Beach Bag DIY

It’s beach season! There are so many hidden delights in Western Canada that are often forgotten or taken for granted. B.C. is blessed with ocean access but also beautiful forests that often lead to lakes. Not to mention the beauty of the Shuswap! The run-off from the mountains needs to go somewhere and Alberta is full of beautiful lakes. From Sylvan lake to lake Minnewanka we are only a short drive away from a beach day! Although Saskatchewan is known for their Prairies they are still able to enjoy a beach day at little Manitou lake or even lake Athabasca. Be sure to throw in some fishing rods with these visits. Manitoba is home to Canada’s 13th largest lake, Lake Manitoba and is full of little cottages among the bodies of water.

Okay, so maybe a Canadian beach isn’t quite the same as a Mexico beach but they are beautiful, and still require a beach bag!

Beach Bag Materials


  • 0.8m fabric (140cm wide)
  • 1.5m lining (60cm wide)
  • 0.6m vinyl
  • 4 O-rings 38mm
  • 1.5m trim for handles
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors
  • iron
  • Optional: magnetic clip, 8″ invisible zipper
  1. Cut a rectangle 44″ x 23″ out of fabric and 40″ x 23″ of lining.
Beach Bag Step 1
Step 2

2. Cut out bag bottom, referencing the diagram attached to the materials. Cut 1 of vinyl and 1 of lining.

Step 3

3. Sew a rolled hem on the long edges of the bag bottom vinyl (23″ sides).

Step 4

4. Centre the leather bottom piece face up on the right side of the fabric and sew into place.

Beach Bag Step 5
Step 5

5. Cut the fabric on both sides where the leather bottom is cut out

Step 6

6. Fold fabric good to good and stitch sides. Press seams open

Step 7

7. Bring the side seam to the middle of the cut-out and stitch. Repeat on other side.

8. Repeat steps 3-7 with the lining. **Optional: add zipper pocket to lining**

Beach Bag Step 9
Step 9

9. Cut 4 strips of vinyl 1″ x 6″. Thread through O-rings and baste vinyl to top edge of bag

Step 10

10. Press top edge of fabric under 2″. **Optional: attach magnetic snaps to the top of the bag on 2″ fold.

Step 11

11. Place bag and lining good sides together making sure vinyl tabs are tucked in. Stitch top edge with 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving opening to turn inside out.

Step 12

12. Turn inside out and slip stitch opening closed. Top stitch edge of bag.

Step 13

13. Thread in the belting trim through the O-rings to create the purse straps, stitch down.

Don’t forget to enter your bag into our contest!

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20 Discussion to this post

  1. Karen Sackman says:

    I cannot get this pattern to download. Have tried numerous times and ways.

  2. Maxine says:

    Is there a way to download the step-by-step photos as well as the pattern for the bottom?

  3. Kim Edmondson says:

    It downloaded fine. Did not print step by step pictures for page 1. Everything else printed fine. Hmm…

  4. jan says:

    I could not down load either and I found your illustrations difficult to destinguish and instructions confusing. I think I could make it on my own only because of my experience

    • Fabricland says:

      Hi Jan,
      Sorry to hear about your complication downloading the pattern and/or instructions. Please make sure you have a current PDF reader such as acrobat. You will also want to make sure your ad blocker is turned off as the pattern will try to open in a new window.
      Thank you for the feedback regarding the complexity of the instructions. We can understand that viewing the pictures and reading the instructions might be confusing but as you sew it should make more sense.

  5. Sharon says:

    Is it mandatory to only use only one fabric on the outside or can I be creative and use some co-ordinating fabrics and perhaps some accents such as buttons etc?

  6. Judi says:

    I am so very excited to try and make this bag. It looks fabulous. Wish me luck.

  7. Hanneke says:

    are there instructions for adding the optional zipper pocket to the lining? mostly looking for dimensions and why an invisible zipper?
    also, is it necessary to line the bag bottom? , seems like a lot of fabric. I would just skip this piece.

  8. Ruth says:

    The pattern looks great, but I am wondering what the finished dimensions of the bag are.

  9. Oliva Watson says:

    When is the contest over.
    Do you have to use this colour or your own.

  10. Jen crfater says:

    Thanks for explaining this in details i have been looking for this since so long

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