I purchased a mesh laundry bag to re-purpose into laundry room sink lint filters for my washing machine, and while I was cutting it apart I had an idea. This would make a really handy beach or pool bag. So I put one together and since I was super bored today, I also made a tutorial.
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The fabric was some kind of heavy weight home decor or maybe even outdoor fabric that I've had in my craft room for a while. The yellow print is from the Laurie Smith Collection 2004 and it's called "Zig Zag." I had 1 1/2 yards of it, but I didn't use it all. If you don't mind the straps being stitched together from smaller pieces, you could probably make this bag from 3/4 of a yard or less.
First, lay out your mesh bag and decide how deep you want your bag to be. Cinch up the drawstring top and lay it on the floor. You want to leave the cinched up portion so that your finished bag still has the drawstring for a closure. I removed the bottom six inches of the laundry bag. This left me with 18 inches between the bottom and the bag and the beginning of the cinched up portion.
Next, cut off the seams on the sides of the bag all the way up to the beginning of the cinched portion (along the dotted line in the picture above). I cut off about 1/2 an inch on each side.
To make the bottom of the bag, take your decorator fabric and cut out two pieces that are as wide as your mesh and 6 1/2 inches tall. For mine, the measurement was 21" x 6 1/2".
Next for the upper horizontal straps that become the top of the bag, you need to cut two pieces of fabric that are as wide as your mesh, and three inches tall. For me that was 21" x 3".
To make these strips into the top straps, you turn under both of the long ends 1/4 inch, and then fold them lengthwise and press.
Lastly for the handles you need two very long strips of fabric. Since I already had 1 1/2 yards, I just cut these from my long length of fabric. If you have less fabric, piece together enough to make two handle pieces that measure 3" x 56".
Press them the same way that you pressed the horizontal straps, turning under both long edges and then folding in half the long way.
At this point, these are all of the pieces you should have.
Now it's time to assemble the bag.
Lay the handle down where you would like it to be and pin it to the top layer of the mesh only. Lay the horizontal strap on and also pin to the top layer of mesh only.
Then turn it over and do the same to the other side of the mesh bag. This is what is looks like opened up:
Now place right sides together, and pin along the bottom and both sides of the bag, all the way up to the original seam of the mesh bag. Sew along the sides and bottom (the red dots in this picture). Make sure to line up the horizontal top strap and the edges of the bottom fabric.
Lastly, box the two bottom corners. To do that you fold your corners like this (with the bag still inside-out). I measured 3 inches from the corner and drew a line.
Sew along that line...
Turn the bag right side out and you're done. I put two beach towels and some sunscreen in there and there was plenty of room for more (floaties, sandals, Frisbees, food, whatever). The drawstring keeps it all contained. It's perfect for some summer fun.
**As always, this tutorial is for non-profit personal use only please. Make your own, make one for a friend, but don't make them to sell.**