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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).

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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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Quilt Backing Ideas

My favorite challenge lately when making quilts is to add some fun character to the backing.  No more plain boring backs on your quilts!  Here are a few new quilt backing ideas for you to consider.

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This is the quilt backing for my Flowering Snowball Quilt.

Buying 4-5 yards of fabric for the backing of a quilt can add up fast.  Here are some ideas of how you can piece your quilt backing to use up scraps and not have to buy more fabric.  Let start with the traditional way to piece the backing fabric of your quilt.  Using fabric that is purchased 42-44 inches wide, these are your options:

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Using the same fabric for the whole back, you would need anywhere from 3.5 to 5 yards (or even more!) depending on the size of your quilt.   To  create a fun pieced back to your quilt, I just buy one length of fabric (the length of your quilt, approx. 2 yards) and then use scraps to fill in the rest of the needed width.  Here are a few ideas of how to do this:

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Now that I’ve got you thinking, I thought you could come up with some of your own ideas.  Here is a blank sheet of pretend little quilts for you to doodle on and come up with your own backing patterns.

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Download Quilt Backing Planner Printable

I have a few more quilts in the works with fun backings on them, I can’t wait to show your more!

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