No-Sew DIY: Turn a Scarf into a Swimsuit Coverup in 2 Steps

I created this No-Sew DIY: How to Turn a Scarf into a Vest in 2 Easy Steps late last Summer but since it would really make the best swimsuit coverup for a Summer day on the beach or lake, I thought it may be nice to feature it here for a little refresher. It’s such an easy DIY and so cute to boot, and a great way to extend your wardrobe and wear your lighter/longer scarves into the Summer months.

  • DIY Scarf Vest or Coverup 1 of 9

    This is a brilliant way to create a summer swimsuit coverup without spending a dime or even pulling out a needle and thread!


    * Find my original DIY Scarf Vest here

  • What You’ll Need 2 of 9

    Scarves OR simply, Fabric. {the scarf I used, the Nepali by TDM Design is available in 8 pretty colors}

    Specifications: look for the longest scarves in your closet. The pretty ombre scarf I'm using here is 77" long x 26" wide. The longer the scarf, the larger your arm openings will be. The width of your scarf determines how long it will be on your body, aka: where it will hit; waist, hips, thighs, etc. Mine is 26" wide and therefore, a fairly long vest. The fringe on the ends of your scarf creates a fun detail in the front of your vest.

  • Step One 3 of 9

    Fold your scarf or fabric in half lengthwise.

  • Step One -extended 4 of 9

    Now grab the top two corners of your folded scarf or fabric...

  • Step Two 5 of 9

    And tie them in a small knot with the least amount of fabric possible.

  • Voila! It’s a vest! 6 of 9

    Open your folded scarf and you should see two arm holes... now go ahead and slip your arms right through those! {the knot should hit at the back of your neck as shown in the first photo}

  • Now Wear it! 7 of 9

    I love using scarves with a little fringe because it really adds a fun detail to the front.

  • Makes a great coverup! 8 of 9

    The ombre effect is a pretty detail as well. No one will ever know it's a scarf! And the best part is it's free!  You can also use a sarong to create the same effect.

  • Makes a Great Vest 9 of 9

    I used a little over a yard of chiffon leopard print fabric to create a great layer over this fun safari inspired outfit.

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