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Beach Towel Tote

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Materials
  • 30” wide Beach Towel
  • 1 yard nautical cotton fabric
  • 10” x 14” white cotton fabric
  • 7” white zipper
  • White sewing thread
  • Embroidery thread as stated in color sequence to compliment nautical fabric
  • Stabilizer appropriate for the fabric and design

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Measurements are given for the items used to create the project as shown. If the towel purchased has a different width measurement, adjust the yardage as needed. You’ll be shown a fast and unique way to create a double pocket which has a zipper front to store valuables.


    Step 1:
    Gather the materials and read through the instructions before beginning. Print out a paper template of the design and color sequence. Adjust any fabric measurements as needed if the towel you purchase is different than the one shown in the project.


    Step 2:
    Measure the towel. The one used in the project is 30” wide. If the width of the towel you purchased is different, adjust the measurements given for cutting the main fabric pieces. Use the width of the towel plus 2” x 18” long. For this project, the two main pieces of the nautical fabric were cut 32” x 18”. If the fabric has a one-way print like was used in the project, be sure to cut them so the pattern runs in the same direction from top to bottom. Cut the white fabric 14” long x 10” wide. Press the fabrics well.

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    Step 3:
    Begin by embroidering and assembling the pocket piece. The zipper will go on the short ends of the white fabric. The zipper will take up ½” seam allowances on each of the short ends and when sewn in after the embroidery is done, will be about 1” from the top. Fold the fabric in half crosswise to find the center of the fabric and mark.

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    Step 4:
    Now quarter-fold the fabric and lightly crease and mark. Open up the fabric and hoop the fabric with the stabilizer. Load the design (1sd0612) on the machine.

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    Step 5:
    Center the needle over the cross mark and stitch the design with the chosen colors. 

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    Step 6:
    To insert the zipper, place the right side of the face down at the top edge of the pocket with the slider on the left as shown. Stitch the zipper in place using a ¼” seam allowance. Next bring the bottom cut edge of the pocket up to the zipper and meeting right sides together—and make sure the outer cut edges are aligned—stitch the zipper in place using a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 7:
    Fold the pocket so the zipper is down about 1” from the top and press in a crease. Fold back and press the seams away from the zipper, and then press the bottom fold of the pocket. Fold back the sides of the pocket evenly with the edges of the zipper pull and bottom tab. Trim the folded edges to about 3/8”.

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    Step 8:
    If you have not already done so, measure and cut the nautical fabric. For this towel it was cut 32” wide x 18” tall. Two straps were also from the remaining fabric cut 22” long x 4” wide. Center and pin the pocket on one of the large pieces of nautical fabric with the top of the pocket about 4” down from the top cut edge of the nautical fabric.

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    Step 9:
    Place the sewing thread on the machine and stitch the pocket onto the nautical fabric along the right, bottom, and left sides of the pocket, reinforcing the corners (the top is not stitches is it creates the second pocket).

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    Step 10:
    Press the straps. First press each strap in half lengthwise, then open it up and meet each long edge to the center pressed line. Bring the folded edges together and press once more. Edge stitch along each side of both straps.

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    Step 11:
    Place one strap as shown so the outer edges of the strap are in line with the edges of the pocket, and the cut ends of the strap meet the cut edge of the top of the fabric. Next align the remaining strap directly across from the other at the bottom of the fabric, matching the cut edges of the strap to the cut edges of the fabric (noted by red outlines). Place the loose ends of the straps on top of the pocket. Center the end of the towel at the bottom cut edge of the pocket/nautical unit just created (there should be 1” of nautical fabric extending beyond the outside edges of the towel). 

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    Step 12:
    Next place the remaining large piece of nautical fabric right side down over the towel, matching the cut edges of the first nautical fabric (be sure if it is a one-way print that the prints are going in the same direction. Pin all three layers together and sew a seam through all layers. The piece should look like this now with the towel sandwiched between the lower edges of the nautical print in the seam.

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    Step 13:
    If you have made a “burrito style” pillow case, then this next step is easy—because it is the same method. Roll the towel up tightly so it fits over the top of the pocketed nautical piece. Bring the remaining two cut edges of the nautical piece together and pin. Sew the seam which is the top edge.

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    Step 14:
    To finish up, turn in along the remaining edges of the nautical fabric in line with the towel and stitch them closed. Now you have a towel that will form into a tote for easy carrying and it has an open pocket as well as a zipper pocket for valuables.

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    Step 15:
    To fold the towel into the tote, lay the towel flat, pocket side down. Fold the towel lengthwise into thirds. Bring the bottom edge of the towel up to the top edge of the tote, and then bring the lower folded edge up to the top of the tote. Bring the straps together and you’ve created the tote. 

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    Step 16:
    This tote is fast and easy to do and has a secure place for to hold valuables at the lake or the beach.

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    Meet The Author: Ramona Baird
    Ramona is a free-lance educator with many years of experience in the industry. She loves learning about new techniques and styles, and absolutely loves creating new and exciting projects for EmbroideryDesigns.com

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