Beachwear: Vintage Tote & Cosmetic Cases - part 1

Start with the tote !

  • Cotton fabric 50 x 100 cms
  • Luggage ribbon for handles, 160 cm (width: 2,5 cms)
  • Polyester lining 50 x 100 cms
  • Zipper 18 cms
  • 1 magnetic button
  • 1 carabiner hook
  • Interfacing material for ironing on, 50 x 100 cms
  • Sequins and beads
  • Polyester thread
  • Trim ribbon, 1 mtr.
  • Small piece of stronger fabric, i.g. linen or strong cotton


Iron interfacing fabric on back side of cotton. Sew trim ribbon on left and right side.

Arrange sequins and beads, sew them by hand, use polyester thread (double).

Prepare the lining with a zipper pockets -->see my instructions:

Sew also two small straps (use a stronger material), insert the magnetic button with a tongs (the magnetic button consists of two parts - so insert one part on one sewn strap).

Fold the cotton material to half - upside down - pin left and right side, then sew it, turn it, iron it carefully (don´t iron over the sequins !)

Fold the seam allowance of the cotton material - about 10 cms - to inside, push the sewn lining underneath, then pin the two small straps with the magnetic buttons in the middle of each side and make a seam.

Cut two handles same size of the luggage ribbon and sew them on the upper side of the bag.

If you like you can sew a carabiner hook on a small ribbon (therefore fold a piece of stronger fabric, make a ribbon and sew on the carabiner hook on one side). --> Foto:

Tomorrow I will explain you how to make a cosmetic bag.

The design and instruction are only for private use.

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