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Mesh Bag

A day at the beach needn't end with a bag full of sand.




  • 36-by-18-inch piece of fiberglass mesh
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Iron
  • Sewing kit


  1. Step 1

    To make this tote, cut a 36-by-18-inch piece of fiberglass mesh and 6 lengths of 1 1/2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon (two at 60 inches, two at 20 inches, and two at 18 inches).

  2. Step 2

    Iron the four shorter ribbons in half lengthwise. Sandwich one 18-inch side of mesh in one 18-inch ribbon. Pin, then stitch in place close to ribbon edge. Repeat on opposite side.

  3. Step 3

    Sew ends of 60-inch ribbons together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, making a large loop. Fold mesh in half widthwise; press to crease. Unfold, and line up seams in ribbon loop with crease in mesh (points A and B); pin.

  4. Step 4

    Starting at point A, sew the ribbon along its outer edge to end of the mesh (overlapping 18-inch ribbon); turn corner and continue sewing lengthwise down entire opposite edge; turn corner and stitch back to point A. Repeat, starting at point B. Fold mesh along crease.

  5. Step 5

    To finish sides, sandwich each in a 20-inch ribbon, leaving an inch overhang at each end. Pin, then sew in place. Fold back overhangs, and stitch

Martha Stewart Living, July 2006



Reviews (22)

  • vikingquilter 3 Jan, 2014

    I'd like to see more photos or diagrams for the patterns. I'm a visual learner and I can't follow the written instructions.

  • rollie 27 Oct, 2012

    The material 'fiberglass net/screen/mesh' was basically used for screening in doors and windows. It's not really made of fiberglass (I'm really wondering why it was labelled as such), but of PVC.

  • sandracanmom4 14 Aug, 2012

    Pet mesh is the best, it hold up well and it easy to work with.They make great beach bags, for shells wet towels. Fiberglass mesh,it's Fiberglass why want it? Just saying.

  • SheriFrazier 14 Jun, 2012

    I bought a roll of replacement screen used for windows at Home Depot to make this bag.

  • dogwild 3 Aug, 2011

    I think this would be good made in tulle or nylon net as well--that way, you could have a big color selection. Good idea--love your projects!

  • curvygirl 26 Jun, 2010

    I made this with white mesh and daisy ribbon . Easy to do and I get lot's of compliments and looks of amazement that I made it.

  • lopezloafer 24 Aug, 2008

    Quilt shops and big box stores stock the mesh. It is a popular fabric for bags and purses.

  • dollie2 21 Aug, 2008

    I just use window screening on a roll which I purchase at Walmart. I don't find it difficult to work with at all! I use upholstery thread and a jeans needle in my machine. I've also made several purses, covering the screening with fabric and pockets on the inside, add handles and velcro to close. Really easy!

  • prohacs 21 Aug, 2008

    Sounds like a great and fairly simple project, but where does one buy fiberglass mesh? Hardward store? Can you sew it with a regular machine needle and thread? Does the mesh come in more than one size? Thanks for any help.

  • moggiereader 21 Aug, 2008

    Whoops, my email came in as Rope Coasters again, so I almost deleted it, guess someone made a little goof on not changing the subject line???

  • dollie2 21 Aug, 2008

    I've been making bags like this for the back of my daughter's wheelchair for quite some time now, and I even add pockets. However, I've found that the pet mesh screening works better. Sharp objects can tear the regular screening quite easily. I even made a larger one that can be used for small shopping trips.

  • nightowl 21 Aug, 2008

    Not a rope coaster, but great beach bag

  • miria 21 Aug, 2008

    What happened to rope coasters--the title that was on my email??????

  • terivanhecke 21 Aug, 2008

    ok - where do you find fibreglass mesh??? and why is this posted at the end of the summer? or did i miss it in June?

  • JerseyCook 21 Aug, 2008

    I love the idea, but fiberglass mesh can be a real pain to work with. I thought of tulle, but the holes would not be big enough and it tears easily. Any ideas for something a little more user friendly but durable?

  • giannileen 21 Aug, 2008

    I found mesh at a store that makes window shades out of the mesh...scraps to make the bags, if available, are downright CHEAP!!!

  • giannileen 21 Aug, 2008

    I added pockets on front and back between the 2 center ribbons. They made safer places for sunglasses or for easy to reach things.

  • CindylouG 21 Aug, 2008

    Where might one find the Fiberglass Mesh?? In Fabric Stores??

  • Anna_Marie 21 Aug, 2008

    THE BEST beach bag I have seen...wet things begin drying right away, and the sand sifts right through! I would add some mesh pockets on the outside for sunglasses and other more delicate things to be stored so they don't get damaged. Excellent project!

  • pelican66 21 Aug, 2008

    if the holes are big enough this would be great for getting rid of all the sand before the bag comes into the house. does this mesh come in different [filtered word] sizes is what i was wondering

  • decadentdesserts4u 26 Jul, 2008

    great shell collecting bag for kids! No more sand and broken shells in the pockets.

  • decadentdesserts4u 26 Jul, 2008

    This would make a great shell