DIY Convertible Towel Bag

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Stop dropping your towel when you have so much to carry and make a DIY convertible towel bag instead! The towel converts to a backpack and then back to a towel!

I love summertime and being in and around the water. I’m usually carrying so much stuff that I make my kids carry their own towels. They often drop it or drag it in the dirt even when I’m warning them to be careful.

I added a convertible towel bag to their beach towels to making carrying their towel so much easier! This is such a great beginner sewing project!

DIY Convertible Towel Bag

My son sometimes rides his bike with his friends to go swimming. He was carrying his towel around his shoulders, and I was nervous it would get caught in the spokes of his bike making him crash.

I came up with this idea to help him when he was riding his bike, help my daughters keep their towels out of the dirt, and I can carry so much more when my towel is on my back!

Convertible Towel Bag

Do you love to sew? Try one of these fun sewing projects:

diy convertible towel bag

DIY Convertible Towel Bag


  • Hand towel
  • Beach towel
  • 1 yard drawstring, cording, etc
  • sewing tools
  • sewing machine
  • Optional: snaps
supplies for covertible bag

Sew the Straps

Cut what you are going to use for straps just longer than the width of the towel. If it frays easily then finish the edges or tie knots at each raw edge.

cut bag straps

Fold the strap over the edge of the towel and clip it in place. It should be the same length as the width of the towel.

clip bag straps

Tack each end of the strap in place.

sew bag straps

Place the right side of the hand towel (the side with the straps) onto the back of the beach towel. Line up one long edge of the hand towel with the short end of the beach towel.

Pin the hand towel in place.

Sew the Pocket

pin around bag

Sew around the edge of the hand towel. Avoid sewing through the thick hems by sewing just inside the hems.

sew around bag

To put the towel inside the bag fold the towel up to the size of the hand towel.

folding a beach towel bag

Tuck it inside and turn the bag right side out.

covertible bag

Optional: add a snap to keep the convertible bag closed. I recommend installing the snaps when the towel is converted to a bag to get the right placement and direction.

adding snaps to bag

You could even use the convertible towel bag to hold other lightweight things on your way to the beach or the pool! You finished!

summer Convertible Towel Bag

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Towel Bag
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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