Thursday, February 28, 2013

A bag for the beach

We leave for Mexico on Saturday*, and I had one more project I wanted to finish before then — a new beach bag, of course!
Last summer, we made do with a huge tote I got for free from DSW years ago, but that wasn't going to cut it anymore. I mean, what good is it if you can sew but don't bother to make yourself a decent bag once in a while, right?
So this week, I whipped up this little baby. The fabric is an old home dec from my stash, paired with a madras I bought on clearance from Joann's a long time ago. I love how bright and summery it looks.
I used the dimensions and technique from the Market/Beach Tote in Vanessa Christenson's Make It Sew Modern (a Christmas gift that I'm finally getting a chance to delve into). Instead of the gathered fabric on the outside, I added a large front pocket. I added a small pocket to the inside as well.
The bag is the perfect size for all of our poolside goodies. Now, we're all ready for the beach! See you when I get back.
*So, not so funny story. We were supposed to leave on Friday, but on Thursday, when I went to check us in for our flight, I noticed Matt's passport expired a month ago. NOOOOOOO!!!!!! This discovery led to a very long morning of calling the passport office, changing our flights, making an appointment at the nearest passport office (which is in Hot Springs, 6 hours away!), changing our hotel shuttle reservation, making a hotel reservation for Matt in Hot Springs, and on and on and on. Tonight, Matt hit the road for Hot Springs, and now we're just hoping all goes well at the passport office. Let this be a lesson to you, friends. If you're planning an international trip, check your passport immediately!!!

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