Un­der the sun

Make your sum­mer days even more fun with this cheer­ful sun­shade and beach bag.

Sew Ideas - - Contents - projects KEVIN SWARTS and KAREN ADEN­DORFF

Give your beach um­brella a fresh new look and make a bag to go with it

Beach um­brella

Who said the nice things must stay at home when you set off for the sea­side? Use the frame of an old um­brella to put your per­sonal stamp on the beach.

Dif­fi­culty: in­ter­me­di­ate Time: half a day

To make

1 Re­move the cover from the um­brella. Mea­sure one of the cover pan­els and draft a pat­tern on pa­per. Add 1,5cm seam al­lowances and a 3cm hem al­lowance at the bot­tom edge of each panel. Use the pat­tern to cal­cu­late the amount of fab­ric nec­es­sary for the new cover.

2 Cut the pan­els from the fab­ric us­ing the pa­per pat­tern as tem­plate. Pin and sew the pan­els, right sides to­gether. Next, press and sew a 1,5cmwide dou­ble hem along the outer edge of the cover. Fi­nally, pin and sew the fringe to the right side of the cover, along the outer hem (if us­ing).

3 Un­pick the plas­tic spine stop­pers from the orig­i­nal cover and sew these into po­si­tion on the new cover. Place the cover on the um­brella frame and hand sew the seam al­lowance of each panel to its cor­re­spond­ing spine half­way down the length.

All-in-one bag

The beach is not the same with­out a book, bot­tle of sun­screen and a tube of lip gloss. Make a bag to match your beach um­brella for these items and many more.

Dif­fi­culty: av­er­age Time: one day

Mea­sure­ments The fin­ished bag mea­sures 48 x 38cm.

To make

1 Cut out from the flower print fab­ric: two pieces of 50 x 40cm; two pieces of 60 x 50cm; and one strip of 5 x 62cm (flower).

2 Cut out from the ging­ham fab­ric: one piece of 50 x 79cm; and five strips of 53 x 5cm.

3 Cut out from the small flower print fab­ric: two pieces of 50 x 32cm; one small pocket of 20 x 16cm; two loops of 8 x 2,5cm; and five strips of 53 x 5cm.

4 Cut one piece of bat­ting 80 x 50cm. 5 Large main bag With the right sides fac­ing, stitch the seam at the lower edge (the longer side) of the flower print pan­els. Al­ways press the seams open.

6 Place the bat­ting onto the wrong side of the ging­ham fab­ric, fold to­gether length­wise and stitch the side seams.

7 Stitch the corners fol­low­ing the di­a­gram on page 81, to form the base.

8 Fold the flower print fab­ric to­gether, also length­wise, and stitch the side seams. Stitch the corners as be­fore to form the base.

9 Place the flower print bag in­side the ging­ham bag, right sides fac­ing. Stitch to­gether around the top edge, leav­ing an 8cm open­ing. Turn the en­tire bag out through the open­ing. Push the flower bag back into the ging­ham bag and top­stitch around the en­tire top edge.

10 Large bag out­side sec­tion Fold both pan­els length­wise to­gether and stitch the side seams. Stitch the corners to form the base. Turn one bag through to the right side and place the other bag into the bag that was turned through, right sides fac­ing. Stitch all around the top edge; leave an 8cm open­ing. Turn to the right side through the open­ing. Push one bag into the other bag and top­stitch all around the top edge.

11 Place the ging­ham bag into the out­side bag and pin in place.

12 Stitch the strips of the ging­ham fab­ric to­gether to form one long strip of fab­ric. Re­peat with the small flower print strips. Stitch the ging­ham and small flower print strips to­gether with right sides fac­ing and then turn through to the right side. Fold a hem in the open ends and sew the ends to­gether to form a cir­cle. Mark the two halves.

13 Pin the strip to the bag as in­di­cated and stitch through both lay­ers.

14 In­side bag and pocket Stitch a nar­row hem along the top edge of the small pocket, fold in seam al­lowances along the side and bot­tom edges and stitch the pocket onto one side of the in­side bag piece. Fold the loops length­wise to­gether with right sides fac­ing, stitch and turn through to the right side.

15 Fold each of the two in­side bag pieces length­wise to­gether with right sides fac­ing and stitch the side seams. Turn one through to the right side and place into the other bag with right sides fac­ing. Pin the loops in place be­tween the two lay­ers of the bag so the raw edges align and the loops face down­wards. Stitch all around the top edge, stitch­ing the loops as well, but leave an open­ing. Turn through to the right side. Push one bag into the other bag and top-stitch all around top edge. Sew the two but­tons to the in­side of the large bag to cor­re­spond with the loops.

16 Flower Stitch a nar­row hem along three sides of the strip. Over­lock the other edge and gather it in. Turn the gath­ered strip around and sew it down while turn­ing. Sew the flower to the bag. Cover the but­ton with ging­ham fab­ric and sew to the cen­tre of the flower.

NOTE It is a good idea to re­fer to the pat­tern pieces while sewing.

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