Summer fun! Can you tell I’m ready? These easy to make swim cover ups are reversible and easy for little ones to put on themselves. Cute and practical? Sign me up, baby.
I hope you enjoy the recipe. Feel free to stop by my blog for loads of tutorials and more than you’d ever want to know about these two cutie pies!
– 1 Marbles jelly roll
– 1/4 yd to 1/2 yd (depending on size) of 2 Happy by Me and My Sister prints
– 1/2″ wide elastic
* unless noted, seams are 1/4″ *
1. Take measurements for desired size cover up. Measurements for my 15 month old daughter are in red so you can follow along.
Measurement “A” =(chest circumference / by 2) + 6
= (21 / 2) + 6
= 10.5 + 6
Measurement “B” =(distance from armpit to knee)
Measurement “C” = Measurement “B” – 8.5
= 13 – 8.5
2. Cut 2 polka dot panels for front of cover up: Measurement “A” x Measurement “C”
= 16.5″ x 4.5″
3. Sew 2 jelly roll strips RST lengthwise. Press open.
4. Trim strip set to Measurement “A” (16.5″). Repeat until you have 4 sets.
*The number of jelly roll strips you need to sew together depends on the size garment you make*
5. Sew a jelly roll set RST to top and bottom of each rectangle from Step 2. Top stitch seams.
7. Trim a blue jelly roll strip to Measurement A (16.5″). You need a total of 4 trimmed jelly roll strips.
8. Sew a blue jelly roll strip RST to the top of each rectangle (4 total). Top stitch.
You will have 2 pieces like this:
And 2 pieces like this:
9. Layer 2 matching rectangles RST. Sew side seams with 3/8″ seam allowance to create tube. Repeat with other matching rectangles.
10. Press seams open. Iron 1/2″ fold to the wrong side of the top of both tubes.
11. Place one tube in the other RST, matching side seams. Pin bottom edge. Stitch 1/4″ seam around perimeter.
12. Turn right side out, press, and top stitch bottom edge.
13. Pin top edges together. Edge stitch, leaving a 1″ opening to insert elastic.
14. Stitch 3/4″ below edge stitch line along the entire perimeter.
15. Cut elastic 3″ less than chest circumference. Thread elastic. Zig zag ends together to secure.
16. Check fit. Edge stitch 1″ opening closed.
One sassy and sweet reversible cover up!