As soon as I saw the gorgeous, large Turkish towels at Big W, I knew they’d make an awesome DIY beach jacket. Something to throw over your togs, help dry off and stay warm all in one. After all, why should toddlers have all the cozy towel fun?
Here’s how to make your own DIY Beach Jacket…
- 1 large beach towel – 1m x 1.8m – these Big W ones are perfect.
- Sewing machine
What to do
- Cut the towel in half. Then cut one of those pieces in half again. As shown in the diagram.
- Overlock the edges you have cut. It will fray otherwise.
- Hem the long sides of the two smaller towel pieces. The hem can be quite narrow – the width of the overlocked stitches is fine.
- Sew (wrong sides facing together) one of the smaller pieces of towel to the larger towel piece to form a side seam. Use the side that you have just overlocked and hemmed, not the side that is already finished. Leave a gap of about 30cm at the top (arm hole) and 15cm at the bottom.
- Sew the narrower part of the towel to the top, to form the the top of the arm holes.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other side.
- There will be a small gap in between the two narrower towels. Fold down the seam and sew so that the back of the beach jacket is finished.
- Wear and have fun in the sun or give one as a gift. Perfect for the hard-to-buy-for tweens.