Today’s incredible nautical beach bag tutorial is brought to you by Jessica, from Cutesy Crafts.
Jessica has been hanging strong in the competition regularly taking the second or third place spot. I am super-excited that she nabbed a win in our summer challenge!
Nautical Beach Bag Tutorial
Hi everyone! I am so glad to have made it through so far in the competition! I’ll do my best to show you how I made my Nautical Beach Bag.
- 1 yard of outer fabric
- 1 yard of lining fabric
- 2.5 yards of soft rope/cording
- 4 grommets
- paper backed fusible webbing (Wonder Under)
- contrasting fabric for applique
- whale applique pattern
First thing you want to do is cut out all of the fabric for the outside and inside of your bag. I used a nice, sturdy home decor fabric. If I could do it over again, I would have lined it with some interfacing to stiffen it. So, if you want your bag to have a little more structure, I recommend doing so.
Once you have everything cut out, it’s time to start assembling your bag. I used 1/2″ seams unless otherwise indicated. Sew the sides to the back of your bag right sides together as shown.
Sew the front of the bag to the sides, so you are basically forming a big loop. Yes, it probably would have been easier in the long run to sew everything to the bottom first, but I wanted to see where everything was going to be before I added the applique.
Trace the whale image onto the smooth side of some paper backed fusible webbing (Wonder Under). You want your image to be reverse of how you want it to end up. Iron the webbing side onto the wrong side of your fabric where you want the applique to be and cut it out. Peel off the paper backing. Place your the fabric that you want to “peek” through over the cutout and webbing. Iron it down.
Machine or hand stitch around the edge of the reverse applique to secure it. I just did a running stitch using all six strands of embroidery floss.
It took a little finagling, but you need to line up all of the sides with the bottom and pin and sew it on. This is where it probably would have been easier if I had sewn on the bottom before sewing the sides together.
Assemble the lining of your bag the same way. To make the pockets, iron the bottom and sides in 1/2″. Iron the top down 1/4″ and then another 1/2″ and stitch to hem it.
Sew the pocket to the right side of the lining about 4″ from the top. I made two pockets. I sewed one down the middle like in the photo below and left one unsewn. That way I would have room for different sized objects.
You should now have the outer part and the lining of your bag completed. Push the lining of the bag into the outside of the bag with right sides facing each other. All of your seams should be showing. Line up all of the side seams and pin around the entire top of the bag.
Sew 1/2″ seam all around the top of the bag, leaving an opening that is a few inches wide on the back panel. Reach into the opening and turn the whole back right side out.
Top stitch around the whole top of the bag again near the edge. This keeps everything in place and eliminates the need to hand stitch the opening closed.
Add a couple of grommets. I got mine in the purse-making section at the fabric store. You can also use curtain grommets.
Find a good YouTube video or diagram to show you how to tie bowline knots.
To secure the ends of the knots and keep them from fraying, I sewed through the soft rope/cording with a zigzag.
That’s it! Hope you are all having a great Summer!