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Natty's Letter Beach Totes

Added Jul 11, 2011

by nattyjane

Berkeley, Califo...






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.

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Material Notes

Canvas, heavy duty snaps, felt.




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Classic

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    Jul 22, 2011, 08.14 PMby modernvintageworkshop

    oh, they are so fun!! nice! thx for sharing!

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    Jul 19, 2011, 09.31 PMby ginasophia

    I wish I had a friend like you/were a friend like you. these bags and those pj’s are awesome!

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    Jul 12, 2011, 03.10 PMby Jodi Wade

    The bags look great and the beach looks idyllic!

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    Jul 11, 2011, 03.10 PMby rachelnyc

    These are great. So useful on the trip, but also the perfect souvenir!

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    Jul 11, 2011, 10.24 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    Lucky friends! What a nice gift and the scenery is breathtaking!

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    Jul 11, 2011, 04.33 AMby hannnc

    Cute idea!

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