This sheer little number is made for floating to the beach, pool, or park with just the essentials: keys, book, and SPF.

Updated July 09, 2020
sheer tote back for the beach
LENNART WEIBULL

Learn how to sew a tote bag with sheer fabric—it's made for going to the beach, pool, or park with just the summer essentials: keys, book, and SPF. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of sheer fabric projectshandmade tote bags, and other sewing projects for the home.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

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.

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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

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Step 4

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.

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Step 5

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.

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