I've just had the perfect beach holiday...morning swims, lunchtime daquiris, nanna naps and afternoon walks. The first thing I did to prepare for my holiday was to sew some new tote bags to replace my worn and ripped bags from a few years ago. Usually I make totes out of remnants or other fabrics for which I've lost the love, but I've had a bit of bag envy lately, so I broke out the good gear.
Japanese cotton from Tessuti. This bag is a great size and shape for carrying picnic blankets. I made a few modifications to the pattern. I eliminated the 2 shorter handles and attached the long strap directly to the bag. I quilted some bamboo batting into the shoulder strap.
free download from fabric.com.
I made this next little pouch a while ago, but have only just got around to photographing it. It is a waterproof pouch, for bringing home all the wet swimmers. I wish I had made it years ago.
I used this tutorial for a lined, triangular, zippered pouch, only I made the dimensions bigger. The exterior is cotton twill. The interior is waterproof PUL, which is not my favourite fabric to sew.