Nautical Beach Bag Tutorial


Today’s incredible nautical beach bag tutorial is brought to you by Jessica, from Cutesy Crafts.

Jessica 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.

Nautical Beach Bag You will need:

  • 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.

DIY Nautical Bag

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.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

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.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

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.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

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.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

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.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

Add a couple of grommets.  I got mine in the purse-making section at the fabric store.  You can also use curtain grommets.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

Find a good YouTube video or diagram to show you how to tie bowline knots.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

To secure the ends of the knots and keep them from fraying, I sewed through the soft rope/cording with a zigzag.

DIY Nautical Bag Tutorial

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That’s it!  Hope you are all having a great Summer!

Summer Challenge Results (Season 16, Week 7)

summerThanks so much to everyone who voted in our summer challenge! It was a battle, but we’ve got a winner!

Summer Challenge Results

Projects were ranked one through 10. This graph is a visual representation of the ranking and in this case the smaller number represents the winner.

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Crafter Reveal

As the field narrows I fear it’s getting harder and harder to keep things anonymous, but most of you are still in the dark. I hope.

Project #1 Nautical Bag – Jessica, Cutesy Crafts
Project #2 Beachwear – Naomi, Fifty Two Create
Project #3 3D Dragonflies – Sheena, ASANTB
Project #4 Watermelon Treats – Haley, Welcome to the Mouse House

Ruffle Challenge Winner

That means this weeks winner is Jessica, from Cutesy Crafts with her nautical bag.

Nautical Beach Bag

Be sure to come back on Tuesday when Jessica will be sharing her tutorial for this fun bag!

Saying Goodbye…

That means we will have to say goodbye to Sheena. I have had fun learning a little bit more about Sheena over the last couple of weeks – what a dedicated mom!

Sheena’s site is full of kid-friendly projects and I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

Sheena 2 Collage1. Pillowcase-style Top
2. Little Girl’s Shoe Refashion 
3. Baby’s Crib to Doll Bed
4. Pallet Bookshelves
5. Large Letter B
6. Football Blanket

Hop over to check out these fun links and pin a few great ideas!

I’m Crafty Party No. 54: Summer DIY Project Ideas

Welcome to the “I’m Crafty” party, your chance to join our Season 16 competitors in showcasing your talent online! We’re focused on outdoor projects this week and we’d love to see what you’ve created. Your project doesn’t need to be a new one…So come on. Showcase your favorite summer DIY project ideas.

A few things to remember:

  • Link to a specific post, not your blog in general.
  • Please only post your ideas, not round ups or guest posts.
  • Think outside the box – a craft, tutorial, recipe, anything that fits the theme!
  • Grab the handy dandy button in the side bar or share a text link and put it on your blog so people know there’s other great stuff linked up here to see.
  • Visit at least two other links and leave them some love – everyone likes appreciation.
  • Join me on InstagramTwitter & Facebook. I’ll be sharing some of my favorites there throughout the week.

So do you think you’re crafty?

It’s time to link up to the I’m Crafty Party…

Summer Challenge (Season 16, Week 7)

summerOh gosh. I have totally and completely hit the busiest point of my summer. Lots of amazingly great stuff going on around here – I will be sharing more details next week. In the meantime, sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy the best of summer projects from our Season 16 challengers!

The Projects…

Project #1 Nautical Beach Bag

Nothing says summer like a fun beach bag!  To take the theme a bit further, the beach bag that I made has a fun nautical theme.

Nautical Beach Bag

The bag is nice and sturdy with a thick, striped home decor fabric and lined with navy blue.  The front has a reverse appliqué of a cute little whale in an anchor print that I had sitting around.  I hand stitched around it just to add a little something extra.

Nautical Beach Bag
The rope handles are tied on with a bowline knot.  The bowline knot is actually used in sailing, so it fits the theme! Yeah… I had to watch a lot of YouTube videos to figure that one out… “the rabbit comes out of the hole, around the tree, and back through the hole.”

Nautical Beach Bag
It  has a couple pockets on the inside to hold all of our smaller items.

Nautical Beach Bag
And this thing is BIG!  Towels take up a lot of room, and we are gonna need space for snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, you name it!  I’m pleased to say that I can fit five towels in this thing with room for more.  Awesome!
Nautical Beach Bag 5

Project #2 Beach Time


Nothing says summer like beachwear and a huge beach bag!

