Tuesday, March 30, 2010

beach towel tote

I saw this tutorial for a toteable beach towel here and really liked the idea. If I take the kids to the beach (which is quite often in the summer since we live minutes away), I have four towels, not to mention sand buckets, digging supplies, snacks, sunscreen...the list could go on! Some days it seems impossible to get everything shoved into a bag that is small enough that it doesn't make me feel like I am planning on spending a week at the beach, not just a few hours. I found this beach towel in the one spot (for $2.50...explain that to me later!), and with a coupon from Target.com, I was able to score a brand new beach towel for 50cents! This is what I came up with.

I started with my 50 cent Target beach towel. (Have I mentioned that I love Target? In fact, our family is currently on display there in the camping aisle find out more here )
I went to Wal-Mart and picked up some coordinating pink fabric (half a yard at $1.50 a yard) and some coordinating ribbon for around 50 cents.
After following Anna Maria's tutorial, I realized that I messed up and put the long strap on the wrong side of the towel making it so that when I folded the towel up, you had the ugly side of the towel on the outside.
I'm no perfectionist so it didn't bother me, but when I was trying to explain my new project (and the things I would do differently next time) to my husband he ended up convincing me to take out the stitches, shift the long handle to the other side and while I was at it, I could then stuff the upper envelope portion (one of my "things I would do differently" ideas).
So I did...and above you will see the before finished product (it is nice that it folds together so small) and below the after (with the stuffing you can't fold the top like I could before, so it's like a yoga mat).

I love the idea of having a pillow attached to the blanket. How comfy is that?!
Hopefully, this summer will bring lots of lazy beach days, just like this!
I stitched the ribbon on as a decorative accent. LOVE IT!
And there you have it! My new and improved beach towel tote. All together it cost me about $2!


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12 comments:

Kaysi said...

That is so cute!! I really like that ribbon and the colors!!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

I love it! I just made a beach bag this weekend! Must be we're all praying for Summer to get here fast!

JenBrown said...

So cute! I want to make one and I don't even live by the beach! :)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this with us over at Someday Crafts. You have been featured so come on over and grab a button!

Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

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-Jill

~SHANNON~ said...

Great tutorial! Thank you!

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Have a great weekend!

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Meg said...

Wow....you're ideas are pretty fun...and inspirational! What a great sewer...is that the right word? :)

Hope you can check out my blog for a fun spring block give away! Have a great weekend!

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Stacey @ Fun to Craft said...

I love this! I have been wanting to make something similar but you beat me to the punch. Great minds think alike :) Yours is so colorful and fun. Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft's Spring has Sprung Party.

Rachelle said...

LOVE IT!

jenjen said...

Such a great idea! Your kids are going to love having those!

Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Wrap Up Party!

I hope you will link up and show us more of your projects!

XOXO
Jen

Tracy said...

what a fab idea. I am planning to make all my gifts for birthdays this year and this will be on my list thank you

daphne_caldwell said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower, and I LOVE this idea! I have been looking everywhere for something similar to this and am thinking I am going to make! Check out my blog at:

www.daphnecaldwell.blogspot.com