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Make a beach bag

Using materials you probably have around the house, this will be perfect to bring back those wet items from the beach.


• 1 large, round, plastic jug (the kind bleach or fabric softener comes in)

• 2 pieces of cotton material, approx. 12×12 inches (31×31 cm)

• 2 pieces, each 16 inches (41 cm) long, of cord, shoelaces or ribbon for drawstrings

• Kitchen shears

• Awl

• Sewing machine

• Strong thread and needle


Cut the top off the plastic jug, leaving the bottom about 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Using awl, punch holes approx. 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) down and 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) apart all around the edge.

Because the size of these jugs varies slightly, beginning 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) from the top edges, machine stitch the two pieces of material together so as to make a cylinder that fits snugly, but not too tightly, over the plastic bottom. Press seams open and trim, leaving enough to narrowly hem the edges of each seam allowance.

Along the top edges, fold down 1 inch, (2.5 cm) turn under edge and machine stitch to make casings for drawstrings. Make a narrow hem or serge along the bottom edge to prevent fraying.

Turn material inside out and fit over plastic bottom as shown. Using strong thread doubled, hand sew material to plastic bottom with a running stitch that goes in and out of punched holes. Sew one way and then the opposite. Tie ends securely.

Flip top of bag up and insert 2 drawstrings, one going each way. Knot the ends.

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