How to Make a Swimsuit Cover Up

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A sarong can be tied in different ways to create new looks.
A sarong can be tied in different ways to create new looks. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Of course, you have several bathing suits at home. But going to the beach requires something additional: a cover up. You need something to wear between home and the water, and a simple sarong is just the thing. With these instructions and fabulous fabric, you will be stepping into the sun in style.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 yards fabric
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Thread

Sew the Cover Up

Lay out your piece of fabric. The fabric should be lightweight and soft.

Fold back the edges of the fabric 1/2 inch toward the wrong side of the fabric.

Use the threaded needle to sew the edges back with a running stitch, about 1/4 inch from the fold, around the whole piece of fabric.

Tie the Cover Up as a Halter

Hold the two long ends in your hands, with the cover up behind you.

Put the left corner behind the right side of your neck and the right corner behind the left side of your neck.

Tie the two ends into a knot behind your neck.

Tie the Cover Up on One Shoulder

Hold the cover up with the lengthwise fold on the right side of your body under your armpit with the two long ends on the left.

Wrap the edge behind your arm under your armpit and on top of your shoulder in the front. Wrap the edge in front of your arm underneath your armpit and on top of your shoulder in the back.

Knot the ends on the top of your shoulder.

Tie the Cover Up around your Waist

Hold the cover up with the lengthwise fold on the right side of your body at your waist with the two long ends on the left.

Fold the fabric width wise if it's too long.

Knot the ends at your waist.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any sewing can be done with a sewing machine, using a basic straight stitch.

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