Beach Ball Beach Tote

By Liesl Clark

We cleared out an old bin of outside toys near the garage and found 2 beach balls that needed some help. One had been bitten into several times, likely by a raccoon or 2. The other has a slow leak and so we found the spot where it leaks and fixed it, just like a bike tube tire or Thermarest for camping. But the one with multiple ‘coon-bite holes was too colorful to throw into the landfill so we transformed it into a beach tote to carry our belongings down to the shore for the 1/4 mile walk to our nearest swimming spot.

The kids have been taking part in a sewing camp, so hand-sewing the ball into something useful made lots of sense. The following is a simple tutorial for turning your defunct beach ball into a nice waterproof tote for your or the kids to throw your swimming stuff into:

STEP 1: Get out the scissors, some scrap rope, and a sewing kit.

A beach ball with too many bite marks is too hard to repair. Get out the scissors and transform it into something useful.

STEP 2: Cut the ball with an opening the size you’d like for your beach or pool goodies. Leave room for a hem and stitching. (I don’t have a sewing machine)

Cut a large hole in the top of the beach ball, taking out the inflator valve

STEP 3: Turn the ball inside out, fold down a 1″ hem and stitch the ball. Use a straight stitch or your sewing machine if you’re so inclined. But a 6-year-old can enjoy the task, too. You need room for a rope or string to be threaded as a cinch-tie. Leave a 1″ hole in the side for the rope to thread through.

Turn the ball inside-out and straight stitch a hem into it with 1 inch of leeway for a rope or cord to be strung through.

STEP 4: Thread the rope through using a large safety pin as your thread-head.

Thread a scrap piece of rope through. Photo: Liesl Clark

STEP 5: Enjoy!

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Have you found a good reuse for deflated beach balls or another type of play or sport ball? We’d love to hear about it via the comments area below or on our Facebook page.

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6 Comments on “Beach Ball Beach Tote”

  1. July 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    wow this is awesome!

    • July 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      Thanks! We’re just waiting for some hot weather where we are to test ours out – If you make one and take it to the beach, please let us know how it goes!

  2. Lori
    July 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    You could probably do something like that with a deflated soccer ball or the like and have it hold golf balls to store on a golf course or something….

    • July 28, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Great idea, Lori! If anyone makes one, please let us know – We’d love to hear about it and see a photo!

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