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Roll-Up Beach Towel

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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


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.


  • Beach towel

  • Tape measure

  • Pins

  • Thread

  • Scissors

  • Grosgrain ribbon, preferably acetate or heavy-duty cotton twill

  • Beach essentials, such as a coin purse, sunglasses, and sunscreen


  1. 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.

  2. Find the center of the folded part of the towel, and mark it with a pin.

  3. 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.

  4. By hand or with a sewing machine, sew the pockets of the towel, making five vertical seams. Double-stitch each seam.

  5. To make the straps and tie, cut two 30-inch pieces of ribbon and one 26-inch piece.

  6.  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.

  7. 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.

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