Beach Bag

What You Need:

  • Empty plastic mesh bag from produce, or buy a larger mesh laundry bag from a dollar store
  • Fabric
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Plastic shopping bag
  • Ribbon
  • Instant bond double-sided fabric tape (from fabric or craft shops)
  • Decorations: beach-themed stickers, charms, beads, buttons

What You Do:

  1. Decide what size of beach bag you’ll need. Smaller bags can carry odds and ends like sunglasses, sunscreen, and jewelry. For a smaller bag, an empty, clean mesh produce bag, like the kind potatoes or avocadoes come in, will work. For a larger towel-sized tote, large mesh utility bags can be bought from dollar and discount stores.
  2. Help your child cut a piece of a plastic shopping bag to fit inside the bottom of the mesh bag.  This will be a “liner” inside the tote bag.  Attach the liner to the bottom of the mesh bag using double-sided fabric tape under the liner.
  3. Help your child cut a fabric piece to go outside the bottom of the mesh bag to cover the liner, about 1-2 inches up the bag’s sides. Use double-sided fabric tape again to hem the fabric’s edges if needed, and then to attach the fabric to the outside of the mesh bag.
  4. Now your child can decorate around the sides of the beach bag with beach-themed charms, stickers, beads and buttons!  For each non-sticker item, cut a small piece of ribbon and tie it through the item, then knot the ribbon inside the bag.
  5. Let your child weave a pretty ribbon through the mesh holes near the top of the beach bag, then pull the ribbon together at the ends to close the bag.  The ribbon will also be the carrying handle for the bag.
  6. Drop in a bathing suit and sunglasses and hit the surf!  This bag is waterproof and has mesh holes to sift out sand— just bring home the beach memories, not the sandy mess!

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