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Beach Blanket Blocks!

Posted by Vickie Howell on July 6, 2010 at 5:22 PM in Baby/ToddlerEco-Conscious CraftsSewing
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I'm a sucker for a vintage towel.  I buy them up at the thrift store whenever I find a batch from the 60's or 70's that through the decades, in a feat that can only be credited to science, seem to have retained all of their color glory.  I find their cheery powder-roomness quaint and their size, adorable--I mean really, how did grown-people wrap themselves in these things?!  

In the past, I've used these towelettes as re-usable wrapping paper, cut them up and knit them into bath rugs and turned them into swimsuit cover-ups.  Today however, I'm turning terry cloth into toys by making these cutie cubes for a little beach blanket blocko!  They're great for baby to play with at the pool or snuggle with in the sand.  Join me in a little cuddly kitsch, won't you?   Here's how! 

Materials
Discarded Towels (Vintage towels from the thrift store are great for this craft!)
Stuffing
Fabric Scissors 
Paper, Pen & Ruler (Optional)
Sewing Machine & Thread
Sewing Pins
Sewing Needle

Finished Size
4 1/2" Cube

Directions (Makes one block)
  • Cut out six, 5" pieces of towel.  You may find it helpful to first create a paper template to pin on the fabric before cutting.  Your choice.
  • With right-sides (aka the pretty side) facing and using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew four of the squares end-to-end to create a long piece.  Sew the remaining two squares to either side of the 2nd square of the long piece, creating a cross shape (see below.)

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  • Fold and sew piece into a cube shape, leaving one side open.  When sewing is complete, it will look like the picture below.

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  • Turn piece right-side out.  Generously stuff with polyester or bamboo stuffing.  If you're feeling fancy, you can substitute 5" pieces of foam for the stuffing.  I was not, in fact, feeling fancy.
  • Fold the edges of the open side under and pin together.  Hand sew closed.

Beach Blocks

Make as many as you feel like toting to your next trip to the beach for your family's very own block party!  Har, har, har.

Craft Apparently Yours,
Vickie

1 Comments

Roseana writes...

Vickie,

I love this idea. I'm hoarding those towels and have wondered what to do with them!

Roseana

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