5.14.2013

Try This: Beach Tote

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

Here in DC, our highs these days are in the 60s and our lows in the 40s, so other than the fact that I just returned from the beach, I would have a hard time believing that beach season is upon us. Nonetheless it is, and that means another excuse for yet another tote bag. As soon as I found this amazing ship fabric at Ikea last Spring, I knew I'd find a home for it in a summery project. While they no longer appear to carry it online, I feel confident that you'll find that perfect fabric for this amazing tasselled beach tote!

Read on for the full step-by-step.

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

Tote Materials: An oval approximately 48" in circumference and a rectangle approximately 14" x 50" in both the shell and lining fabric (4 fabric cuts total), an oval approximately 45" in circumference and a rectangle approximately 13" x 46" of heavyweight interfacing, magnetic snap closure, approximately 50" of double-fold bias tape in a complimentary color, two 14" leather straps, 8 small rivets, rivet-setting tool

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

To make the tote, follow all the same steps in my fabric + leather storage basket tutorial. The only differences is that in step 2 of the tutorial, you should install a magnetic snap closure about 1.5" from the top edge of the lining. For a detailed tutorial on how to install a magnetic snap, check out this one from Made by Rae. Additionally, you should treat the long sides of the oval bottom as the front and back of the bag, and with that in mind, construct the bag with the seam on the side and the handles and magnetic snap centered accordingly. Oh, and if you're still scared of leather straps and rivets, check out my full rivet rundown.

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

Tassel Materials: large gold cord end caps (like these), several 3" lengths and one 6" length of leather cord, two small gold jump rings, adhesive

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

Place a small amount of adhesive inside of the end cap, and insert as many of the 3" cord lengths as you can fit. Allow to dry.

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

Install a small jump ring on the end of the end cap.

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote

Thread the 6" length of cord through the jump ring. Tighten the other jump ring around the cords, and tie the ends around one of the tote's handles.

Now you have a great big stylish tote bag ready to hold your beach towels, sunscreen, and whatever else you need for a jaunt to the beach!

Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
Fabric Paper Glue | DIY Beach Tote
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15 comments:

  1. I am so impressed, it looks like you bought it! I've been thinking about making some tassels too, love how yours turned out!

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  2. Hey Mandy - Quick question for you. I have been meaning to get a rivet setting tool ever since I saw you at ALT and spoke to you about it. Which one do you recommend? Thanks hun! - Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I have a list of a few resources at the bottom of this post that might put you on the right track.

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  3. Did you mean the bottom is an oval 48 inches in circumference?

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    1. Haha. Yes. Otherwise that would be one BIG bag. I will correct that now. Thanks!

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  4. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of tote bags! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/tote-bags/

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thanks so much, Julia! I really appreciate inclusion in your roundup!

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  5. Un trabajo expectacular muy lindo .Felicidades.Un abrazo!!!

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  6. Mandy, this is great, the oval is 48" circumference, what is the length and the width at the largest points? I am trying to figure out how to draw one.
    Thanks

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