I don’t know about you all, but my Summer is in full-swing. Though the first day of Summer was back in June, the Fourth of July is always the Summer kicker for me. Why, you might ask. Well, because on that day you usually find yourself doing the best Summer activities like going to the beach, being outside watching parades go by, swimming, playing sports, barbecuing etc. So, why wouldn’t it be the day that kicks your Summer off right? So, though you may have wanted to make some of these things earlier in the year so that you’d be prepared for these fun-in-the-sun activities, it is still not too late ……. procrastinator. Okay, I’m kidding. I haven’t made any of these yet so I’m in your boat. Oooooo! Boating! That’s another great Summer activity. The list just keeps going. Anyway, here are a few crafties that just may help you in the next 2 months. Have fun!
Pocket Beach Towel
Alright this one has a few perks. Not only can you keep all your beach necessities nearby without having to rummage through your bag with sandy hands, but you know how your towel or blanket always seems to flip up at the corners, especially on a windy day? Well these pockets, filled with stuff mind you, can also hold that darn thing in place! Just awesome. I’m doing this right now.
Here’s how to do it: Take whatever towel, sheet or a lightweight blanket you want to use and then grab two 14-inch squares of linen or cotton for the corners. Cut each square into two triangles. Fold all edges over 1/2 inch, and press. Fold long edge of each triangle over another 1/2 inch, and sew across to hem. Pin the triangles to the corners of the blanket. Sew the short sides of the triangles to the blanket’s corners, and start packing.
The Summer Tote
Now this guy is going to be perfect for “toting” around all of your summer essentials. And not just to the beach. I’m thinking the pool, the park, on that boat I mentioned or anywhere things might get a little wet or messy. Plus, if you end up needing something to lay-out on, walla! You’ve got it “in the bag”.
Here’s how she does it:
Start with 1 hand towel and 1 bath towel in the same color (length of hand towel should equal width of bath towel).
For handles, sew a 3-inch section from each end of a 21-inch length of webbing to center of 1 long side of hand towel. Repeat on 1 short side of bath towel. Place hand towel on bath towel, so handles are aligned and facing. Stitch towels together along 1 long edge of hand towel, leaving sides with handles open.
To form sides of bag, stitch along short sides of hand towel, 4 inches in from edges (or along decorative stripes), creating a pocket. Flip inside out, and tuck length of bath towel into pocket. At the beach, turn inside out, and unroll the towel to use as a mat. If you prefer, stuff the pocket with a soft item to make a pillow. Thank Martha for this one.
Okay…. so this is turning into a “What You Can Do with Terricloth” post. Sorry….. it’s just so easy!
Beachy Pillow Case
Aaahhhggg! You are enjoying that sun, watching the waves and the people but you’ve got a book you just can’t seem to finish. Really it’s because you can’t seem to get your head in the right position to read it. Need a pillow? Why, yes. Thank you.
Here’s how to do it: So, you’re going to need a 15-inch square case. Cut a 32 1/2-by-16-inch rectangle from a towel, using a finished edge for one of the short sides. Finish other short side with a 1/2-inch hem. Place fabric wrong side down, with hemmed edge on right. Fold over left edge 7 1/2 inches toward center. Fold over right edge 9 1/2 inches toward center (it should overlap left edge by 2 inches). Pin, and stitch along open sides. Turn the cover right side out and insert the pillow!
Tiparoo: Don’t like the idea of lugging around a pillow with you to the beach or poolside? Why not try an inflatable pillow? Whaaaaat? Yup, they are easy to transport since un-inflated they fit nicely in that Summer Tote we just made and being small they won’t take much to blow up.
Now let’s not forget about you. At the beach sometimes you want to be covered up. I know I do….. but perhaps you dont have a sarong. Or you don’t want to buy one. Well you can make one yourself! Isn’t that why you are here? I have to give credit to Altered Cloth for this one and have you head on over there for the instructions and a video. Have fun with this baby!
Scrap Your Beach Day
And then when you come home, you can remember the special day with a scrapbook page like this!