Kids Towel Swim Cover Up

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

kids towel swim cover up

I walked by a display of towels at Walmart and saw that they were only $3, so I thought now would be a good time to make a kids towel swim cover up! It’s really easy and is going to come in handy when we’re on vacation in August!


  • regular sized bath towel
  • applique pattern (a Cricut makes this super easy)
  • basic sewing supplies

kids towel boys swim cover up

This swim suit cover up is for Elliot, so I used one of his t-shirts to tell me how wide to cute the neck hole.

1. Fold the towel in half and mark the centers of both the towel and the t-shirt. Line up the centers and use the t-shirt as your cutting guide.

kids towel boys swim cover up

I cut the front side down a little farther just like a regular shirt.

2. Serge or otherwise finish the neck opening.

3. Sew up both sides of the towel, stopping about 8″ from the top fold to create the sleeves.

kids towel boys swim cover up

4. Applique a design and/or your child’s name on the back/front.

I used fabric scraps and my Cricut Expressions (of course!) to cut out the sand castle applique with the Life is a Beach cartridge. (Don’t forget about the Cricut Golden Ticket Scrapbook Cruise Giveaway!)

That’s it! My son was asleep when I finished, so I’ll have to get a picture of him in the morning. And I’m still debating as to whether or not I should put his name on it…we’ll see…

For an adult cover up, use an oversized bath towel. And if you don’t want to take the time to applique it, you can make this swim cover up in about 10 minutes!

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1 Christine July 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

Adorable!!! :)

2 Evonne July 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

This is sooo cute! You are super crafty. I wish I was. the. end.

Thank you for talking with me yesterday. You are wonderful, and I am happy that we got to play at Thanksgiving Point together!

3 Jennifer Hamitlon July 30, 2009 at 9:17 am

You have seriously got to quit or I am going to have to buy one ;)
That is too cute! I am thinking b’day presents, Christmas, Easter…

4 Baba July 30, 2009 at 10:56 am

Very cute application! I can see this saving lots of bath towel washings!

5 Ginny August 3, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Oh my gosh, this is the cutest thing. I wish my kids were smaller to do this. I guess I could try to find a super big towel for my youngest dd.

6 Cristina September 8, 2009 at 1:10 am

Love it! You can make your own hooded towels, too. With a big towel and a couple of wash cloths, makes for a bigger version, for older kids! (I know we loved the hooded baby towels when we were kids!)

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