** Shannon Fabrics provided me with the fabric for this tutorial.
Summer is here, and we are enjoying some record breaking high temperatures here in Utah. Which means that it is time to get out the swimsuits, and get outside in the water! We’re lucky to have a waterpark nearby, as well as a variety of splash pads, so it’s safe to assume that our swimsuits are going to be getting a lot of action in the next few months.
Since some of these places require a little bit of travel, I thought the girls needed some swimsuit cover ups for the trips to and from. What do you think of these swimsuit cover ups?
Here is what you’ll need to make a cover up (or three!) of your own:
- fabric (the lovely people at Shannon Fabrics sent me this beautiful cuddle fabric to sew with, I love it! Go like their Facebook page here!)
- elastic (I used 3/4”)
- sewing machine/accessories
You’re going to need to take some measurements of your child.
I measured around the chest (elastic measurement), length to where I wanted the ruffle to start, and total length of the swimsuit cover up from chest.
For my 5 year old, these are the measurements I got:
Chest: 22 inches
Body of swimsuit cover up: 14” x 17”
Ruffle of swimsuit cover up: 5” x 34”
The width of the ruffle is just double the width of the body of the swimsuit cover up. The width of the body is about 1.5 times the width of her chest (not her chest measurement all the way around). For the length, I took into account the seam where I would be attaching the ruffle to the body of the cover up, as well as 2 extra inches to account for the casing for the chest elastic.
So, time to start cutting! I cut on the fold which gave me one body piece. Since the fabric isn’t 34” wide on it’s own, I cut two separate pieces to put together that were each 5” x 17”.
Start off by serging or zig zagging the top edge of the body of the cover up.
Next, attach the two ruffle pieces, and hem up the bottom edge.
Run a gathering stitch along the raw edge of the ruffle. Find the middle of the raw edge of the body of the cover up. Pin where the two ruffle pieces meet to the middle.
Gather evenly along both sides towards the middle where it is pinned.
Attach the ruffle to the body of the swimsuit cover up. Serge or zig zag the edge. This is how it will look when you turn the ruffle down.
Cut a piece of elastic to the chest measurement you took. Wrap the top edge of the body of the cover up over the elastic to begin creating a casing. Be sure to pin the elastic to the side of the cover up, and attach a safety pin to the other end of the elastic.
Begin sewing the casing with the elastic already in place. The elastic won’t be as wide as your fabric, but you’ll be able to finish the casing easily.
Once the casing is created, use the safety pin to guide the elastic through. Pin in place on the other side of the body of the cover up.
With the right sides together, sew up the seam of the cover up.
Now it’s time for straps!
I just measured my daughter with the cover up on to see how long I wanted the straps to be finished.
I made the fabric about 2.5” wide, and then about 6” longer than I wanted the strap to be so that it would create a bunchy look. I got the idea for this from this post from see kate sew. I cut the elastic to the measurement I took.
Sew the long sides of each fabric piece together, with right sides facing in.
Turn the tubes right side out (my least favorite part!)
Use a safety pin to guide the elastic through, pinning at each end.
Figure out where you want the straps on the front and the back of the cover up. For the back, I usually do a standard one inch in from the middle seam. Pin in place in the front, and attach to the top of the casing on the cover up. I wouldn’t use a contrasting thread, but the cuddle fabric covers up where you’ve sewn.
Repeat in the back, and you’ve got this baby done!
Perfect for your summer days at the pools and splash pads.
Of course I made three, every girl needs one, right?
Grumpy teething babies still look pretty cute in a cover up.
My girls didn’t want to take these off, and were so excited to put them back on when we were done swimming. They had to keep them on for dinner even! I call that a success!
If you love these sweet little cover ups, be sure to head over to Shannon Fabrics Facebook page and give them a lovely like to say thanks for providing the fabric for this tutorial, and to stay up to date on all of the darling fabric they provide!