Over the past few weeks, I’ve been so excited to make some awesome new swimsuits from scratch with the Wrap Bikini Top Tutorial HERE and the Bandeau Bikini Top HERE. But what if you don’t want to make your own swimwear from scratch? What if you only have a few minutes before leaving on your next trip and you’re just not excited with what’s in your swimsuit drawer? Well, today’s DIY is going to be the perfect swimsuit refashion then!
Lately, embellished, embroidered bikini tops are everywhere. I love the added texture and detail. (Plus, the way they camouflage a cold nipple when you’re drying off!) But embroidering our own swimsuit would be a pretty hefty project that we just don’t have time for today. That’s where sew-on embellishments come in. You can fake the look of embroidery with a sew on embellishment strip (and save yourself loads and loads of time!)
Bikini Refashion Supplies:
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- Red Embroidered Sew On Embellishment (similiar)
- An Old Bikini Top
- Sewing Pins
- Fabric Scissors (These ones are ON SALE!)
- Basic Sewing Machine
Swimsuit Refashion Steps:
I got a full yard of each embellishment I liked so I’d have plenty to work with. There’s nothing worse than being an inch short when you’ve finally sat down to make something! Play with placement until you’ve found a design or layout you like and start pinning your embellishment into place.
Tip: Leave about 1″ extra on your embellishments so you have plenty of room for trial and error while you’re sewing. You can always trim off the excess later but coming up short is annoying!
Keep playing around with your embellishments until you’ve found a design you like. When you’ve settled on something, it’s time to sew it into place. Don’t stress about removing your bikini top lining if it has one. Sewing the embellishment into place will actually keep the inside foam liner from folding in the wash. It’s a win win!
Use a wide straight stitch on your machine to secure it in place.
Be sure all of your sewing pins are removed before you try it on. Ta da! You are done! Now you have a custom, personalized, and truly unique swimsuit for whatever summer has to bring!
I love how quick and easy this little swimsuit refashion is! Plus, you can mix and match embellishments and create completely new looks with just a few bucks and a few minutes of time. If you liked the post, please share it with your friends!
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