How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup

Learn how to sew a show-stopping swimsuit coverup with this free pattern and step-by-step sewing tutorial.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOANN. All opinions and text are my own.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

A trip to the beach isn’t complete without a statement piece! This carefree silhouette embellished with hot pink pom poms is perfect for a day on the beach paired with a wide-brimmed floppy sun hat. The brightly printed tropical parrots and deep pink florals add a touch of whimsy instantly elevating your poolside look. You’re sure to make a splash at your next visit to the beach or pool with this DIY kimono.

Layer it over your favorite skinny jeans with a pair of flirty high heels to make the perfect statement piece for an evening out on the town.

Wear it tied at the waist or let it flow for a carefree boho feel. It’s perfect for a sunshine filled day or a breezy evening.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

On my last trip to JOANN, I fell head over heels for this gorgeous tropical rayon fabric. It’s a lightweight fabric with just enough opacity for beachwear. It features brightly painted, stunning tropical flora and fauna.

Pairing it with this Strawberry Simplicity Ball Fringe Trim gives it a touch of playful whimsy.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy


How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup – Tutorial

Let’s get this beach party started!

Supplies Needed for your Swimsuit Coverup

Free Sewing Pattern

2 Yards of Fabric

Trim

Sewing Machine

Thread

Download the free swimsuit coverup pattern to get started and then come back here for step by step photo instructions.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Cut out all of the pattern pieces according to the pattern instructions and diagram.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
We will be using french seams to finish the inside of the beach coverup. Place the front and back pieces together with wrong sides facing each other. This might seem counterintuitive but it will result in a completely finished seam. Stich the shoulder seams together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

Press the seam allowance towards the back. Fold the shoulder seams together so that right sides are facing each other. This will create an enclosed seam. Stitch along the shoulder seam using a 3/8ths-inch seam allowance.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

Now it’s time to add the pom pom trim! Attach the trim along the edge of the coverup avoiding the sections that have been marked for the seams under the arms.

Attach the pom pom trim upside down along the edge of the fabric.

This is my favorite way to attach Pom Pom trim. It gives you a finished edge and it allows you to only sew the hem once.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Leave an opening in between the underarm seam markings. If you didn’t already transfer the markings from the pattern, do so now.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Sew along the raw edge of the fabric and trim with a wide zig-zag stitch. This will attach the trim to the fabric and keep the fabric from unraveling. Two birds with one stone, right? The far right of the zig-zag stitch should just barely catch the edge of the fabric and trim.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Attach the trim around the entire cover-up.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

Create the bias trim by folding the bias tape fabric piece in half and creating a crease with the iron. This will serve as a guide. Fold in the raw edges on each side to align with the crease.


How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red PoppyHow to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

Pin the binding to the neckline of the coverup by aligning the edge of the bias tape to the edge of the neckline with right sides together.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Sew along the crease of the bias tape leaving the first inch of the bias tape unsewn.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Stop one inch before reaching the end. Face the right sides of the bias tape towards each other and sew the short sides together.


How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red PoppyHow to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

Turn the bias tape down towards the wrong side of the fabric enclosing the raw edges. With a warm iron press it in place.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

Sew along the edge of the bias trim to secure it in place.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
Turn the coverup wrong side out. Align the markings together where the trim has been omitted. Fold the seam allowance over and sew the seam together with a 3/8ths-inch seam allowance.

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
There you have it! Now you’ve sewn an adorable beach coverup!

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy

How to Sew a Swimsuit Coverup, a tutorial and sewing pattern featured by top US sewing blogger, Sweet Red Poppy
You can find all of the supplies for this DIY Cover Up at your local JOANN!

Learn how to sew a Beach Coverup with this Free Sewing Pattern and Step by Step Sewing Tutorial.

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