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Create a Simple Leather Strap to Make Carrying Beach Towels and Picnic Blankets a Breeze

Do you look like a struggling character in an infomercial while prepping for a day at the beach or an afternoon picnic? A few minutes spent putting together this minimal leather carrying contraption will save you all the towel- and throw-corralling stress so you can focus on the important stuff: what snacks to pack. It’s not a stretch to say you could use it for yoga mats, too.

What You’ll Need:

  • A 64-inch-long strip of ½-inch-wide untreated leather
  • Heavy-duty scissors or leather shears
  • Leather hole punch with a 4.5mm hole setting
  • Utility knife
  • Four brass 6mm button studs 
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

1. Okay, let’s lay it all out. Gather your supplies and start by cutting your leather strip into two 27-inch-long and one 10-inch-long pieces.

2. Time to measure up. On the 10-inch piece of leather, measure ⅓ inch in from each end and mark lightly with a pencil.

3. Get punchy! Pierce a hole in each marked spot. Use your knife to VERY CAREFULLY add a ¼-inch notch at the bottom of each hole, which will make it easier to fit in the studs. Then pop the button studs into each of these holes.

4. Get ready to go long with the two 27-inch pieces of leather. You’re going to punch five holes in each, but start by measuring them out. Measure ½ inch from one end and make a mark. Then, starting at the opposite end, measure in 1 inch, 2 inches, 3 inches, and 7 inches, making pencil marks at each of these points.

5. Punch holes at each mark. Double down and repeat the hole-measuring, -marking, and -punching steps on the second strip.

6. At the 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, and 7-inch holes of each long strip, carefully use a utility knife to make ¼-inch slits through the bottom of the holes.

7. On each long strip, screw a button stud into the standalone holes that you made at ½-inch mark on the opposite end of the leather strip. These will be used to fasten in your towel in tight.

8. Line up your two 27-inch pieces so they’re running parallel to each other and the holes on each match up.  Take your 10-inch strip with button studs, and push them through the two holes you made in the 27-inch strips at 7 inches. This will create an H shape with your leather.

9. You’re almost done! Can you smell the ocean yet?! Roll up your towel or blanket and secure it in its leather carrier. The 10-inch strip will serve as a handle, and the 27-inch pieces will wrap around your towel, holding it in place once you push the button studs through the holes you’ve made. (The three holes grouped together will allow you to adjust the circumference of the carrier, depending on how chunky your textile is.) Your beach buds and picnic guests will be extremely impressed—and the natural leather will patina over time, so you’ve got years worth of bragging rights on hand.