I love gift shopping. Whether it's a birthday or Christmas, I love the thrill of looking for that perfect gift to put a smile on someone's face. But when the budget is tight, that thrill can start to feel a little more like stress. All too often I find the perfect thing, only to check the price tag and find it's out of our budget. So I'm always looking for cheaper ways to get great gifts. Sometimes that means shopping sales or using coupons, and sometimes it means turning to DIY! When my sister's birthday rolled around this summer, I started browsing her pinterest boards to find the perfect birthday gift. After following several links that ended up being (surprise!) out of our tiny budget, I finally came across this beach towel tote. Now that is something I can DIY in our budget!
It rolls up for easy travel with several pockets on the outside for sunscreen, water bottles, or sunglasses.
The handy straps sling over your shoulder for a hands-free walk to the beach or pool.
You can make the pockets any size you like to accommodate books and magazines.
And when you get to the beach? Just unroll your tote and chillax on a comfy towel with a built-in pillow! That book will come in pretty handy right about now.
Here's what you need to make your own beach tote (or one for a friend!):
- two matching towels (I went with oversize bath towels because I thought my sister would like the color better than the beach towels I was finding)
- 1/2 yard fabric for pockets (I used a duck cloth)
- 1/2 yard fabric for straps (I think this was from the canvas/denim section, it was left over from another project)
- stuffing for the pillow
- 12" strip of velcro