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Nautical Beach Bag Project

Beach tote project

This beach bag project has been designed by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing and run craft workshops. Visit their Facebook page here.

Hantex have kindly sponsored this article. Take a look here to find a stockist for their products.

Make our spacious nautical beach bag, throw in your swimsuit, suncream and towel and you are set for the beach. Our stylish and practical beach bag is made out of lightweight denim and is fully lined with shoulder straps. The perfect accessory for holiday essentials.


How to make a beach bag

You will need…

½ metre of navy denim, 145cm wide – we used denim from Hantex

½ metre of pale blue denim, 145cm wide

Scraps of fabric for the sail boat appliqué, we used red (14cm x 14cm), white (12cm x 12cm), red/white stripe(7cm x 10cm), blue/white stripe(7cm x 10cm)

Bondaweb 25cm x 25cm

Threads – navy, white and red 

You will need a sewing machine, scissors, a tape measure

PDF Appliqué sail boat shapes



All seam allowances are 1cm.


Large tote bag pattern

Using the measurements in the diagram above, cut out two rectangles (62cm x 42cm) in navy denim and two rectangles in pale blue denim. On each bottom corner cut out squares 7cm x 7cm.

How to sew a denim bag

Cut out two straps in navy denim and two straps in pale blue denim 70cm x 6cm.

How to do bondaweb applique

 Iron the Bondaweb onto the fabrics for the sail boats. Trace around the appliqué shapes and cut them out.

How to make an applique beach bag

Place the sail boats in position on the navy denim. Peel off the backing and iron.

TIP: Use a pin to loosen the paper backing in the centre of a shape and gently tear before peeling the backing away. This will avoid fraying the edges of the shape.

Boat applique tote project

Stitch the shapes in position using a zig zag stitch.

How to make bag straps

Place a navy strap on top of a pale blue strap, right sides together and machine stitch both sides. Turn the strap inside out and top stitch.

How to sew a simple tote bag

 Place the two pale blue denim pieces right sides together and stitch the side seams and base seam. Repeat the process with the navy denim and press the seams open.

Free applique tote project

At each corner of each bag place the base seam over the side seam and stitch.

Oversized tote bag project

Find the centre of the top of the bag and place the straps either side of the centre, 18cm apart. Stitch the straps to the navy denim bag.

Free bag making projects from The Sewing Directory

Turn under 1cm at the top edge of the navy bag and 1cm at the top edge of the pale blue bag. Place the top edges of each bag together and pin in place.

How to sew a bag from denim/jeans

Stitch the top edges together with 2 rows of stitching.

Free easy applique beach bag pattern