Make this beach cover-up from a bath towel to make a splash at the beach or poolside.
- Patterns for DIY Crafts Beach Cover-up
- Tracing paper and pencil
- Blue bath towel
- Tear-away or wash-away stabilizer
- Polyester fleece fabric—1/8 yard or scraps of green for small fishes, and 1/4 yard or scraps of orange for large fish and neckband
- All-purpose thread—black, blue, purple and red
- Quilter's marking pen or pencil
- Standard sewing supplies
- Download neck opening pattern and fish patterns for DIY Crafts Beach Cover-up.
- Fold bath towel in half crosswise and then fold it in half lengthwise. Mark where the folds intersect (the towel’s center).
- Center neck opening pattern on towel’s center, and cut out opening. Have child try it on to be sure towel fits over head. If necessary, enlarge opening.
- Cut a 2-inch-wide crosswise strip of fleece equal to the neck opening measurement plus 1/2 inch.
- With matching thread and a 1/4-inch seam, sew the narrow ends together with right sides facing and edges matching. Finger-press the seam open.
- Fold neckband in half with wrong sides facing and long edges matching. Place one pin at the seam and one directly opposite the seam. Refold neckband, aligning the pins. Place a pin at each new fold.
- Fold neck opening in half and mark folds. Refold and align pins as before.
- With right sides facing, seam at center back and pins matching, pin neckband to neckband to neck opening and stitch with 1/4-inch seam. Overcast raw edges of seam together.
- With matching thread, topstitch along neck opening of towel to hold the seam allowance in place.
DIY CRAFTS BEACH COVER-UP APPLIQUE:
- Trace enlarged fish patterns onto tracing paper with pencil.
- Cut fish from fleece fabric as directed on patterns.
- Use quilter’s marking pen or pencil to mark inside design lines on fish.
- Pin stabilizer behind orange fish. With black thread and a very narrow satin stitch, stitch the eye.
- With red thread and a medium width satin stitch, stitch gill slit on fish. Remove stabilizer.
- Referring to photo for position, pin fish on front of towel. Pin stabilizer behind fish and hand-baste around it, stitching very close to the edge from the mouth to the tail on both sides. Leave the straight edge of the tail loose.
- With red thread and a slightly wider satin stitch, stitch over the basting stitches, leaving the straight edge of the tail loose.
- With red thread and a medium width satin stitch, add the long stripes. With a red three-step straight stitch (two stitches forward, one back), sew along the short stripes. Remove stabilizer.
- Pin stabilizer behind each green fish. With purple thread and a very narrow satin stitch, stitch an eye on each.
- With purple thread and a three-step straight stitch, add a mouth to each. Remove stabilizer.
- Referring to photo for position, pin all green fish to front of towel. Pin stabilizer behind each and hand-baste around each one, stitching very close to the edge from the mouth to the tail on both sides. Leave the straight edge of the tail loose.
- With purple thread and a slightly wider satin stitch, stitch over the basting stitches, leaving the straight edge of the tail loose.
- With purple thread and a three-step straight stitch, stitch the gill slits and stripes. Remove stabilizer.
DIY CRAFTS BEACH COVER-UP FINISHED SIZE: Size will vary depending on size of towel used. Towel shown measures about 29 inches wide x 50 inches long.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To simplify the project, you could also bind or hem the neck opening.
DIY Crafts Beach Cover-up originally sent in by Linda Weaver of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.