How to Make a Beach Towel

Beach towels are essential to have in the summer, whether you’re laying out by the pool or on the beach. I’m going to show you how to make a double sided beach towel using terry cloth fabric. Terry cloth is the best fabric to use for towels because it’s really soft and absorbs water quickly.




Step 1: Cut & sew the pieces together

Take the two 1 yard pieces of terry cloth and make sure they’re cut evenly. The dimensions should be around 58 inches long and 36 inches wide. Trim uneven sides if needed.

Place the pieces together with the right sides facing each other and pin around all four sides. Make sure the red thread is the top stitch and the navy thread is in the bobbin. Stitch around the edges with a 1 inch seam allowance. Leave an opening at the end that is about a foot wide.

Step 2: Turn right side out & top stitch

Fold the towel to the right side by pulling the fabric through the opening. Use the yardstick to poke out the corners. At the opening, fold each side 1 inch over to the inside. You can pin to help keep the fabric in place if needed.

Hand stitch the sides together by using an invisible blind stitch from the beginning of the opening to the end. An invisible blind stitch is a stitch that is sewn from the inside and not visible on the outside. Double knot at the end and trim the thread.

Starting at one corner, stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance along all four sides of the towel. Back stitch at the beginning and the end. Once you’ve reached the end, the towel is finished.

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