DIY Swimsuit from Leggings


Summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to break out the swimsuits! If you're looking for a new suit but don't want to spend a lot of money, we have the perfect solution: DIY swimsuits! This blog post will show you how to make a swimsuit from leggings. It's easy, and best of all, it will save you a lot of money. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!


 Radiant Body Orange- Blue

Radiant Body Orange- Blue


Step 1: Gather Materials

The first step is to gather all of your materials for this project. There are only a few items you will need, and chances are you already have them in your home. For this project, you will need:

  • A pair of leggings
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Washable marker sewing clips
  • A sewing machine

Step 2: Measure and Cut Leggings

The next step is to measure and cut the leggings. You will want to measure from the waistband down to where you want the leg openings to be. Once you have your measurements, use scissors to cut the leggings.

You need to be very careful when cutting the leggings, as you don't want to make them too small. If you're not sure about your measurements, it's better to err on the side of caution and make the leg openings a little bit larger.

Step 3: Tuck and sew the pant legs

Now it's time to tuck and stitch! Start by folding over the top of the leggings about 1/2 inch. Once you have done this, use a sewing machine to stitch the leggings shut.

The next step is to do the same thing with the bottom of the leggings. However, you will want to fold over the fabric about 1 inch. This will create a casing for the elastic.

Step 4: Cut the folded edges straight

Once you have stitched the leggings, you will want to cut the edges straight and overlap. The best way to do this is using a rotary cutter. This is an important step because it will help ensure that the swimsuit looks professional.

Step 5: Measure and sew the center seam

Now it's time to measure and sew the center seam. This is a very important step, so you will want to take your time and ensure that you do it correctly.

Start by measuring the distance from the top of the leggings to the bottom. Once you have your measurement, use a sewing machine to sew the center seam.

Step 6: Sew the side seams

The next step is to sew the side seams of the leggings. Start by sewing the inseam of each leg first. Then, sew the outer seam of each leg. When you're finished, the leggings should look like pants.

Step 7: Attach the bottom and top of the DIY swimsuit

After you have sewn the side seams, it's time to attach the bottom and top of the swimsuit. To do this, you will need to use a sewing machine.

Start by sewing the entire bottom edge of the leggings to the top of the swimsuit. Then, sew the panel layers of the leggings to the sides of the swimsuit.

Step 8: Cut the tie straps

From the excess fabric, clip straps cut two strips about 2 inches wide and 18 inches long. These will be the tie straps for your swimsuit. This is an optional step, but it will give you more support. You will get zero waste swimsuit design out of this process.

Step 9: Mark where the straps will go

Now it's time to mark where the straps will go. It depends upon the size of your leggings. You will want to put a mark on each side of the leggings, about 4 inches from the top. You don't need to waste swimsuit design features like this. It'll be helpful in the long run.

Step 10: Sew the straps in place

Once you have marked where the straps will go, it's time to how tight you want the straps to be. Once you have your marks, use a sewing machine to place halter straps. Sew Bottom Seam Stuff all of the straps between the two panels and place a clip about 2 inches from the entire edge of the bottom. You need to be very careful when sewing the straps flip, as you don't want to make them too tight.

Step 11: Try on your new swimsuit!

Now that you have finished sewing the straps, it's time to try on your new swimsuit! Ensure that the bathing suit fits well and that the straps are not too tight. If everything looks good, you're finished! Congratulations on creating your DIY swimsuit.

There you have it! Just a simple tutorial on how to make a DIY swimsuit from leggings. This is a great project for those just starting to learn how to sew. It's also a quick and easy project that can be completed in an afternoon. So grab a pair of leggings and get started!

Tips for Making the Perfect DIY Swimsuit


 Miracle Mile Short

Miracle Mile Short


Here you go a few tips to help you make the perfect DIY swimsuit:

Choose the right fabric.

The best fabric for a swimsuit is Lycra or spandex. These fabrics are stretchy and will hold their shape well.

Get your stretch type straight.

There are two types of stretch fabric: 2-way and 4-way stretch. The difference is that 4-way stretch fabric can stretch in both directions, while 2-way stretch fabric can only stretch one way.

For this project, you will want to use 4-way stretch fabric. This will allow your swimsuit to stretch in both directions, even rectangular shape, which is important for a good fit.

Use ballpoint pins and stretch needles.

When sewing stretch fabric, it's important to use the right pins and needles. Ballpoint pins and stretch needles are designed for use with stretch fabric and will help prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape.

Use polyester thread


 Rocky Top in Wine Leopard

 Rocky Top in Wine Leopard


A polyester thread is a type of thread designed for use with stretch fabric. It is strong and will not break easily.

Don't forget the lining!

If you want your swimsuit to be extra durable, don't forget to add a lining. This will help prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape.

Making a swimsuit from leggings is a quick and easy project that anyone can do. With these tips, you'll make a swimsuit that fits great and looks great too!


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With love, the Ishine team.