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Beach Towel with Pockets




Keep track of beach essentials -- sunscreen, novels, flip-flops -- by sinking them in a corner pocket.


  1. Step 1

    To make four pockets, take a sheet or a lightweight blanket and two 14-inch squares of linen or cotton.

  2. Step 2

    Cut each square into two triangles. Fold all edges over 1/2 inch, and press. Fold long edge of each triangle over another 1/2 inch, and sew across to hem.

  3. Step 3

    Pin the triangles to the corners of the blanket. Sew the short sides of the triangles to the blanket's corners, and start packing.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2007



Reviews (32)

  • MarciT 23 Jun, 2012

    Why not make the pockets out of mesh then the sand will not fill up the pocket. If you can't find mesh fabric use the corners of inexpensive mesh laundry bags. All you have to do is hem the raw edge.

  • rgmofnyc 15 Jul, 2011

    Definitely agree with the zipper idea or maybe velcro. Then on the other side there could be a cloth handle or something so it converts to a bag.

  • DiTope 21 Jun, 2010

    I think adding a zipper would be a good way to keep things inside the pockets, turn the towel upside down on the beach and no one would know there was anything there. Just a thought.

  • Doublebower 20 Jun, 2010

    I think this is a great idea as well. I haven't implemented this yet, but I think it would be a good idea to have some sort of drainage for sand. I can just imagine the pockets getting full of sand and then dumping all over you or your trunk. Slits or something like it along the outer seams would allow the sand to drain out slowly instead of dumping.

  • rock63roll64 19 Jun, 2010


  • cookiesgalore 5 Jun, 2008

    This would make an excellent outdoor table cloth too! The pockets would drape over the corners of the table and you could put weights in them to stabilize it. Or put extra napkins, spoons, forks, etc. in them. good idea for a picnic blanket too.

  • ddcamp 4 Jun, 2008

    Great Idea I aslo like the velcro to sut the pocket. My son also had an idea to layer the blanket in two and put the pocket between the two layers and velcro or zipper it shut and no one will know that the pocket is there.

  • ddcamp 4 Jun, 2008

    great idea but I am putting buttons so I can put keys and cell phone and they will not fall out. Thanks for the craft Love it

  • Sunnytraveler 4 Jun, 2008

    I added velcro to "shut" the pocket, so that loose items don't fall out and get lost. Also, i made the pockets larger.

  • sharonmanis 3 Jun, 2008

    For katieReed, thats a quillo go to Fonz and they have the instruction and video.

  • j-me 3 Jun, 2008

    Check out this website; they sell the pattern. I have made a few of these, my family loves them!

  • KatieReed 2 Jun, 2008

    Hey does anyone have the pattern or know how to make the quilts that you can convert into a pillow? you know the ones that have a pocket (pillowcase )in one corner and you somehow roll the blanket into it

  • KatieReed 2 Jun, 2008

    Kathy Fabric Artist, thats a really cool idea!~~~~

  • kathyfabricartist 2 Jun, 2008

    I make a pocket on a beach towel. I put a zipper on the top part of a washcloth. Momogran the name and sew it on the lower left or right of the towel. It is very popular for birthdays, first communions, graduations and two for wedding gifts.

    It is very popular.


  • tgroak 2 Jun, 2008

    Here's another idea. To prevent fly-away blankets in the beach, you can also stuff the pockets with beach sand (bean bags?) to hold the blanket in place and prevent lost items. Voila! Thanks, Martha.

  • Granna 2 Jun, 2008

    I put a button [filtered word] on one corner of a large washcloth, then place the washcloth on a corner of the blanket with the button [filtered word] at the top. Sew along two sides. Sew a button on the blanket under the button [filtered word]. Put small articles in this pocket created by the washcloth and button it. When you arrive at the beach, unbutton and fold the flap down to the point of the blanket and remove the small items. When you leave, put the items back, button it up and you're ready to go.

  • Abbi46 2 Jun, 2008

    I would use a netting for the pockets and close them with velcro or zippers. That way you could see what was in the pocket and stuff wouldn't fall out. You might have to make the pockets larger.

  • vickichatham 2 Jun, 2008

    I think, if you use the beach towel to cover a chair and made the pockets just a little bigger, you could stick your feet into them. My feet always burn so fast that I'm always covering them up with sand.

  • ramblinrose 2 Jun, 2008

    Why not velcro the open seam so items remain intact and another idea would be to line with a plastic bag to keep products from getting wet.

  • prettyprettybubbles 2 Jun, 2008

    my mother made one for both my sister and i when we were kids and spent every day at hte beach... (a little different from these but same idea)
    great way from loosing stuff.
    as for the sand - well sand gets everywhere anyways - its the beach !! lol
    have a great summer :)

  • TriciaJay 2 Jun, 2008

    Nice idea, but I do not think it is practical for the beach. Sand would get all over everything.

  • Anna_Marie 2 Jun, 2008

    Now THAT is a great way to build on one another's ideas! REALLY good ideas!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • NancR 2 Jun, 2008

    To create a carrying pocket cut a fabric to cover top and sides of folded blanket and beach items, plus 1 inch for hems on all sides and 3-6 inches on one side for a flap. Fold raw edges in 1/2 inch and then fold 1/2 inch again. Pin to the back side of one corner of the blanket with the flap hanging over an edge and sew around 3 sides twice. Fold blanket onto top of flap then fold into pocket turning inside out, add other items. Fold flap. Mark it and blanket for velcro tabs and handles.

  • vah1964 2 Jun, 2008

    A neat idea! More often than not I have trouble keeping my towel from blowing away at the beach --- with 4 pockets, now I can have "needed" items close at hand, and my towel will stay put.

  • triac 2 Jun, 2008

    This is a little better idea ... take the blanket .. use the netting with zippered pockets on each corner... fold in thirds and on the back side add a pair is sling handles for carry. Everything is then secure and you now have an extra hand free! The handles are out of the they are on the backside of the blanket.

  • sgbuckeye 2 Jun, 2008

    I combined this idea with the Roll-Up Beach Towel idea for a strap to tie up/carry it with

  • zingercat 2 Jun, 2008

    I think I would use a heavy loose netting for corners, I can just imagine the pockets getting full of sand..........

  • bascat 2 Jun, 2008

    Great idea to make for gifts!
    I was thinking of adding velcro tabs.

  • Gramma57 2 Jun, 2008

    What a great idea for a graduation or Summer Birthday gift. I would make the triangles a little larger and I agree with the zipper idea. Thanks! Gramma57

  • MariaNehring 2 Jun, 2008

    If you make the pockets big enough there should be a way to fold it all together and stuff one corner pocket for easy carying and stacking. I'll have to give it a try.

  • emmakrazy 2 Jun, 2008

    I think this is a great Idea too. love the zipper comment that could keep the sand out and the glass in.

  • DebbieSask 2 Jun, 2008

    This is a great idea. I think I would go one better and put zippers in , That way instead of hauling my purse down to the beach too, I could put my wallet in the pocket and stuff and just carry the blanket!