Yay for pool weather!
I know we are halfway through summer and the pool has been open for a while now, but I’m finally getting around to sharing these kid’s swim cover-ups with you. I started making them back in March when my kiddos starting taking swim lessons and, because of Dunlolly and other stuff, didn’t finish them until about mid-June. And didn’t get pictures taken until last week. And now I’m finally sitting down to write the post to go along with it all, oh the blogging life.
I made these swim cover-ups, or as my kids like to call them, towel ponchos and towel pants because I didn’t want my kids to walk around with a towel draped over their shoulders. I don’t know about your kids, but mine are a bit clumsy and they tend to trip over the huge beach towels. I figured I could make something that would be cute and cover them up and I wouldn’t mind if it got all wet. Also, to keep them warm while walking from the pool to the locker room.
I know you can make a towel cover-up pretty easily by cutting a hole in the middle of a towel and sticking your head through the hole. But I took the more complicated route and made a full poncho and pants for my kid’s swim cover-ups.
I used Simplicity 1706 (view B without the ruffles) for the poncho pattern and Simplicity 3650 for the pants. I have used this poncho pattern before to make the kids car seat ponchos (yet another project I have yet to blog about) and I have made a few pairs of jammies pants for Jude with the pants pattern. They are both pretty easy patterns to follow, especially the pants.
I didn’t line the hood of the poncho because it really didn’t need it. Instead I just finished the edge with bias tape and put a line of flat bias tape around the inside seam where the hood meets the main poncho. I also added a loop of elastic and a button for the closure. And on Jude’s a few extra dinosaur buttons for good measure
Same goes for hemming the pants and the poncho, I just used some bias tape instead of turning it up. And on Avi’s I added a little a little drawstring ruching to the sides so the pants can grow with her.
Honestly, this swim cover-ups project took a while because I used handmade bias tape to finish all the raw edges. It looks awesome and the terrycloth won’t fray, but it took a long time. To save time you could use store-bought bias tape, or find another way to finish the edges. The thing is, you really do have to finish all the edges of terrycloth because it will fray like craycray if you don’t.
This method for making continuous bias tape is super helpful.
I used two different methods for sewing bias tape. The first was the typical double fold method. The second was like this here, and it was SO much faster! I will be using this method for all bias binding from now until forever.
And another picture of my kids for good measure.