Simple Sew Toddler Bathing Suit Cover Up
This past week I realized I had a TON of knit jersey chevron fabric left over from a purchase I made not too long ago. I had this cute mustard print above that I made an infinity scarf out of. I tried to think of what I could make that didn’t need that much material and would allow me to use the remnants. With our vacation coming up soon, I have had the beach on the brain, and realized I could make the “littlest” West her own bathing suit cover up.
So here is my first disclaimer: While I own a sewing machine, I am by far not the best person to operate it. You will probably think of a much easier way to make this, but this is a tutorial for what I came up with. 🙂
While Addy is only 2, she has been wearing 3T for a while now. She is also a tall girl! I measured her under her arms, divided by 2, and added 1 for the width of fabric I would need up top. I then took my ruler and angled down the fabric for the / \ look to the dress. Here are the measurements I came up with for her:
- 2 pieces of fabric cut at 12 1/2″ at the top, angled to 16″ at the bottom, and measuring 18″ in length
After the fabric was cut to specifics, and placed RS (right sides) together, I did a Zig Zag stitch on the sides, leaving the top and bottom un stitched.
Once you have your sides done, you can then opt to do a quick short hem on the top and bottom. I decided NOT to do it. Mostly because this is just a bathing suit cover up, but if I had made this as a dress, I would definitely have hemmed the top and bottom. The good news is this is knit jersey, and it’s not fraying or going anywhere.
(Disclaimer 2: Once I finished this dress, I liked how it looked so much that I will definitely be doing the hems and making some dresses. It’s also a perfect light fabric for summer!)
The next thing I did was find some ribbon I had laying around and cut two 7″ pieces, measured about 4 inches in and attached them there.
I don’t have a picture of how I made them, but I then decided to dress it up a little more and add some bows. You can’t have a bathing suit cover up without bows, right? (Minnie Mouse would say NO.)
After I attached the bows, I was finished. This was literally a quick and easy project. I will make her a lot more of these as dresses for the summer. They are super cute, and all I really need to do is add a hem up top and bottom to make them a little more neat.
Here are a few more pics of her wearing her new bathing suit cover up.
Hope you liked this quick and easy cover up tutorial.