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Easy Sew Project - Mesh Beach Tote, Mesh Beach Bag

Updated on January 12, 2017

Easy to Sew Mesh Beach Bag Tutorial

This mesh beach bag is truly an easy project to sew. It's finished size measures a roomy 18" tall x 20" wide. Perfect for a sandy beach, it's made of two materials.....fiberglass window screen and lawn chair replacement webbing. This very roomy mesh beach bag will carry your beach gear to and from the beach, while leaving the sand where it belongs....on the beach.

I've put together a step by step tutorial to show you how easily you can make a mesh beach tote of your own. It's a very quick project. Let's get started! :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

How To Sew a Mesh Beach Tote - Begin Here.....Steps 1 thru 6

Easy Sew Project - DIY Mesh Beach Tote
Easy Sew Project - DIY Mesh Beach Tote

Step 1. Use colorful lawn chair webbing and fiberglass window screen. (I purchased a roll of window screen sized 36" wide x 84" long from the hardware store.)

Step 2. I chose orange webbing for this easy sew project. (The orange was a leftover from the family tool shed. The retro roll of blue lawn chair webbing was an inexpensive Etsy purchase.)

Step 3. Use craft scissors to easily cut a 36" wide x 24" long section of window screen. Tip: use short pins to secure screen onto the cardboard grid. Then follow along the grid lines to cut.

Step 4. At the CENTER POINT of both the two shorter sides (24") of the screen (at the 12" point), place a short pin in the grid exactly 1" (one grid square) from the top edge of the screen. (for reference, see where the scissors are pointed towards the yellow pin head. this is the halfway point.)

Step 5. From this pin at CENTER point, mark exactly 2" out toward the right and left of the pin to indicate the fold lines to shape the mesh beach tote. Use chalk to mark these lines. (see close up photo of this step below)

Step 6. From the chalk lines, fold IN towards the yellow pin head and use another pin to secure before sewing.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Mark Folds for Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Mark Folds for Mesh Beach Tote Bag

A Closer Look at Step 5 and 6 Above....

Make chalk marks two inches out from the center pin mark on both the left side and the right side of the pin (pin head is yellow in this picture). These chalk mark lines are to be folded IN towards the center pin to create the soft folds on both sides of the mesh beach bag.

REPEAT steps 5 and 6 on both top sides of the window screen.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Colorful Lawn Chair Webbing

This easy sew project requires 5 yards of 2 1/4" wide lawn chair webbing. You could finish a whole bunch of mesh beach totes with this 100 ft. roll.

Get a Cardboard Cutting Grid Board! :)

This 36" x 72" folded cutting board is one of the most handy and useful tools in all my sewing gear. The 1" grids and the featured standard and metric measurements are a huge timesaver. I never sew without mine!

SINGER Cutting Craft Board
SINGER Cutting Craft Board

This cutting board is an essential part of any of my sewing projects.

Sew Folds for Mesh Beach Bag Tote
Sew Folds for Mesh Beach Bag Tote

Step 7 - Sew a Mesh Beach Bag Tote

Sewing the Front Folds

At sewing machine, sew 3/4" from the top edge. Just sew straight across the folded section of the window screen so folds will be held in place for the next step. Note: I'm using a standard sewing needle and a regular stitch length on my machine. This window screen sews beautifully.....just like a very soft fabric.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Sewing Folds on Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Sewing Folds on Mesh Beach Tote Bag

Step 8 - Sewing a Mesh Beach Tote

Apply the Top Bindings

Cut two pieces of webbing to fit the folded front edges of the screen rectangle. The measurement should be approximately 20" now that the folds have been sewn.

Fold the webbing in half as shown creasing the fold well with your fingers. The raw edges of the window screen will be encased inside the folded lawn chair webbing. Pin in place.

BEFORE SEWING top bindings, read the OOOOps step directly below and complete steps 9 thru 11 for the inner tab, then come back and sew the bindings into place.

