You may have read my post on sewing a summer shawl. If you want one, but don’t want to make one, a fouta is a great substitute.
A fouta is a piece of thin, woven fabric used in many Mediterranean countries as a shawl, towel, wrap, etc. It is usually cotton or linen and has woven stripes or pattern.
Just as I mentioned with the summer shawl, the fouta has so many uses, including:
Pareo skirt or dress
Throw for the bed or couch
Nap cover for a little one
Curtains (purchase two matching and add clip rings at the top)
Foutas generally are about 40″ x 70″, so they are large enough to be used for several purposes. They have small fringe on the short ends.
I love the woven fabric, which can be cut down for placemats, napkins, a neck scarf, skirt, etc.
Foutas can be purchased on Amazon.com from $8.95 on up. I ordered 5 to use by the pool. However, a couple of the ones that came had flaws in the fabric. I sent them back. Strangely, they were the higher priced foutas ($16.00 each). Several vendors listed them as Turkish Peshtemal. Houzz.com and Wayfair.com also carry foutas.
These are great to keep a couple in the trunk of your car. As I mentioned for my summer shawl inspiration, I was running through a rain shower in Key Largo and saw the need for a lightweight fabric that could cover my head as I ran in and be used to dry off once inside. Foutas would be perfect for that as well as having available to use in a cold restaurant or movie theatre.
Because they are thin, foutas are easy to pack. A basic black or navy would be perfect to have in your carry-on luggage when traveling. I usually put one in my purse, when we head out for dinner, or, if carrying a small purse, I just put it over my arm.
If you already own foutas, what do you use them for? Do you find them to be indispensable?