Saturday, September 8, 2012

Swimming Bag

Hi all,

What do you use for kids and their swimming gear?

Well, my oldest boy is doing swimming lessons with his school starting Monday….everyday for 2 weeks! I think it will be a bit full on but who am I to argue!

Anyway, I thought a swimming bag might come in handy…It wouldn’t look good if he took his stuff in a grocery bag!

So I started with the Noodlehead tutorial for a drawstring backpack.


I changed the dimensions of the bag and made it bigger. To make one the same size as mine cut your bag fabric to 17” wide x 19.5” long.

The other change I made was the pocket….


This is what I used! It is the plastic packaging from a set of sheets we bought….reduce, reuse, recycle!


It really was the cheats method…The zipper was included, I just hope it lasts. I finished it by putting some nice twill tape around the edge.

I like the clear pocket because he will be able to see what is in there and you can also see that fantastic fabric underneath!

And I can slip a piece of card with his name and info on it into the pocket already on the plastic. The shop label won’t be staying in there…


I can see I will need to make another one too!

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Oops-Lah said...

What a cute bag; it will come handy not only for school swimming lessons, but with summer around the corner at your end of the world.

Debbie said...

Love the bag. I always hate throwing out those clear bags especially because the zip is always so good. Must start using them now that I have seen yours.

Sue SA said...

Great bag! I made swimming lesson bags (after school) out of the oil cloth fabric, but a really simple design as its not nice to sew, and it was too big for DS1 to use at school lessons. I love your clear pocket idea. You can get clear plastic at Spotlight by the metre, they sell it wiht the oilcloth fabric and vinyl that people use as tablecloths. I like to use the old sheet packets as project bags for my quilting projects, as they store easily, can see whats in them and hold a fair bit...unless your making a KS quilt!

CapitolaQuilter said...

I have a bag of bags because it seems so wasteful to throw them away - thanks for a great way to use them rather than hoard them.

Elyte said...

Great idea Jess, I like the use of the plastic for the see through pocket.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

How cute!