I have wanted to design a sturdy basic bag with a classic/preppy twist for a while. A good beach bag shouldn’t be lined or contains too many pleats and corners for sand and dirt to get into.
This canvas bag is meant to be a blank slate to express your moods or family ties. Leave it blank or adorn it all over. The sturdy construction can take it, so fill it up with beach wear or a picnic on the lawn and get going!
20” by 11” by 6”
1 yard of duck cloth also known as cotton canvas
1.5 yards of cotton twisted rope
4 rectangles of fabric measuring 8.5” by 6” for the flag appliqué
large box of rivets and tool
large nail and hammer
4 grommets and tools
Cut the fabric (3 pieces):
A: Large rectangle (bag body) 23” by 30”
B: Bottom 12” by 23”
C: 7.5” by 10”
Inspect the fabric carefully to distinguish the right side (RS) from the wrong side (WS).
Prepare the body of the bag:
Hem the top of the bag by turning the two 23 “ side under .5” twice towards the RS. Topstitch the hem close to the edge with a 3mm stitch.
Fold over .5 inch of the WS of the reinforced bottom on the 23” sides.
Place the reinforced bottom on the right side of the bag exactly in the middle. You might want to fold both pieces in the middle and align the folds. Pin in place well and topstitch the folded hems close to the edge with a 3mm inch.
Prepare the pocket by folding .5” on three of the sides (7.5-10-7.5) over towards the WS once. The top edge should be folded over twice. If you decide to adorn the pocket as I have done now if a good time to do so. I have used an embroidery machine for the pocket design.
Attach the pocket to the inside of the bag on one of the sides sewing the three sides close to the edge with a reinforced stitch (triple stitch) and placing rivets on all four corners, using a nail and hammer to pierce through the layers if necessary.
Optional step make the flags and attach it to the bag
Follow the stitching guide at the end of the pattern
Place the grommets for the handles using the marking pen and the kit tool. Place the grommets 1.5” from the top and 6 inches apart.
Sew the sides of the bag:
Fold bag WS together and pin the sides taking care to align the seam of the reinforced bottom and the top edges. Sew with a .5 inch seam allowance and trim the seam to ¼”. Turn the bag wrong side out and press. Sew the seams again .5” from the edge incasing the previous raw edge.
Fold the corners:
Using a hot glue gun, fold and glue the corners on the outside of the bag. Place four rivets on each corner. You will need to use a nail to help you go through all the layers of thick fabric.
Thread the rope:
Thread the cord through the grommets securing them with a knot on the inside of the bag. The length of the handle is up to you.
Make the union jack
Follow the stitching and cutting order on the schematic bellow: