Seashore Beach Tote

Tote all of your beach wares in nautical fashion with this striped canvas bag. Perfect for a day at the shore with a book or friends.
By  Gloria Uhler for Testors Corp. 



Cardstock or stencil blanks
Thick cardboard, 11½”x6”
Rope, 3/8”, 48” long
All-weather fabric, 2/3 yd: yellow and white stripe, navy
Heavyweight fusible interfacing, 19”x3”
Grommets, 3/8”, 10
Sea horse and shell beads


Testors Aztek Airbrush System and Airbrushable Opaque Paints: Red, Blue
Paint cups
Sewing machine and matching thread
Adhesives: Scotch Guard, Scotch Spray Mount, Aleene’s Tacky Glue


Craft knife
Craft stick
Small plastic container

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1. Find seashell and fish images online by searching with the words “stencils” or “coloring pages.” Enlarge images to 2½” and space them equally to occupy half of bag front. Print two copies onto card stock or stencil blanks, making one reversed. Use craft knife to cut them out. Spray stencil backs with adhesive. 

2. Cut two 25½”x19” pieces from yellow striped fabric. The stripes should be horizontal along the 25½” length with center of one stripe at 12¾”. Iron interfacing to wrong side of each center stripe as shown.

3. Fold interfaced stripe in half lengthwise and press. This will be the first 1½” stripe on bag’s top edge. Repeat for second striped fabric piece.

4. Open folded fabric. Center stencil onto left side of bag’s first white stripe below the fold. Adhere small pieces like the sand dollar details from stencil onto design.

5. Mix blue with a little bit of red paint to create deep navy blue to match solid fabric. Protect areas not being painted from accidental overspray and airbrush stencil with navy blue paint. 

6. Remove stencil and center it to right side of same stripe and airbrush. Repeat to position opposite stencil in next white stripe and airbrush. Let dry. Repeat for second striped fabric piece using reversed stencil.

7. With right sides of 25½” pieces together, pin side seams making sure stripes match. Sew ¼” from raw bottom edge using a 5/8” seam allowance. Press seams open, avoiding contact with painted areas.

8. Turn bag so wrong sides are facing and fold inward along crease from Step 3 to create a 12½” long double layer. 

9. Cut two 15”x19” navy blue fabric pieces: one for the outer bag and second for lining. Fold each piece in half lengthwise so it measures 15”x9½” and sew side seams using a 5/8” seam allowance.

10. Match side seams to center bottom and draw a 6” line across triangles formed to create bag bottom. Sew across lines. Repeat on second fabric piece for lining.

11. Place 11½”x6” stiff piece of cardboard into outer bag bottom, pushing it into the corners. Place lining inside with wrong side facing the cardboard. Sew two layers together ¼” from raw edges.

12. With right sides of top and bottom pieces of bag facing, sew bag top to bag bottom bag using a 5/8” seam allowance. Finish seam with a serger or zigzag stitch. Press seam to face bag bottom.

13. Attach grommets to bag top following manufacturer’s instructions. Mark grommet placement on left seam, 3½” from left side seam and another 2½” away working toward center of bag. Repeat on right side and again on opposite side.  

14. Insert navy blue rope into outside left and right front grommets and repeat on opposite side of bag. Tie a knot in rope ends. Trim ends and apply adhesive to prevent fraying.

15. Spray airbrushed stripes with Scotch Guard. Hand-sew sea horse and shell beads to top edge of navy blue bottom as shown. 



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