What sort of things do you throw into your tote bag for the pool? Do these sound familiar?
- Cell phone
- Car keys/Room key
- Cash and/or debit card
- Driver’s License or picture ID
- Lip Balm
- Moist towelettes
I don’t like carrying a purse to the public pools so these things end up tossed in my pool tote along with the towels, water socks, wet bags, reading material, and snacks. When I need something I end up emptying everything out of the tote or fishing around in the bottom of the tote for the lip balm/car keys/cell phone. You get the picture!
I decided that I needed a bag or pouch or something that would hold all these pieces in one place. I wanted something I could attach to the tote that I could use to hold these small bits and pieces in one place. This is what I ended up making.
This simple little drawstring mesh pouch fastens to my swim tote handles. The drawstring keeps everything in the pouch. It dries quickly if it gets wet and I can easily see the items in the pouch. I just love it and it is very simple to sew and uses scrap fabric. The technique for making this pouch is the same technique for making the burrito roll pillowcase. You can find this technique in my post here. (There is a difference in the treatment of the band at the top of the pouch.)
What you will need:
10 inch square of mesh
Scrap fabric at least 10 X 4 (I actually ended up using 2 pieces of fabric that were 10 X 3 inches and seaming one of the long edges together. This project is very forgiving.)
Grommet and a grommet pliers
Parachute cord for drawstring
Scissors, pins, safety pin or bodkin, lighter/candle/or match.
Step one Prepare the top of the bag by turning under a ¼ inch hem on the both short ends. Turn under 1/4 inch and then turn under ¼ inch again. Press and stitch in place with a 1/8 inch allowance.
Step two I used the burrito roll technique for attaching the fabric band to the mesh bottom. You can find an explanation and a video of this technique here.
I like this technique because it hides the raw edges and makes the pouch look more professional. Your band for the top of the pouch will be 1 inch shorter because of the hem in the ends. Make sure you center your mesh with a ½ inch overlap on each end before roll it up and pin in place.
Step three After turning the pouch top stitch about 1/2 inch from both long edges of the band. This will form the channel for the drawstring. channel for the drawstring.
Step four After turning the pouch right side out again you will make French seams in the side and bottom of the pouch. (This seam will only be in the mesh material.) You are leaving the finished ends of the band open to thread the drawstring through.) Pin the pouch wrong sides together and stitch a ¼ inch seam. Trim about 1/8 inch. Turn inside out and now with the right side together make another ¼ inch seam. French seams are stronger and will make the pouch look more professional. Be sure to use a zig zag stitch. This will keep the seams from popping when they stretch.
Step five Cut the parachute cord the desired length. You will need to burn the ends of the cord to keep it from fraying. Use a safety pin or bodkin to draw the cord through the band at the top of the pouch.
Step five Install the grommet according to instructions. Here is a great video that explains the old school and new school ways to set a grommet.
Step Six Attach the carabiner hook to the pouch.
The little pouch is done and ready to be attached to your tote. My pouch made its debut this weekend with my grandchildren at the timeshare. See how cute it looks hanging out by the pool!
I just love this little mesh pouch. You know how sometimes when you make something and it just makes you happy. It just makes me happy. I had several comments on it while at the pool at the timeshare this weekend.
It is truly the perfect pool accessory!