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Friday, July 23, 2010

Beach Towels Repurposed | Family Economics

By Cathe

With summer in full swing, you can count on most retail stores to be stocking next season’s merchandise. Which, by the way, is great news if you’re shopping for things such as beach towels, likely to be greatly discounted.

Beach towels are fantastic for much more than poolside drying. Stock up on beach towels if you can, and repurpose them. A simple search of the Internet will have you crafting towels into many things, including:

• A beach towel tote
• A child’s swimsuit hooded sweatshirt or poncho
• Patio seating cushion covers for chairs and benches
• Indoor and outdoor shower curtains
• Picnic tablecloths
• Colorful barbecue hand towels; resized and hemmed

My favorite thing to make from clearance-sale beach towels is a colorful picnic blanket. To make one, gather two or more beach towels, either in different patterns and colors or all identical, and overlap one towel over another by one inch. With your sewing machine, stitch double seams to connect them.

Yes, it’s that simple!

You can also repurpose an additional towel into a bag for keeping your new blanket neatly tucked away. Fold the towel in half inside out and seam the sides leaving the top area open. Turn the right side out and tuck the folded blanket inside. Keep your blanket in the back of your vehicle throughout the seasons for impromptu park dining or for soft seating on sporting event bleachers.

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On Friday, March 9, 2012, Carol O wrote

Another great way to repurpose a beach towel is for curtains. I used some AWESOME Mark Martin Race Car Beach towels with terrific graphics for my son's race-car themed bedroom. Different designs will work better in certain ways but I just folded the top over and sewed a pocket across the top. Everything is already hemmed and you can hang them on whatever rod you want. I also just hung a Hawaiian themed beach towel up in our Hawaii Themed bedroom. A beach towel is perfect and necessary in Hawaii and the artwork on the towel was AWESOME.

On Friday, July 30, 2010, jmp wrote

clever useful simple thank you!

On Monday, July 26, 2010, Cathe Holden wrote

Wonderful ideas everyone!! Thank you, and keep 'em coming! I posted a photo of the towel-turned-blanket that I keep in my car here:"> My husband even used it as a light cover-up while napping on the hammock the other day which got me thinking, they would make great hammock covers as well!

On Monday, July 26, 2010, bec wrote

I've been meaning the make me a shawl out of a towel so when the baby spits up a million times I can still look nice for church.

On Sunday, July 25, 2010, Mommy of Monkeyshines wrote

I also love to use beach towels as mats...You take two beach towels and sandwich them between a layer of 1/8" foam or batting, sew them together and choose a towel for the backside. Then, using grosgrain ribbon or another trim of your choosing, you tack it to the back. Roll it up and tie it, sling it over your shoulder, and you are ready to hit the gym for yoga, a picnic in the park, or use for naptime for your preschooler!

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, JM from Colorado wrote

great idea! can't wait to make a big picnic blanket to leave in my car...that can double as an emergency blanket for cold nights at the ball games or at the drive in!

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, wrote

They'd make great covers for a dog bed. Since you don't really need to cover the bottom of a dog bed, you can make a "fitted sheet" by mitering the corners and adding elastic or a drawstring to keep it in place. Also, most local animal shelters and veterinary hospitals have an ongoing need for old towels--a great alternative for non-crafty and overly towel-endowed folks!

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Linda wrote

Very cool idea:D

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Donna in the HOT Northeast wrote

Cathe, These are some really neat ideas, especially for someone like me who isn't a master sewer! Now I'm off to shop. Thanks Donna

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Nancy - wrote

they also make great pillow covers for the kids to use...

On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Ellen Bull wrote

That is a great idea, going to share that with my FL family!


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