DIY Kids’ Beach Tote Bag


I am so excited to share this quick and easy little project with you.

kids tote bag

And I am linking this tutorial to my friend, Beth’s, linky party…


I got my new Fabric Interfacing for my Silhouette machine in the mail a few weeks ago, and I have been anxious to try it.


I wanted to try something really simple at first, so I decided to make Eli a little tote bag that he could use at the beach or swimming pool.

I found a picture of a whale at the online Silhouette store, and purchased it for 99 cents.



Then I ironed the sewable fabric interfacing to my navy blue material I got at Walmart.

(I got 1/4 yard of a navy blue canvas type material for about $1.50.)




After the fabric cooled, I pulled off the paper part of the interfacing.



Then I put the fabric on my cutting mat and loaded it into my Silhouette.



The Silhouette did its’ job, and Voila!

I had a little whale! ;)




I bought this white tote bag at Walmart too.  They come in a package of three tote bags for $5.96.

(That’s only $2.00 per tote!)



I was wanting to add Eli’s name at the bottom of the bag, but didn’t want to use the same navy material.  So I looked around the house for some material I could use, and guess what I found…


Yep! I cut the back out of one of his shirts he doesn’t wear anymore!


kids beach tote bag

I used the same steps above to make his name.

And then I sewed on a little white button for the whale’s eye.

Eli is super, super excited about his new bag!

kids beach tote bag

And I am excited that it cost me less than $4.00!

Now he has three jealous older brothers that I will be making bags for.


He will love carrying this little bag to the pool full of his toys and towel.

kids beach tote


If you like making little projects similar to this one, you may be interested in this…


Now through March 27th, Silhouette is offering a fabulous deal.

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1 “clean cut” fabric interfacing

1 “sewable” fabric interfacing

1 roll of white flocked heat transfer material

That is over $330.00 worth of materials

for only $229.00!

(You will be saving $100.00!)

Just enter the code “HEART” at checkout to receive your discount.

Click on the button below to order.


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If you already have Silhouette machine,

you can still get a 25% discount on the fabric interfacing.

Just enter the code, “HEART” when you check out to get the discounted price.


Have a great day!!!

Also linking to…
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
eli collage


  1. That’s really cute.
    Um no offense, but it would’ve been quicker and easier to do that with a pencil and a pair of scissors. much cheaper too. Really don’t think you need the expensive machine for this one…..

    1. You are absolutely right! :)
      The only part that was definitely quicker was the lettering. My machine cut it out in like two seconds.
      But if I didn’t have my machine, I could have definitely cut it out on my own. And would have. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. That boy is downright adorable. Honestly, how did you ever live without him?? Kinda seems like he might be your magic link. :)

    Good job on that tote bag! And what a good idea to use part of an out-grown piece of clothing to make his name. You’re a smart mama!

  3. Eli is absolutely adorable! He was so “working it” for the camera! Love the bag! I need to make one of those for my Little Darling! Thank you for the tutorial!

  4. Too cute!! Oh, & the bag’s adorable too :) ha ha! This would also make a great library bag for my little book worm! GREAT job!!

  5. I love your project! Even more, I love your sons name! If God gives us another son its a toss up between Eli and Levi! I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and I love your style and the way you openly share your faith! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love many things about this:
    a) the cute bag
    b) the way you used his shirt as material for the letters (!)
    c) ultimately, the cuteness of your little boy in his swimming gear!

    You have a lovely blog. Just so you know, you have a new follower :)

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