It’s official everyone. I’m declaring myself a bag maker. Here’s why:

Beach Bag

Isn’t it fantastic??

In less than two weeks, I’ll be heading to the beach for a week of fun/sun/sand/laughter with my best friend, my mom, and my sweet sister-in-law. We are excited to have a girls only trip, and are in a frenzy of vacation prep.

Beach Bag

When I think of spending a day at the pool/beach, I think of a cute bag to carry all the essentials. I found a pattern by Amy of Nana Company called the Riverside Tote and it is the perfect sized beach bag.

Handmade Tag

All the fabrics came from my stash. The only thing I bought were the cotton handles, and that cute ‘Handmade’ leather tag. I love shopping in my fabric cabinet! It was fun to pull fabrics that work so well together.

Beach Bag Lining

I started with this fun floral print, and built the bag around it. I adore the way it turned out. You can see the magnetic snap in the picture above. The pattern doesn’t call for a snap, but I wanted to be able to have the bag close and not be totally open when I’m carrying it on my shoulder.

Beach bag tote

Let me say, this bag is big. It has plenty of room to hold multiple towels, sunscreen, books, water, and whatever else you want to carry with you. It hangs perfectly on the shoulder without feeling like I’m carrying a backpack.

The tabs covering the handle ends are made from cork fabric I bought in Paducah earlier this year. This stuff is pretty cool, and I bought four colors of it.  I’ve been looking for a project to use the cork with and this was the perfect one.  I love how those cork tabs give so much personality to the bag.

Cork Fabric Tabs

Speaking of personality, just look at that binding! I’m in love! It’s a Basic Grey print that has been hanging out in my sewing room for about a year and it looks so great here. My Mom says it looks like a big zipper. 🙂

If you need a tote for a day at the beach, pool, playground or park this is a wonderful bag to make. I really enjoyed working on it and have had some fun showing it off to the girls. Okay, enough of me going on about my bag. Time for me to hop off here and get to work. I have one more customer quilt to finish and a store sample to add borders to before I leave and I’m counting down the days!

Linking to Finished or Not Friday.