Introduction: Beerkini

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The ultimate beach party accessory, the beerkini is part sexy bikini, part bottle opener!  Make your own custom beerkini with this free pattern, or transform your own swimsuit with a couple simple mods.  Either way, you're sure to be the hit of the party with this fun and functional suit!

Step 1: Materials

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I ended up using almost a yard of lycra and half a yard of the power net (a stretchy mesh).  This was mostly because I was experimenting a lot.  Once you have your pattern made, you should easily be able to determine how much material you need.

I opted for two bottle openers, which I got from

I also used swimsuit elastic for the bottoms (won't break down in chlorine), and clear elastic for the top, and a hook for the back.

You can also add modesty cups for the top, or underwires, or even padded cups.  I tried this out, and decided not to use them.

Step 2: Pattern

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Decide on what shape you want your beerkini to be.  I'm sure this would also work as a one-piece with an inset bottle opener too!

I used a couple swimsuits I already had to draft some patterns, chose one, and tweaked it from there.  I am fortunate to have a dressform that is approximately my size to pin things to and fuss with the shapes.  My next version would definitely have a more modest bottom.  I'm really not sure I would wear this in public.

I've attached the pattern I used for you to use, tweak, or modify as you see fit.

Step 3: Cut Pieces

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Make sure you align the lycra to one long edge of a table before you cut it so it's not all twisted and warped.  Place your pattern pieces on the fabric and use weights to hold them in place.  Pinning the pieces may lead to runs in the fabric.

Trace along the outside of the pattern with chalk, and then again about 3/8" or 1/2" outside of the line for seam allowance. 

Cut along the outside line you've marked.

Step 4: The Bottoms

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Picture 1)  I added an extra piece to the crotch of the bikini bottoms and sandwiched it between the outer fabric and the inner mesh.  

Picture 2) I pinned the mesh to the wrong side of the outer fabric and scatter-pinned them together so I could flat line them (sew them together flatly) without the layers shifting and twisting.

Picture 3) I machine-basted the pieces together with right-sides together

Picture 4) I used a baby-lock machine to serge the seams together.  Using a serger or overlock machine allows the seams to stretch without breaking the threads.  If you don't have access to this, you can use a zigzag stitch on a standard sewing machine.

Picture 5) I basted swimsuit elastic to the outer edge of the finished seam lines of the suit along the legs and waist.  

TIP:  Stretch the elastic along the back of the leg opening, but lay flat along the front. 

         Stretch the elastic along the waist evenly.

Picture 6) I serged the edge of the elastic to the fabric, being sure to cut off the excess fabric, but not cutting into the elastic

Picture 7) Elastic is serged to the suit

Picture 8) I turned the elastic to the inside of the suit so the folded edge is now the outer edge of the suit.  I used a zigzag stitch from the front side of the fabric to sew down the edge, stretching as necessary.

Picture 9) I pinned and hand-basted the bottle opener into the suit opening.  I later serged the raw edges to the inner layer of mesh, but this was pretty tricky, and you can get away with hand-sewing the whole thing, or taking it to a sewing machine and using a zig sag stitch through all layers.

Step 5: The Top

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Picture 1) The top pieces have been flatlined to the mesh, just as was done with the bottoms.  Clear elastic has been serged to the bottom edge of these pieces, just as the swimsuit elastic was in the step before.  Any kind of elastic can be used for this.  Do not stretch this elastic as you serge, it's just there to help the piece keep its shape.

Picture 2) The same procedure was applied to the backs of the bikini top.

Picture 3)  The straps were sewn together as indicated on the pattern, and elastic was serged to the seamed edge.

Picture 4) The fronts are turned right-side out (encasing the elastic on the inside), and gathered along the center fronts and sides.  The gathered front edges were then serged to scrap pieces of lycra that will later be used to sew in the bottle opener.

Pictures 5&6)  The straps are placed along the side edge of the front cups, basted and serged together.

Picture 7) I sewed the bottle opener to the front cups (this picture is actually from the bottoms, but the same technique was used)

Step 6: An Easier Way

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After all of this, I would highly recommend not making your own bikini from scratch.  

Unless you are a lycra ninja (which I'm sure some of you are!), save yourselves the multiple headaches that I encountered in dealing with this slippery, fussy material (and I do consider myself a very experienced sewer, as it was my job for about 10 years), and just buy yourself a d$%n swimsuit.   Cut it apart and sew in some bottle openers.  Seriously.  It will take you 20 minutes instead of 20 hours.  And you know it will fit.

So there you have it!  20 minute custom beerkini!  


_Hot_Rod_ (author)2017-02-23

very nicely done! And absolutely love your beautiful Camel Toe. ?

porvenir (author)2015-09-08

hehehe very useful!! :)

baecker03 (author)2014-08-07

when wearing it, do you feel like there is enough support? IE it won't move around while wearing it?

donedirtcheap (author)2013-07-25

Sarah, you're the only one that could top GiannyL. Boss.
Great way to cool off at the beach: open all the icy beers.

Mr Rancher (author)2012-11-18

My wife thought this was GENIUS, as did I.
We adore clever creations.

sabu.dawdy (author)2012-09-28

another WOW-ible ;)

mstyle183 (author)2012-02-08

wow .. i saw something similar when looking for bottle openers i was thinking on doing this for my wife.. like a clip on she could add to her bikinis .. great stuff!!

