Under the sun
Make your summer days even more fun with this cheerful sunshade and beach bag.
Give your beach umbrella a fresh new look and make a bag to go with it
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
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.
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.
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.