Weighted Beach Towel Mod





Introduction: Weighted Beach Towel Mod

This easy beach towel mod adds a small pocket to each corner of a beach towel. These pockets can then be filled with sand to prevent your towel from being blown away on a windy day at the beach. It was designed for use at northern Californian beaches where you are more like to encounter patches of fog and strong gusts than sunshine and palm trees. While the wind may blow away just about everything else you brought (umbrellas, beach balls, small children), at least you know that your towel will stay put.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

(x1) Beach towel
(x1) 17" x 14" wash cloth (approximately)
(x1) Misc. thread

Step 2: Mark the Towel

Draw a line down the center of the towel bisecting into two equal halves.

Next, draw a second line perpendicular to the first line, dividing the towel into four equal sections.

Step 3: Cut the Towel

Cut along the markings on the towel to make four equally sized squares.

Step 4: Glue and Fold

Apply a thin bead of glue along the cut edges of one of the squares. Fold the edges over onto themselves and then press them firmly down.

Repeat this process for the remaining square.

Wait a few minutes for it to dry.

Step 5: Pin the Squares

Flip the towel over and pin a square to each corner of the towel.

Step 6: Sew the Squares

Using a straight stitch, sew along the outside edge where one of the squares meets the towel. Continue sewing along one of the inside edges to create a 'U' shaped pocket.

The specific edge is not remarkably important. Just don't sew the pocket shut by completing all four edges.

Repeat this process for the remaining three squares.

Step 7: Fill With Sand

Fill the squares with a few handfuls of sand to weight the towel down.

Step 8: Enjoy!

Never get blown away by the wind again.



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    Great idea. So what if there is a bit of sand left in the pockets. It is a beach towel afterall. Most of it will wash away in the machine. Not a big deal if you shake well.

    clever. i like it.

    You just gave me a fabulous idea! We go to fly kites at the beach in Washington. I've wanted to make kite anchors, but most of them involve wood working skills that I don't have. I can make the pouches without the beach towel, fill them with sand and even be able to bury them in the sand for extra drag. Plus, they'd be washable! Thanks, I'm so inspired.

    Glad it was helpful. If that works out for you, you should share an Instructable of it :-)

    Have you considered the amount of sand that goes into your washing machine?

    You could sew a hem with marbles in it.

    I think the idea is portability and to not have to carry a towel that is heavy. Marbles would put extra wear and tear on the washer and on the towel. All you have to do is turn the corners in side out and brush the sticking sand off. I'm sure it's no more sand than what would be on the towel anyway. I always shake my towel well, before leaving the beach. I think this is a great idea!!

    This is a great use of gravity. I think that I will use your idea for my picnic tablecloth just in case I lose the table clips. Thanks.

    While sand certainly has it's benefits (flexible and fairly safe), I think other options might make more sense for a beach towel. Perhaps an alternative particulate of some kind. I'd think rocks or marbles or something else would work just as well. As long as it's not flung around anything from modestly sized rocks to metal spheres (of varying quantity dependent on size and weight would do the job.

    For what it's worth, pockets that can be opened and closed seem like a good solution that allows more versatility. Also, keeping your weight sealed/enclosed somehow for things that might be damaged by water (especially salt water) is something worth keeping in mind.

    For what it's worth, the ease of adding/removing the sand is commendable in such a design.