DIY Projects & Crafts Beach-Towel Tote Bag Lightweight, quick-drying Turkish towels are excellent travel mates. You can knot one into a sarong on vacation, or spread it out for a picnic. And with a little simple sewing, it can become an all-in-one park or beach buddy. By Martha Stewart Editors Martha Stewart Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Website An article attributed to "Martha Stewart Editors" indicates when several writers and editors have contributed to an article over the years. These collaborations allow us to provide you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information available.The Martha Stewart team aims to teach and inspire readers daily with tested-until-perfected recipes, creative DIY projects, and elevated home and entertaining ideas. They are experts in their fields who research, create, and test the best ways to help readers design the life they want. The joy is in the doing. Editorial Guidelines Updated on June 24, 2019 Share Tweet Pin Email A quick seam turns it into a tote that carries all your essentials, then unfolds to create a comfortable lounging spot (complete with pillow) once you're there. Lay it down to soak up some warmth and a good novel, or to catch some alfresco zzz's. There's space in this pillow pocket for an extra towel, SPF, book, and more. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of summer crafts and favorite sewing projects. What You'll Need Materials Towel (Pictured: InfuseZen Diamond-weave Turkish Towel, in Navy-Blue and Cream, $32, houzz.com.) Twill tape (Pictured: Mood Designer Fabrics Natural Cotton Twill Tape, 2", $2 yd., moodfabrics.com.) Pillow insert (Pictured: Crate & Barrel Feather-Down Pillow Insert, 18" by 12", $9, crateandbarrel.com.) Sewing machine and supplies Instructions Fold over one end of a towel about 14 inches. Sew one short side and the bottom shut. Leave the other side open, so you can slide in pillow and other essentials. Sew two lengths of any twill tape, cotton strap, or ribbon (we used two-inch twill tape) into two separate loops to slide the bag into. Sew one end of longer piece of twill tape onto each loop, to link them and sling over your shoulder.