Beach Cover-Ups (for Almost Anything)
Photography: Yunhee Kim
Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2011
Stitch pouches in just the sizes you need to protect beach reads, your phone, and other gear from splashes and sunblock spatters. Start by choosing from a bunch of different mod oilcloth patterns, or treat your own favorite fabrics with Martha Stewart Crafts Durable Decoupage in Oilcloth Finish. Cut a rectangle of oilcloth as wide as the object you want to hold, plus 1/2 inch for seams, and 2 1/4 times its height (for a horizontal pouch, flip these dimensions). Fold to form a pocket shape with right side facing outward, stitch up the edges, and then add self-adhesive Velcro fasteners to secure.
Oilcloth, Paper Flower in Yellow, Marguerite in Red, and Chamomile in Purple, $31 per yd.; butik76.com.