How to Make Your Own GO! Log Cabin Beach Bag: A Step-by-Step Guide

The weather gets warm and it is time to head to the beach. This roomy tote will hold all the sand toys needed for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Let’s get started.

Here's what I used:

The Log Cabin block is an extremely versatile and traditional block loved by many quilters—except me. I have never liked this block—so when the call came out for projects using this die—well I jumped at the chance to see if the AccuQuilt die could change my mind. I had a vision of setting the blocks to form a circle—or a beach ball!!  First off—the die is extremely easy to use. Each 1½” strip is screen printed with a number—so the strip with the number 8 will cut at 1½” x 8½”. Brilliant!!  A stash of leftover background fabrics made for easy die cutting. No need to cut all of the pieces on the die. Just place fabric over the strips needed.

In order to form the “circle” part of the log cabin, the colored strips need to be cut with the GO! Strip Cutter 2½” (2" Finished) die.

The diagram will show what size strips are needed for one block. Repeat to make 4 different colored blocks. The block will measure 11½”.

The blocks went together with ease! There are many ways to lay out these blocks—wouldn’t the curved pinwheel be fun?

Next up, the beach ball needs a center! Cut a 5” circle with the GO! Circle die. Secure the circle to blocks with blanket stitch. Baste tote bag front with batting and backing. Hint—don’t keep spray starch and spray basting on the ironing board together when working late into the evening. They might get mixed up!!

Layer and quilt tote bag parts. This is a great place to practice some free motion quilting. The front was quilted with a walking foot to form the giant concentric circle. The other pieces were meandered.

Trim: Front and back—22½” x 22½”. Right and left side—5½” x 22½”.  Then the piece that makes this tote bag special for sand toys—the bottom is cut from a plastic mesh—sometimes called “pet screen”. Cut this piece 5½” x 22½”.

Piece the tote bag together, use “Y-seams” at corners. See this earlier blog post for more directions on piecing the tote bag. 

Purchased leather handles were used for this project. Who knew a hammer would be needed in the sewing room?

See how the plastic mesh screen will allow for the sand to flow through the tote bag bottom?

Well, the project is finished—and I can honestly say that I might be starting to enjoy the log cabin block. But only if I can use the AccuQuilt die! Make one for yourself, head out to a beach and plan the next quilt using the GO! Log Cabin-12" Finished die.