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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.

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Project Life – Quilting Version

A month or two ago I finally finished a quilt that I made with the purpose of donating it.  When it came time to hand it over, I was hesitant.  I worked hard on it!  I loved it and wanted to remember it.  This sparked an idea for me.  I need to make a book of quilts and things I make so that I can always remember them, especially the ones that I give away.  Enter –>  PROJECT LIFE!  (Why did it take so long for me to think of this?)

Holly Project Life

I have used project life in the paper form, then the digital form, and now my favorite is the Project Life App.  Everything I need is in my hand.  Super easy.  My new goal is to have an album dedicated to my quilts and other projects that I make.  This way, I will always remember them and love them, but still be able to give some away.  I’ve got a good start.  Here are my first four pages, which were all given to others!  Don’t worry, I have tons of quilts I have kept, those scrapbook pages are coming next.

Natalie's Baby QuiltGrandpa Anderson's SheepBig Block Quilt Mini Dwell Pillow

My prints, album, and plastics have all been ordered and I can’t wait to have them in a book.  I know I will enjoy seeing all my projects in one place, but I also hope this will remind my kids of my love for making things and giving to others.

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Candy Bar Bouquet

My cute neighbors recently got married. I collected a good amount of donations from all the other neighbors to give the happy couple a gift. What I decided to give them was a candy bar bouquet filled with other good things like gift cards and cash.  It was so easy to make and my neighbors loved the gift!  This really would make a great wedding gift, teacher gift, birthday gift, or a gift for any other holiday too.

Bouquet

 

Teacher-Gift

Here is what you need to put this gift together:

  • vase or bucket
  • kabob sticks
  • tape
  • tissue paper
  • foam block
  • treats
  • gift cards
  • cash
  • ribbon
  • card

Wedding-Gift

First, take your foam block and put the tissue around it.  I tried to make it so that the tissue was taller in the back, shorter in the front.

Gift-Idea

Then, tape all your goodies onto sticks.  I used kabob sticks and some shorter caramel apple sticks.  It was nice to have 2 different heights to work with.  We also taped some candy as high as we could on the stick and some lower on the stick.  This helped give us a variety of height as well.

Candy Bar

Arrange all your goodies like a bouquet of flowers.  I started with the m&m’s in the middle and then added things behind them and in front of them.  I also tried to keep it symmetrical.  Finish it off with a ribbon around the vase and a card.

This bouquet contains $140 in gift cards and $80 in cash, plus the treats, but this would be so easy to make bigger or smaller.   Bigger – more candy, bigger vase, more gift cards, more money.  Smaller – less candy, smaller vase or bucket, less gift cards, less cash.  You can adjust this to any size that would work perfect for you and your budget.

You might also enjoy our Candy Bar Letter ideas.

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