For this theme I knew I wanted to try my hand at designing and making a bikini. Once I started I couldn’t just stop!  I made my daughter a costume to match and a huge bag that would hold our towels, lotion and water bottles.

I wanted a bikini with a sweet ruffle that would gently reveal a bandeau top underneath. I sketched out the design and set about piecing it together.

Beachwear 2

It has waterproof elastic along the bottom and side seams to keep it snug and in place. I also added some thin boning at the edges to keep the bandeau shape. The centre of the bikini is softly ruffled to add detail.

Beachwear 3

The top of the bikini bottoms has a line of navy to offer a symmetry to the navy that peeks out from the bottom of the bandeau. The coral ruffle adds a discreet covering. The tiny swimsuit has a ruffled neckline and ruffle skirt as these days my daughter only likes wearing “twirly” clothes! I made her ruffles more ‘ruffly’ for this reason!

Beachwear 4

Finally, the bag was originally a hardy tablecloth that had seen better days. I based the design on an old, loved bag that is no longer in service due to too much use! I like roomy bags with lots of compartments so I gave it two outside pockets. These have wide elastic top seams which means easy access whilst maintaining some security. I lined the bag in a coral polka dot fabric and added a little internal pocket for ice cream money and beach treasures. The bag ‘closes’ with another wide elasticated seam so that you don’t have to worry about finickity buckles and zips with sandy fingers on the beach. Its a ‘bung it in and go bag!’

Beach Wear 5With all this glorious weather, and our beachwear and bag ready, we are due a trip to the coast! I hope you are all enjoying the summer!

Project #3 3D DIY Dragonflies

I am so excited to be back this week and share my summer project with everyone.  I must say each week is getting harder and harder for me.  My youngest daughter recently decided she wanted her bedroom decorated in green, blue and black.  Seriously?!?  It has been a huge challenge for me, then the other day she said dragonflies and I immediately knew a project for her room was my summer project.  I wanted something different to hang in her room and I decided something 3D would look really neat so I decided to make 3D dragonflies.

Picture 1

Her and I went shopping for some specialty paper for this project.  I kinda had an idea in my head but I knew till I started on the project I wouldn’t exactly know how it was going to come together.  My daughter helped in picking out the exact color of blue and green.  Little did I know when I purchased all the paper that the blue was actually vinyl and not paper.  But finding that out was so helpful, so if you decide to make these recommend vinyl and paper or double sided paper.

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I used a dragonfly that I have on my Gypsy and cut out 24 each in the green and the blue and 12 in the black paper on my Cricut.  Then I used the shadow for the dragonfly and cut out 12 in the silver paper.  I love how it looks like fireworks.  Then I cut the antlers off of all the dragonflies and the wings off of the dragonflies that were cut out in the black paper.  I used my create a sticker to make the black paper a stick for the body.  I took the backing off of the vinyl and put it on the back of the green paper making double sided dragonflies.  I wanted half of the dragonflies to have wings with blue facing up and half to have wings with green facing up.  Then I attached everything with glue dots.

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I am not completely set on if the dragonflies are going to stay where they are in her room or not so for now they are decorating her mirror and she LOVES them!  To give her mirror a more complete look I used a dry erase marker and wrote dragonflies on her mirror and made the black dots behind the dragonflies like a trail along the mirror.

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Project #4 Watermelon Treats

Summer… Oh, how I love summer. The ridiculous heat, swimming in community pools, kids running around like little crazy people, the joy… oh and the watermelon. Watermelon SCREAMS summer to me, so when I saw the theme was “summer,” I knew I had to use the lovely, watery fruit somehow. What is better than a Watermelon Mojito for the adults and watermelon popsicles for the little ones?

Watermelon TreatsWatermelon Mojitos

Check it, people. You know you want to dive into the mojito. Trust me, it is an easy recipe. Mint, rum, sugar, watermelon and a splash of ginger ale (notice I didn’t say a “splash of rum” right?”pour it in). Serve it in cute mason jars and paper straws and you have yourself a party (of course, you could always leave the rum out of this recipe and share with your kiddos).

Watermelon TreatsAnd you can’t forget the popsicles for the little guys and gals.

Watermelon PopsiclesNothing is artificial in these pops, I promise you.

Fresh pureed watermelon, honeydew, and kiwi… along with some organic semi-sweet chocolate chips… and you have got yourself some look alike watermelons on a stick.

Watermelon TreatsThe Vote…

Summer CollageVoting on SYTYC’s ruffle challenge will run through Thursday, July 18, at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on July 19.

