Poolside Pizzazz! Make your own Personalized Beach Towels!

Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Gina Gempesaw

Hello, GO! Getters! It's Gina from Gem Hill Quilts. Are you ready to head down to the beach or lounge about poolside? I have a great project just for you! I'm going to show you how to make personalized beach towels!

Transform a regular store-bought beach towel into a Personalized Multi-Pocket Beauty of a Beach Towel! Hook the large pocket over the back of a lounger and place your personal items in the smaller pockets. And the best part is having your name on all your personalized beach towels!

 

personalized beach towels

 

I was lucky to find this beachy large-print fabric with umbrellas and chairs to go with my striped beach towel.

 

personlized beach towels

 

A coordinating background tonal is needed for the small pockets section and another fabric, which won't be seen, is needed for the back of the small pockets. Scraps or fat eighths of six other fabrics are also needed to complete the project.

The beach towel used here measures about 30" x 60". I used dies from the GO! Qube Mix and Match 9" Block. To cut the letters, I used the #55092 GO! Carefree Alphabet Set (2-Die Set).  This Alphabet die set produces letters that are 3" tall.

 

Cutting Directions

personalized beach towels

 

Cutting Notes

*If you use a larger beach towel, you can simply widen the Side Strips to accommodate the wider beach towel.

**When cutting these letters, note that the die shapes are reversed. So, place the Fusible-Backed Yellow Fabric right side down on the die.

 

personalized beach towels

personalized beach towels

personalized beach towels

 

***The large-scale print I used was directional and fussy-cut accordingly.

Pinwheel Blocks

Layout 4 Orange and 4 Background Shape 5 triangles to form a Pinwheel Block.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Sew one Orange and one Background Shape 5 triangle together to make a unit that measures 2 3/4" square. Make 4 of these.

 

personalized beach towels          personalized beach towels

 

Then, sew the 4 square units together to make a Pinwheel Block that measures 5" square.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Repeat to make one each of a Green, Aqua, Red and Blue Pinwheel Block.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Square In A Square

Layout one Aqua, one Orange and two Background Shape 5 triangles around one Large Print Shape 6 Square-On-Point.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Center and sew each of the Background Shape 5 triangles along opposite edges of the Large Print Shape 6 Square-On-Point.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Repeat for the Aqua and Orange Shape 5 triangles for the remaining sides to complete a Square in a Square Block that measures 5" square.

 

personalized beach towels

 

personalized beach towels

 

Make a second Square in a Square block with one Orange, one Green and two Background Shape 5 triangles around another Large Print Shape 6 Square-On-Point.

 

personalized beach towels

personalized beach towels

 

Layout and Letters

To create the pieced Pocket section, layout all the Blocks, the two Background Shape 8 rectangles, the Applique Background and the two Side Strips.

At this point, I assessed where to stitch down the middle to create multiple pockets. So, when placing the letters on the Applique Background, I made sure that none of them would fall on the stitch lines. As it turns out, all I had to do was avoid the center of the Applique Background.

 

personalized beach towels

 

After fusing the letters in place, I machine appliqued them down with a small zigzag stitch.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Assembly

Replace the Applique section in the pieced Pocket section. Sew units in each row together. Then, sew rows together. Finally, sew the Side Strips onto the opposite sides.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Now, layout the front and back pieces, the pocket backing and the pieced section as shown. With pieces that are directional - such as the pieced section - make sure that it is oriented correctly. Do NOT mix up the front and back pieces - they are sized just a little differently.  Sew pieces together into one rectangular piece.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Fold in half. It should fold on the seam connecting the pieced section to the pocket backing. Pin the pieced section/pocket backing flat. The seams at the bottom of the front and back pieces are offset about an inch and will not match.

 

personalized beach towels

personalized beach towels

 

Stitch in the ditch across the bottom seam of the pieced section. Note that this stitching will show on the pocket backing only.

 

personalized beach towels

personalized beach towels

 

Fold the pieced section up from this stitching to place over the Front Piece.

 

personalized beach towels

 

Baste the side edges together. Then, pin and stitch the pieced section to create multiple small pockets.

 

personlized beach towels

 

Place the top of the beach towel, right side down, over the small pockets, matching raw edges with the sides and top of the beach towel. Pin and sew along the sides and the top. Be sure to to backstitch when you start and stop.

 

personalized beach towels

personalized beach towels

 

You may choose to finish the raw edges with a zigzag stitch or if you have a serger, serge it.

Turn the pocket inside out and find the nearest lounger!

 

personalized beach towels

 

Here is how the beach towel looks on the lounger - from the front side, it's just another beach towel!

 

personalized beach towels

 

From the back, this beach towel is one of a kind!

 

personalized beach towels

 

Options

If your name is long and does not fit on the Applique Background, you can remove the red and blue pinwheels and simply expand the Applique Background

When you are storing the personalized beach towels, you can fold up the towel portion and insert it into the large pocket section.

You can sew a strap to the side strips to make it easy to carry around.

You can also insert a pillow in the large pocket and lay out the towel on grass or sand for a quick snooze!

The personalized beach towels are quick fun gifts for a loved one or yourself. So, go ahead, get ready to sew pockets on those personalized beach towels!!!

Come and visit my site to see some of my other projects including several made with the GO! Fabric Cutter.

 

Topics: GO! Project Tutorials, Education

Gina Gempesaw

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