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The Signe rug from Ikea is far too small for its intended use. It is, however, the perfect size for so many other things, including a large beach tote. After brining home the rug in every color way, I experimented and created the easiest method to creating the perfect summer beach bag.

Coastal Rug Bag DIY

You’ll need:

an Ikea Signe rug (approx 22″ x 33″)
leather purse handles (I bought mine here)
sewing machine
heavy duty sewing machine needles
waxed cord
sewing pins

Start by ironing your rug flat with an iron on a steam setting. After the rug is dry fold the ends in about 2 inches and pin them in place.

Coastal Rug Bag DIY

After each end is folded in, sew a straight line right above the fringe. Because the rug is so thick, you’ll want to use a heavy duty, leather sewing needle.

Also, because the material is so weighty, you might want to use your hand to guide the rug underneath the machine’s foot so that the rug doesn’t misalign. Once both sides are sewn, fold the rug in half with the fringe sides facing in.

Now sew the vertical edges together. When you get to the top, over the folded section, you might want to guide your machine manually if the machine is having a hard time getting through the thickness.

Once both vertical sides are sewn, pinch the bottom corners and pin them in place.

Coastal Rug Bag DIY

Sew the corners, using the vertical lines of the rug as a guide. Repeat on the other side.

Turn the bag right side out. See how sewing that corner give you a nice tailored frame?

Coastal Rug Bag DIY

Now it’s time to reinforce the edges. I also like using the vertical lines of the rug as a guide here. Sew the edges together, with the smallest hem you can leave. Here, I’m about 1/8″ from the edge.

You can stop sewing right before you get to the fringed fold.

Add the leather handles by first threading your needle with waxed linen cord. Tie the end of the cord into a double knot and pull the needle from the bottom of the bag, through one of the pre-punched holes of the strap.

Make your first stick and bring the needle back up, skipping a stich. And then back down, completing the stitch. This is called a back stitch.

Continue doing the back stitch until you’ve sewn the entire base of the strap to the top of the bag. Repeat on the rest of the sides.

Coastal Rug Bag DIY

Create a cute summer tote with this DIY, a sewing machine and a few supplies. Kick up your coastal summer style with this great beach tote, this will be your favorite bag to carry.

DIY Credit & Link:

Ikea Signe Rug Bag

Marinated in a simple, spicy dressing and accompanied by a clever chargrilled coleslaw enhanced with citrussy yuzu juice, these prawn and lobster po’ boys are anything but poor.

Prawn & Lobster Po'Boy


Serves: 4

250g shell on prawns, deveined, or lobster tails or a mix of the two 
Waitrose 12 Assorted Mini Rolls, sliced, to serve
½ tbsp coriander seeds

2g smoked sweet paprika
0.5g cayenne pepper
20g olive oil
1g lemon zest
8g lemon juice

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut into slices approx 2cm thick 
90g yuzu juice
½ white cabbage, cut into 8 wedges 
1 spring cabbage cut into quarters 
1 red onion, peeled and quartered 
1 carrot, peeled and cut into quarters lengthwise 
25g pack parsley, chopped
200g mayonnaise


1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl, add the prawns and lobster, and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.

2. For the coleslaw, place the slices of apple in a bowl with 20g of the yuzu juice and 20g of water. Cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

3. Preheat the barbecue, lightly grease then chargrill all the vegetables for the coleslaw on 
all sides, with their roots left on. Season lightly with salt during cooking. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, thinly slice the vegetables, then place in a bowl. Add the parsley, drained and chopped apples, mayonnaise and the rest of the yuzu juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Season the marinated prawns and lobster with fine salt and black pepper, then grill over the hot barbecue on both sides for about 1-2 minutes for the prawns and 10-12 minutes for the lobster tails, or until pink and opaque. Once cooked, peel the prawns and lobster and slice into bitesize pieces. Set to one side.

5. Shallow fry the coriander seeds for 30 seconds in oil at 180ºC. Strain and reserve. Place the sliced mini rolls cut side down on the grill and toast for a couple of seconds. Place some of the coleslaw into each of the rolls. Add some of the grilled seafood on top and sprinkle over some of the fried coriander seeds.  

Coastal dining recipe, Prawn & Lobster Po'Boy sandwich you will love. Best Po'Boy sandwich, perfect for Summer salty living.


Prawn & Lobster Po'Boy

Have a very coastal Father's Day

The Crew at Our Boat House would like to wish you a happy Father's Day. Our Boat House hopes your captain enjoy's a coastal Father's Day.

Love the beauty of seaglass,what a fantastic way to display it!!!! An love the ombre effect!!!
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I LOVE the BEACH HOUSE TOUR!! We don't have ANYTHING like this in Quebec unfortunatly... Our bedroom is white and blue with many beach accents. I took my ideas from you! We've got it since 20 years and it is still update!
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