Mesh beach tote bag – FREE pattern & tutorial

This Mesh Beach Tote Bag is such a simple and practical idea and as a bonus the pattern and tutorial are FREE.  This cool mesh material of soft plastic comes in a variety of bright colors. If you don't want to use mesh, then this bag would look equally cute substituting a canvas material.

This Mesh Beach Tote Bag is such a simple and practical idea and as a bonus the pattern and tutorial are FREE. 

This cool mesh material of soft plastic comes in a variety of bright colors. It’s often sold as ‘pet screen’ but works great for sewing these sort of bags. Light and airy, but really strong. Works well for bags for the beach or pool because and sand can simply fall out through the mesh. The mesh also allows the air to circulate so your bag won’t be all damp and moldy if you roll up your wet towels or swimsuits in there.

If you don’t want to use mesh, then this bag would look equally cute substituting a canvas material.

Mesh beach bag sewing pattern and tutorial - free

You can get the plastic mesh in black, charcoal, grey and darker colors on Amazon here – Pet Screen plastic mesh.  Or they often have some brighter colors on this link – Vinyl Coated Mesh Fabric

Or if you want a nice selection of bright and beachy colors, try out Online Fabric Store here – Vinyl Coated Mesh

Plastic vinyl mesh makes a great fabric for beach bags and its easy to sew. Free sewing pattern provided.

What you will need to make the Mesh Beach Tote Bag

  • A piece of mesh or canvas measuring 20″ wide by 27″ long (you can vary this for the size of bag you need)
  • One fat quarter of cotton quilting weight fabric for the trim
  • A small amount of coordinating fabric for the handles (28″ by 6 “)
  • Some narrow strips of quilt batting (you can use your scraps) or interfacing (26″ by 2″), or you can use an alternative handle material
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Sewing machine.