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When you are invited to a Bachlorette party at a beach house, this means you need a beach bag.

When you need a beach bag and you own a fabric store, this means you make your own.

When there are multiple girls attending, this means EVERYONE needs one. :)

This beach bag is so super easy and simple to make, and now I am going to tell you how.  Welcome to the oilcloth addiction. :)

(BTW, below is the quick and dirty version.  For an in depth PDF, click here.)

1.) From 1 and 2/3 yards of oilcloth, cut your fabric pieces:

  • 2 Main Panels:  18” tall x 27” wide
  • 2 Pocket Panels:  12” tall x 27” wide
  • 2 Strap Pieces:  4” x 60”

Fold the top 1/2 inch of each Main and Pocket panel over, finger-press (no iron!), top-stitch.

2.) Put the Main and Pocket Panels right sides together; stitch with 1/2″ seam along bottom.

3.) Join Strap pieces together by sewing them on a diagonal; trim seam allowance. Join so all Strap pieces form a full circle, careful not to twist.

4.) Fold the Strap as shown, then fold again in half (like making bias tape), paperclip or binder clip into place (it’s easier than bending all your beautiful pins).

5.) The entire Strap should now be folded into a 1″ wide unbroken strap.

6.) Find the halfway points of the strap, line them up with the bottom seam of bag. Measure over 7.5″ from long edge of bag; pin handle into place (this is where you will bend your pins like crazy).

7.) The entire strap is now pinned to the front side of the bag. Top-stitch along both long edges of the strap (turn your tension WAY up!).

8.) Fold bag in half, matching the sides. Sew a 1/2″ seam up each side.

9.) When doing your gussets on the sides, measure down 4″, which will give you a nice, big 8″ side on your bag! Turn it inside out, and enjoy!