Flashback: Upcycled Beach Bag

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Flashback: Upcycled Beach Bag

Our first Flashback for May fits right in with our UpCraft theme this month, as we focus on recycled, upcycled and repurposed projects. Since we’re heading in to summer, it’s the perfect time to put together this handy beach bag using an old towel and some scraps of fabric for the straps. I’m thinking of making one for each of my kids so they can haul their own beach toys and snacks this summer!

I am all about quick and dirty craft projects. I hate measuring. I hate pinning. I just want to get right to the sewing! If you are like me, you will find this simple Upcycled Beach Towel to be very satisfying. I dug out an old threadbare towel, and found a cute fabric belt at the thrift store for $1.00. In less than 20 minutes the bag was cut, sewn, and good to go!



Old towel
Scrap fabric for handles
Sewing machine


Step 1: Cut an old towel into quarters. Remove any trim from the edges.
Step 2: With the sewing machine set to the zig-zag stitch, sew along the short edges of the towel, to keep the fabric from unraveling.
Step 3: Cut 2 handles from the scrap fabric, and determine their placement along the edge of the towel. Sew the ends of the handle down with 2 rows of zig-zag. Attach the second handle to the other end of the towel in the same way.
Step 4: Fold the towel in half, with the handles facing in. Seam the edges shut with the trusty zig-zag.
Step 5: Turn the bag right side out. Toss in your favorite beers, whatever Pynchon novel you happen to be reading at the moment, and head to the beach!

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