Sewing a Simple Swim Wrap
The Kiddo went to a swim party and needed a last-minute swimsuit wrap or sarong to cover up with when she is not swimming. I had some sheer fabric that luckily matches her swim suit and decided to make her one and write a Sewing a Simple Swim Wrap tutorial for you. These tie around cover ups are simple to make and there are a few different ways to make them. The options are a serger, sewing machine, fusible webbing. You can also cut your fabric with pinking shears and hope for the best but the edges do not look neatly a pretty and the fabric will eventually fray.
I decided to stick with the serger option today but you can see a tutorial on how to use fusible webbing by clicking here and How to sew mitered corners and a 1/2″ hem here .
If you want to sew on a regular sewing machine remember the fabric you use matters.
If you want to use Sheer fabric, test a small section or read the fabric care instruction for ironing before trying to iron it. Most sheer fabric will melt, warp or discolor if you try to iron it. You will have to carefully fold and pin the fabric without ironing it in place. It is still simple to sew you just need to work a little more slowly to make sure the seam is even.
1 rectangle of fabric – your waist measurement + 36″ x the length you want (usually below the knees to ankle length.) Make sure to add in your seam allowance. Most sarongs are between 66″ and 72″ wide.
Basic sewing supplies
serger thread in matching or complimenting color
Sharp fabric scissors
Measure and square up the fabric. You need straight edges to form a clean and straight hem.
For a serger and sheer fabric add 1″ seam allowance for thicker fabric no seam allowance is necessary. For a sheer fabric seam allowance add double the size of your hem, I added 1″.
For sheer fabric fold the sheer fabric over by about an inch to make a double thickness of fabric and serge. For thicker fabric you do not need to fold over the edge.
Why do you need the extra thickness for sheer or light weave fabric? Sheer fabric tends to fray easily and the hem stitching can pull away from the fabric. The extra thickness helps to secure the stitching and keep the rolled hem from pulling away from the edges and the fabric from fraying.
Serge the corners carefully. If you have not mastered 90* corners yet curve the corners as you sew.
Trim away the excess fabric with sharp sewing sheers. Try to trim as closely as possible to the rolled hem without cutting the stitching.
You now have a super simple sarong/swim wrap.
I like this type of wrap because you can tie it in many different ways and most light weight fabric or light weight knit works wonderfully well.
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