Thursday, June 5, 2014

DIY Kiddie Pool Cover

If you're like me, when you go through the hassle of getting your kids squirmy bodies into swimsuits, sun-screened and out into the backyard to splash in the kiddie pool, only to discover it's full of bugs, grass clippings and who knows what all it's very frustrating!

Solution: Make a kiddie pool cover to help keep out the unwanted creepy crawlies!

4 yards of fabric
3 yards of 3/4 inch elastic
Sewing machine!

1. Buy 4 yards of fabric
- Cut fabric in half so you have 2 pieces, 2 yards each
2. Sew the right sides of the fabric together (I didn't worry about ironing it open, it's going outside :) )
3. Lay the pool on the wrong side of the fabric and mark about 7 inches from edge of pool with a sharpie
4.Cut the circle out of your fabric
5a. Iron a 1/2 inch seam around edge
5b. Iron down a 1 inch seam around the edge
-Sew down the edge of the 1 inch seam to make a casing, leaving about 2 inches open to thread the elastic through.
-Attach a large safety pin to each end of elastic and secure one end to the opening in the fabric.
-Thread other end of elastic through casing
-Sew ends of elastic together with crisscross stitches
-Sew down 2 inch opening in casing and you're done!!

Try out your kiddie pool cover!

My girls loved that the water was nice and warm from sitting in the sun all day with the cover on without being full of bugs and junk!!

I followed this tutorial by Mama with three chicks when making my pool cover.


  1. What an awesome idea! I am sorry it too me so long to respond to your comment on my blog (I'm Kristal, my blog is 'my life as a Military Wife'. I totally get what you are going through! I was so determined that I was going to post all this great info about the AF and my hubby's job when he got in. And number one I'm just horrible at blogging consistently, and number two, you'll see as you start to do more with the AF is that you start to get paranoid about sharing too much information with the world wide web. I realized that I couldn't find a lot about my husbands new career field because a lot of it is classified. BUT, I would love to chat with you if you have any specific questions! I need to catch up on your blog, so I'm not sure where your hubby is with OTS and everything, but I totally get that need for info so please email me at if there is anything I can help you with! And that is crazy that you know Amber!

  2. Thanks for responding!! I am trying to get more consistent with blogging but I would rather post less and have something to say than post just to be posting.