Sew 1/4" from edge in a straight stitch. Do this for both top ends of the screen. (These edges will be the top of your beach bag.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Where to Sew D Ring Tab for Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Where to Sew D Ring Tab for Mesh Beach Tote Bag

OOOOps! I Goofed!

Add the Inner D Ring Tab BEFORE Sewing Top Binding In Place

Truthfully, many of my easy sew projects have an OOOOps step where I goofed. This is it for the mesh beach tote. :)

Please see steps 9 thru 11 below to create the inner D ring tab to be sewn into place at the pink arrow. (I actually had already sewn the top binding in place and had to go back and rip out a few stitches to incorporate this organizing tab into the design. You, of course, can learn from my mistakes. So, you're welcome. hahaha ;) wink wink)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Steps 9 thru 11 - Sewing Inner D Ring Tab

Sew Inner Tab for Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Sew Inner Tab for Mesh Beach Tote Bag

This mesh beach tote is so roomy, so I added a D Ring tab inside to prevent my keys and wristlet from getting lost.

Step 9. To make the inner tab, cut a 6" length of webbing. Fold in half and crease well with fingers.

Step 10. Sew in a straight stitch along long edge of webbing tab.

Step 11. Slip tab through a 1" square bottom D ring and sew close to ends. Backstitch to secure.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

See below the D rings I use. I buy a bag in bulk for the best price.

Correct Position of Inner D Ring Tab
Correct Position of Inner D Ring Tab

See.....I Should Have Done This First!

Use a clip to secure seams if they are too thick for a pin. Remove before stitching. :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

I LOVE my Janome 7318 Magnolia Machine - It makes short work of all my easy sew projects. :)

Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine
Janome Magnolia 7318 Sewing Machine

NOW, you can sew the top bindings.....Pretend the D ring Inner tab is already in place to sew. :) Thank you! ;)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

D Ring Tab for Mesh Beach Bag
D Ring Tab for Mesh Beach Bag

Close Up of Inner D Ring Tab

I only needed one tab for my mesh beach tote, but you can sew two if you prefer. The real trick to getting the most from this tab is to also use a carabiner attached to the D ring.

It's super easy for me to secure my key ring AND my wristlet onto the carbiner. Now I don't have to dig in the bottom of my beach tote to find my keys or my i.d.

The only thing falling out of this bag is the sand. :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Steps 12 thru 15 - How to Sew a Mesh Beach Bag - Positioning the Lawn Chair Webbing Straps

Sew a Mesh Beach Tote
Sew a Mesh Beach Tote

The side straps and handles are all one long continuous piece. Cut a 3 2/3 yard length of webbing from the roll. Next, lay the window screen "fabric" out flat to complete steps 12 - 15.

The opposing top edges of the mesh beach bag are marked A and B. The pink X marks the beginning and ending placement of the strap on A. The pink arrows show direction of stitches.

Step 12. 3 1/2" inches from the outer edges, begin to pin webbing to front sides of window screen in one continuous loop beginning and ending at the pink X in picture 14. (Remember to fold under 1/2" on each end of the strap at point X.)

Step 13. Continue pinning. At top of B measure and allow 28" inches for the handle in a loop. Continue to pin the strap in place. When you arrive back at the top of A, allow another 28" inches for the opposing handle. Secure end of folded webbing at point X.

Step 14. Fold screen in half wrong sides together, with top edges aligned. Pin edges of A and B together temporarily to check placement of webbing. Bring handle loops together as if you were carrying the mesh beach tote to ensure they are the same length.

Step 15. Make any necessary adjustments, if needed. Remove temporary pins from step 14 before sewing.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Steps 16 and 17 - Sewing Straps Onto Mesh Beach Tote Bag

Sewing Straps Onto Mesh Beach Bag
Sewing Straps Onto Mesh Beach Bag

Step 16. Begin at top of the webbing strap on the A side and top stitch 1/4" from the edge. Continue stitching in a straight line to the top of the B side. (see pic 17)

Step 17. At this position, leave the machine needle in the webbing, pivot the entire screen and turn to stitch horizontally across the top of webbing strap. Pivot again and stitch in a straight line on the opposite side of this first webbing strap until you reach the beginning point. Repeat this same procedure for the strap on the other side.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Pause for a Poll

DIY Mesh Beach Bag Tote
DIY Mesh Beach Bag Tote

Would you ever carry a beach bag sewn from window screen?

