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How to make a Mesh Beach Bag

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I really wanted to practice working with mesh fabric since it can be a real pain but it's great for so many things.  I like mesh for beach bags because the sand doesn't collect at the bottom, it just falls right through!  I also added a pocket for a cell phone, keys, etc. because I wanted a way to keep them out of the sand.  This instructable is more about how to successfully sew mesh than other aspects of this bag since it is very simple and there are other guides out there.
 
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Step 1: Collect supplies

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For this project, you will need:

-mesh
-scissors
-pins
-webbing for straps
-small scraps of fabric for pockets
-velcro
-extra wide, double fold bias tape (or make your own)
-sewing machine

Step 2: Cut out pieces

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Decide how big you want your bag and pocket and cut it out.  You can really make your bag any size.  I wanted mine to be around 20 inches wide, 12 inches tall and 6 inches deep.  To make the bag, you should cut out 3 rectangles, two small ones for the sides and one large one for the sides and the bottom.  The pocket can be any size and you can make as many as you want.  You need one piece of fabric to fold over and become the pocket and a smaller piece for the flap to close the pocket.
kz11 year ago
Gnarly! I was curious about how to put this stuff together. Thanks. Now I just need to learn how to sew! :>) I bought a machine off of craigslist and I'm at the "How do you get thread in this damed thing?" stage. Eventually want to get a machine to sew canvas and webbing. Wish me large luck!
lyndau2 years ago
You could start with a mesh laundry bag from the dollar store.
oh yeah, definitely! I just happened to have all this mesh and webbing in my fabric stash :)
Great idea for a lot less of the cost at a department sore!
yeah, I wasn't sure how much the mesh would cost but I found some on sale and I probably paid like $8 total for this bag. Not too bad, I would say!
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