Photography: The Morrisons
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2019
A quick seam turns it into a tote that carries all your essentials, then unfolds to create a comfortable lounging spot (complete with pillow) once you're there. Lay it down to soak up some warmth and a good novel, or to catch some alfresco zzz's. There's space in this pillow pocket for an extra towel, SPF, book, and more.
Towel (Pictured: InfuseZen Diamond-weave Turkish Towel, in Navy-Blue and Cream, $32, houzz.com.)
Twill tape (Pictured: Mood Designer Fabrics Natural Cotton Twill Tape, 2", $2 yd., moodfabrics.com.)
Pillow insert (Pictured: Crate & Barrel Feather-Down Pillow Insert, 18" by 12", $9, crateandbarrel.com.)
Sewing machine and supplies
Fold over one end of a towel about 14 inches. Sew one short side and the bottom shut. Leave the other side open, so you can slide in pillow and other essentials.
Sew two lengths of any twill tape, cotton strap, or ribbon (we used two-inch twill tape) into two separate loops to slide the bag into. Sew one end of longer piece of twill tape onto each loop, to link them and sling over your shoulder.