Pick a fabulous towel, new or old, and turn it into one of these nifty projects.
Four cool projects using a beach towel.
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.
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!