Sheer Tote Bag
This sheer little number is made for floating to the beach, pool, or park with just the essentials: keys, book, and SPF.
Photography: Lennart Weibull
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2020
Cut out two 18-inch square of fabric. Fold top edge of one fabric square under by 3/4 inch; press with iron. Repeat on top edge of remaining fabric square.
Cut two 20-inch lengths of ribbon (for handles). Mark top edge on right side of each fabric square, 6 inches in from both sides. Align ends of one ribbon with marks on one fabric square, 3/4 inch below top edge; pin in place and stitch on ribbons (ideally with sewing machine, so stitches are strong). Repeat to attach ribbon handle to remaining fabric square.
Cut two 18 1/2-inch lengths of ribbon (for trim). Align ribbons with top edges of fabric squares, hiding raw edges of handle ribbons.
Pin ribbon in place; edge-stitch along both sides. Secure handles with a box stitch or by sewing an X. Repeat to add ribbon trim to remaining fabric square.
Stack fabric squares, wrong-sides facing in; pin. Stitch all around bottom and sides with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn bag inside out; press seams flat and stitch around bottom and sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, and press.