Swimming towel tutorial

june 09I made this spa-style swimming towel for a little girl’s birthday present.  The design is my own.  It’s fast and simple.  This would also work for any age. 

 Please link back to this site if you post pictures.  This is for private use only.  You may not sell items made from this pattern.


Bath Towel


1 inch width elastic (I used “Stretch Rite” non-roll, but any would work)

Ribbon (optional)

2 safety pins

*all seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise stated

Step 1

Attach “jeans” needle to machine– or a 16-18 regular needle.  Remember to sew slowly over all thick seams to prevent needle from breaking.

Step 2

Sew bath towel right sides together, and press seem open. 

Step 3

Press top of towel over 1 1/2 inches to make enough room for elastic to go through.  Leave 2 inches unsewn in the back.

Step 4

Measure elastic to fit under the arm pits and above the bustline, and cut.

Step 5

Pin one end of elastic to the right side of the 2 inch open fold.  Pin the other side of the elastic with the second pin and leave loose. 

Step 6

Feed the loose end of the elastic all the way through the top fold of the towel, being careful not to twist the elastic inside the fold. 

Step 7

Pull both ends tight giving yourself some slack to work with.  Lay one end onto of the other with a 1/2 inch of each end overlapping the other. and sew into a “rectangle” shape.  push into the fold and sew the fold shut.

Step 8

Embellish with ribbons, bows

* variation*

If you are making for a small child/baby sew a hem to shorten

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