How to Make a Bath Towel Swimsuit Coverup

How to Make a Bath Towel Swimsuit Coverup
A whole bath towel is easily turned into a simple swimsuit coverup with some basic measuring and sewing techniques. Use a sleeveless top as a pattern to trace the arm and necklines, then simply sew the seams and hems. It is possible to hand sew the coverup but a sewing machine makes the job much quicker and easier. The length of the coverup is entirely customizable.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Making the Coverup

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bath towel Sleeveless top (on the larger side) Tailors' chalk Pins Measuring tape Scissors Sewing machine Thread
  • Bath towel
  • Sleeveless top (on the larger side)
  • Tailors' chalk
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
Step 1
Fold the width of the bath towel in half with the right sides together and smooth it out on a flat surface. Make sure all the sides of the towel are matched up evenly. You should have a long narrow rectangular.
Step 2
Place the sleeveless top you are using as a pattern on top of the folded towel. Match the top edges of the straps with the width fold of the towel and make sure the top is centered.
Step 3
Use the tailors' chalk to trace around the neck line and the underarm sections of the top, remove the top, then draw a straight chalk line from the lower point of the underarm to the adjacent lower corner of the towel at each side. The chalk outline should resemble a basic A-line skirt with a vest-like neckline and straps.
Step 4
Cut through both layers of the towel 1 inch outside the chalk lines.
Step 5
Sew along the two side seams from the bottom edge up to the underarm points, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Step 6
Fold the underarm and neck hems towards the wrong side by 1/2 inch then another 1/2 inch. Pin and sew the hems. Turn the coverup right sides out.
Step 7
Try the coverup on and asses the length. If you want to shorten it, trim the original hem from the towel, double fold a hem at your desired length, then stitch in place.

Tips & Warnings

 
For an alternative to the double-fold hems around the underarms and neckline, trim the raw edges with bias binding. Use binding in a contrasting color to the towel for a different look. If the coverup is too wide, sew the side seams again an inch or two inside the original side seams, then trim the excess. Stretch French terry fabric makes a more lightweight alternative to a regular bath towel.
 
For an alternative to the double-fold hems around the underarms and neckline, trim the raw edges with bias binding. Use binding in a contrasting color to the towel for a different look.
 
If the coverup is too wide, sew the side seams again an inch or two inside the original side seams, then trim the excess.
 
Stretch French terry fabric makes a more lightweight alternative to a regular bath towel.

Article Written By J.C. Lewis

J.C. Lewis is the editor and co-owner of a weekly newspaper, as well as a staffer and regular contributor to a group of three newspapers in Los Angeles, Calif. Her writing has appeared on USAToday.com, Hotels.com and various other websites. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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