Step by step tutorial to sew a Swim Skirt Cover Up for babies and girls. An easy sewing project that you can quickly put together for summer vacation!
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Let’s get started on this fun project!
Gather Your Materials
We won’t need much to sew this great cover-up skirt for any little girl from babies through age 12!
- Nylon fabric
- Ballpoint needle
- Rayon thread
- Rotary cutter
- Lip edge ruler
- Cutting mat (not shown)
- Lots of straight pins (not shown)
- Grosgrain or satin ribbon (not shown)
- 1/2″ wide non-roll elastic (not shown)
- 2 safety pins (not shown)
Cut Your Fabric
You will only need to cut one piece of fabric and one piece of elastic!
Newborn through 3 months: 30″ wide x 8″ long | Elastic 16″
6 months through 12 months: 33″ wide x 9″ long | Elastic 16.5″
18 months through 2t: 38″ wide x 10″ long | Elastic 19″
3t through 5t: 45: wide x 10″ long | Elastic 20″
6 through 9: 50″ wide x 11″ long | Elastic 21″
10 through 12: 60″ wide x 12″ long | Elastic 23″
Let’s Sew This Swim Skirt
With right sides together and print direction going down, pin and sew the right edges. There is no need to finish the raw edges as swimsuit material won’t unravel.
Make the top casing and bottom hem
Fold down the top edge 3/4″ and pin every 1/2 inch. TIP: for more information on sewing hems of swimsuits please check out my post.
Using your preferred stitch and needle, sew the fold in place along the bottom edge of the fold. Leave a 1″ opening on the side seam for later inserting the elastic.
Repeat this step with the bottom hem but omit the opening.
Now it’s time to insert the elastic
Secure a safety pin to one end of the elastic and insert it into the casing.
To prevent the elastic from slipping into the casing while you feed the elastic in, secure the end of the elastic with another safety pin to the inner seam.
Once both ends of the elastic meet, overlap them 1/2″ and pin in place. Then sew over this area several times.
Finish up the swim skirt
Now it’s time to close the opening with your machine.
Add a cute ribbon bow to the front by hand or with your machine. Heat seal the ends and you are done!
Your custom made swim skirt is done! Now get your little girl and let her try it on!
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