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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.

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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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Flowering Snowball Quilt Tutorial

I’ve been showing you my progress of my Flowering Snowball Quilt on Instagram for a while now.   I’ve had a few questions about how I made it, so I thought I’d share a quilt tutorial with you.

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First, print this Flowering Snowball Quilt Template.

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Printing this template at it’s current size should give you a 6 inch square block.  You can shrink or enlarge this template if you would like bigger or smaller squares.

Second.  Using your template pieces, cut out fabric.  To make this process quicker, be sure to layer your fabrics.  I usually cut 4 layers at once.  Now you should have all your pieces ready to go.  I used scraps for all my colored fabrics.  I used about 1 yard of white fabric.

Third.  Sew pieces together.  Your squares are made up of 3 sections.  First we will made the diagonal section, then two corner sections.  Sew your three pieces together that form the diagonal section.  Press seams to the inside middle square.

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Sewing curved lines can be tricky, but the more you do it, the better you will get.  It gets easier as you go, I promise!  Now let’s make the corner sections.  After laying out your pieces, fold the corner colorful fabric on top of the white piece on the left.  The top right corner is where we are going to start our first seam.  Put that corner under your presser foot.  Clip the edge of your colored fabric to help it straighten out a little.  Hold into place aligning up your curved line, and sew!

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Next, we will add the other side of our corner section.  Lay it back down how it is supposed to be put together.  Fold white fabric on top of the colored fabric, aligning the the bottom corner.   This is where you will start your next seam.  Flip it over so the white fabric is on the bottom and put it under your presser foot.  Clip the edge of your colored fabric again, hold into place and sew!

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Once your corner section is sewn together, press the seams to the white fabric.  This is the direction the fabric lays the best.  Repeat this process to put your second corner section together.  Now we are ready to attach our corner sections to our diagonal section.

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Here we go.  Using only 2 pins, pin your diagonal section on top of a corner section.  Clip the edges of the colored fabric so that is gives a little better in the curve.  Both of these seams will be done with the diagonal section on TOP.  Once you’ve completed these two curved seams, you are done!  Press the seams to the white fabric, and trim edges to square up your block (if needed!)

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I finished off my quilt with a 2.5 inch white border, then a 3.5 inch colored border.  Finished size is 50X60.  Love, love, love it!  I can’t wait to get this quilted.  Don’t worry, I’ll show you once it’s all done!

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Family Reunion Cup Holder

Our summers usually have several family reunions.  This weekend we are headed to another one!  One of the trickiest parts of having a large group together is cups.  There is always tons of cups all over!  Ashlee has come up with the perfect solution to help us out this year!  It’s the perfect Family Reunion Cup Holder!

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These are very useful at large gatherings, and they are simple to make!  Just follow the steps below to make a cup holder that holds 20 cups (5 on each side).

#1 Buy your materials
You’ll need one 4″ x 4″ post about 25″ long, twenty 4″ long nails, and one base board (about 12″ x 12″ x 1″)

#2 Sand the boards

#3 Paint the boards

#4 Mark the nail locations at 5″ apart (depending on your cup size)

#5 Drill holes on the marks to prevent the board from splitting.  Remember to drill at an angle!

#6 Insert nails

#7 Attach post to base

#8 Drill a hole in the top for a marker holder, if desired.

#9 Wipe off the nails so they are clean and enjoy!

Use the marker to write names on the side of the cup and put initials on the bottom.  That way each person can quickly find their own cup.

Oh, and remind everyone to rinse their cups out before they hang them on the holder (especially if they were just drinking any beverage other than water.)

We hope you enjoy all of your family reunions and parties this summer!

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