With finished dimensions of 12" (30cm) wide, 18" (45cm) tall, and 7" (18cm) deep, this bag is perfectly sized for a trip to the beach, a workout in the gym or a dip in the pool. You'll be able to fit everything you need inside, but it also folds up flat for easy storage when not in use.
The Swim & Gym pattern has been specially tested to maximise water resistance by using self-bound seams. You can read more about Samantha's experiments in waterproofing here. The pattern includes instructions for two large outer mesh pockets and one small interior zipped pouch which is perfect for small and easily lost objects such as money and keys. The Swim & Gym uses a drawstring both to close the bag and to act as straps. This bag doesn't use any stabilisers or quilting cotton, and the only hardware you need is eyelets and an optional zip.
You can read a tutorial on how to use fold over elastic on the mesh pockets here.
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This PDF pattern for The Swim & Gym features 34 pages of comprehensive instructions and colour photographs. It is classified as an intermediate pattern. The pattern also has a text only section at the back to save on ink and paper costs! The Swim & Gym pattern is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers.
What difficulty is this?
Advanced beginner. The construction is beginner, but working with tricky fabrics makes it slightly more difficult.
What machine did you use to sew this originally?
I used a Brother FS-40, it's a domestic machine designed for quilting
How big is it?
12” W x 18” H x 7” D (30cm x 45cm x 18cm)
Where did you get….
Mesh – By Annie’s manufactures mesh which is available in many haberdasheries
Rope – any hardware store. It needs to fit through your eyelets but over than that as thick as possible
Waterproof material – you can use cordura which is a speciality material or anything waterproof. One of my testers used a waterproof table cloth.
Pretty metal rope endings – from the hardware store. In the UK they’re called copper couplings
What fabrics did you use?
I used faux leather, PUL and Mesh. I also used on a different bag 1000d Cordura and mesh. I have also made a bag from faux leather, quilting cotton and linen, please see the sew along posts.
By Annie’s Mesh
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