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where to find fabric for boardshorts and swim trunks

Hello, I’m Roxanne (aka. Rox) and I’m here to talk about fabric. Summer is has arrived in the northern hemisphere! I live in a location with seasons, so swimming always become a big deal around my house this time of the year. Boardshorts and the closely related swim shorts have become a swimwear must have for kids who prefer the looser more comfortable fit.

Plus some designs even include pockets! Yeah!

Fabrics pictured starting at top left: Mabel Madison - King Shark, Club Tissus - Skeleton, The Fabric Fairy - Florescent Palms, Funkifabrics - RUB547 Toucan, The Fabric Fairy - Modern Eye, Funkifabrics - RUB1271 Lion Fest

Fabrics pictured starting at top left: Mabel Madison – King Shark, Club Tissus – Skeleton, The Fabric Fairy – Florescent Palms, Funkifabrics – RUB547 Toucan, The Fabric Fairy – Modern Eye, Funkifabrics – RUB1271 Lion Fest

I’m going to bet that many of you are a lot like me and find the idea of making boardshorts for your kiddos a bit intimidating. Where does this magical heavyweight fabric that does not get all waterlogged and saggy come from? Don’t worry, I’ve done the legwork and present you with resources on where you can buy your own fabric.

The ideal fabric is often polyester based with not much spandex if any, but ripstop nylon would also work. Many modern fabrics also have an extra resistant waterproof coating and UV protection.

Fabric pictured: Mabel Madison - Underwater World

Fabric pictured: Mabel Madison – Underwater World

Sources for boardshort and swim trunk fabrics:

Just to note: I am located in the United States and I buy 90% of my fabric from shops in the US. I selected the US sources based on shops that I have had positive experiences buying from in the past and having a nice selection of suitable fabrics. No affiliation of any sort . The non-US fabric sources I’m listing I have no first hand experience with.

Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/swim/

Raspberry Creek Fabrics
https://raspberrycreekfabrics.com/collections/swim-and-boardshort

Mabel Madison
https://www.mabelmadison.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=BOARDSHORT

The Fabric Fairy
https://www.thefabricfairy.com/collections/boardshort-prints

Fabric pictured: Fashion Fabrics Club - Pure White Athletic Mesh

Fabric pictured: Fashion Fabrics Club – Pure White Athletic Mesh

Boardshorts traditionally do not have any sort of lining and that works great if you plan on the shorts going over a more fitted swimsuit or something like a diaper. Swim trunks are often are lined with a white athletic mesh, though regular swimsuit lining also works.

Sources for athletic mesh/lining:

Fashion Fabrics Club (FYI: Shipping can be a bit on the slow side)
https://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/p262462_76635

Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/swim-shop-white-swimsuit-lining-1/

Non-US sources for boardshort and swim trunk fabrics/lining:

Canada
Peak Fabrics
https://www.peakfabrics.com/fabric/wicking-fabrics/sun-protection-fabric
Club Tissus
https://www.clubtissus.com/en/swimwear/beach-shorts-polyester/swimsuit_polyester

United Kingdom
Active Fabrics
https://www.activefabrics.co.uk/mila-uv-protective-fabric.html
Funkifabrics
https://funkifabrics.com/printed-fabrics/view-all.html?print_base=159

Fabrics pictured starting left: The Fabric Fairy - Parrots, Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop - Swim Shop Skulls, Raspberry Creek Fabrics - Teal Light Blue Fuchsia Pink Orange and Yellow Surf Stripe

Fabrics pictured starting left: The Fabric Fairy – Parrots, Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop – Swim Shop Skulls, Raspberry Creek Fabrics – Teal Light Blue Fuchsia Pink Orange and Yellow Surf Stripe

If you wish to venture into wild and source your own fabric to make the perfect shorts the following keywords might be of help:

  • polyester microfiber
  • sun protectant fabric
  • swimsuit polyester
  • boardshort fabric
  • athletic mesh
  • swimwear lining

Do you plan on sewing any swimwear in the future? Do you have any favorite shops with a wide selection of swim friendly fabrics? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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boy swim sewing pattern round up

Brindille and Twig Bummies in Swim

Hi Everyone,
I’m Liesel and mama to two boys and I big heart sewing for them.

I’m here to help you try and navigate the seas of boys swim pattern options. There are so many and it’s very overwhelming. I had help from the sewing community in compiling this list. I have not tried every pattern listed, nor do I own every pattern. It is not all inclusive but does include the basics to get you going. I know you’ll find something you love for those boys to have the perfect summer swim wear.

