Whenever I go on vacation I like to make something new. For this vacation I wanted a new cover-up to walk to the pool from the cottage (approximately 20 steps). Since the air is usually cooler than the solar covered pool, having a cover helps.
I always bring the beach towel, but it tends to come untucked as I walk. At the same time I wanted a cover up and not just a new towel. I didn't see anything like I wanted so I purchased a velour type beach towel on sale at Joanne Fabrics 70% off and got out the scissors.
Secure the ends after gathering the appropriate amount for you. I overlapped the opening in front by crossing the ends over about 8 inches and only secured with enough stitches to attach the buttons. DO NOT SEW THE FRONT CLOSED, you want the front open just like you tuck a towel so you can walk in it.
The best vacations for me include warm weather, water and great company.
With the towel out flat, I cut off 6 1/2" from the short side (lime section on the doodle bug diagram),
then cut this piece in half creating 2 rectangles. These two pieces become shoulder straps. place a 2" wide piece of batting x the length of the strap in the middle of each and fold the raw edge in first then the finished edge creating a trifold.
The large part of the remaining towel I turned under 1 inch along what would become the top edge to form a pocket for elastic.
Having a large flap opening makes it easy to get into/out of and walk :)
Button holes on the strap front make them optional to use.