Swimsuit cover ups offer not only a chance to take the bathing suit off the beach without being scandalously under-dressed, but they also add an extra splash of style. For the sewing inclined, these free swimsuit cover ups are not only easy to make, but also customizable. Whether you’re a glamour girl by the resort pool or a maker mama just looking for something to conceal you while you're chasing down a runaway toddler, these free bathing suit cover up patterns are quick and unique. Pair them with a swimsuit sewing pattern for a total DIY beach look
Palazzo pants are ideal for the ritzier beach hangout. Often made with flowy fabric, this swimwear cover up can keep the bottom half hidden while not swamping the legs in thick material. Essentially little more than wide-leg pajama pants, this garment's pattern is easy enough — though beginners may want to practice with a store-bought pattern or at least use a pair of PJs as a template.
Learn how to make your own palazzo pant swimwear cover up from A Pair and A Spare.
Crochet shorts are a popular trend this summer swimsuit season, and one that even beginners can pull off. We've gathered a few of our favorite free crochet shorts patterns to keep your tushy covered.
Check out our round-up of no-sew and even no-crochet shorts you can make today with this CraftFoxes post.
A halter neckline follows the traditional lines of most swimsuit straps, preventing the double-strap that can often occur with swimwear cover ups. The designer suggests this pattern needs only 20 minutes to complete (if done without hems). Also, the pattern can be worn reversed.
Head to Lavie DIY for this free swimwear cover-up pattern.
Braided straps adorn this jersey knit wrap cover up. When cut, knit fabric rolls and so eliminates the need for hemming — a definite time saver. Braid scrap fabric and then attach it to the cut wrap for a unique strap.
Get this free pattern for a swimsuit cover up from Teaspoon SF.
Maxi dresses offer a longer alternative to the traditionally skimpy swimwear cover ups. Even more, they’re suitable for an elegant dinner on the boardwalk. We’ve found 5 of our favorite maxi dress patterns to help find the best swimwear cover up for you.
Check out free maxi dress patterns at this CraftFoxes round-up.
A tank T-shirt is cut and knotted to create a unique macrame design. Great when paired with shorts or a wrap skirt, the design is easy and requires no sewing. Customize this look by adding this detailing to the hem of jersey knit skirt.
Learn how to make your own no-sew swimwear cover up from The Closet Freak.
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