Turn Any Fabric Into a Triple Threat: DIY Blanket, Beach Towel & Wrap

Turn Any Fabric Into a Triple Threat: DIY Blanket, Beach Towel & Wrap

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Ashley Poskin
Jul 23, 2016
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With so many amazing outdoor activities during the warm seasons, this all-purpose fabric towel is a handy (and handsome) accessory to keep stashed away in your car or scooter bucket. Impromptu cliff diving excursion? No prob, you've got a great towel/cover up. Picnic in the park over your lunch break? Bust out the blanket!

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What You Need

Materials

  • 2 yards terrycloth
  • 2 yards medium weight woven fabric
  • Thread

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tweezers

Instructions

Cut your fabric so that the terrycloth is shorter in length and just a bit smaller in width than that of the woven fabric. I left an 8" allowance of my woven fabric on each end (to later be fringed) and cut down the width of the terrycloth so that I'd have about a 1" allowance showing on the top and bottom of the woven fabric to overlap and sew down onto the terrycloth.

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Start by pinning the 1" allowance of the woven fabric on both the top and bottom sides over the terrycloth in preparation for sewing.

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Next, sew the woven fabric to the terrycloth on the top and bottom side using a super simple straight stitch.

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Leave the excess ends of woven fabric open to fringe later.

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Tuck the open ends of the terrycloth under about 1/8", pin it, then sew it to the woven fabric.

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To fringe the ends, trim the edges straight across using sharp scissors.

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Grab your tweezers and begin to pluck out the threads that run horizontal. This process takes quite a bit of time, but is optional! I ended up fringing one end of my blanket and hemmed the other.

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Once you remove all the horizontal threads the fabric will look like this:

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You can keep the fringe raw, or you can twirl it up in little knots like in the photo below:

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To make the fringy knots all you need to do is grab a small group of strings and twist them together until you can't twist anymore.

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Put your finger in the middle of the twisted strand and bring the bottom of the strand up to meet the top. Let go of the end and the strand will naturally twist together to make the smaller twisty-knotted looking fringe.

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Continue this process along the ends of the blanket.

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If the fringe unravels over time just twist it up again, or let it hang naturally untwisted.

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In hardly any time at all you've got a beautiful all-purpose blanket to picnic on, take to the beach, or roll out on the lawn to sunbathe on.

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