Patriotic Pool Pack

Don't you just love the bold and wonderful contrasting colors of red, white and blue?  I certainly do, and considering the 4th of July holiday is right around the corner, that makes this red, white and blue-themed post perfectly apropos.


This post is all about creative gift giving and how you can combine a few inexpensive items to create a fantastic and memorable gift for someone special this summer.


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Aside from the wonderful contrast in color, part of the beauty of these bags lies in the whimsical and curly-cued monogram.

I think a little bit of embroidery can enliven just about anything it's placed on.

Tip: If you don't have access to an embroidery machine and you don't have time to hand embroider a bag, you can also pick up a letter applique at your local sewing shop.  Most fabric stores carry single alphabet appliques.

Just stitch the pre-made applique onto the bag for equally fast and easy personalization.

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Here's a look at my finished machine-embroidery.  Yes, coincidentally the name of both my gift recipients begins with the letter "M".


By the way, you don't have to spend a fortune on pool bags to make a big splash (pun intended).  I found these sturdy, well-constructed canvas bags for a deal-loving $5 each at my local Bed, Bath and Beyond store in the same section as beach towels.

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A single monogram on the front of the bag certainly suffices but you can always go a little further with the embroidery and add a first name on the back as well.

I love how crisp the embroidery looks against the off-white canvas.

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Of course, you can fill your gift bag with whatever you like to fit your theme.


Since this is a pool pack present, I loaded it with goodies that can be used and enjoyed poolside.

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You can never have too many flip flops in the summer.  I love polka dots and these are a fun addition to the bag of goodies.

Tie them with a red ribbon for more contrast and pretty presentation.

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For the recipient's reading pleasure, throw in a favorite magazine.


I included a copy of the July 2010 issue of Romantic Homes which features my pretty soap project.

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Everyone loves something to nibble on while poolside and these sweet treats are bound to do the trick.

Put a few handfuls of your favorite candy in a baggie and tie it off with a ribbon and bow.

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To make the fun tag, just print the desired info from your computer and then use a tag punch to cut out the shape. 

Add a small hole at the top of the tag and string the ribbon through before tying it to the baggie.

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The summer heat is bound to make the throat dry so help your gift recipient quench their thirst with the inclusion of a water bottle.  This will get a lot of use this season.



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Of course the sunshine must be enjoyed with the proper protection so you can add a tube of sunscreen to the bag.  This is another item that will definitely get used.

Wow, can you believe there is now SPF 100 on the market?

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A red, white and blue beach towel is another useful addition that ties in beautifully with this 4th of July-inspired look.

Roll the towel up and tie it with a pretty ribbon for a perfect extra touch.

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Top off the patriotic theme with a small American flag.  This is a great summertime gift for adults and kids alike.

Heading to a birthday party soon?  Consider how much the birthday girl or boy (or grown-up) would love a goodie-filled, personalized pool bag like this to help cool things off during these summer months.  

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I couldn't resist personalizing a few bags for Cameron and Jordy. 

Once you start monogramming bags it's a little hard to stop.  I embroidered a few for my neighbor too.

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As you can see, you don't have to actually sew the bag yourself or even spend a small fortune to create a beautiful and thoughtful gift that anyone would love to receive.

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After personalizing and loading-up a few of these bags for others, I think I just might make a patriotic pool pack for myself.

Meanwhile, here's hoping you have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. ā™„

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations. Great concept. Another informative post. This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to several more times this year!

  • [email protected]

    OMG!! What a great idea!!!! I love those bags. I’m going to have to see if I can find some!

  • Staci

    Great idea Lisa! TFS!

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful and fashionable young people theme of the times! Your blog is very nice, thank you for your post! Good luck, good health, hood cheer. I wish you happy everyday.

  • SuzK

    Great idea – your work is always wonderful.

  • Vanessa S.

    What lucky people to receive these totes! They are terrific! I just got a machine that does embroidery and it is a bit addictive! Also,I saw the train on your previous post and it struck me that it looks like one in our town that I photographed a couple years ago! You can see it here: I love that they have been preserved!

  • Kiki The Flying Grandmother

    Lisa, love, love these! The 4th of July has been my grandaughters favorite holiday since she could talk. She is now eleven and every year I have a big party (with her help) for family and friends. These bags would make great gifts for game winners! Thanks for this wonderful blog! Hope you had a wonderful 4th, we sure had a good time here! Looking forward to your next project!

  • Berta

    What a cool idea! Thanks! Only $5 for the bag leaves lots left to fill it with goodies. A stencil monogram would work well too!

  • tea time and roses

    Hello Lisa!
    The bags are lovely and make a beautiful gift idea. You are simply amazing.:o)
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and fun filled 4th of July!

  • Jennifer

    Ohh… love it! Great idea Lisa! Stopping by from the Flying FB post about our blogs! So nice to ‘meet’ you… you have a wonderful blog here!! šŸ™‚

  • Bonnie

    Add a hat and you are ready for parade-watching! (I’m remembering the parade where we weren’t as well-prepared and got a bit too much sun…) This is a great grab-it-and-go bag for when the opportunity hits.

  • Sarah

    Is there anything you can’t do? I wish we were friends so that I could get one of your presents, er, do crafts with you. Milwaukee isn’t so far away…
    Great post.

  • Allie

    I love these bags – I’ll have to see if we have them here, and yes I do have an embroidery machine! Oh wait, both machines need to visit the spa. Well, I’ll save this idea for later then, cuz I LOVE IT! A perfect summer gift!

  • Judith Norman

    Love it, love it, love it. I agree with the other posters – $5 at Bed & Bath is a great deal. Always look forward to the 1st and 15th of the month to see your latest creations. Happy 4th!

  • Melony Bradley

    At 5.00 a pop, this makes a fantastic summer hostess or otherwise gift, Lisa. I am loving this idea.

  • Julie Size

    I can’t wait until your daughter gets married Lisa… except we may find you dead with a marker in one hand and a sewing needle in the other! ha ha … I promise – this is a huge compliment!!!

  • Kathie

    I love this gift idea, can you tell me where you bought your bags?
    those are great!

  • Elaine Tutman

    I really like this post – these are practical gifts that will please. Don’t forget to read the Declaration of Independence with the kids on the 4th – they should learn early that the day means more than picnics, games and fireworks. Love, Nana Banana

  • Kisha

    I love these bags! Can’t believe BBB had them for $5buckaroos. Gotta go grab a few for gifts. I purchased one (larger in size) from Land’s End a few years ago for about $30 incl monogram. Again, you’re making me want an embroidering machine:)

  • Adrienne

    Love it! Those are nice size bags also! I may have to go to BBB and see if they have any!

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    What a great idea and thoughtful gift! You never cease to impress me!