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Sewing Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Sewing Mesh Beach Tote Bag

Step 18

Fold screen in half again wrong sides together. Insert pins through the double layers of straps to hold in place temporarily.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Side Seam of Mesh Beach Bag
Side Seam of Mesh Beach Bag

Step 19

Cut two 20" length of webbing strap which will secure the side seams together. Fold under 3/4" on each end of webbing and then fold these two pieces in half lengthwise. Crease well.

Encase raw edges of window screen inside the folded webbing and pin in place. Use a temporary clip if needed. note: see tip below before sewing

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Tip - Clean Edges for Mesh Beach Tote Webbing
Tip - Clean Edges for Mesh Beach Tote Webbing

Tip - For Clean Edges

Ensure a clean edge on the side seams of this mesh beach tote. Here's how: After folding ends of webbing under, turn the corners of the folded piece UNDER and IN towards the center of the strap. (as pictured in pink)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Final Step - Sewing a Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Final Step - Sewing a Mesh Beach Tote Bag

Final Step 20 of this Easy Sew Project

Sew 1/4" from edges of the webbing. Backstitch at beginning and end. Repeat for other side.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Let's Hit the Beach!

Easy Sew Project - Mesh Beach Tote Bag
Easy Sew Project - Mesh Beach Tote Bag

Now all you need to do is fill the mesh beach bag and enjoy your time at the beach. Don't forget the sunscreen! :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Have you made a beach bag or beach tote?

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    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I have made a beach tote before! These would be great for the grocery store too.

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      7 years ago

      No, I haven't, but I have some mesh from another project that I'm going to use to make a beach bag. This is a nice tutorial, and easy to follow instructions.

      I've made a lot of leather pouches and bags, so this should a snap. Thanks! :)

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens, well done! Squidlike

    • cybersleuths profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you. I recently joined a sewing club and this is a great project to take on.

    • alina nicoleta92 profile image

      alina nicoleta92 

      7 years ago

      Great stuff here,

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      7 years ago

      Very informative tutorial, squidliked!

    • ismeedee profile image


      7 years ago

      I really like this! To keep the sand on the beach is a big selling point, plus I like that you can see through it!

    • allenwebstarme profile image


      7 years ago

      Cool tutorial about beach bag!

    • mattcut profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm doing this with my 4 year old girl today, thanks !

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful detailed how to. Nicely done. And the end product is so useful.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really good use of those screens. The bag looks pretty.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Very thorough tutorial, easy to follow. Great project! Angel Blessed.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great tutorial for a nice summer tote! Thanks!

    • MrInfopreneur profile image


      7 years ago

      Not made one per se, but this lens is a lovely tutorial

    • McBub-Squidoo profile image


      7 years ago

      You are so great. Thanks for your sharing.

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      7 years ago

      A great project, and a really well done tutorial.

    • RadaFrancis LM profile image

      RadaFrancis LM 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! Seems very easy to do.

    • SPhilbrick profile image


      7 years ago

      Another ingenious project ! Though your bag is different in style, I have tons of that mesh that I was thinking about making into a tote also. I love the concept of it letting the sand out. Not that we have tons of fine sand beaches where I am :-)

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      Stephanie Mangino 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic tutorial and so much fun! The fabric choice is so cool. We plan to show it off on So Crafty's homepage Wednesday morning! Thanks! -- Stephanie, So Crafty managing editor

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      7 years ago

      awesome tutorial and awesome bag!

    • Frischy profile image


      7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      What a terrific lens! You may be the most creative person I know! I love this idea!!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great! Who would of thought of using screen? Great idea and clear instructions.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am not much of a seamstress but sure enjoyed seeing how this mesh beach bag was made.

    • traveller27 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very creative - something I might want to make.


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