Nautical Anchor Book Bag

Nautical is a huge trend and this bag is sure to stop the ships! Red stripes and sea blue fabrics makes this bag a hit at the beach as well as on the high street. The red cross stitched anchor motif brings the nautical theme together.

By Grace Harvey



You Will Need:

  • White 16-count aida
  • Dark blue stranded cotton (floss)
  •  Blue stranded cotton (floss)
  • Turquoise stranded cotton (floss)
  • Light blue stranded cotton (floss)
  • Red stranded cotton (floss)
  •  Light red stranded cotton (floss)
  • Fabric for the bag front and back: Two pieces 36cm x 38cm (14½in x 14¾in)
    We used Tilda Red Stripe
  • Fabric for the lining, handles and pocket: Two pieces 36cm x 38cm (14½in x 14¾in); Two pieces 10cm x 51cm (37?8in x 203?8in) ; One piece 20cm x 20cm (77?8in x 77?8in)
    We used Tea Cakes Petite Fours Cornflower


1. Fold both of the handle pieces in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and press well. Open out, then fold the outside edges in to meet the centre fold line, wrong sides together, and press. Fold each piece in half again, press once again and then machine stitch along each side.

2. Cross stitch the anchor design onto aida with stranded cotton following the chart. Use two strands of light blue (DMC 3325), turquoise (DMC 799), blue (DMC 798) and dark blue (DMC 792) for the waves, red (DMC 321) for the anchor, and light red (DMC 963) for the border. Machine stitch the aida to the centre of the pocket piece.

3. Machine stitch a double hem along the top edge and sides of the pocket, then sew the bottom and sides of the pocket to the bag front.

4. Place the two lining pieces right sides facing; machine stitch along the bottom and sides. Repeat for the two bag pieces. To create the base, pinch the bottom corners of the lining out, flatten and press so that the bottom and side seams align. Machine stitch 2.5cm (1in) in from the corner. Sew the bag front and back together in the same way.

5. Place the lining inside the bag, right sides facing. Place the handles between the layers of fabric on each side at the top of the bag; pin. Machine stitch around the top of the bag, leaving gap for turning. Turn the bag right sides out and push the lining inside the bag. Machine stitch around the top of the bag.



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