Whether you want to add extra coverage or flair to your swimwear, or maybe a bit of both, these DIY swimsuit cover-ups are just what you need! No matter what type of crafting you do, you can find a tutorial to make for your next trip to the beach or pool.
Some of these styles take a little planning, but others come together in minutes. Love the look of one of these cover-ups, but don't know the technique? This could be the perfect time to learn something new for the summer!
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Crochet a Beachy Dress
Perfect for a pool party, the Del Mar Beach Dress slips on over a swimsuit while still looking dressed up. This intermediate pattern features a racer back and a touch of sparkle in the suggested yarn. Plus, it's written in both US and UK crochet terms.
Del Mar Beach Dress Crochet Pattern from Love Crafts
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Protect yourself from the sun with this DIY rash guard! This tutorial is a great way to add some coverage to your favorite two-piece swimsuit. Choose a UPF sun protectant fabric that matches your suit and stay safe and fashion-conscious!
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Caftans are having a moment again, and why not? They're breezy for hot summer days and so easy to throw on over your swimwear when it's time to leave the pool. This gorgeous no-pattern, 4-seam design from Troy at Thriftanista in the City includes some almost-hidden sewing that adds a bit of fit and prevents it from looking like a tent.
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Make this adorable cover-up cardigan vest with a simple lace pattern that's easy to learn and knit mindlessly. The free pattern features a tie front and loose hood that is a nice detail. Plus, the design comes in seven sizes, so almost everyone can make an Opportune Cardigan!Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Shwin & Shwin shows you how to make this simple cover-up in any size, from kids to grown ups. All you need to do is take a few measurements, cut simple shapes, and sew. A casing at the waist lets you gather and tie the front closed, and lightweight fabric keeps you cool and dry!
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For when you want a cover-up that's also a dress you can wear all summer, check out this tutorial from Polka Dot Chair. She starts with a T-shirt dress design that's self-drafted (and easy to make in any size), skips the sleeves, and adds a drawstring. Simple and cute!
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If sewing isn't your thing, Tulip shows you how to transform a tie-dyed T-shirt into a cute cover-up. With a few cuts and a bit of fusible tape, you have a cute project that would even be fun to wear as a top or festival dress!
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Cute fabric is on display when you make this circular, poncho-like cover-up. Laura at A Beautiful Mess shows you how to draft the large circle pattern and add fringe for a playful poolside style.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Wear this crocheted wrap to the beach, then add it to your favorite dress for an evening out. The lacy pattern and fringed edge are easy details that make this a fun and special piece. And with chunky T-shirt yarn, it's a quick project that you'll love!
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Grab your hook and crochet this easy and stylish swim cover. As designer Megan Shaimes says, it's basically a giant rectangle with a hole in the middle. But with a combination of basic crochet stitches and a few puff stitches, there's nothing simple about the look!
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Tiny pom poms make anything better, and that's certainly true of this sweet elastic-waist cover-up. Ashely from Make It & Love It made the gauze tunic for her daughter, but she tells you how to measure it for any size. That means you can have a pom pom cover-up too!
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Knit and purl a cozy cover-up with this free pattern from Patons yarn. The suggested yarn, which varies in weight through the skein, is no longer available, but it's worth making a few gauge swatches to work out a substitute yarn. If you don't plan on getting this too wet, you could even swap in some 100% cotton!Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Mood Fabrics, known for their frequent appearance on Project Runway, has more than just a store filled with amazing fabrics. They also have a blog that's filled with sewing projects for you to try! This easy swim cover-up doesn't require a pattern, and you can even wear it as a poncho with a pair of jeans and sandals.
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Want to wear your favorite treat but can't find the right fabric? Studio DIY shows you how to make your own drapey caftan and paint it with a fun donut print! While you're there, be sure to look for the matching donut hat. Now all you need is a donut pool float!
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Stay comfortably covered in this nearly no-sew cover-up. While it technically has a tiny bit of sewing, it's only a couple simple hand stitches to attach the straps. And if you aren't quite ready for that, a few drops of fabric glue will do the trick. You'll be headed to the water in no time!Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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All the rest of the cover-ups in this list have free patterns and tutorials, but this last one is too good to leave off, even though it does have a small cost. The Sandbar Cardi is a long, crocheted duster with elbow-length sleeves. With minimal pieces and seaming, it isn't difficult to make but looks fantastic. Plus, you can wear it over a swimsuit or with your favorite jeans!