Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Handmaiden's Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour (Sandy's Beach Bag)

Welcome to my stop on the Handmaidens Cottage Easter Dress Tour, hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Keep reading to find the details of my project (you will see I didn't make a dress), and a code for 30% off at the handmaiden's Cottage Store. Plus you can enter for a fantastic giveaway.

It was so hard to choose a project from Handmaidens Cottage. All the patterns are so sweet and ruffelly. But, I found there are not only dresses but apron patterns, doll patterns, woman's patterns, and this really cool Beach Bag. I knew in a minute that I wanted to make "Sandy's Beach Bag". 

First I had to choose fabric. Well that was easy. I went to Hawaii last April. My first stop after landing in Maui was not the hotel, no... it was the Fabric Mart! Full of lovely hawaiian fabric. Yes, I go to hawaii and buy fabric. (Oh the laughs my best friend Lynn and I had finding the shop.)

But, I remembered I had these two beauties in my stash. Pollished cotton was perfect for the bag. I also had some interfacing from another project. Mine was a little heavier than what was called for, but it gave the bag really nice structure.

Next, I printed and read the instructions. Great instructions. I prepped the fabric and cut everything to the proper measurements. It was a great sew. Each step is explained really well. I love the actual pictures to guide you through the project. That is such a nice touch.

I did my pockets a little different by using the same fabric as the outer bag. The pattern calls for the pockets to be the same as the lining. But, I love the outer fabric. The bag has 3 pockets on one side and 2 on the other. Nice deep pockets.

Also, there is a nice deep big pocket inside.

The shoulder strap is nice and wide. Very comfortable over the shoulder. The bag is big enough to hold all your pool and beach goodies.

You can make your own drawstring (instruction in the pattern), but I used some cording that I had.

It would make a nice Easter gift filled pool goodies for a different type of Easter gift. This bag is for me. I plan on making more for gifts. But, for now, I am ready for the beach.
Happy sewing!

Please visit all of the Easter Sewing Pattern Inspirations on the Handmaiden's Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!
    1. March 1st: Seams Sew Lo
    2. March 2nd: Miinoma Studio
    3. March 3rd: Momma You Can Make It
    4. March 4th: Kate Will Knit
    5. March 5th: Kathy's Kwilts and More
    6. March 6th: Granma Texas Sews
    7. March 7th: Our Play Place
    8. March 8th: Aurora Designs
    9. March 9th: Frullemieke
    10. March 10th: My Sewing Roots
    11. March 11th: Manning the Machine
    12. March 12th: Seams Sew Lo (Round Up)

    13. The Handmaiden's Cottage patterns are on sale for the duration of the blog tour (until March 12). Use the code "EasterTour2018" for 30% off the Etsy Store and website.

      And as an extra bonus, There is a fantastic giveaway. The Handmaiden's Cottage is giving away a $50 store credit to the Handmaiden's Cottage Webstore. There is a link to a Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Please visit all of the Easter Sewing Pattern Inspirations on the Handmaiden's Cottage Easter Dress Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo!
  1. a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I love your bag. Looks nice and sturdy, and really colourful!

  2. Love the bag. Hmmmm wonder if I can get away with buying fabric when I go in September.

  3. Love the fabric......and the bag! Great job!

  4. I love that fabrics, perfect for the bag. Good workmanship too!

  5. Oooh, I love pockets! I always seem to be looking for places to stash stuff when I'm out with the kids, and then I can't find them later when I need them! HA! That print you used is so perfect for a beach bag...especially if I'm sitting on a beach in Hawa'ii! :)! Lovely, lovely!

  6. I love this! I really need to make more of these for me and my mom! Would make a great Easter gift too!

  7. love this bag! the print is adorable, worth that little trip. great pics too