How to make a wind breaker

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How to make a wind breaker
A wind breaker will enhance your beach-going experience. (at the beach image by Lily Forman from Fotolia.com)

For as long as there have been beaches, people have been going to them. Perhaps it's due to the draw of the sea, the vast stretches of sand or the opportunity to relax. Whatever the reason, the beach is a popular destination for many cultures. When on the beach, wind can be an annoyance, for on a beach there are few structures or trees to break the wind's course. One way to create a wind-free oasis on your little patch of beach is to make a wind breaker. This ingenious and light construction will keep you wind-free.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 4m (4 1/4 yards) of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Yardstick
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Five 118cm (47-inch) bamboo canes

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Instructions

    Begin by folding over the edges

  1. 1

    Fold the raw edges of the fabric's top and bottom over twice and sew them so that you have finished edges. For the ends, fold the edges over 2.5cm (1 inch) then tuck under the raw edge and secure them in place. The ends will form a channel through which you'll insert two of the bamboo canes.

    How to make a wind breaker
    Make channels in the fabric for the bamboo canes (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Measure the fabric along its length. While you will have two bamboo canes on either end, you will have three evenly spaced in between. Make marks with tailor's chalk to indicate the position of the three canes at the top and bottom of the cloth.

    How to make a wind breaker
    Mark out even spaces for the bamboo canes (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Cut strips of cloth that are 2.5cm (1 inch) wide and same length as the width of the cloth. Pin the strips to the wrong side of the long cloth at the points you marked in Step 2. Secure them to the fabric by sewing along their edges. These will be the sleeves in which you insert the three remaining canes.

    How to make a wind breaker
    Cut strips to create channels for the inner bamboo canes (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Insert all of the canes into their prospective channels or sleeves. Roll up the wind breaker and take it with you to the beach. Set up the wind breaker by driving the ends of the canes into the sand so that the fabric, stretched tight between the canes, forms a break from the wind.

    How to make a wind breaker
    Insert the canes, roll it up and bring to the beach (David De Lossy/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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