Sunday, July 8, 2012

"C" is for Chevron

Sew: monogrammed chevron beach tote bag

Easy to make and personalize your own beach tote:

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I made my own version with navy chevron fabric and added a fuschia monogram:

This version is lined with drop cloth canvas:

It's deep and big, measuring 20"w x 16"h x 7.5"deep:

Here's how I made the monogrammed chevron beach tote:

1. Supplies:

1 - chevron exterior fabric @ 41" x 21"
1 - fusible interfacing @ 41" x 21" (iron to wrong side of chevron)
1 - drop cloth lining fabric @ 38" x 21"
2 - chevron fabric strips @ 3" x 21"
5/8" thick poly rope @ 40"

2. Pin letters in place about 4" down from top edge:

3. Zig zag stitch in place:

4. Sew 3" chevron strips to drop cloth lining piece at both short ends:
(1/2" SA)

5. Fold exterior chevron piece in half, right sides together and sew side seams 1/2"SA:
(Press seams open.)

6. To make the mitered corners press the side seam flat against the folded base making a triangle:
Mark at 7.5" wide.

7. Sew mitered corner then clip excess bulk:

8. Repeat steps 5 - 8 for drop cloth lining piece.

Be sure to line up chevron seam when sewing side seams together:

9. Turn drop cloth lining right side out and stuff into exterior bag piece (right sides together):
Cut 2 - 20" pieces of rope.

10. Pin rope handles in between lining and exterior chevron, 6" from side seams leaving at least 1" hanging out then pin remaining top seam all around:

11.  Sew top shut with 1/2"SA leaving at least a 6" gap open preferably near the back and NOT over any of the rope sections:

12. Turn bag right side out through the opening in the top seam:

13. Push drop cloth lining down into bag and press top seam smooth, pin in place to ready for top stitching:

14. Top stitch 5 rows.  This adds extra strength to the rope handle and creates a decorative finish:

Ready for the beach or pool.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Textiles @ Freckled Laundry
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. This is SO cute! Your going to put PB out of business ;-)

  2. Your bag is fantastic! I love it and the colors are just perfect. Megan

  3. I want that bag! So cool! Thanks for sharing. Newest follower from DIY parade. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. Hosting Mom's Monday Mingle now. Love for you to stop by and link up. Last week we had over 150 mom blogs. Hope to see you ;)

  4. This looks so good I would not have believed for a second that you made it! I am definitely going to have to make this soon!

  5. I LOVE the Chevron bag. Super summery and fashionable :)

  6. I love it, I want one!! I'm in love with Chevron and monograms! I might have to make myself one, thanks for sharing!


  7. I just love the fuschia letters. This tote looks even better than the PB version. Beautiful!

  8. LOVE your chevron beach tote! Super cute and such a great tutorial. Vising from JIAD and would love for you to link this up to my fashion party!


  9. This is amazing! I would buy this in a heart beat since I can't sew a straight line! :(

  10. I wish I could sew! This is cute & totally something I'd buy!

  11. Love it, Jaime! I actually need beach bags for each of my littles. My big one is bursting at the seams. Thanks for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami