DIY Summer Swimsuit Coverup

Just for Girls, Because Sometimes No One Else Understands

girl on beach wearing diy summer coverup


Do It Yourself: Make Your Own Swimsuit Coverup

A beautiful coverup is an essential accessory for the pool and beach this Summer. But, why not create a diy summer swimsuit coverup that will last beyond poolside and long walks on the beach? With these simple steps, you can adorn a beautiful swimsuit cover-up that will look beautiful as a tunic with skinny jeans, a cute mini or some sassy shorts.

Note: This DIY summer project does require a sewing machine, or some patient hand sewing, if a machine isn’t available.

What you will need for this DIY summer project:

  • At least 1 1/2 yards of fabric, depending on how long you want your tunic
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread that matches your fabric or a colorful contrasting thread for a little more decorative detailing
  • 1/2 inch or thinner elastic to fit around your waist

Directions to make a DIY summer coverup:

Step 1: Fold your fabric in half, right side or pattern sides together. The fabric should be 44 inches across the top, and if you’re using 1 1/2 yards of fabric it will be about 27 inches long.

Step 2: Place a pin about 12 inches from the fold along the edge of the fabric on both sides. Pin the edges of the fabric together from this pin to the bottom of the fabric.

Step 3: Sew each side of the fabric together, about 1/4 inch, where you just pinned.

Step 4: Fold the fabric in half and cut an opening in the top for the neckline, with a shape and size that you desire. (Remember to start small and try it on; you can always trim again to enlarge the hole, but you can’t easily make openings smaller again.)

Step 5: Sew in the elastic, measuring where you want the elastic to sit on your body.

Step 6: If you have a fabric that frays or you want to add a finishing touch, hem your neckline, armholes and skirt with a ¼ inch hem (or encase in bias tape that you can pick up at the fabric store).

Step 7: Add trims if you want to embellish your diy summer project.

Step 8: Turn your garment right side out, throw it over your swimsuit, grab your flip flops and enjoy some time in the sun!

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