Thursday, July 02, 2009

make it: Beach Towel Roll UP

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Stitch up this handy beach towel that boasts a hidden compartment perfect for stowing your valuables and a cushy pillow. All you really need is couple of beach towels to get started.

Surfs up! With this beach towel roll up.

Two beach towels
Sewing pins
Sewing machine
Sew-on hook and loop tape
Two 30” lengths of ribbon
Polyester stuffing


1. Lay your towels down one on top of the other with the wrong sides facing. Store-bought towels are not always exactly the size that is specified on the label, so your towels may not line up exactly. If this is the case, just line them up as best as you can – they don’t have to be exactly the same size for this project to work. Alternately, you can trim them and re-hem them to get them to be just the right size.

2. Divide your towels into thirds by measuring the length of the towels and dividing by three. Pin the towels together along each third point, pinning all the way across the width of the towels. Sew the towels together along each of these lines using a long straight stitch.

3. Stitch hook and loop tape to the inside edge of the towel layers in the middle third. Sew around all edges of the hook and loop tape to secure it. This third of the towel will form a sealable pocket where keys, jewelry and other valuables can be secretly hidden.

4. Find the center point at each end of the towel and pin the end of a 30” piece of ribbon in between the two towels at each of these points. Starting just below the hook and loop tape, stitch the towels together all along the perimeter, making sure to catch the ends of the ribbon as you stitch. If the binding along the edges of your towels is too thick to feed through your sewing machine, just stitch the towels together a little bit further in from the edge to avoid the thick binding. You want to leave one side of the top section open to stuff the pillow. Also do not stitch over the hook and loop section.

5. Stuff the top portion of the towel with poly stuffing. Pin the opening closed and stitch it shut using the machine or a hand whipstitch.

6. To roll-up the towel: Fold the towel in half with the ribbons together. Fold or roll up the lower portion of the towel, leaving the ribbon exposed at the top. Wrap the ribbons around the towel roll and tie together.


  1. this is GREAT! i'm getting a new wonderful sewing machine in 2 weeks and this has my name written all over it! :)

  2. This is an ingenious idea. Thanks!

  3. Great idea.....You are so creative
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi, I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  5. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Is this something that washes and dries in the washer and dryer? Would it be better to make a removable pillow slot?

    1. Sure you could do that. I just toss it in the wash and dry with a tennis ball. Super easy and it works like a charm! Thanks. Cathie

  6. I could fall asleep for hours on this!! I have added your lovely tutorial to my summertime tutorial roundup on my blog, hope that's ok?

    Thanks for sharing!


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