Swim bottom patterns designed for boardshort fabric. These are more traditional swim trunk style patterns.

Company Name Link Attribution
5 out of 4 Kids Swim Trunks https://5outof4.com/product/kids-swim-trunks/?affiliates=298&fbclid=IwAR3dqRw9vLTs0zcug6n-J9QSzAYdVcXvYvYMf5egGLV1tSvUownkJT4dALY Trissa Scott Bouwhuis
Ellie and Mac High Tide https://www.ellieandmac.com/products/boys-high-tide-boardshorts-swim-brief-pattern Liesel Tavenner
Lowland Kids Swim Boardies https://lowlandkids.com/products/swim-boardies Amber Guillot
Suco by Susanna Manuel Swim Shorts https://www.sucobysusana.com/collections/meninos-boys/products/manuel-swim-shorts-pdf-pattern-english?fbclid=IwAR1pJpZGE3DJZgLGf5UJflIEISLM7maxocYAqNEW8DW03H8yfqzv7m9BIbo  
Lowland Kids Swim Boardies
5oo4 Kids Swim Trunks
Ellie and Mac High Tide

Swim bottom patterns designed for swim fabric. These are swim shorts or brief style patterns.

Company Name Link Attribution
Sew Like My Mom Palm Euro Suit https://sewlikemymom.com/boys-patterns/palm-euro-suit-12m-8/ Liesel Tavenner
Peek a Boo Pattern Shop Monaco Swim Trunks https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/monaco-swim-trunks/ Stacey Bebb https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662837587354077
Peek a Boo Monaco Swim Shorts and Hang Ten Rash Guard
Sew Like My Mom Palm Euro

Shirts designed for swim fabric.

Company Name Link Attribution
Made by Jacks Mum Beach Rashie https://madebyjacksmum.com/shop/reef-beach-rashie/ Kelly DeLashmit Simonsen
Peek a Boo Pattern Shop Hang Ten Rash Guard https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/hang-ten-rash-guard/ Stacey Bebb https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662837587354077
Made by Jacks Mum Beach Reef Rashie and Sandcastle Hat

All over suits designed for swim fabric (or hacked to use swim fabric). Great for sun protection.

Company Name Link Attribution
Made by Jacks Mum Sunshine Swim Romper https://madebyjacksmum.com/shop/sunshine-swim-romper/ Kelly DeLashmit Simonsen
Peek a Boo Pattern Shop Aloha Burn Blocker https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/aloha-burn-blocker-suit/ Stacey Bebb https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662837587354077
Brindille and Twig Rolled Hem Romper Hack https://brindilletwig.com/products/rolled-hem-romper-089 Liesel Tavenner
Peek a Boo Aloha Burn Blocker
Brindille and Twig Rolled Hem Romper Swim Hack

Here’s a list of patterns that can be hacked into swim wear either by using boardshort fabric or swim fabric.

Pattern Link
Tops with Swim Fabric  
Petite Stichery Ragtag Raglan https://petitestitchery.com/shop/boys-ragtag-raglan-tee/
Duck Butt Designs Essential Raglan http://www.duckbuttdesigns.com/product/essential-raglan
Bottoms with Swim fabric  
Violette Threads Pippa https://violettefieldthreads.com/products/pippa-swimsuit
Brindille and Twig Bummies https://brindilletwig.com/collections/free/products/bummies-119
Bottoms with Boarshort Fabric  
Misusu Ollie Shorts https://www.misusu.co/products/summer-olli-shorts-pants-pdf-sewing-pattern
Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit Endless Bucket Shorts https://www.etsy.com/fr/listing/211495956/endless-summer-bucket-shorts-boys-pocket?ref=shop_home_active_3
New Horizons Alpine Shorts https://newhorizonsdesigns.com/product/alpine-shorts-and-trousers/
Duck Butt Designs Treasure Pocket Shorts http://www.duckbuttdesigns.com/product/treasure-pocket-shorts
Petite Stitchery Ragtag Raglan

I hope you found this round up useful. I know I’m inspired by all these great makes. Special thank you to Stacey Bebb from Lollipop Garden, Amber Guillot from Thicket Threads, Kelly DeLashmit Simonsen, and Trissa Scott Bouwhuis for sharing their lovely pictures with us.

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