appliqué Beach Tote Bag
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Appliqué Beach Tote Bag info

Pattern Description:

This roomy tote carries everything you need for a day at the beach or pool. Use a natural canvas fabric along with coordinating fabrics from your favorite quilting cotton collection (BasicGrey PB&J Collection, by Moda was used here).

On the outside of the bag, a perky assortment of beach huts sit in a row across the front (the back is left plain). Each of the applique pieces fit within a 5" square; what a great opportunity to purchase one of those cute "Charm Packs" of 5" squares. A charm pack will give you plenty of choices to create a variety of beach huts. If you prefer to applique both sides of the bag, you will have enough squares in 1 charm pack (you will need extra fusible web). The beach huts are easily applied by machine stitching the pieces in place close to the raw edges.

The bag also features a unique nautical rope handle: It can be difficult to find the perfect rope for bags like this. That's why you'll make your own rope from a single (80 yd) ball of cotton worsted weight yarn. Actually, for this project, you must make your own yarn rope because the method used to attach the handle requires it - you'll see why later.

There's also a great zipper closure that's easy to install, and a full lining, and an interior pocket. It all goes together with a clean, neat construction method.

Pattern features:
- Detailed instructions in PDF format, written in English.
- Higher resolution photos and illustrations to allow zooming without loss of detail.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 20" wide at the top opening
  • 14" wide at the base
  • 6" deep at the base
  • 13" high


  • Main fabric: plain canvas or other home dec weight for front, back and facings-3/4 yd 40" wide
  • Lining fabric: quilting weight cotton-3/4 yd 40" wide
  • Trim fabric 1: quilting weight cotton for base and inside pocket-1/3 yd 40" wide
  • Trim fabric 2: quilting weight cotton for base stripes and handle stripes-1/3 yd 40" wide
  • Medium weight interfacing: woven or non woven-1 yd 20" wide
  • Cotton worsted weight yarn for handles: such as (c)Bernat Handicrafter Cotton 80yd-1 ball
  • Assorted applique fabrics: 6 or more different quilting weight cottons for 3 front appliques-1 square 5" x 5" of each fabric
  • Fusible web, with paper backing, such as Heat n Bond Lite-1 piece 10" x 15" for appliques

You Will Also Need:

  • 20" Zipper
  • Sewing thread to match, and to coordinate with the appliqu fabrics
  • Fade away marker
  • Large crochet hook