Friday, July 23, 2010
Beach Towels Repurposed | Family Economics
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.