This sweet summer baby is ready for the pool in her new purple tankini! This free tankini pattern is great for a toddler and easy to sew!
The scoop neck back is my favorite part!
This tankini tutorial is an adaptation of my free summer baby dress pattern from last year, but in swimsuit fabric and with a little ruffle sleeve.
If you’ve never sewn a swimsuit before, it’s not too hard, especially if you’re sewing for a child. I made this in about 1 hour and it took less than a yard of fabric! I used a thicker swim fabric with a little texture on it. It was super easy!
Since this is for a baby I didn’t really need to line it, but I did self-line the top of the bodice.
Baby Tankini Pattern
-1″ elastic (for straps)
–free tankini pattern size 18/24 months
Free Tankini Pattern Download
First cut out your pieces.
We will assemble the straps first.
1. Fold ruffle sleeve in half along fold line with wrong sides together. The curved raw edges will match up. Pin to side edge of strap, contouring fabric as you go.
2. Baste in place.
3. Sew front and back sleeve together with ruffle in the middle.
4. Turn right side out.
5. Thread elastic strip (5″ long) through strap
6. Baste elastic to strap at both edges to secure.
Attach the straps to the bodice by basting them down at the top strap openings. Then sew the back side over the top of the straps and sew the armholes, neckline and top of straps. Turn right side out and repeat with back pieces. Then sew side seams together with right sides together.
Sew skirt panels together at side seams. Then baste top edge with two rows of stitching. Pull threads to gather fabric. Attach to bodice with right sides together. Hem bottom and you’re done!
The bottoms are made using my ruffle diaper cover pattern, but without the ruffle.
Fabric + sources//
gladiator baby sandals // target
boy sunglasses // target
fabric // lilac swim spandex
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What a cute little suit!!! I’ve been down at the pool already today with my daughter – can’t believe summer is already here again! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your post:
Adorable! I’ve bookmarked this and will be fabric shopping to make it! Thanks!