Holds two big beach towels easily, among other items.
Large: 26" wide at the top, 16" tall, with a 6" bottom depth
Holds 4 big beach towels easily, among other items.
Front pocket is optional.
I LOVE laminated bags for so many reasons, but of course you can also use regular quilting cotton or maybe some home decor weight or twill or denim for a more substantial bag.
Note: for the large bag I fused fleece to both the outer and the lining layers of fabric.
It is placed in the bottom of the bag between the exterior and the lining layers, and can be stitched or hot glued into place. Of course you can use whatever you want, or use nothing at all. But be aware that without it your bottom will be...well you know:)
If you have scraps of this, you can piece them together with your machine really easily to get the length you want.
A word about needles: These are the needles that I use with laminates. They sew more smoothly through the coating than normal needles do.
And you might want to use these tools to make this project much easier.
If you are using laminated cotton for the first time, check out these TIPS.
2/3 yd. fusible fleece (optional for bag body)
1/3 yard more fusible fleece for laminate strap option
Hot glue gun and glue (optional)
1 5/8yd. 44" laminated fabric for outer bag
1 5/8yd. 44" laminated fabric for lining
OR cut 2- 27" straps from webbing
*4 rectangles, 12"W X 6"H from lining fabric (makes two double inside pockets)
*2 rectangles 10"H X 8"W for outer body pocket (optional)
Make sure edges and corners are stuck down. Tip: Make a LONG skip-stitch with your machine all around the edges (1/8" SA) after fusing to keep the fleece from shifting.
Note: If making the large bag, fuse fleece to lining pieces as well.
Flip strap over.
Fold the flush edge of strap/batting piece toward the center (fleece to fleece)
1 ¼”. Pin all the way down.
On the other edge, the fabric extends ½” beyond the batting. Fold that ½” over the edge of the batting. Now fold that side toward the center, overlapping the raw edge by about ¼”. Make sure the finished width is uniformly 2”. Pin all the way down.
Stitch down the center through all layers.
Turn right side out, pushing corners all the way out, and press neatly. (don't forget the press cloth!)
Top-stitch the pocket into place (just the three sides) in a 1/8" to 1/4" SA.
For the large bag inside pocket: Stitch down the center of pocket as well, to divide pocket into halves. Reinforce pocket stitching at beginning and ending points.
Stitch along your drawn line. Trim away the excess at the point, 1/4" from stitching line.
Follow step 3 for making the outer pocket as you did for the inside pockets.
Lay the two outer bag pieces together RSF, aligning shorter sides, and bottom. Pin. Stitch sides and bottom in a 1/4" SA.
(For Webbing Straps: Cut two 27" straps and follow directions below for placement.)
Make sure strap is not twisted. Stitch strap ends into place 1/2" and again 1/4" from raw edge. Stitch again to reinforce.
Using your hot glue gun, drizzle a little glue into the corners and along center seam to secure the canvas to the bottom of the inside of the bag. You can also secure it using needle and thread if you would rather. Once the glue is totally dry, turn the outer bag wrong side out.
Step 11. FINISHING:
Pull everything out through the opening carefully,
and then stuff the lining down into the outer bag.
and again in a 3/8" SA, being sure SA of opening is tucked into the seam neatly.