Mrballeng (author)2011-09-19

Looks like "how to kiss" by noahw will now be the second most viewed instructable.

scoochmaroo (author)Mrballeng2011-09-19

Now that is flattery!!

aeray (author)scoochmaroo2011-09-22


DIY-Guy (author)aeray2011-11-25

Um, my wife tried to do this snap a cap on the hip thing for me and it fell off... and I don't mean the beer cap!

Good thing it was a private showing!

jessyratfink (author)2011-09-18

I think I need one. This is much better than I could have ever imagined. :D

scoochmaroo (author)jessyratfink2011-09-19

Thanks! I highly recommend the method mentioned in step 6. . .

you talk like it was not fun to make the swimsuit... nice work and impressive that a girl that can make such tasty looking food can pull off a bikini.

Although, honestly, just about anyone can pull off a bikini.. 

(bu-dum ching!)

caarntedd (author)sing1ejack2011-10-21

Cool link!

80$man (author)2011-10-11

Follow my chain of thought...
girls & beer... can it get any better? it could yes...
girls with beer... can it get any better? maybe...
girls who open beer... can it get any better? possibly...
girls who pass out opened beer... can it get any better? hardly...
girls who pass out opened beer in bikinis... can it get any better? no...
girls who pass out beer opened with their bikinis... ok... I was wrong... scoochmaroo why did you get married, can I clone you? [Kidding]

My girlfriend is wearing one of these in December Holiday, full stop .

Nameramthgin (author)2011-09-27

My moustache approves of this, and he is usually right on these sort of things.

susanrm (author)2011-09-26

How very cool. I have a one-piece that has a loop holding two parts together, so I think it could be adapted to that. Yay, but what would this be called? A beerpiece? Hmm...

Very cool -ible. And sorry you weren't in NY at the Maker Faire; I would have loved to meet you! Even wore my pendant that you admired.

SenorFantastico (author)2011-09-23

Yowza! Can you believe it took me a few minutes to realize that were additional pages to this instructable? Haha, well done!

billhorvath (author)2011-09-23

To paraphrase Mel Brooks, 'It's good to be the beer.' :)

Kiteman (author)2011-09-19

Oh my word - talk about search engine optimisation...

aeray (author)Kiteman2011-09-22

+1. Talk about exposing yourself...

Kiteman (author)aeray2011-09-23

Haha, I just googled for "beerkini", and this instructable came out first.

You'd have thought that was obvious, but the second hit was a website called "beerkini"!

chrisbaker (author)2011-09-22

Surely I'm not the first person to notice the word spelled by the bikini parts in photo 3 of step 3, am I? Seems like those pieces should be for the top of the bikini!

aeray (author)chrisbaker2011-09-22


uptight (author)2011-09-22

obvious that you need a beautiful model for this!

vincent7520 (author)2011-09-22

cool !…
But at the nudist camp we spend our vacations in we have alternative natural means of opening a bottle and all quite organic… let me tell you !!!…

captaincoolness55 (author)2011-09-22

very cool! :D

hammer9876 (author)2011-09-22

Would make a nice tan line, too.

nathanrudolf (author)2011-09-22

I've seen this before, but not with a heart shape, makes it much better!

(Also I have to let my inner child out... step 3, picture 3 says TiT.)

clockdryve (author)2011-09-22

I like Turtles....

Besides that, I think your picture of the "splashing" coka cola is HOT :-)

Not being a perv --- but that would SALE some soda..........


but i agree :)

cbaron3 (author)2011-09-22

That model is the ultimate beach party accessory.

fidibiri (author)2011-09-22

I can't tell what is the sexiest... the girl, the beer, the idea... this combo is such an epiphany...

bobby sissom (author)2011-09-21

and as the party wears on more and more drunks will be reaching for your top and bottoms with great enthusiasm

caarntedd (author)2011-09-19

Ha ha! The shot with the bottle spraying looks like it could be a beer advertisement!
This caught my eye because I did something like this years ago, (as well as the fact that the title contains the word "beer").
Before I went to a party, I tucked a bottle opener into the bottom corner of my shirt where the bottom hem and the doubled over bit that the button holes go through form a little pocket. The shirt lasted all of about two hours before it was destroyed by the bottle caps and the opener fell out, but it was the hit of the party.
 I'd forgotten all about it until I saw this.Very cool and very funny, thanks for sharing.

Senior Waffleman (author)2011-09-18

Yet i shouldnt be talking about drinking, im underage, but i dont drink, so its ok :P

Hey, use it to open bottled root beer! :D

True :D

lemonie (author)2011-09-19

The beer-spill is very nicely captured.


martinbolton (author)2011-09-19

Flippin awesome!!

strangebike (author)2011-09-19

Absolutely gets my vote for whatever needs voting on. What a great idea

angelabchua (author)2011-09-19

In other news: Dogs have taken a back seat to Beerkini as "Man's Best Friend"

annahowardshaw (author)2011-09-19

LOL! The second pictured cracked me up. I hate when beer sprays all over the place...

madenairy (author)2011-09-19

an inspired fusion of practicality & performance, and damn is the model hot!

buirv (author)2011-09-19

Damn She's Hot!!!

studleylee (author)2011-09-19

Yum and sigh :-)

masynmachien (author)2011-09-19

You really are a fashion doll!

masynmachien (author)2011-09-19

When I first read the title in the subscription update, I was thinking "It won't be what I think it is: the ultimate dream of combining beer and a bikini".

But it actually is!!!!

And although I drink much less beer than Belgians are supposed to, I like root beer and I love bikini's!

Great Ible and you do look fabulous in the result. Congratulations!

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