Add Ruffles to your Bathing Suit DIY

ruffled bikini top+diy

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may notice this DIY from last year but since my readership has more than doubled since then and the economy is as such, I thought it was still relevant and I’d share it again just in time for Summer with a few updates.

This DIY will work for a one piece or bandeaux top as well as around the top of your bikini bottoms or top/leg sides of your one-piece …& don’t just stick to black, use your outdated colors & patterns and mix n match …super cute!









Notes: You can use a machine or hand stitch the ruffles on …make sure to stitch along seam of the bathing suit so you can remove the ruffles if you want to at a later date …don’t stitch on top of the gather stitch or you won’t be able to create the ruffle & remove that stitch …trim any area you don’t like …this material will not fray.



This is easier than you think! …Have Fun!

{Miracle Bra bikini top from Victoria’s Secret}



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Andi

    May 11, 2010 |

    You are so amazing! You have hands-down, the BEST, DIYs. Love it.

  • ashlina {the decorista}

    May 11, 2010 |

    OMG. i think now you have convinced me…you are a GENIUS! what i would give to wear that to the hotel pools around here!
    ill take one in every color.
    i vote for you starting a line of suits like that…i will be your promo girl in LA. have i stressed enough how much i love this???

    awesome job!

  • Frances

    May 11, 2010 |

    Love the DIY!!What a great idea.

  • Some Style...

    May 11, 2010 |

    that looks wonderful! prefer it on a bathing suit for me, hehe! 😉
    thanks for sharing, wish i could saw as super as great!


    May 11, 2010 |

    HOLY CRAP! I would never have the guts to do this myself but it looks great!!

  • J-Diggety

    May 11, 2010 |

    Funny, I was just window-shopping online for bikinis, saw ones with ruffles that I liked, and thought of this DIY from last summer, and thought I should find it… thanks for reposting! 🙂
    xoxo J

  • Christine

    May 11, 2010 |

    Looks great! Where is the black bikini from?


    May 11, 2010 |

    As a tiny, tiny girl I am always looking for ruffle tops. It never occurred to me to try it myself…duh! Thanks so much Maegan. I’ll be linking.

  • gina

    May 11, 2010 |

    I love all your diy instructions! What a great idea, adding your own ruffles to a bikini. Looks to easy too!

  • Ink Obsession Designs

    May 11, 2010 |

    OMG…that looks amazing!!!

  • sharonlei

    May 11, 2010 |

    Super sweet DIY.. you are so awesome at DIY-ing Maegan! We need to meet up and having a DIYing partaaaay! 🙂

    xx Love & Aloha

    *Swing by my blog to enter The Pagestoppers Giveaway!

  • Anonymous

    May 11, 2010 |

    I love it!

  • The Socialite

    May 11, 2010 |

    You know my clothes would be ubber boring with out you!

    Thank you fashion-DIY-guru! haha 😉

  • Rock'n Roll Ballerina

    May 11, 2010 |

    Thanks for shareing! Your DIY’s are the very best! 😉

  • Brooke

    May 11, 2010 |

    Love it. I’m definitely going to have to try this. I have so many swim suits that are outdated/boring. This will be fun!

  • Lisa Petrarca

    May 11, 2010 |

    Great idea…I don’t really sew but I’m great at making necessary bathing suit alterations. I would add ties on the sides for more color. Before my boob job I cut slits in the lining to add my little push up pads…I think the ruffles also give it that extra wow factor!

  • drollgirl

    May 11, 2010 |

    it looks fab! girl, you’ve got talent! and you are practical. and you look fab. THE WINNING PACKAGE!

    p.s. you are funny, too. and you can sing. oh, i could go on and on. 🙂

  • Hardcore Makeup Junkie

    May 11, 2010 |

    I am a new follower and OMG, I’m so glad I found you!!! This made my day! I love DIY projects…can’t wait to try this!

    Thanks 🙂


  • Caroline, No.

    May 11, 2010 |

    You’re a f*cking genius, you know?! I have big boobages so being able to customise a plain basic suit like this will make a real difference.


  • Tigerlily

    May 11, 2010 |

    Thanks so much for the DIYs! I love them. I’m just getting back into sewing and am loving creating my own pieces. Your creativity helps to keep me going!

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    May 11, 2010 |

    OMG, Love it!

  • 1 Funky Woman

    May 11, 2010 |

    Just so you know, my husband was reading over my shoulder and loved this too!


    May 12, 2010 |
  • Andee Layne

    May 12, 2010 |

    oh my i love the ruffles! Thats amazing!

  • Beny

    May 12, 2010 |

    The ruffles shown in the pics are good.In black color ,it really looks good.

  • Chrissy

    May 12, 2010 |

    Great idea! I love your DIY projects.

  • Foxy

    May 12, 2010 |

    I had already read it from your past DIY post, but I have to say, YOU ARE A GENIUS!!
    I love your DIYs.

  • Kris

    May 12, 2010 |

    Damn girl, work out much?! Very cute. Makes the suit very stylish. ;o)

  • cristina blake

    July 11, 2010 |

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  • cristina blake

    July 11, 2010 |

    Great idea! Very creative! Just like the handmade bags I found on The site features recycle bags made out of candy wrappers, magazines, and juice pouches. Check it out!

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