What You’ll Need:
Beach Towel (or large bath towel)
Strong ribbon or webbing
Sewing Machine & Scissors
This is a simple and cute project for turning beach and bathroom towels into a great and big tote bag and mat for trips to the beach! You’ll need one hand towel and one beach towel in coordinating colors. The hand towel length needs to be the same as the beach towel width (although an inch off isn’t a big deal.) My beach towel was 27″ and hand towel was 26″ and it came out just fine.
Place hand towel on bath towel at one end. The long edge of the hand towel should line up with the short edge of the beach towel. Pin the towels together along the edge but leave the end open as this is the opening for your bag.
Use the measuring tape to cut your strong ribbon (or webbing) into 2 25-inch sections. Double over about an inch and a half at each end of the ribbon and pin, this helps to support the handles. The handle should face out and the part that doubled over should not be seen. Pin the handles onto the beach towel at the desired points. I sewed them on 7 inches from the sides. Repeat on hand towel side.
Sew towels together along 1 long edge of hand towel and along the sides (short side of hand towel) leaving the top open. Sew the handles on to the towel just by making a “box” with the sewing machine.
Roll the long end of the towel up and turn the bag inside out, now it’s a bag! Unroll when you get the beach and it’s a mat!