Beach Bag and a Summer Wallet

May 27th, 2006

I bought this fabric from Target for $2.99. It was an oilcloth tablecloth in the summer section in its former life. I love the bold print and colors. I’ve been wanting an oversized bag for the beach for a while, so I just made one. It’s very basic – no pockets or anything, just a lined, large bag.

While sitting on the couch watching late-night TV, I starting making a pattern in my head for a wallet, walked over to the sewing machine and whipped this baby out. I stitched clear vinyl on two squares of fabric, added the pocket and then sewed it in half. I might put a tutorial up when I make one for Ryan. My poor little sewing machine had a hard time with the vinyl. Ryan was sitting at the computer behind me making comments like, “I don’t know much about sewing, but that sound can’t be good.”

Beach Bag




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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. marybeth  |  May 27th, 2006 at 10:50 am

    Oh Dacia ,
    these are Brilliant!

    Not being a sewer (yet) Im not sure what folks use to sew much heavier cloths?? Perhaps an industrial strength machine?
    I really adore these!
    Be sure to come by my blog for my birthday give away-i will be posting it by this evening =)

  • 2. kelly  |  May 27th, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Those are too groovy!

  • 3. caitlyn  |  May 27th, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Great bag and wallet! I love bold print.

  • 4. *karen  |  May 27th, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Ahh, what a good use for a table cloth. I don’t think my sewing machine could handle the vinyl….I miss being near open water.

  • 5. Carmen  |  May 27th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I love both! I saw that tablecloth in target the other day and stopped and stared at it for a while…I thought it would be nice if it was fabric and for that price! but you had a great idea using it like that! I love colorful summer apparel :)

  • 6. nichola  |  May 27th, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    They look great! Did you try using a larger sized needle on your machine?

  • 7. wilsonian  |  May 27th, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    Do tell how you managed to feed that through. I tried running it through with a piece of paper (as the vinyl was sticking to the foot) and then ripping the paper off, but that was just hard…. and something I’d not care to repeat.

    So yes… advice please :)

  • 8. Megan  |  May 27th, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Hmm, I need a new wallet and I have some oil cloth sitting in my closet. Maybe I’ll give it a go – non-slip walking foot and jeans needle might do it, maybe? Yours looks neat, even if your sewing machine didn’t like it.

  • 9. Blair  |  May 28th, 2006 at 9:28 am

    yea, give us some tips on how you managed to do such nice sewing on that cloth. I’ve sewn on oilcloth before and it was iffy at best. Those are so cute, and your sewing is very nicely done.

  • 10. Coleen  |  May 28th, 2006 at 10:04 am

    What a great idea! Your projects are always so adorable. Can’t wait to see more.

  • 11. mary  |  May 28th, 2006 at 12:08 pm

    those are brilliant, Dacia. love ‘em.

  • 12. lera  |  May 28th, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    both are very cute.

    yes! we need a tutorial!

  • 13. tammie  |  May 29th, 2006 at 9:01 pm


  • 14. aja  |  May 29th, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    So fabulous! I am so glad I have seen the beach bag in action, it was so cool.

  • 15. phoebe  |  May 30th, 2006 at 4:56 am

    PLEASE post a tutorial… These are FABULOUS!!!

  • 16. Stephanie  |  May 30th, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Ok thats it im taking a sewing class… I am totally drooling over the print. SOOO cute! I would love it in a skirt. :)

  • 17. Kim  |  May 30th, 2006 at 11:27 am

    So fun! You always come up with the greatest stuff! I vote for a wallet tutorial! I would love to make one of those.

  • 18. Amy  |  May 31st, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    The bag & wallet look great! What a fun source for the fabric.

    Gift tags are in the mail…

  • 19. weirdbunny  |  June 5th, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    groovy wallet!

  • 20. Grandma Griffin  |  June 13th, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Great Bags!!! This is from a tote bag lover!

  • 21. queen of plenty » A&hellip  |  June 30th, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    [...] The vinyl tablecloth came from Target. It was oblong in shape (rectangular) and cost only $2.99. Quite a bargain! I bought it on Memorial Day with hopes of turning it into a waterproof bag to carry. Haven’t done that yet. [...]

  • 22. » To t&hellip  |  August 1st, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    [...] beach bag I made two years ago finally bit the dust. It was made out of an oilcloth(ish) table cloth I bought [...]

  • 23. olly  |  March 21st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I would be interested to know the needle size and thread that you need to do this as I am finding it very difficult!

  • 24. Valene Perr  |  August 25th, 2011 at 1:38 am

    I’d forever want to be update on new articles on this website , saved to favorites ! .

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