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Nylon Screen Tote Bag

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.


Make a tote bag that's waterproof and easy to clean with nylon screen. Perfect for beaches and bathrooms, the nylon screen allows water and sand to flow right through. Whip up a bag in a breeze with these helpful project instructions.

 
Project Needs & Notes:

- 18" x 36" Nylon screen, also called
   "pet" screen
-  Heavyweight water-soluble stabilizer
  (Sulky Ultra Solvy)
- Dressmaker's pencil or other marking tool
- 76" of double-fold quilting binding 7/8"
  bias tape
- 44" x 6" twill for handles
Free video with instructions on how to create a nylon tote.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Nylon screen looks like the type of screen seen in windows and doors, but it's soft and pliable.

It's made out of nylon, not metal, and often called "pet screen."

Nylon screen can generally be found in the utility fabrics section of fabric stores (JoAnn's) or sourced online (like Metro Screenworks).

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Cut a piece of nylon screen that is 18" x 36".

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Place the template where you want to stitch the design, allowing for seam allowances at the top.

In this example, the top of the design is 5" down from the top edge, centered between the sides.

After the template is where you want to stitch the design, mark the center point as well as the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
White bobbin thread looks very bright on dark screen. Instead of using white bobbin thread, wind a bobbin with 60 weight thread that matches the screen.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Hoop the nylon screen with a piece of heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer on top, lining up the marks on the screen with the marks on the hoop.

Nylon screen has a mesh texture, so placing the stabilizer on top gives the embroidery foot a smooth surface to glide over.

In this example, Sulky Ultra Solvy is used.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the embroidery design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. A size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle is
a good choice when embroidering on nylon screen.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
After embroidering, trim the excess water-soluble stabilizer away.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Soak in water to remove the rest.

Repeat the steps to embroider the design on the other end of the screen (which will become the other side of the bag).

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Cut two pieces of 7/8" double-fold bias tape to 18 inches long.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Insert one of the ends of the bag into the bias tape. Pin in place.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Sew a seam all along the edge.

Repeat for the other end of the bag.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Next, cut two pieces of bias tape to 20 inches long.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Fold the bag in half, wrong sides together.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Insert the right sides of the bag into the bias tape.

One inch of the bias tape will extend at the top, and one inch will extend at the bottom.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Pin in place, and sew a seam.

Repeat for the left side.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Fold back the edges at each end, and stitch in place.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Finally, make handles for the bag out of twill.

Cut two pieces of twill to 22" long and 3" wide.

You may make them longer to serve as shoulder straps.

Fold the long sides in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together, and press.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Sew 1/8 seams along both side edges.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Pin the handles so they're 3" in from the sides, extending 1" into the bag.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Sew in place. To reinforce the end, sew a square with an X through it.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
The nylon screen bags are perfect to hold towels, flip-flops, sunscreen and more, as sand and water flow right through! A stack of dolphins adds a beachy look to the tote.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Nylon screen is also fabulous for bathroom bags, as the fabric allows water to flow right through, making them both easy-to-clean and safe for any splashes.

This peacock design blends with the blue of the bag nicely.

Free project instructions to create a nylon screen beach tote.
Or, adorn your bag with a fruit wreath and use as a reusable grocery and farmers market tote!

Nylon Screen Tote Bag



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Products used in this Project:

Something's Fishy Stack $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.01" x 9.40" | 3.66" x 6.86" | 2.10" x 3.85"

Something's Fishy Stack - Frank Fish $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.86" x 3.15" | 2.76" x 2.24"

Something's Fishy Stack - Bubbles Fish $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.86" x 2.71" | 2.76" x 1.93"

Something's Fishy Stack - Quiet Fish $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.86" x 2.75" | 2.75" x 1.95"

Fintastic Dolphin Stack $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

3.78" x 9.41" | 2.76" x 6.86" | 1.54" x 3.86"

Nautical Anchor $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.78" x 5.81" | 5.65" x 4.85" | 3.86" x 3.31"

Art Deco Peacock $6.49 - $7.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

10.70" x 6.90" | 9.10" x 5.87" | 7.80" x 5.03" | 6.87" x 4.43"