A day at the beach should be a no-frills kind of activity, so why go the lengths to spend extra money on a fancy beach cover-up when you can make your own? Go ahead and scour your closet and drawers for an old tee or get a hold of some basic fabric and you’re more than halfway to your very own unique beach garb!
This one’s super easy to make and only requires one large rectangle of fabric (that should be the length of your wingspan and the width of your collar bone to mid-thigh) with two straps sewed onto the top corners. If you’re not sew-savvy, no problem: fabric glue works just as well. First, take your rectangle of fabric and make two small triangle cuts at the top corners for “arm holes”. For the straps, cut two strips off of the ends of your fabric of choice and cut them to size (depending on how low or how high you want your cover-up to hang). Once you’re done, make a loop at the top corners of the fabric rectangle and either sew or glue each end of the strap onto the fabric. The picture above explains how to sport the finished product perfectly: all you need to do is hold the fabric behind you and bring each strap to the opposite arm and slide your arms through the straps.
My fabulous friend Alison shows us just how easy it is to make this cover up using her choice of grey jersey fabric:
Another easy cover-up is this fringe tank dress:
Either use an existing tank dress or purchase an inexpensive one like this from H&M. To achieve the dip-dyed look, it’s easiest to purchase a tank that is already a bold color and to dip the bottom of the tank dress into a bucket of 2 parts water and 1 part bleach. Let the dress dry over night, and the next day you can begin the fringe process. All you need for this is a pair of fabric scissors and your ingenuity. Start anywhere you’d like on the bottom of the dress and make a cut about 1/4 of the way up the dress. Go over about 1/2 inch and make the same length cut. Continue doing this all the way around the bottom of the dress. When you’re done, pull on each “fringe” so that the fabric begins to curl in. Even if your cuts were a bit jagged, the curling process (and putting it in the washing machine) will help hide any imperfect cuts, because who’s really perfect anyway?
Lastly, check out this awesome, no-sew halter cover-up:
Similar to the first DIY cover-up, choose a rectangle of fabric, but instead of creating straps, twist each top corner, criss-cross around your neck, and tie the ends together for a haltered effect. The brighter and bolder the fabric, the better!