Beach Cover-Ups (for Almost Anything)
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.