It’s not too early to start planning your summer and what you’re going to wear to the beach or pool. Making swimwear is easier than you might think and fun to sew because you can customize the look and get a perfect fit. Plus, it can be a lot cheaper than buying a store bought suit. Whether you’re sewing for yourself or for the kids, here’s a list of super fun swimwear project that have you covered.

What are you waiting for? Let’s jump in!

DIY Gathered Bikini Top

How To Make A Gathered Bikini Top
Tutorial available from One Avian Daemon

This number is so simple to make that all you need is a pencil, paper, some fabric and padding and you’re ready to go. If you’re interested in making the matching bottoms, the tutorial is here.

DIY One-Piece Vintage-Style Suit

How To Make A One-Piece Swimming Suit
Tutorial available from One Avian Daemon

Once you’ve made the two piece, or if you want to head straight to the one piece, you can easily adapt the pattern for the bikini bottoms to make them into a one piece. Love the vintage glam look!

DIY Girls Swimsuit

How To Make A Girls Swimsuit
Tutorial available from Pretty Prudent

If this is your first time sewing swimwear, it might be a good idea to start small. Here’s a tutorial on how to sew an adorable one piece for girls, start to finish.

DIY Boys Swim Briefs

How To Make Swimming Briefs For Boys
Tutorial available from Pretty Prudent

Let’s not forget the boys. Another great starter project, this suit fits those under three and over diapers. There’s a free printable pattern too!

DIY Swimsuit Coverup

DIY Swimsuit Coverup
Tutorial available from Freckles In April

Now that you’ve picked out your swimming suit project, you’ll need a cover up. Great news! Here’s one that’s upcycled from two shirts and takes under an hour to make. Thrifty, fast, and fun!

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