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3 Fun DIY Projects to Try Before Your Next Beach Trip!

The weather is getting warm, school is letting out and your family may be gearing up for a beach vacation…or at least a trip to the pool! Not a fan of swimsuit shopping? How about you make your own?

Among the benefits of making your own suit: Picking your own fabric and print, and shaping the suit to ensure you feel comfortable and covered in it. If you don’t possess the requisite sewing skills, you can always ask around. Most likely, you’ll be able to find a mom or granny among your friends’ families who can help you out. (Psst! Already a skilled sewer? You have to check out this awesome beach blanket!)

Already have a suit you love or just looking for a project you can complete on your own? We also have step-by-step how-tos for making your own beach/pool bag and cover-up. Looking for sun hat patterns? We found an easy and fun sewing how-to at AllFreeSewing.com. Let the summer projects begin!

ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT (from luckyandblissful.blogspot.com)


1. Score fabric at your local fabric store–the store’s employees will be able to help you choose. Make sure to buy a liner as well!

2. If you can, use an old swimsuit as your muslin/pattern. You can learn about this process here.

3. Now, lay out the fabric and pin. Here is where you can make adjustments. The author of this how-to wrote, “I wanted a the neckline a bit higher and the bum and bit more covery so I marked that out.


  • Once all the pieces were cut out I made duplicates in the lining fabric. The lining I use has a two way stretch and I like to have the stretch go from side to side as opposed to up and down.
  • Then it was time to do some piecing together. This is the stitch I used for sewing everything (both piecing together and sewing on the binding); it’s a small zigzag.


  • The most complex part is the back; and really, it not complex at all, you just sew the two bottom pieces separately (lining and fabric), then place them wrong sides together and sew on the crossy back thing. Easy.
  • Next I sammiched all the layers together. The sammich goes lining- fabric- (good sides together) -fabric- lining. Then it gets sewn together at the sides…and top straps. I used the same zigzag as before and was careful to include all the layers. Then I flipped it right side out.

Interested in learning more? Check out the link below for full instructions and photos for how to complete a suit like the one pictured above. Want to learn about making a suit but not exactly this pattern? There’s another amazing how-to over at BurdaStyle.

Source: Lucky and Blissful

BEACH TOWEL BAG (from marthastewart.com)


Tools and materials:

Preshrunk, washable ribbon
Binder clips
2 circular handbag handles

1. Attach the Velcro to the towel: Machine-sew a 2-by-2-inch square of female Velcro to the center of each end of the towel. (Be sure to sew the Velcro to the side that has the label, which will be the inside of the bag.)

2. Attach the Velcro to the ribbon: Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length (for a hand-towel-size bag, cut 1 yard). Sew a 2-by-2-inch square of male Velcro to each end of ribbon. Fold over the ends of the ribbon, and fold over again, creating two folds. Hold the ribbon in place using a binder clip, and tuck the Velcro under the fold. (Folding the ribbon over protects it from fraying and creates a neater line.) Once the Velcro is secured in place, sew each side of the Velcro onto the ribbon.

3. Attach the ribbon to the towel: Pin the ribbon down the center of the towel, making sure the Velcro is on the underside. (There should be an even amount of ribbon hanging off each end of the towel, about 4 inches, which will be wrapped around the handles, attaching them to the bag.) Machine-sew the ribbon onto the towel.

4. Fold the towel in half so the two top ends meet and the ribbon is on the inside (the bag will be inside out at this point). Sew up the two sides, leaving a 1/2-inch allowance, and turn the bag right side out. Wrap the ribbon hanging off each side around each handle attachment, and attach the Velcro to the bag.

You can watch a video on how to make the bag at the link below!

Source: Martha Stewart

BEACH COVERUP (from designfixation.blogspot.com)


Some notes: I recommend a stretch fabric – I used a printed jersey. I prefer my hems raw when I’m using jersey, but feel free to hem the raw edges once you’ve finished constructing the garment.


1. Sew right sides together at the top of the side panels. Then measure 10 inches down the side panels, and sew from that point down to the bottom.

2. Sew a seam along the top and bottom of the elastic casing. Sew all the way around from the inside edge of one side panel, around the large back panel, straight across to the inside edge of the other side panel. Thread the elastic through the casing and secure on both ends with a small seam.

3. Measure 11 inches from the top. With right sides together, sew from that point down the front center of the dress all the way to the bottom. Then turn it right side out, and you’re finished! 

Want more photos and instruction? Head to the link below!

Source: Design Fixation

PI girls, have you sewn any other fun summer projects? Let us know what you made and how it went in the comments below!

Image: Thinkstock.com


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  1. trumpetchick

    Posted by trumpetchick on May 18, 2013 at 10:52

    Aw, I wish that I had those instructions for the cover-up when I went down to Florida. Next time!

  2. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on May 18, 2013 at 08:45

    I can’t sew or anything like that – but it looks very fun!!

  3. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on May 17, 2013 at 15:06

    That’s really cool, but you should do some that don’t require sewing!!

  4. misstake

    Posted by misstake on May 17, 2013 at 05:20

    Super cool! lol Id never trust my own sewing skills to do a bathing suit! I need it to be there too much! :O

  5. EmeraRider

    Posted by EmeraRider on May 16, 2013 at 15:59

    That coverup is lovely!

  6. RockstarSewist

    Posted by RockstarSewist on May 16, 2013 at 15:07

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been wanting a post like this! Thanks PI! I encourage everyone to try sewing, just to see if you like it. It’s so rewarding to wear clothes that you made all by yourself.
    I haven’t though about making my own swimsuit before. Now I think I will. Not hard at all.

  7. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on May 16, 2013 at 15:06

    I love the beach towel idea I might try that!!!