This first polka dot tote was only my second one to make. I hope to always be improving my strategies, I thought this one turned out great. The pocket is not perfect, but I hope to improve that aspect. The tote unfolds like below:
The full tote unfolds to a beach towel. The top part, the "pillow", is actually a velcro pocket. You can put in clothes, another towel, any other items that can be put away when lounging or hanging out on the beach.
This tote was my third, and my best so far. Everything quality-wise has improved. The velcro in the pillow section is more secure, the buttons are better placed, and the pocket on the front is a straighter line.
This one unfolds, same as the last.
This is how it looks rolled up. Not huge, so you could pack it in a suitcase, but also comfortable to carry if you have to walk a long way.
I love the way this one looks unfolded.
I love this tote! I hope it inspires you to DIY. Hopefully a tutorial to come soon!