MAKE IT

Pick a fab­u­lous towel, new or old, and turn it into one of these nifty projects.

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Four cool projects us­ing a beach towel.

TOWEL CLUTCH

Keep your beach es­sen­tials sand-free with this prac­ti­cal and pretty towel clutch. Cut the towel 25cm in from the fringed end. In­vert the fab­ric, fold­ing it over so the fring­ing comes to­gether to form the base. Sew in the zip (a plas­tic one will be more for­giv­ing with sand). Sew the sides and base, just above the fring­ing. Choose a size that suits your needs – ours is 25cm high x 30cm wide.

TOWEL TOTE

Cut the towel 50cm in from one end. Hem the cut end to form the top of the bag. Fold the fab­ric in­side out, bring­ing the two sides to­gether, then sew. Sew the base just above the fring­ing. In­vert the fab­ric. Cut two one-me­tre strips of can­vas for the straps, then pin and sew them into place.

BEACH TOWEL CUSH­IONS

To cre­ate a dou­ble-fringed Euro cush­ion cover, cut the beach towel 45cm from the fringed end. Turn the fab­ric in­side out, with the two fringed ends on top of each other. The cush­ion cover should be 45cm x 45cm. Sew the top of the cover and one side. In­vert fab­ric and place cush­ion in­sert in­side. Close the base to­gether with Vel­cro strips sewn at the open­ing.

BEACH TOWEL LINEN

If you love the pat­tern of your beach tow­els, why not turn them into a bath mat, face­cloth and hand tow­els? One beach towel should get you all these items. Use your ex­ist­ing bath­room tow­els as a cut­ting guide. Hem the un­fin­ished edges us­ing a sewing ma­chine. Re­mem­ber to wash your beach towel be­fore cut­ting and sewing.

Stitch in Vel­cro for an easy open­ing.

Pick up a zip­per from a fab­ric store.

Make a match­ing set of tow­els for the bath­room.

This tote is big enough for all your swim­ming and gym gear!

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