A stylish windbreak
THIS IS A CUSTOM- MADE BEACH BARRIER YOU CAN HAPPILY HUDDLE UP TO
you will need
6m of PU-coated canvas Scissors Tape measure Four broom handles (or for a garden version use cotton canvas and canes)
1 Trim the whole length of the 6m fabric down to 110cm wide – don’t discard the trimmed fabric as it will be used to make the carry strap later.
2 Place the two ends wrong sides together, matching raw edges and stripes and sew them together 1.5cm from edge. Press the seam to make it crisp (step A).
3 Trim one side of the 1.5cm seam allowance down to 0.5cm, then fold the longer seam allowance over the trimmed one and pin in place.
4 Now edge-stitch along the folded side using a long stitch and a sharp machine needle size 14 to 16 to make a neat, strong seam and a continuous wide loop of fabric (step B).
5 Fold a 10cm hem at the top and the bottom, press flat and stitch down with several rows of top stitching.
6 Lay the hemmed fabric flat wrong sides together to form a 3m x 90cm wind break.
7 Measure the broom handle diameter and pin pockets just tight enough to ensure the broom handles don’t slide out easily. For example, for 9.5cm diameter broom handles make pockets 10cm wide.
8 Sew vertical pockets for the broom handles at either end and then two more in the middle, equally spaced to form three panels each, roughly a metre wide (step C).
9 Slide in the broom handles to check they fit and the windbreak is ready (step D).
Providing shelter from both sun and wind, as well as a modicum of privacy, a windbreak makes a beach trip a little more civilised