I wanted a beach towel that folds away nicely in its own bag. Inspired by neat natural packaging, I turned to an egg shape for the bag. And as I had the shape, I decided to go with a breakfast theme for the entire project. An eggshell bag reveals a fried egg beach towel when cracked.
Step 1: Materials
I bought all my materials at Ikea, but any shop that sells a decent array of towel colours would do. Towelling fabric turned out to be more expensive than ready made towels for the small quantities needed for this project.
1 medium cream or light brown towel (50cm x 100cm) for the shell
1 large white towel (100cm x 150cm) for the eggwhite
2 yellow washcloths (30cm x 30cm each) for the yolks
Sewing thread, I used cream for everything
1 white or cream zipper, 35cm
Step 2: Eggshell
Fold the cream towel in thirds, and draw an almond shape on the top third (like an oval with pointy ends).
Following this template, cut out three equal almond pieces (A, B and C). Towel fabric frays very easily, so it is best to seam the pieces with a zig-zag stitch all around.
Step 3: Assembling the Shell
Please consult the diagram - note that the naming of the three pieces is completely arbitrary, as they all start out identical.
- Pin one edge of B to C (these edges are blue), and pin the zip to the other edge of B (black in the diagram). Pin the other side of the zip to one side of A.
- Sew along these edges (blue seam, zipper on A, zipper on B)
- When closing the egg, you pin the other edge of A to the free edge of C (these are red in the diagram). Sew along the edge (red seam).
Step 4: Fried Eggs
- Cut out two circles of the yellow washcloths.
- Place them on the white beachtowel, each on one half, and slightly towards the corners (refer to diagram). Pin in place once you're happy with their position.
- Fold over the edge of the yolk to the bottom, and sew down this double layered edge. This will make it look neat, and keep the edge from fraying
- Round off the corners of the white beachtowel, and seam these edges (zig zag first, then fold over and sew down).
- Add a cleft between the two "eggs" by cutting out a small triangle in the middle of the long sides of the beachtowel. Seam the edge.
Step 5: Final Results
You've made a large fried egg beachtowel, that neatly folds into an eggshell shaped bag with zip. This comes in handy for all sorts of dramatic breakfast reenactments on the beach.