10 Cute & Creative DIY Beach Bags to Store Your Summer Essentials

Juggling your sunblock, water bottle, beach towel, shades, wallet, magazines, books, water toys and flask (is that just me?) all in your purse just isn't possible. Protect your belongings — and your sanity — with a creative tote to carry to the beach and pool. 

Instead of buying an expensive bag from the store, you can easily make your own! With some fabric, canvas, or even and old T-shirt, you can have a cute and trendy beach bag in no time.

The best party about DIYing your own bag is that you can personalize it to your liking. If you're sick of the free totes you've accumulated over the years, or can't find any that you like, then take a look at these creative beach bag ideas. Whether you're a pro with a sewing machine, or can barely use a tape dispenser, there is a tote craft that will work for you. 

These also make adorable gifts for a summer party or wedding! Get inspired to get creative this summer with our gallery of the most creative and stylish DIY beach bags. 


  • No-Sew Rope Beach Tote

    No sewing machine? No problem! This DIY No-Sew Tote tutorial from Homey Oh My! shows you how to get a trendy nautical-themed beach bag without using a sewing machine.

  • Mesh Tote from Window Screen Material

    Mesh bags are perfect for the beach. But did you know you can make them yourself with a simple trip to the hardware store? This bag from Between the Lines is made from window screen material!

  • Gold Foil Stripes

    I'm obsessed with all things gold foil, and it's super on trend right now. And decorating your beach bag in gold foil is easier than you think, thanks to a little duct tape! Get the tutorial from Clever Thursday.

  • Seashell-Adorned Beach Tote

    What could be more appropriate to decorate your beach bag with than some seashells? This cute tote from Trinkets in Bloom is a great way to use some of your favorite beach baubles, and create a cute and customized bag.

  • Pretty Painted Tote

    Canvas totes are just that, a blank canvas. Jazz one up with some beautiful fabric paint, like Jenny from Beautifully Sick did. She took a plain tote and created beautiful shapes with painter's tape and some fabric paint.

  • Large Canvas Bag (with a Pocket!)

    You can even get a little fancy with your tote style, and add things like pretty buttons and pockets. This DIY bag from Elle Apparel looks super expensive, but she made it herself with the help of her sewing machine!

  • Stripes Secured with Staples

    Another fabulous no-sew option is staples. That's right, as in the office supplies used to secure packets of paper. Don't believe us? Check out this handy tutorial from A Little Glass Box.

  • Easy DIY Stripes

    You don't even need striped fabric for a fabulous striped tote. Paint some on, as featured on this bag from Almost Makes Perfect.

  • DIY Neon Straw Bag

    Looking for a straw beach bag to match your straw hat this summer? Look no further than this bag from Madigan Made. It's woven with some pops of neon for an extra unique bag!

  • Large Polka-Dot Tote

    This tote is large and in charge, and covered in trendy polka dots. Get the how-to from Little Miss Kimberly Ann.

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