Friday, July 23, 2010

Furoshiki Bag for the Beach

Yesterday while I was reading through the blogs I follow, I came upon a tutorial at annekata’s blog for this great little carry-all picnic or beach bag.  It is a quick, easy to make, super last minute gift. Because it was such horribly hot weather today, I needed something to keep me busy inside besides reading “Eat, Pray, Love” After looking at the tutorial, I decided to hit my quilting scraps and see if I could come up with enough of a single fabric to pull one off for a trial pattern.  The fabric I found was only a 36” square, not as large as the tutorial called for, but I went with it anyway.  The pony tail thingies were pink ones little Eloise left here over the weekend so I used them.  I did hand hem the square simply because I am so old I love and prefer hemming by hand! Mine is pretty crude compared to the one on the blog, but now I am ready to go to the quilting shop, pick out some really attractive fabric, have it be 43” square or so, and I will embroider the edges after I hand hem them. When you are 71, it is always a good idea to do a dry run practice piece before you sit down to make it out of good material as a gift. I am going to make one for my daughter and each of my two daughter-in-laws to use when we all meet at the beach for our family reunion in August. Give it a will not be disappointed.

I hand hemmed my square, spread it out, and placed in the center my beach towel, book, and sunscreen.

                   I rolled it on the diagonal until the “V” at the end was on the top.

Here I pulled the two side tails taut and placed the ponytail thingies around each one.

Next I tied the two side tails together in a knot.

My completed Furoshiki Over-the-Shoulder Beach Bag!

Update....Friday.....I just got back from the quilting shop with 3 pieces of BEAUTIFUL Amy Butler fabric to make the Furoshiki bags.  I have already started on the blue and green one and am in the process of embroidering the hem. Here are the fabrics.


  1. Oh my! How clever is that. I bet if you had a sturdy scarf big enough you could use it, too.
    It looks daring.

  2. You are very clever and talented. That is a neat idea for a beach bag. I would love to have one, but I do not get to go to beaches very often. I love the fabric you have chosen.

  3. Great bag - even I could do it. Thanks for visitng and glad to bring back memories -we are new to the Asheville area and still dicovering it after living 10 years in Linville. Sunda we go to Bele Chere! Hopefully will post that this week.

  4. Love your new fabrics. I don't sew often, but the bug has hit me recently. I made a couple of market bags and a couple of small wallets. It was fun, but one of the many things that have me sidetracked from the stitchalong project!