Beach bag tutorial

A few weeks ago I shared with you a bag I made while trying to come up with a size and style for a tutorial. The bag below didn’t allow much room to embellish. It was small and I didn’t like the handles.


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Why the bag you ask? As an AccuQuilt Go Getter I was asked to write a tutorial and use two of the newly released die’s. The Emoji Die  (along with  the FREE GO! Emojis Embroidery Designs ) and  the Summer Medley Die (along with the FREE  GO! Summer Medley Embroidery Designs ). Since I don’t have an embroidery machine I cannot speak of the embroidery designs.

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The Emoji Die was fun, I chuckled to myself a few times while playing with them.  The expression on the Sun Emoji I made is my favorite. I liked the tear drop shape for a mouth and you could also use it for ears.  The hearts could be used as eyes but I used them to say the Emoji loved what he or she was looking at above the sunglasses.

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The Summer Medley Die is cute too. You could use the shovel as a sign by snipping off the handle or use it as a gondola lift with the handle.  You could use the sand pail as  a flower pot. Or how about a water pail and use the tear drop shape from the Emoji as water splashing out of the bucket?

The strap on the flip flops could be used as a wish bone  or as flower petals or leaves. The soles could be used alone to show foot steps or add some toes.  I’m still looking at shapes everywhere to see what else resembles the flip flops. My initial response when I saw the die was a Sunbonnet Sue beach quilt and I thought I could incorporate that idea into a bag. However, in order for that to have worked the bag would need to be humongous.

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My tutorial uses Heat N Bond Ultra , cotton rope for handles, stabilizer for the top half of the bag and canvas for the bottom.  It’s quick and easy. For the shapes I used pieces of scrap fabric that would just cover the shapes on the die.

Would you like to make a quick and easy lined beach bag?  Visit the AccuQuilt blog for my free tutorial and other free patterns.

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  1. So cute! I like the new handles better too. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    1. Me too, the nylon straps did not compliment the bag and would cause some discomfort if the bag was overfilled.

  2. Hi Denise! What a CUTE bag! Clever use of the emojis and clever of AccuQuilt to add that as a die. I would smile each time I used this bag. ~smile~ Roseanne

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