Several months ago, I had the idea to make my children backpacks. Cloth ones that they could take to the beach, or the pool… to carry their OWN stuff. When I was three and we went to live in Egypt for the year, my parents’ good friend made drawstring bags for my brother and me, and we loved them. So I had that vision in my head.
I bought the fabric from Alewives Fabrics. It’s cotton, and so fun. The bags are lined with white cotton, and the straps are four layers because of folding, and very reinforced. I made what were essentially two pillowcases and put one inside the other so the seams were between. The lining was two inches taller than the outside, and then I double folded it to make a casing and ran a ribbon through it. The "clasp" is three buttons– it works pretty well.
Best of all, everyone is carrying their own stuff to the pool. Hooray.