Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 14 2004

Introduction

Summer means lots of water, lots of swimming -- and a backpack for carrying things like towels and sunscreen to the beach or pool. Your child could use her school backpack, but why not make a fresh, pretty one -- you can even coordinate it with her bathing suit. Ours is washable and lined with water-resistant nylon, and it takes only an hour to complete.

materials

  • Preshrunk cotton (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)

  • Nylon (one 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangle)

  • Pins

  • Cord (two 4-inch lengths,plus two 50-inch lengths)

steps

  1. Stack 14 1/2-by-32-inch rectangles of preshrunk cotton and nylon, right sides facing; pin and sew shorter ends together using 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn inside out to hide seams.

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  2. Stitch across ends again, using 3/4-inch seam allowance, to create a channel. Fold end to end (nylon-side out); pin sides. For bottom loops, fold 4-inch cords in half; place inside the bottom corners, ends aligned with fabric edges. Stitch sides, catching ends of loops (do not sew channels closed). Starting on one side, thread each end of a 50-inch length of cord through each channel. Repeat from the other side.

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  3. Turn bag right side out. For straps, thread an end of each drawstring through the loop below it and tie ends.

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