Yesterday while I was reading through the blogs I follow, I came upon a tutorial at annekata’s blog for this great little carry-all picnic or beach bag. It is a quick, easy to make, super last minute gift. Because it was such horribly hot weather today, I needed something to keep me busy inside besides reading “Eat, Pray, Love”. After looking at the tutorial, I decided to hit my quilting scraps and see if I could come up with enough of a single fabric to pull one off for a trial pattern. The fabric I found was only a 36” square, not as large as the tutorial called for, but I went with it anyway. The pony tail thingies were pink ones little Eloise left here over the weekend so I used them. I did hand hem the square simply because I am so old I love and prefer hemming by hand! Mine is pretty crude compared to the one on the blog, but now I am ready to go to the quilting shop, pick out some really attractive fabric, have it be 43” square or so, and I will embroider the edges after I hand hem them. When you are 71, it is always a good idea to do a dry run practice piece before you sit down to make it out of good material as a gift. I am going to make one for my daughter and each of my two daughter-in-laws to use when we all meet at the beach for our family reunion in August. Give it a try....you will not be disappointed.
I hand hemmed my square, spread it out, and placed in the center my beach towel, book, and sunscreen.
I rolled it on the diagonal until the “V” at the end was on the top.
Here I pulled the two side tails taut and placed the ponytail thingies around each one.
Next I tied the two side tails together in a knot.
My completed Furoshiki Over-the-Shoulder Beach Bag!
Update....Friday.....I just got back from the quilting shop with 3 pieces of BEAUTIFUL Amy Butler fabric to make the Furoshiki bags. I have already started on the blue and green one and am in the process of embroidering the hem. Here are the fabrics.