Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Kiddie Pool Cover

The other day my hubby said I needed to find or make the girls a pool cover b/c creepy crawlies kept getting in it. Well, I searched high and low and let me tell you... I couldn't find anything! I couldn't find one already made or even a tutorial on how to make one! So, here is how I made our Kiddie Pool Cover! It is so simple and the best part... it's WASHABLE!!! Yay!


You Will Need:
* 4 Yards of fabric
* 3 yards of 3/4 inch elastic

Our kiddie pool Measures 58" across, but you can use these same steps for any size. The bigger or smaller the pool, you may need to use more or less elastic and fabric though.

Take your 4 yards of fabric and cut it in half to were you have 2 pieces of 2 yards.
Unfold your fabric, right sides together (on one long section) sew a one inch seam and press it open.


Once sewn together, you will have one giant piece.



Now, I am one of those people who can not draw a good circle to save my life! But, I had an idea on how to make one this big.

Center your kiddie pool on top of your giant piece of fabric, wrong side of fabric facing up.




Take a ruler and measure 7" out from the side of the pool every so far with a water soluble pen. This will give you a guide to go by to cut the circle out.



Iron down a 1/2" seam around the entire circle.

Iron down a 1" seam around the entire circle and sew. Leave about a 3" opening for the casting for the elastic.


Put your elastic in your casting. The easiest way for me is to attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and attach it to a section of the opening (so it won't get lost) and attach another safety pin to the other end and use it as a guide to slide your elastic through. Try to keep the elastic straight and not let it twist.

Once you get your elastic all in, sew your elastic ends together.

Sew your opening closed.


Wala! Now you have a cute cover for your kiddie pool to keep those pesky creepy crawlies out! I also made mine tight enough so no slithering snakes can get in. Cause with this heat, lets face it, our babies' pools are a hot spot for snakes! YIKES!








20 comments:

  1. Have been looking everywhere for a pool cover, I used one of these big plastic pools to make my son a sandbox and it would be great to have a cover like this!! Thanks for the step by step, just need to find someone who knows how to sew to help me with it!!

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  2. That's great! I'm glad I could help! Feel free to share the finished project on our facebook page! :)

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  3. Thank you so very much for this post. Now I can fill the pool and leave it for a couple weeks with a little baking soda in there. You seem so creative and seem to love your kids so much...I am surprised you don't homeschool...you would be great at it!! :)

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    1. One possible tip..perhaps converting an old sheet or curtain would save a tiny bit of time and money.

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    2. Thank you! I'm glad you found it helpful! I will actually be homeschooling starting this August. My oldest will be in kindergarten and I'm very much looking forward to it! :)

      Yes, a sheet or curtain would work great also. My friend made one for her kiddos using an old sheet she had and it was perfect! :)

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    3. I was just thinking now i need to scope out the cheap fabric since i need 4 yards and never even thought about an old sheet!! that's great! thanks!!

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  4. I was thinking I'd do this but with a round plastic/fabric table cloth.

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  7. Thanks! I just made mine with a plastic table cloth from Walmart. We use our pool as a sandbox so I needed it to be waterproof.

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    1. that's a great idea, thanks. I was wanting to use for a sandbox also

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  8. What kind of fabric did you use?

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  9. Nice tutorial! Do you sell these on Etsy? It looks like the exact same photo on this store. https://www.etsy.com/listing/191201952/kiddie-pool-cover?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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  10. I just used a cotton fabric for the pool cover but if you wanted a sandbox cover, I would use something water resistant like plastic like someone mentioned above.

    Lessons, Etc. - I do not sell anything I make but thanks for the heads up!

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  11. could you make a water proof one that you could slip over a sand box? that is what i am trying to creat right now?

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  12. A shower curtain would perfect! Can't wait to try this!!

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    1. oooh i like that idea too!! thanks for all the great ideas! can't wait to try it!

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  15. I have been looking for a pool cover for my dog's pool and could not find one small enough. I am going to buy the fabric right now and make one. Thank you so much for the great instructions.

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