One of life’s great pleasures has to include watching the Joy of Summer spread across the faces of children when the last school bell rings for the year. The excitement of all the relaxed fun to be had is contagious, whether you are in it for the whole stretch or just the long starry nights and weekends. If you’re anything like our family, SUMMER FUN=WATER. We love it all… whether it’s a casual Sunday sail or a tight Wednesday night boat race, a snorkel and a stroll through the lapping waves of Maui, Hawaii, a game of ball toss and popsicles poolside, a peaceful, morning kayak or a whirlwind ride through a water park. We’re “in it for water” activities. The only two places I don’t want to see water are 1.) Inside the boat if the plug is out (hello bailing!) 2.) At the bottom of my swim bag. This post on how to make a DIY Swim Pochette is for all of you want to keep the water level down inside your Summer Totes.
As the Shirelle’s have pointed out “Mama said there’ll be days like this. There’ll be days like this Mama said.” Case in point… the Mom of the happy child playing in the mud in the picture below will soon be changing this one in to clean clothes and wondering whether the soaked swimwear about to enter their summer tote is going to ruin their summer library read and make the family picnic blanket smell like a schoolroom cafeteria. She should have brought her DIY Swim Pochette with her. I know, because I am this Mom!
“Pochette” can be translated as “pouch” or “pocket,” and if you ask me, everything just sounds more fun in French. So let’s get this Mom ready to sail through summer.
How To Make A Swimsuit Pochette
What you will need:
- A canvas pochette with a blank surface. The one shown in these pictures is from Michael’s in-store. There are similar ones available online at the Container Store and Amazon. Pretty much any blank canvas large-size pouch or pocket, makeup or zipper bag, will work.
- A snorkelfish applique (Animal Club snorkeling goldfish was in stock at Michael’s or online here. Etsy has an awesome selection of summer iron on patches too)
- Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive (I found it at Michael’s and online through Amazon)
- A gallon size Ziploc Freezer bag (available online through Amazon here)
- A great day worth having a wet swimsuit!
Figure out where you want to place your appliqué on your pochette.
Prepare your Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive by puncturing the seal with the pointed end, attaching the tip, and cutting off the top. I cut mine off at a slant to make it easier to add the glue to the appliqué.
Add Aleene’s Super Fabric Adhesive across the whole back of the appliqué and attach to the pochette where you would like it. I put a book inside and another book on top to hold it flat in place while the glue was drying. Glue takes 6-8 hours to dry.
Roll up a gallon size Ziploc bag and keep it inside your pochette. Once you have that wet swimsuit, you can drop it in your plastic bag and keep it clean, tidy and stylish.
Enjoy the fruits of your summer labor!
If this all just sounds like too much work for you and you’re ready to kick back in your beach chair, Charming Charlie has a great selection of pre-made ones, although they call them Bikini Bags. I have one and I love it too!
I thought it might be fun to go through my bucket of photos and find other ones of people who could probably use a Swimsuit Pochette after the day it looks like they are having … teehee!
Tori and Daddy
Niko in his truck phase.
Berry picking at The Lake
Webers at the Beach
Ry and Connor ready to hit the waves.
Young Barkers at the Beach.
We had what seemed like the longest winter ever here, and then – bam – just like that, summer came in hot. We kicked off our weekend at a goregeous winery, celebrating the wedding of two people worthy of a lifetime of happiness, as the sun dropped it’s shade on a mountain overlooking the Valley. Ended the weekend with great friends having drinks on the deck, and watching the kids have enough fun to justify making a thousand swim pochettes.
Cheers to a streak of summer fun and keeping wet britches in the bag.