Swimsuit Bottom Refashion (Tutorial)

Since we plan to spend pretty much the entire summer at the pool, I bought myself a black maternity tankini top (still waiting for my belly to be big enough to fit in to it though…), and, like I do with my regular swimsuits, plan to mix and match it with a bunch of patterned and colorful bikini bottoms.

When I was at Target a few weeks ago, I saw a whole bunch of adorable striped bikini bottoms, so I snagged a couple that were on sale. The only problem is that they have the open ties on the sides. And since I’m not really confident in my knot tying skills, and have no desire to literally lose my shorts at the waterpark, I did a quick alteration and sewed up the sides.

Super easy.

Here’s what they looked like before:

*I bought a size up from my normal size since I was taking in each side about an inch*

Step 1. Pull out the side ties…

 …and line up the two sides. Pin if you want (I didn’t).

Step 2. With a thread that won’t stand out too much (I used white), do a very close zigzag stitch, zigzagging on and off each side.

And that’s it! You’re done!

The stripes on mine didn’t match up, but when the swimsuit is on, it doesn’t bother me at all. 

If desired, sew the ties back on for a decorative bow on each side (I didn’t).

Happy Sewing!



  1. newpetite says:

    Interesting!! Target has some really interesting stuff. I love their sales rack.
    Im a little too shy to wear the bikini bottoms (funny coz no problem with tops!)

  2. Saskia says:

    I never understood why bikini bottoms so often come with ties. That's just a disaster waiting to happen.

  3. genius! and i totally agree with the comment above 🙂

  4. I don't know why I never thought of this. Genius.

  5. Emily says:

    What a great idea! I love these bottoms too, they are so cute. Congrats on the baby boy coming your way!!

  6. Great idea and nice for modesty too! Thanks for sharing – if only I had a sewing machine… 🙂

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