Added Jul 11, 2011
I recently went on vacation to Hawaii with two of my close friends from college. Since we planned on spending most of our time at the beach, I thought it would be fitting to make matching beach totes. I used plain canvas and BurdaStyle’s free Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag pattern. I altered the pattern by opening up the armhole to make it more comfortable for carrying on your shoulder. I used french seams, made self bias binding to finish the edges, and added a metal snap for closure at the top.
To decorate the bags, I cut out our first initials in different colors of felt. I sewed around the edges of the letters with contrasting thread, and then machine emroidered different designs over the rest of the felt.
Other than the tie dyed pajamas that I sewed, these tote bags were a great gift idea! We used them every single day since they were the perfect size for carrying our towels, swim suits, and sunscreen.
More on my blog: nattyjanesews.blogspot.com
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