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Beach-Towel Tote Bag

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2008


Turn bathroom towels into an all-in-one beach mat and tote bag.


  • 1 hand towel and 1 bath towel in the same color (length of hand towel should equal width of bath towel).

  • 21-inch length of webbing

  • Sewing kit

  • Batting (optional)


  1. Sew a 3-inch section from each end of a 21-inch length of webbing to center of 1 long side of hand towel.

  2. Repeat on 1 short side of bath towel. Place hand towel on bath towel, so handles are aligned and facing. Stitch towels together along 1 long edge of hand towel, leaving sides with handles open.

  3. Stitch along short sides of hand towel, 4 inches in from edges (or along decorative stripes), creating a pocket.

  4. Flip inside out, and tuck length of bath towel into pocket. At the beach, turn inside out, and unroll the towel to use as a mat. If you prefer, stuff the pocket with a soft item to make a pillow.

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