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Jun 20, 2011

Oversized Oilcloth Beach Bag

Jun 20, 2011
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For years, actually ever since I had kids, I have never been able to find a beach bag big enough to accommodate all that is needed for trips to the pool.  The suits, change of clothes, towels, beach blanket, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, swim diapers, floatie vests, toys,  snacks….  Anyway, you know what I’m talking about.

I took matters into my own hands.  Here it is.  The largest beach bag I have ever seen.   And I LOVE it!  Worked perfect for a visit to the lake this weekend.  It's 21" x 16" x 4".

I took this green floral oilcloth print I bought last year and made this oversized bag simple.  It’s pretty on the outside.  And since it’s only going to store soggy bathing suits and towels, it’s unlined on the inside.  Yes! A simple and straight-forward project.


I was forewarned about working with oilcloth, but if you use your walking foot, both sets of feed dogs grab the material and easily feed it through your machine.  Have you ever tried oilcloth?  I made a few cosmetic bags with it last year.  It’s inexpensive (around $7 per yard) and perfect for beachy applications like this.

*again the disclaimers*: any photos that include me are taken by my 4 yr.old


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16 comments:

  1. looks like a great bag! I'm glad to hear that oil cloth isn't too bad to work with. I've been a little hesitant to check it out.

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  2. I think your 4 year old did quite a nice job! Great bag!

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  3. Cute bag!! And I still think your four-year-old has a future in photography, he does a great job!!

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  4. How cute!
    What a great idea - we are still searching for the perfect beach/pool bag, too!

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  5. Wow! A four year old took those photos - I thought you edited them to keep your face off the page! Congratulations Little One - you have the makings of a great photographer!

    And I love the bag - a great size, totally practical.

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  6. very cute and summer-y! you can fit so much in there--i love it!

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  7. What a great bag! I tried oilcloth once before, and it didn't work out so well. The holes created by my needle kind of caused the fabric to fall apart. Did you use a different needle?

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  8. Love that oilcloth print! Fun and summery :)

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  9. Great bag! HUGE!! But it handles it all!

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  10. LOVE this bag! I concur about it being hard to find a nice big beach/pool bag. Your 4-year-old isn't half bad as a photog, either! :)

    felicity DOT quilts AT gmail DOT com

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  11. I love that bag! Green is my favorite color! And what a great idea to use the oilcloth!

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  12. Love! I can never find oilcloth where I live. This is a cute idea.

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  13. What a great bag! It looks big enough to stuff a tired 4 year old in if all else fails!

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  14. It's great! I'm glad to here that sewing oil cloth maybe isn't as hard as I thought.

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  15. Wow! Great bag. I have never been brave enough to sew with anything but cotton - so far!

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  16. It's perfect in every way! Now I'm going to have to make one for my family. We went to the pool yesterday and all the stuff kept falling out of my old bag. Thanks for the idea and sharing.

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