Sew a Bathing Suit Wrap Cover Up




About: I'm just a lady who likes making stuff. I got my degree in engineering but also enjoy cooking, sewing, knitting, gardening and backpacking, among other things.

When I saw this bathing suit cover up, I thought it was a great idea and I knew I could make it myself!  If you can sew a straight line, you can make it too!
It's a quick, cheap and relatively easy project, perfect for summer!

Step 1: Materials

- about a yard of fabric of your choice
-one package of double fold bias tape quilt binding
-sewing machine

A note on fabric selection. I used a relatively thick cotton jersey.  This would probably also work well with terry cloth!  Whatever fabric you chose, make sure it can get wet!  Wash and dry your fabric beforehand.
Also, since you need only a yard of fabric, check the remnants section of your fabric store.  You might be able to find just the right amount of fabric and get a great deal!  I found this white fabric in the remnants section at my local fabric store and chose a deep teal binding for a nautical feel.

Step 2: Open and Cut and Pin Binding

Open the package of blanket binding, find the enter and cut it in half.  These two pieces will border the two front edges of the wrap and make the loops to put your arms through.
Pin the binding along the two selvedge edges of the fabric, making sure to push the edge of the fabric all the way into the crease so it is sandwiched in the binding.
When you get to the end of the edge, to make the arm loop, leave a loop of binding unattached over about 6 inches of fabric, then reconnect the binding and pin securely.  To make sure both arm loops are even, fold the fabric in half and use the loop you already pinned down as a guide for making the other one.
Pin binding down securely each edge of the fabric.

Step 3: Sew

Starting at one bottom edge, sew the binding the fabric, taking out pins as you go.  When you get to the arm loops, continue sewing the binding together so it doesn't flop open.
I sewed each side three different times, but this is completely overkill and you really only need to sew them once, I just like the look of the three lines of stitches.

Step 4: Wear It!

To wear this cover up, start with it behind you, cross one side over and put your arm through the loop, then do the same with the other side.  Super easy!

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    29 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable, though not my kind of thing. Perhaps a bit more advice about sizing? Not all of us are petite.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    You can clearly see that the young lady is not "petitie" as you say. She is a normal sized young lady. My guess would be buy more fabric.Stitch the pieces together where the sides of the body would be, and "WALLA'" It would fit.

    Of course this cane by made in any size, just start off with a piece of fabric that comfortably wraps around and covers everything you want covered!


    3 years ago

    This is super!


    4 years ago

    looks great..first i thought it was a sari


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder if you made the quilt binding go all the way around & then put elastiic between where you stopped the arm straps in this one if it would be more dress like & reversable for when you want a different look? (with or without a belt!)

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    I think it would be great to make some for my little girls too!


    5 years ago on Step 4

    Your background setting is amazing! The waterfalls are b e a utiful!

    Most fabric comes in widths of 44 inches and up. This fabric was 56 inches wide, I believe. It is a yard from top to bottom and 56 inches across when laid flat. Does that make sense? I will edit this guide to clarify this.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I saw in a book some directions about this and copied it down. I'm so glad you did the instructable, because this is much simpler!