Recycled beach ball tote
Even though most kids are heading back to school this month, I’m not ready to give up on summer. I’ve got a fun and easy project idea to share that will help keep that splashing, summer fun around a little bit longer. Inspiration struck at the lake last weekend, when I learned that the inflatable beach ball the kids had been playing with had a hole in it, and was losing air. Rather than toss it into the trash, Jo and I wondered if we could make something out of it. We brainstormed and decided it would make a pretty cute waterproof tote bag for holding wet beach items.
To start off, I stretched the ball out and cut off the end with the nozzle in it.
Delightfully, that’s all it took to make a bag shape!
To make a channel for a drawstring closure, I folded the edge in about an inch or so, pinned it, and sewed it with the machine with a long stitch. Despite my initial worries, the sewing machine did a fine job sewing the plastic, although I did have to sort of pull it through, because the feed dogs were sliding on the plastic and didn’t push it through with the stitches.
Because the bag is actually a curved sphere shape, I couldn’t expect the sewn edge to be particularly smooth or straight, but it didn’t really matter. It is just a plastic tote bag, after all! I used some scissors to cut a little notch in the outside of the channel, for my drawstring.
For my drawstring, I was once again inspired to recycle something beach-related. I grabbed an old bikini top that was destined for the trash anyway, and took out one of the strings. Perfect! I used our much-loved safety pin threading technique to feed the string through the channel and back out again.
With that, my bag was done and ready to be filled with a swim suit and other beach items.
Unfortunately, I don’t see any beaches in my near future, so I might have to head to the pool instead!