Pool Bag Tutorial

Summer is the perfect time to sew!  Sewing things for your kids and family or WITH your kids can always fun.  I’m so excited to be included in the Summer Sewing Series with Polka Dot Chair.  There are some great ideas this year!  Today I’m showing how I made my new Pool Bag.  I just got it made and I can’t wait to take it to the pool to try it out.
summer-sewing-seriesDIY Pool BagLet’s get started!  Here’s what you need.

  • Fabric – 1 yard of thick fabric that is 60 inches wide.  I bought this cute striped fabric at Ikea for under $8 a yard!
  • Thread
  • Straps (optional) I used 60 inches (30 for each strap) but you can make them longer or shorter.  You could also use leftover fabric.

Bag Fabric

Cutting – Cut 2 sides, 2 ends, 1 bottom, 2 side pockets, and 2 end pockets.  See measurements above.  I have coordinated which way my stripes go, so pay attention to that if you are working with stripes.

DIY bag

Hem the top edge of all the pieces EXCEPT the bottom piece.  My favorite way to hem is to serge the edge and fold it over once.  I folded it over 1/2 inch and then sewed it down.  If you don’t have a serger, you can alway zigzag the edge OR roll your edge under (fold over 1/4 inch and then fold over another 1/4 inch.)

Bag TutorialPin your pocket pieces onto all the bag pieces (except the bottom piece).

Canvas Tote

Mark and Sew where you want your pockets to be on the side pieces.  I chose to have 3 pocket sections on my long sides of the bag.  I marked my pocket lines 6.5 inches in from the edges.

Beach BagSew your bag sections together with right sides together.  Sew in this order:  End, Side, End, Side, and then hook your first end piece to your last side piece.

Pool BagYour bag is coming together!  This is how it should look now!

Sewing TutorialSerge or zigzag your inside seams to help prevent fraying.

Sewing ProjectPin and Sew your bottom piece into place.  This is the trickiest part.  I like to sink my needle and pivot each time I hit a corner seam.  My seam along the bottom looks like a big rectangle.  I also serged the edge of this bottom seam to finish it off.

Towel BagTurn and Press – Turn your bag right side out and press your corner seams to one side.  You are almost done!

How to make a bag

Handles – Using the handle material, cut each handle to be 30 inches long (or your prefered length).  Pin into place.  I measure in 4 inches from the corner seam.

Bag with PocketsReinforce seam so that your handles are nice and strong!

Beach Towel Bag

Load up your bag!  I love all the pockets around the sides.  I use them for water bottles, sunscreen, goggles, snacks, pool toys, my phone, and wallet.  Nothing gets lost at the bottom of the bag anymore!  I hope you love your bag as much as I do.


19 Responses to Pool Bag Tutorial

  1. eremita 06/28/2016 at 11:10 pm #

    Cute bag! Thank you for this very good and most inviting tutorial!
    Greets from Austria!

  2. Chantale 07/01/2016 at 3:36 pm #

    I love my new bag!! I am a begginer and I found it very easy to follow.
    Thank you!!

  3. Jennifer 07/19/2016 at 6:29 am #

    Very cute bag and well done tutorial. I only have 44″ wide fabric (quilting fabric) right now so would I need a yard and a half? I could make the pockets from scraps of a coordinating fabric. The possibilities are endless!

  4. Severine 07/24/2016 at 11:16 am #

    Thank a lot! I did it with an inside pocket.

    Have a look on the comment of that post, if you want to it.

  5. Pat 04/11/2017 at 1:54 am #

    Excellent tutorial. Turning this into a sewing bag.

  6. Ann 01/27/2018 at 5:33 am #

    Hi. Thank you for doing this blog.

  7. Milena 10/17/2018 at 3:48 pm #

    Thank you!! Made a pool/beach bag for my most recent vacation and it was easy to follow and the bag was perfect. So much room for all the items my family needed. It fit all our water bottles and various sun blocks and a ridiculous amount of toys and snacks.

  8. Meri 01/06/2019 at 10:11 am #

    So excited to make this bag! I’m going to make it as my sewing bag (as someone else said in the comments) and use coordinating frabric for the pockets (as someone else suggested. Your tutorial is amazing! Then I might make another one as anteachinng bag. This bag looks so versatile with the multitude of pockets.

  9. Kate 08/12/2019 at 10:14 am #

    Love this tutorial, I was just wondering, how did you lay out the pieces on the fabric when cutting out? 🙂

  10. LaurenceHealy 12/26/2019 at 10:56 pm #

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  11. Brenda Johnson 06/04/2021 at 1:14 pm #

    Could you use a vinyl tablecloth and outside waterproof?

  12. carl albrecht 09/17/2021 at 12:29 pm #

    My Hobie Cat sail has been retired. Many memories.
    I want to use that material for this bag.
    It’s a thick Dacron.
    And I’d like to use nautical rope for the handles.

    Who wants to make it?
    North Shore Chicago.

  13. terribleharpist 10/06/2022 at 9:24 pm #

    These handmade pieces, which are so exacting and thoughtful, truly appeal to me. It encourages me to learn how to produce my the backrooms own goods.


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