Inside: How to make a DIY waterproof swim bag. Perfect for swim lessons or as go-to beach bag.
Did you know you can make any canvas tote bag water-proof? No need to purchase pricey, designer swim or beach bags when adding your own water-resistant liner is beyond easy. It does require you to know how to sew… a straight line. That’s it.
Check out how I made personalized, waterproof swim bags for my kids from a $6 canvas tote…
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how to make waterproof swim bag
This is an easy, simple project. But like any DIY crafty project, it takes a little time. However, you don’t have to personalize the front of the bag. And if you can’t sew, or simply don’t want to haul your sewing machine out of its dusty confines, you could use fabric glue or adhesive Velcro to adhere the liner to the bag. Lots of options; make it your own.
– Canvas tote (I purchased these)
– Fabric paint + brush (I use this brand)
– Freezer paper to make stencil
– Oil cloth fabric (so many fun patterns)
– Sewing machine (here’s a basic one to get you started)
Personalize the Canvas Tote:
I chose to tie-in the design on the front of the tote bag to the oilcloth fabric on the inside.
You can freehand a design, or use freezer paper to trace and cut your own stencil. This is the route I went. There are great tutorials all over the blogosphere for using freezer paper to stencil so I won’t bore you with the how-to.
how to make the Water Proof Swim Bag:
Don’t be scared by this part! It’s actually quite easy. You got this one in the bag!
Measure the inside of your canvas tote bag. Cut the oilcloth fabric accordingly. You should have two sides + one bottom piece.
Pin right sides together. I sewed my two sides first. Place them inside the bag to double-check they fit.
With that all good, pin the bottom piece to the sides. This is probably the “most advanced” part of this project. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. No one will see it; it’s at the bottom of a bag, right?!
The sewn inside liner:
Place the liner inside the tote bag. Once you are happy with how it fits, pin the liner to the very top of the tote bag. I had the liner come all the way to the top of the bag and stitched it under the zipper. If you don’t want the liner stitching to be visible, use thread the same color as the tote bag.
How’s this for an easy DIY waterproof, personalized swim bag? Add a monogram patch if desired.
Have a happy swimming-beaching summer!!