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Quick and Easy Swimsuit Coverup

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summertime is here and despite June gloom (the morning marine layer in So Cal), this week was full of fun in the sun.  On Thursday we were out on a boat to celebrate a friend's birthday, and last night, hubby and I went down to the beach with our dinner to watch the sunset.


Two days in a row at the beach reminded me of the two yards of coral jersey knit material I had back at home and gave me the inspiration to make a swimsuit coverup.  I spotted a few tutorials on how to make a knockoff VS wrap and it looked too easy not to try.  Here it goes...




What you need:
  • 1.5-2 yards jersey knit material (enough to wrap around your body 1 1/2 times)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Bias tape, ribbon, or whatever you want to use for straps.
 Instructions:
  1. Fold your material in half width wise (or hamburger style if you prefer that terminology, like I do).  At the top corner (opposite of the fold), cut at a rounded diagonal for under arms.  Note that you are cutting out both under arms at the same time.  I used a camisole for a template to cut out the shape on mine.

  2. Measure how long you want your straps to be.  I also used a camisole and cut my bias tape to the length of the straps, adding an inch for seam allowances. 
  3. If you are using bias tape like I did, sew it shut with a straight stitch and a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
  4. Pin your straps in place at the very top and bottom of the cut out for the under arms.  Make sure that your straps don't twist.
  5. Sew back and forth over your straps to make sure that they are reinforced.  If you do not have a sewing machine, you can hand stitch the straps on, no problem!
  6. Once you have both straps sewn on, you are done!  A 10 minute project and you are ready to hit the beach!
How to Wear it:
  1. Bring the wrap behind you.
  2. Wrap one side in front and slip on the strap.

  3. Wrap the other side over and slip on that strap.
  4. Done!

Normally I am a stickler for unfinished hems.  I cannot stand them!  However, I wanted to make this quick and easy and the material I used didn't fray at all, so that made me feel better about it.  You really can't tell once its on.  That being said, if you're like me and would rather it be hemmed, then by all means, go ahead!

Hope you enjoyed this swimsuit coverup tutorial!  Now I am off to the pool in mine!
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82 Responses to “Quick and Easy Swimsuit Coverup”

  1. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    http://www.lifewiththecrustcutoff.com/two-girls-and-a-party-linky-party-21/
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    We hope to see you there!

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    1. Thanks so much! On my way to link up now! Have a great day! :)

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  2. This looks awesome! Would love to have you link this up at our summer-themed, Ladies Only Blog Share! Visiting from the Pity Party!

    http://mommifried.com/ladies-only-blog-share-link-party-funtastical-summer/

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    1. Thanks for the invite Crystal! Linked it up:)
      Have a great weekend!

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  3. Love...Love... so excited for this great tutorial has been on my list of thins to figure out from Pinterest. your newest follower

    Desiree @ YourCarftyFriend

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    1. Thanks Desiree! It was so easy to do! If you make one I'd love to see it! :)

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  4. Cute, you are invited to share this Show Your Stuff:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2013/06/show-your-stuff-81-baked-doughnuts.html

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  5. I love this! I don't sew, but thankfully my best friend does. I'm going to buy enough material for her to make two (one for her and one for me).

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    1. Thank you Corinne! How fun! It would be a great beginner project, it's only a few stitches. Get her to teach you! :)

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  6. Very pretty, I love the fabric :)

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    1. Thanks Zoe! I found it in the red tag area at Joann's :) Quick, easy, and cheap too!

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  7. What a great idea! love it. Denise swims a lot and this would be an easy breezy to and from the pool!
    Have a fab weekend! Sharon and Denise

    Please share all your wonderful creations with us BeBetsy Brag About It party!

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    1. Thank you! Yes it is perfect for the pool and so easy to make! I will be sure to link up this week! Thanks for the invite! Have a great day! :)

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  8. Cute! Looks like something I could make. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! It is so easy to make and really takes no time at all!

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  9. What a cute idea! I would never have thought to do something like that! Thanks for linking up with us at the Ladies Only Blog Share!! Following you now!

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle! Following you as well :)

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  10. Love it! I saw some navy knit at Jo-Ann's that would be perfect for this. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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    1. Thank you Kim! I got mine at Joann's, too! I always find great knits in their red tag section!

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  11. I pinned this ages ago and meant to do it and then I swear I saw someone wearing one yesterday. Since I just saw this after seeing it live yesterday, something tells me I'm really supposed to do make one this summer!!