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Season 16, Week 7 Theme: Summer

Goodness. It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the end of July. Summer has simply gone by waaaay to fast! Fortunately, our summer has been filled with an abundance of amazing memories…


Of course I still have a list of projects a mile long including a little work on the adirondack furniture. Yikes!

It’s not likely to happen this week as I am heading out to the Summer Craft and Hobby Association trade show. Though the summer show caters mainly to scrapbooking companies, I am excited to check out the latest and greatest in craft and DIY. I will definitely be sharing some of those with you next week and might even be able to finagle a giveaway for a few items!

While I am out strolling the isles full of crazy new crafting products, we will be celebrating “summer” here at SYTYC.


This week, our remaining contestants will all be sharing a little bit of what summer means to them. I hope you will stop over and vote beginning tomorrow.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few summer projects I’ve got my eye on.

Summer CollageLarge Summer Picnic Basket | Lemon Drop Cheesecake Pops | No-sew Picnic Basket | Coconut Lime Sorbet


No-Sew Summer Picnic Basket Tutorial

*Tutorial by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof for her win of the Summer Bounty challenge for season 12*
Like the Scrap Wood Lantern, the brainstorming process for this project took quite a circuitous route.  I was originally thinking about some summer placemats, but after Drew gave me a big THUMBS DOWN, I asked him for ideas, if he was so clever indeed.  We also had to take into account that we were going to be on vacation that week, so I wouldn’t have access to my usual assortment of sewing and crafting and woodworking supplies.  My MIL gave us a spark of inspiration when she talked about handmade baskets in Williamsburg, and then Drew suggested that his dad cut me super thin slices of wood with which to weave a basket.  Are you kidding me?!  But then, I remembered the hot Pinterest pin of making baskets out of paper, and figured I can probably do it with fabric, so we went looking for the nearest Joann’s store!


2 yds of 60″ wide heavy duck canvas.  I used 1 yd of each color.
2 rolls of 3/4″ hem tape.
scissors + t-square (or rotary cutter/mat/straight edge)
hot glue
Beware, there’s some math involved. [Read more…]

Our Summer Bounty Winner {and linky highlight}

Do you guys know how many times a day I think to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”  I’m not sure of an exact number, but it’s a ton.  I guess that’s a hazard of business I’m in – finding mind blowing talent on a daily basis.

So here’s a project that made me stop and have that thought yesterday from the linky party.  Doodle Craft made some cute little Puff Paint bracelets! My daughter would have a blast doing this.  It has now officially been added to our to do list.

But now back to the contest.  Another tight race for most this week.  I think that’s a trend that’s here to stay.  This is one of the most evenly matched seasons we’ve had so far.  You guys are just too darn talented!

And the crafter/project match up:

#1 – No-Sew Summer Picnic Basket – ChiWei @ One Dog Woof
#2 – Decked Out Pool Towel – Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations
#3 – Neon & Navy Pool Gear – Alicia @ The Creative Vault
#4 – Summer Bounty Picnic Basket – Chrissy @  There are UFO’s under my stairs
#5 – Beach Angels – Erin @ Erin’s Creative Energy
#6 – Photo Flower Pots – Meg @ Mega Crafty
#7 – Tiered Cupcake Stand – Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum
#8 – Seashell Windchime – Nancy @ Nancy’s Couture
ChiWei @ One Dog Woof pulled in her second win this week.  Congrats!
Isn’t that basket great?  And such dedication!  She took time out of her vacation to throw that together.  Good job!
But, after all was said and done, and the extremely tight race came to a close, we have to say goodbye to Nancy @ Nancy’s Couture.
I love the sound of a wind chime, and now that I leave near the ocean my appeal of seashells has gone way up. Now I have one more thing to put on my someday porch.  Don’t miss out on all the great stuff I’m sure Nancy has planned on her blog.  So go check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

Summer Bounty Crafts {week 3}

How was your weekend?  Some friends invited us to spend the day with them at the beach on Saturday.  It was out first real beach day at the Atlantic Ocean and we had so much fun.  I forgot our camera and accidentally left my phone in the car so I didn’t get any pictures, but believe me, it was a blast!  And since I have to have a picture for you, here is one from a 5 minute stop at a beach on the cape.

So this week’s theme is a brand new one…Summer Bounty.  Remember that voting closes a day early this season, so make sure you have your vote in by Thursday night.  And if you want to craft along, remember there’s the I’m Crafty! Linky Party every Thursday as well. [Read more…]