|Beach Chaise Organizer - made by re-purposing three hand towels|
|Beach chair/chaise Organizer|
I researched online - a couple of retail sites selling the organizer provided dimensions - anywhere from 39" x 15.5" to 42" x 16". The Dimensions Guide web site states that a basic hand towel is 11" x 18" and a basic beach towel is 30" x 60".
I determined my fabric options were as follows:
- Three hand towels
- One beach towel
- Terry cloth yardage from the fabric store
How to Sew a Beach/Pool Chaise Organizer Using Three Hand Towels
- Cotton terrycloth hand towels - I used three 24" x 15" towels
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Tape Measure and Quilting Ruler
- Pins, thread, seam ripper
- 1-inch Double Fold Bias Tape, optional - Click here to see how I made my own
- Match the edges of two hand towels and trim off the excess hem.
Note: This is simply to reduce bulk when sewing.
|A quilting ruler can help keep your line straight when cutting.|
- Sew the two towels, right sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Note: This forms the base of the chaise organizer and measures 46" long.
|Join first two towels together|
- Cut the third towel in half, creating two equal size pieces of fabric. These are the pocket panels.
Note: I also cut off the ends of the towel, just inside of the decorative trim, to create two 15" x 8" pocket panels. These pieces will be sewn to the ends of the longer towel piece to become the organizer pockets.
|Cut along black lines to create two 8" x 15" pieces|
- Cut two 15" pieces of 1-inch double fold bias tape.
Note: This will trim the top edge of each pocket panel. This is optional - the store-bought organizer did not use trim. I happen to think it jazzes things up and added it.
|Cut 15" piece of bias tape for each piece of fabric.|
- Match edges of bias tape and fabric. Pin in place.
- Sew bias tape to the pocket panel fabric. Remove pins as you go.
|Sew bias tape to edge of the pocket panel fabric.|
|Bias tape sewn onto pocket panel fabric|
- Place the large fabric piece on a work surface. Lay the pocket panels on the fabric, matching up the ends. Determine where to sew seams. Use pins to mark seam placement.
Note: The seams divide the pockets. I chose to create three pockets on one side and two pockets on the other.
|Pin three smaller pockets for for sunscreen, iPod, glasses, water bottle|
|Pin two larger pockets to accommodate Kindle and magazines/books|
- Sew seams where you pinned. Also sew along the bottom and side - up to the bias tape trim.
|Pocket seams sewn in.|
- Place the organizer back on a large work surface, right side facing down. Match edges of bias tape with edge of fabric and pin in place.
Note: Match up the bias tape ends in an inconspicuous location. When you reach the corner, be sure to use enough bias tape to gently 'pinch' it at a 45-degree angle.
Note: Again, adding the bias tape trim is optional - the store-bought organizer did not use trim.
|The floor is always a good work surface.|
|At the corner, gently pinch the bias tape to create a 45-degree angle.|
- Sew the bias tape together where they meet using a straight seam.
|Sew a straight seam where the bias tape meets up.|
- Sew the bias tape to the fabric, along the crease of the bias tape. Remove pins as you go.
- Flip the organizer over (right side facing up) and carefully fold the bias tape over to the front side. Top stitch the bias tape close to the edge.
Note: This secures the front of the bias tape and catches the back side. As you get to each corner, be sure to fold the fabric to create a mitered, 45-degree.
|Detail of mitered corner|
You're done! Pack your new chaise organizer in your beach bag and head to the pool. Or beach. Or, wherever you want to enjoy some summer sun!
|Completed Chaise Organizer|
|New organizer put to use while on vacation - worked like a charm!|
I plan to purchase some fabric at the store this week and make a few more chaise organizers before our vacation - my daughter has already requested one in her favorite colors.