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Sew, Before You Head To The Beach

June 30, 2011 in Projects, Tips & Tricks

Summer is HERE! To my family, that means it is time to head for large open spaces near large bodies of water. The only problem with that plan is I always end up bringing home a car full of sand. I have found a solution this beach combing quandary, the Sand Be Gone Bag. This little bag releases a small amount of baby powder or talc, which when it is rubbed on sand covered skin and, the sand falls right off.  Helping you leave the sand on the beach and not in your car.

For this quick project you will need:
13 X 5 strip of cotton fabric and a 13 X 5 strip a fleece
6 strip of  hook and loop tape (Velcro)
Spray Adhesive
Baby Powder or Talc

I created my Sand Be Gone Bag with my Baby Lock serger using 3 threads and Ellageo Plus. If you do not have a serger or overlock machine you can do the entire project on your sewing machine, but will want to use an overlock utility stitch where I used my 3 thread serger.

Instructions:
1. Stack cotton and fleece fabric and serge the short ends.
2. Following the manufactures directions for your spray adhesive and spray the back sides of your hook and loop tape. To protect my surfaces I spray the backside of the hook and loop tape in a cardboard box.
3. Stick the hook and loop tape to the fabric side on one end and the fleece side of the opposite end. Using an elastic or broken zigzag, stitch the hook and loop tape to the fabric.
4. With the fleece side out, fold the strip in half, over lapping the ends, so that you can fold the hook and loop tape over at the top.
5. Pin the bottom at the fold to help keep the fabrics from shifting.
6. With the serger or sewing machine stitch the side seams, making sure that you get all fabrics in the seam. Clip threads.
7. Unfasten the hook and loop tape and turn it back right side out, pushing all four corners out.
8. Fold over the opening, so that it is wide enough to fill with the baby powder/talc*. Try not to inhale the dust. Fill about halfway.
9. Close the top and press the hook and loop tape closed. Gently squeeze the bag to get the powder into the fibers. Keep your Sand Be Gone Bag in a dry ziplock bag, if your sand be gone bag gets a little wet, lay it out in the sun to dry before putting it back into the plastic bag.
10. Go to the beach, park and let the kids loose. When everyone is done playing, us your Sand Be Gone Bag to wipe the sand off heads, shoulders, knees, and toes, as well as anywhere else it might be trying to hitch a ride.

*You might want to fill your bag outside, I started filling mine inside and made a very big mess.

It also is a great little accessory to have with young children when they get out of the sandbox. I hope that you can find a need for the Sand Be Gone bag. My family loves it and I love that my car stays much cleaner

3 responses to Sew, Before You Head To The Beach

  1. Not a lot of beach weather here so I am curious what purpose this serves? My son is stationed on the east coast maybe it’s something they could use….just wish I understood it’s purpose. Hoping it’s another great idea I can add to my arsenal.

  2. Kimberly,
    Thank you for your question. I am sorry that I didn’t explain its purpose better. The pouch releases a small amount of baby powder or talc, which when it is rubbed on sand covered skin and, the sand falls right off. Helping you leave the sand on the beach and not in your car.
    It also is a great little accessory to have with young children when they get out of the sandbox.
    I hope that you can find a need for the Sand Be Gone bag. My family loves it and I love that my car stays much cleaner.
    Stacey

  3. Stacey,

    Thanks so much!I think this will be a terrific item to add to my gifty arsenal and the first one will go to my son & daughter in law as they love the beach! Thanks so much for you reply!!

    Kimberly

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