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This is a toga towel.

This is a toga towel Larger than an ordinary beach towel, able to envelop you in a single wrap, big enough to change in, wide enough for two to lie on . . . look, on the ground, it's a blanket, it's a robe. No! It's a toga towel! This oversize robe-towel is easy to make. You can wear it, or use it at the beach or pool to cover a generous stretching-out area. And it provides enough absorbent material to dry off a scout troop.

Measurements and materials

To custom-fit a toga towel, measure from neck to midcalf, double that distance, and add 9 inches. At a fabric store, buy that length of 2-1/2-ounce, 45-inch-wide terry cloth (from $6 to $9 per yard). You'll also need 4 yards of either 2-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon or 3-inch-wide cotton belting in a contrasting color; and 12 inches of inch-wide hook-and-loop (Velcro) fabric fastener. (If using grosgrain, preshrink terry cloth before starting. Otherwise, nylon ribbon will pucker when cotton terry shrinks.) Total cost should be $24 to $40.

Cut a 9-inch-wide strip off one end of the terry fabric for pockets and a belt. Fold the remaining (larger) piece in half lengthwise, mark the center on the folded edge, and cut the head slit along the fold. (It runs 4 inches back from the midpoint and 11 inches forward.)

Lay the fabric right side up on a work surface. At each end, fold over the raw edge 3/4 inch. Pin and baste a length of the ribbon or belting to run along the fold and cover the raw edge. Fold under the raw ends of the ribbon, then machine-stitch it in place close to edges of ribbon.

Zigzag-stitch along the sides and across the ends of the head slit. Baste a 16-inch length of ribbon one each side of slit so it lies parallel to the slit (one on each side) and extends 1/2 inch beyond each end. Fold the raw edges under and stitch down. Zigzag-stitch across ends of ribbon and along butted edges at each end of slit.

Pockets and belt

Cut the 9-inch wide strip into pocket and belt pieces. On each pocket piece, fold top edge 1/2 inch to the outside. On the inside, center and stitch a 6-inch length of hook-and-loop fabric 1/2 inch from the top. On the outside top edge, pin and stitch on an 8-inch length of ribbon.

To position pockets, try on toga towel and mark a comfortable height for them along the selvage edges. Pin pockets in place. Locate the position for the mate of each hook-and-loop strip, lift pocket, and stitch on strip. Replace pockets so hook-and-loop halves join; turn pockets' side and bottom edges under (clipping bottom corners), then baste and stitch.

Join the two belt strips together at the ends; allow a 1/2-inch seam. Fold in half lengthwise and stitch a 1/2-inch seam along the edge and one end. Using a dowel, turn the belt inside out. Turn in the remaining raw edge and topstitch it closed.
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Title Annotation:beach blanket design
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Date:Aug 1, 1986
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