How To Make A Beach Towel Chair Cover – The Little Birdies planned a big trip to Whidbey Island with friends today. A few of us went last year and enjoyed it. But we’re in a long, cold, rainy weather cycle, and we’ve decided that digging a hole in the sand and watching the water go down is more fun in the sun than in the rain. Well – I’ll just have to keep at it and work! In fact, here’s a great guide from one of our lovely readers to get me ready for summer, whenever it decides to show up.
Today’s reading submission is from Lisa at princessthisisme.blogspot.com. She put together a tutorial for this cool beach chair cover to keep your towels and beach gear in place. It’s wonderful. Go Lisa!
How To Make A Beach Towel Chair Cover
I looked all over the web for beach towel covers because I didn’t want to spend more than the $30 the store was charging. There are no guides to be found anywhere on the internet. After seeing the cover in person and talking to BCF (craftsman’s best friend), I thought the cover would be easy to make. They are perfect for the beach or pool. The “flap” on the back prevents the beach towel from falling off the seat or being blown away by the wind. The side pockets hold all your beach essentials, so all you have to do is sit back and soak up the fun in the sun!
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First of all, you should know that I’m messy. My grandmother is a professional seamstress and I cringe when I see my sloppy seams etc. But since this was for my personal use and something I put together in less than 30 minutes, I wasn’t trying to make it perfect.
I started with one of these cute Target Dollar Beach Towels (only $1.25!). I had some cheap pink fabric on hand (I seem to have a hobby of collecting fabric!) but you can use other towels for the back and pockets. A serger is very handy for this product, but I used a simple solid zigzag on the pocket and back edges. You can bend and fold it for a more professional look.
I cut the pink fabric wider than my towel because I wanted the cover to fit on the beach chair and this was the easiest way to make sure it would work on a wider chair. Sew the back to the top and sides of the towel to create a piece of fabric that will go over the seat so it doesn’t leak or escape when you sit down.
Then I put all my “coastal” stuff. Books, sunscreen, sunglasses, cameras, cell phones, etc. and cut the pockets to size to make sure all my stuff will fit in the pockets. I made it longer in the back so it could be folded to “close” the pocket.
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Sew the pockets, then sew them to the towel with one straight stitch, leaving a seam at the top. YES… Beach towel covers are ready for fun in the sun!
Thanks, Lisa! If you have a great tutorial you’d like to share with us, send us an email with the tutorial and some pictures (or a link to your blog). We’d love to hear from you! It’s almost time for the pool and the beach, and that means hours of lounging on the cozy porch.
Throwing a towel over a chair is common practice, but isn’t blowing air annoying?
Solve this problem by making a seat cover with a pocket in the back to keep the cover in place. Additional pockets for sun and magazines or books are an added bonus.
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1. Place a bath towel on the work surface. Fold the top edge 16 1/2″ and pin in place.
Sew the edges. This creates a pocket that will go on the back of the lounger.
2. Bring the ends of the two towels together so that the edges overlap by 1/4″. Pin in place and sew.
3. Place the cover on the seat and decide the best position for the magazine pocket. This will vary depending on the design of the lounger. Mark the position of the pocket with several pins.
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4. Make newspaper pockets using napkins. Begin by folding the top edge down 5 inches and sewing.
5. Turn the towel over and pin 1 1/2″ to the front edge of the towel. Sew in place on the three overlapping sides.
6. Make a magazine pocket by folding the paper towels so that the edges meet all the way around. Pin the two sides in place and sew them together. This creates a handy pocket for your sunscreen or books!
This guide was originally written for Clutch Magazine and I’m happy to share it here on my blog as well.