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    1. You definitely should make one! It is really easy and takes almost no time to do! :)

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  12. Love this!! I want to try making one!

    http://3monkeysmommy.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! You should, its so easy! :)

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  13. I love this! Pinning it!
    Allison
    www.allisonskinnyjeans.com

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  14. Love this! Thanks for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. I actually have one that looks just like this that I paid more money for. :) I am featuring it for Handmade Features. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thank you so much! I almost bought one too :)

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  15. Great job!! I love this and the fabric too!! I am a follower of your blog and BL. I'm stopping by from Polka Dot Parade linky party.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2013/06/update-and-es-lounge-pants.html

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    1. Thank you Alisha! I am headed over to check out your blog now :)

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  16. Perfect wrap - thanks for sharing!

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  17. I love this, so easy to get on and off. I don't sew much but this looks easy enough even for me!!
    Krista@ Far From Normal

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    1. It is so easy! A great project for those who don't really sew! :)

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  18. OMG! I just bought one of these! I didn't think it would be so easy to make, lol! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial.

    Visiting from Diana Rambles linky party. Pinning to share with my crafty friends :)

    ~Jessica

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    1. Lol! Well if you like the one you bought, you can just make another one! :) Thank you!

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  19. Wow this is so cool! I'm very shy about my body but I hate being all covered up-- this would be a great option!

    So crafty :)

    Thanks for linking up to That's Fresh Friday over at Prototype Mama!

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    1. Thank you! It is great for covering up and the draping is flattering.

      Thanks for hosting!

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  20. What a cute coverup - I love the color you chose too! I'm so happy that you came by to party with us at Fluster Buster's Creative Muster. Now that you found us I hope that you continue to join the party.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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    1. Thank you Robin! I definitely will! Thanks for hosting :)

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  21. So cute, Alyssa! Thanks for sharing this at 'Or so she says...'! I'll be featuring it tomorrow at the link party. :)

    Have a great night!

    Mariel
    www.oneshetwoshe.com

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    1. Thank you so much Mariel! That made my weekend! :)

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  22. Love this. You look super cute wearing it too!!! It would work perfect for when I walk the girls to the pool. I don't have time to change, and I don't want to look like a hobo walking back.

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    1. Thank you! Yes it is perfect for the walk to/from the pool! :)

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  23. Very cute Alyssa! Found on MommiFried :)

    We'd love to have this linked at our SUPER SUNDAY Link Party:
    http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-4/

    Lori
    Whoneedsacape.com
    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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    1. Thank you Lori! I shared my American Flag Banner at your party this week, so next week I will link up with this Swim Coverup! :)

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  24. Love it! Super cute. I love the way the straps overlap.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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    1. Thank you Leslie! I will definitely check back! Have a great day!

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  25. This is so cute! I really need to get my sewing machine out. My mom used to make so many of my outfits and I really want to pass that on to my daughter...This maybe a project to start back sewing!! Thanks for sharing at the On Display Monday Linkup!!
    Heather May
    http://www.frugalfitfamily.com

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    1. Thank you! You should definitely give this a shot! It is so easy, all it takes is a few stitches! :)

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  26. One of my very good friends made this and I saw it in action on Memorial Day. It's super cute and incredibly clever!!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    ¤´¨)
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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    Raising-Reagan.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's super cute and so easy to make! Thank you for hosting!

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  27. Sweet fashion idea! Pinning:)http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/07/bicycle-basket-up-cycle.html

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  28. Super cute! Shared your diy! Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com I just took out my sewing machine this week for some summer sewing.

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    1. Thank you Theresa! Have fun sewing! :)

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  29. Alyssa, this is just too cute! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend. Will be pinning to our party board and I'll be sharing on FB over the weekend! Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Thank you Cindy! Hope your weekend was wonderful too! :)

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  30. This is sooo darned cute!!!! I love it! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

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    1. Thank you Chandra! And thanks for hosting! :)

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  31. I love it beautiful color and it drapes nice in the front.

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  32. I am a foodie, but I just had to comment that this is just darling. Good job!

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  33. This is adorable and appears to be a quick and easy project. I think my daughter would love one of these cover ups...definitely going to try this project.
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Linda! If you do make one, I'd love to see it! :)

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  34. Super cute and easy. I'm heading back home in two months to spend some time at the beach so I'm gonna give this a try. Definitely cuter than wearing a tank top and shorts. Thanks for sharing this at at Tea Party Tuesdays on TwinklingTrees.com

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    1. Thank you for featuring this! Hope you do get around to making one! Have a great week! :)

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  35. Love it! Perfect color for the summer too! Would love to have you share at my link party!
    http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/07/homemade-by-you-60.html

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    1. Thank you Katie! I was late linking up, as I was out of town! Thank you for the invite! I'm following you and I'll be linking up again next time :)

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  36. Thank you so much for joining all things pretty I love that..hope to see ya back tomorrow at http://myfashionforwardblog.com

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    1. Thank you Leslie! And thanks for hosting! :)

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  37. Great coverup. I don't know if there is an easier pattern! It looks cute enough to wear on the boardwalk shopping if you wanted to! Thanks for sharing, D@TheShadyPorch

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