Sunglasses, a book, sunscreen, and money are necessary items for a day at the beach. A convenient way to hold them all is by adding pockets to the bottom of a beach towel.
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To make the pockets, lay the towel out flat. Fold up one of the short sides of the towel so that it measures 4 1/2 inches. Pin together the outer edges.
Find the center of the folded part of the towel, and mark it with a pin.
Find the center of each half, and mark it with a pin. Now the folded part of the towel is divided into four sections, which will be the four pockets of your roll-up beach towel.
By hand or with a sewing machine, sew the pockets of the towel, making five vertical seams. Double-stitch each seam.
To make the straps and tie, cut two 30-inch pieces of ribbon and one 26-inch piece.
Lay the towel on your work surface, right side up, so that the pockets are at the top. Double-stitch the midpoints of the two 30-inch ribbons to the bottom short edge of the towel. The ribbons should be perpendicular to that edge so that one is 4 inches in from left-hand corner and the other is 4 inches left of center.
Form a U with the third ribbon. Turn ribbon ends under, and double-stitch them to the towel edge at the points where the other two strips were sewed.
Grosgrain ribbon, preferably acetate or heavy-duty cotton twill
Beach essentials, such as a coin purse, sunglasses, and sunscreen
It's simple to make: Fold up the short end of the towel, and sew to create four pockets for your essentials. Ribbons stitched to the outside of the towel make a convenient tie and straps. When you're ready for the beach, fill the pockets with a few necessities, fold the towel in half lengthwise, roll it up toward the straps, and tie it closed.