Easy Beach Towel Swimsuit Cover Up

This project first appeared on 30 Handmade Days Funner in the Summer Series.

Easy Swimsuit Cover Up by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Even though summer is starting to wind down and school starts this month, the weather here usually stays warm clear through October… Perfect for swimming.. Today’s project is an easy summer sewing tutorial.  I noticed my daughter one day struggling to keep her beach towel on and thought it would be so much easier if she just had a “hole” in the middle to put her head through- then I got the idea to make this easy beach towel swim cover up for her.

Easy Swimsuit Cover Up by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

To make one you’re going to need:

1 beach towel (a not super thick one like this one from Target is easier to sew with)

1 package of extra wide double fold bias tape

ribbon

Easy Swimsuit Cover Up by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Begin by cutting  a 12″ wide opening in the center of the beach towel. If you’re making this for a much smaller child I recommend an 8-10″ hole.

Turn under the raw edges of the cut hole and hem on your sewing machine.

Next measure down 14″  (10″ for a smaller child) from the cut hole and draw a line across the wrong side of the towel. Open up your double fold bias tape and press it open so that it no longer folds in half, but the raw edges are still folded under.

Sew the bias tape to the towel along the line you drew. This is the casing for the ribbon. Repeat for the other side of the towel.

Easy Swimsuit Cover Up by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

Cut your ribbon to 3 times the width of your towel. Feed the ribbon in beginning on one side and going trough the other side of the towel so that the ribbon ends meet.

Then just pull up on the strings to give the towel it’s shape.

Easy Swimsuit Cover Up by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

 

That’s it!!

Easy Swimsuit Cover Up by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

 

Happy Summer!!

 

 

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.

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