DIY Upcycled Sail into Beach Tote with pockets and coordinating lining


Sail Bag upcycled sail cloth beach tote bag DIYI’ve seen bags made from sails lately all over the place. Most of them are crazily priced and frankly look like they are made from sail cloth vs. actual sails as I rarely see wear on them. I wanted a simple tote great for carrying around kids stuff to the park and beach on vacation and something with some character on it so it looks like an upcycled sail bag! :).

I found the old sail at a marine 2nd hand store for $18 it had 2 rips in it and lots of dirt/wear on it, which is exactly what I wanted. something with some character.Β  The lining fabric I used thrifted fabric I found from the goodwill. I have enough leftover sail to make another bag – Wahoo!

The pattern is one I made from copying another bag that I like, super easy to do. and I just added some thick fusible interfacing to the bag lining to help give it some structure.

The letters showing are from the sail I used a zigzag stitch on the yellow (see in one of the pics) to basically attach a pocket to the bag.. One of the letters i cut it to close and appliqued it onto some more sail fabric then attached it as a pocket.

Anyone know how to make a pattern into a PDF pattern? I’d be happy to post the pattern I used but have no idea how to make it digital πŸ˜‰

stitching sail bag zig zag

lining sail bag tote beach bag

pocket from sail lettering



6 thoughts on “DIY Upcycled Sail into Beach Tote with pockets and coordinating lining

    1. I’ll comment back if I am able to get the pattern up in a PDF (learning how to do that now πŸ™‚ it’s super simple, but I use the bag all the time! only 3 pieces πŸ˜‰

  1. Im no help with how to convert the pattern to PDF? Can you scan it and convert it that way?

    It looks fab. The colours are so bright and summery.

    Thanks for linking up to totally Pinworthy!

    1. good idea! I think I need to read up a bit on how to do the PDF. the patter is super easy, would be a fun one to post for everyone πŸ˜‰

  2. Were you able to get the pattern into pdf? Easy way is to scan it through your printer and “save as” PDF. If this works for you, please email the pattern to me. We are sailors and have 3 sails sitting in our garage that I could work on! So appreciate it.

    1. unfortunately no, I don’t know how to get a sewing pattern scanned from multiple pieces.. πŸ™ that said, I did just copy the shape/bag from a bag that I already had and liked, essentially traced around the shape and added an inch for hem/room/binding… πŸ™‚

Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear!