How to Make a Beach Bag - Fun Boho DIY Beach Tote Bag Tutorial

8 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make a beach bag. Picture yourself on a soft sand beach, sun in the sky, and a light breeze through your hair. Of course, there are a few things you’ll want to bring along with you, and this DIY beach tote bag fits perfectly into that idyllic scene.

Follow this beach tote bag sewing pattern to make one that suits your beach style.

Tools and materials:

  • Beach tote fabric
  • Leather or faux-leather fabric
  • Decorative jewels, edging, and feathers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
Beach tote bag sewing pattern

1. Cut the fabric

Cut a rectangle from a good tote bag fabric of your choice, measuring 43 centimeters (17 inches) x 96 centimeters (37.8 inches). That gives you enough fabric for your beach tote plus a seam allowance.

Cutting the fabric for the DIY tote bag

Now, cut two beach tote handles from your fabric, measuring 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) x 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) each.

Pattern for the front flap of the bag

Now you will need a decorative piece of leather or faux-leather fabric for the fringe on the front of your beach tote. As shown above, the pentagon shape is 40 centimeters (15.75 inches) x 16 centimeters (6.2 inches) x 25 centimeters (10 inches).

Pressing the DIY beach bag straps flat

2. Make the beach tote handles

Turn in the long edges of the beach tote straps and iron them flat.

Pressing the fabric with an iron

Now fold each handle in half lengthwise, with the wrong side of the fabric facing in. Iron the handles flat.

Sewing the DIY beach tote bag straps

Top stitch around all four sides of the handles.

Make your own beach bag

3. Make the decorative fringe

Using the decorative elements you’ve chosen, lay them out on the piece of cut leather, in whatever pattern you like. 

Measuring where the fringe will go

Using a pencil and ruler, make a horizontal line across the leather piece at the point from the bottom where you want your fringe to end. 

Cutting slits in the fabric to make fringe

Starting at the center bottom of the leather and working out to both sides, cut slits from the bottom to the line you drew to make the fringe.

Gluing the embellishments to the bag

Now use fabric glue to attach your decorative elements to the leather fabric above your fringe. 

Placing the flap on the bag

4. Attach the fringe to the beach tote

With your beach tote fabric laid out with the long sides vertical and the short sides horizontal, place the decorative leather fringe piece on top of the beach tote.

Line the top of the fringe piece to the top of the beach tote fabric, leaving a small seam allowance above the fringe fabric. Make sure you center the fringe piece horizontally on the fabric, so you have the same seam allowance on both sides.

Folding the fabric up to the top

Now, fold the bottom half of the fabric up to the top, so the flap is inside the bag, and stitch the side seams. The front flap will be sewn in place as well. Then, turn the bag right side out.

Attaching the handles to the beach bag

5. Attach the handles

Turn in the hem of the top of your beach tote and pin one handle to the front and one handle to the back of your tote, 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) from the outer edge of the tote.

Sewing the top hem of the DIY beach tote bag

Sew the top hem, catching the handles in the seam as you go. But do not catch the fringe fabric into the hem as you sew.

Gluing the top of the flap to the bag

Glue the fringe fabric to the top of your beach tote. Add any additional decorative elements you want to the fringe fabric.

DIY beach tote bag

Your DIY beach tote bag is finished!

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Now throw a good book, a bottle of water, and some snacks into your DIY beach bag and head to the beach! Don’t forget your sunglasses, sunhat, and sunscreen. Let me know what you think of this beach bag in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Beach tote fabric
  • Leather or faux-leather fabric
  • Decorative jewels, edging, and feathers
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