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Hi everyone, it’s Amy from During Quiet Time here today to share a tutorial for this cute Flip Flop Beach Bag that is fully lined with vinyl so that it is perfect for toting your wet towel and bathing suit.  I love the practical/cute combo!

Let’s start by gathering our supplies.  You will need:

a Teflon presser foot
HeatnBond® Fusible Fleece
HeatnBond® Shirt Weight Fusible Interfacing
HeatnBond® Iron on Vinyl
3/4 yard exterior fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
Flip Flop Paper Pieced Pattern

To begin, paper piece the flip flop.  You can find the pattern for the 10″ finished flip flop block in my Etsy shop for immediate download (see link above).

Flip Flop Beach Bag front panel

Next, add a contrasting border around the flip flop block.  Cut the strip 1″ wide.  Next, add the exterior fabric borders which should measure 3 1/4″ wide.  You should end up with a finished bag front measuring 17″ square.


Flip Flop Beach Bag pieces

Cut the bag back exterior fabric, two lining fabric pieces, and two fusible fleece pieces all to 17″ square.  Fuse the fusible fleece to the back of the exterior bag front and back.  Iron on the vinyl to the lining pieces.  If desired, you can quilt the bag front and back but it is not necessary.

With bag exterior front and back right sides together, stitch around the bag sides and bottom leaving the top open.  Do the same with the vinyl covered lining pieces but leave an opening in the center bottom for turning.


Flip Flop Beach Bag gusset

It is time to create gussets on the two corners of the bag exterior and the two corners of the bag lining.  Make a line 1 1/4″ from the corner of the bag.  Cut along this line and then stitch the gusset.

Flip Flop Beach Bag Handles

Set the bag pieces aside for a moment to work on the handles.  Cut one strip of fabric 4″ wide x the width of the fabric.  Cut a 2″ wide strip of the shirt weight interfacing and fuse to the center of the fabric strip.  Iron the strip in half and then bring the outer edges into the center crease and iron again.  You will have a 1″ wide handle strap.  Edge stitch along both long sides of the strap.

Flip Flop Beach Bag Handles

Cut the long strap into two 21″ straps.

Flip Flop Beach Bag Pin Handles

Pin and baste the handle straps to the bag front and back about 3 1/2″ from the side seams.

Flip Flop Beach Bag Upper Edge SeamWith right sides together, place the bag into the lining and stitch around the upper edge.  Turn the bag through the opening in the bottom of the lining.  Hand stitch lining opening closed.

Flip Flop Beach Bag Teflon Foot

At this point, you will need a Teflon presser foot because you will be sewing on directly on the vinyl.  If you do not have the proper presser foot, you presser foot will stick to the vinyl rather than glide along the surface.  Because you cannot iron the vinyl, simply finger press the upper edge of the bag as you top stitch around it.

And there you go!  You have a proper beach tote–cute and functional!

Amy Flip pattern

To add to the fun we have two ways for you to win! Post a comment for a chance to win Amy’s adorable Flip Flop pattern. Tell us your favorite flip flops or what pattern of Amy’s you would love to sew next! Here’s a link to her Etsy store.

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14 Comments on Flip Flop Beachbag by Amy Friend

  1. Judy Durant
    August 2, 2013 at 8:46 am (11 years ago)

    Such a classy and yet functional bag with a bit of vintage feel to it! I love the idea of iron-on vinyl.

  2. Jeannie
    August 2, 2013 at 8:56 am (11 years ago)

    I love the idea of the vinyl insides for a beach tote and the flip flop is perfect! I’m thinking I might use your sea turtle for this one.

  3. marylouh
    August 2, 2013 at 10:36 am (11 years ago)

    I haven’t been able to wear flip=flops for a long time because of an accident. Always liked wearing them when I could. Now I’m always looking for flip=flop related items for a daughter who collects anything flip=flop. She would love for me to make this bag for her.

  4. Maryam/KS
    August 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm (11 years ago)

    That’s the most adorable flip flop pattern! I hope I am lucky enough to win it!!!

  5. Debbie Weishaar
    August 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm (11 years ago)

    I love wearing flip flops during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. I do tend to wear more often in the Summer. I don’t have a favorite but I do tend to wear a few pairs more often than others. I love the pattern and can’t wait to make the paper piece flip flop block into a wonderful gift for my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win and for the wonderful tutorial.

  6. Messy Karen
    August 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm (11 years ago)

    i have a few flips. i think they are bySperry. so i can get them wet. but they have a band across instead of a toe thing. planning on making the flips, the crab, and the bunny. those on my present list will absolutely love these. with any luck i will also make the turtle and the duckie.

  7. eva rome
    August 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm (11 years ago)

    ça sent bon les vacances!

  8. Vicki H
    August 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm (11 years ago)

    I don’t wear flip flops, but my daughter has more than I can count. I think she would love to have a bag like this.

  9. Lisa Marie
    August 3, 2013 at 8:54 am (11 years ago)

    I think beach themed items with flip flops on them are very cute although I don’t wear flip flops — can’t stand anything between my toes! Amy has lots of great patterns especially the crab and the dragonfly.

  10. Krislovesfabric
    August 3, 2013 at 9:13 am (11 years ago)

    This design looks great, love the flip flop 🙂

  11. Belinda K-N
    August 3, 2013 at 10:31 am (11 years ago)

    Amy’s paper pieced patterns are wonderful…I would love to sew up her ice skate next as a gift for a dear friend this holiday season (she collects ice skates).

  12. Lisa Garrett
    August 4, 2013 at 11:17 am (11 years ago)

    I love Old Navy classic flip flops!!

  13. flip flop
    June 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm (8 years ago)

    I love Old Navy classic flip flops!!

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