Turn an old towel into a cute and roomy tote bag with this super easy Towel Beach Bag Tutorial. Perfect for the beach season!
Towel Beach Bag Tutorial
This towel beach bag tutorial is an easy summer project, perfect for beginner sewist and a great opportunity to recycle an old towel! The result is a cute, functional, easy to carry beach tote bag. I couldn’t wait to wear mine at the beach and I did so for the entire period spent with my husband on his cruise ship. This is great to wear at the pool too!
The towel beach bag tutorial is super, super simple to make if you don’t want your tote lined. I wanted to add lining to mine only because I really liked the fabric I used for the lining. It’s from a pillowcase and I wanted a little pop of color on my blue beach tote so I’ve sewn the lining to peak out a little all the way along the opening of the bag.
I picked a very large towel for the bag, in a darker blue and 2 little towels in a lighter blue for the handles and the front design. The reason I made this bag so big is because I always have to carry about a zillion beach toys, 5 different types of sunscreen, 2 short and long sleeve t-shirts or cover-ups, 4 different sets of swimsuits, water and snacks. There’s never enough room in my old beach bags so I needed a ginormous one! I call it the Monster Beach Bag!
Towel Beach Bag Tutorial
- 1 large towel in a darker blue aqua color (similar here)
- 2 hand towels, one with a sea shell design, both in a light blue color (I cut out the design on one of the towels to add it to the front of my bag and I used the other towel to make the handles. (Similar here and here)
- fabric for lining, slightly taller (about 2 1/2 “) and about 1/8” narrower than the large towel. (Similar here)
- matching thread (I used heavy duty thread)
- 100/16 jeans needle
- sewing machine
- First of all, expect lots of lint so make sure your clean your machine often. Go slow over bulky areas.
- Make the handles: grab one of the light blue towels and cut the fabric the length and width you want your handles to be (I cut mine 26″ x 6″ = 67 cm x 13 cm). I kept the seam from my towel and cut around it to get the length and width I needed. Split the width in 3 and make marks.
- Using the marks, fold the side with the raw edge in, then fold the side with the finished edge.
- Sew along the finished edge, on the inside (I had to sew with a 1/8″ allowance). Then sew along the other side, using the same allowance. Then sew 2 more stitches inside the handle.
- Take your large towel and place it on the table right side out.
- Divide into 3 and make marks. Attach the handles where you made the marks and sew the handles down, about 2″ from their end up.
- Cut out the design on the other light blue towel and place it over the handles, horizontally, right side out, then sew along all sides.
- Now fold your towel in half, wrong side out and sew along the sides only, using a 1/2″ allowance.
- Box the bag using any of these methods. I used the first one.
- Unless you want to line the bag as I did, you’re done!
- If you add the lining, follow these steps. Cut the fabric as instructed in the materials section. Finish the edge of the opening by folding 1/2″ of the fabric.
- Fold the fabric, wrong side out and sew along the sides.
- Insert the lining into main bag, keeping it wrong side out while the bag is right side out. The lining should be 2″ taller than the main bag.
- Fold the excess lining fabric over the bag opening and pin in place.
- Sew 1/8″ away from the edge of the folded lining then sew 3 more stitches along the opening.
- Your bag is done! Enjoy your beach time!