Easy T-shirt Bathing Suit Cover Up DIY

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Inspired by this cute ruched jersey coverup from Victoria’s Secret, I grabbed one of my husband’s old white v-neck t-shirts, a pair of scissors, and started cutting. It’s simple and cute and a great upcycle DIY… who knew an old oversized men’s t-shirt could be so sexy?

What You’ll Need…

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*notes: if you want to make it look like the VS one pictured above, you can fold over the edges under the arms and stitch a simple tube all the way around. Stitching a ribbon or rope at the top of each side & pushing it through. Cut a hole at the bottom of the tube to push ribbon/rope out of, cinch and tie in a bow. Simple enough.
* If you want it to cover more in the front and sides, make your initial mark further up the neck line and make your side cut shorter as well.

This DIY took between 5-10 minutes …ridiculously easy!

And… Voila!

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Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com 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.


  • Elle Sees

    June 1, 2010 |


  • Closet Fashionista

    June 1, 2010 |

    Oh wow I’ll definitely have to try this one!!! Great!

  • Anonymous

    June 1, 2010 |

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag und alles, alles Liebe und unendliche viele Ideen und Inspiration…
    lass dich feiern…
    incredibly amazing blog

  • anhesty

    June 1, 2010 |

    lovess it! i think i will def do this when i get home today. i am def using old tee’s with even print on them that my hubby has.

  • Mithy Smitten

    June 1, 2010 |

    Ahhh! So cute. This will be my weekend project!

    Thank you!s

  • The Stalling

    June 1, 2010 |

    this is so cool & simple!
    definetly going to try this out!

  • Iva

    June 1, 2010 |


    Happy Birthday TO YOU!! Happy Birthday to YOU!! Happy Birthday dearest MAAAAEGAN!!!!! Happy Birthday to you!!!!

  • esther

    June 1, 2010 |

    happy birthday maegan!

  • Katie

    June 1, 2010 |

    Love it! Looks great 🙂

  • Frances

    June 1, 2010 |

    What a great DIY!

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day.

  • Tugba

    June 1, 2010 |
  • Alba

    June 1, 2010 |

    Wow! this is awesome, you are an artist

  • Ife'

    June 1, 2010 |

    Fabulous!!! I’m definitely going to try this. Looks super easy.

    I actually kinda like your DIY version better than the VS one. I don’t like stuff with ties. I know, weird…

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!


  • JKreids

    June 1, 2010 |

    1st of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet woman!!!

    That DIY looks like a good one. My bf only wears white t-shirts at home and I bet I can steal one… Most are covered in mascara stains and foundation smudges anyway from my careless hugs. He should be happy to part with those, right?

  • Solcito

    June 1, 2010 |


  • Gwen

    June 1, 2010 |

    Too fun!!! This one would be great for me. I think I’m making a trip to get a t-shirt this week. 🙂



  • DailyDivaDish

    June 1, 2010 |

    Simple and beautiful. Love it!
    XO Piper

  • Niki Asimakidis

    June 1, 2010 |

    clever, but I don’t think I would wear it 😛

  • Sugar + Spice (Azúcar and Especia)

    June 1, 2010 |

    Happy Bday! I love your D_I_Y’s!

    Can u tell me where u got those FAB shoes from?

    Thanks~ Smooches~

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    June 1, 2010 |

    Love it! Happy Birthday!

  • Asdis Lilja

    June 1, 2010 |

    That diy cover up is a really good idea … Happy Birthday!!!! 😀 I hope your day is filled with happiness!

  • Le garçon avec les lunettes

    June 1, 2010 |

    you are an artist!!! fantastic!!!

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses

    June 1, 2010 |

    I want to try this! Happy Birthday!


  • The Beauty In Me

    June 1, 2010 |

    I can’t wait to try this DIY

  • Amber

    June 1, 2010 |

    Happy Birthday my fellow June Gemini!! the DIY ia Hot!

  • drollgirl

    June 1, 2010 |

    so cute!

    and you look so fab!


  • Anonymous

    June 1, 2010 |

    You look like a model in the first “wearing it” photo! Happy B-day btw, hope you have a great day 🙂

  • BrooklynBlonde

    June 1, 2010 |

    so amazing! You and the outcome!


  • Brooke

    June 1, 2010 |


    Second: You have the best DIY’s. It’s not even close 🙂

  • A.Co

    June 2, 2010 |


    Happy Birthday!!!!

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

  • Tara Gibson

    June 2, 2010 |

    LOVE this and
    happy birthday you fabulous lady!

  • Kristina

    June 2, 2010 |

    Wow, is it your birthday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl! Hope you’re having a great one with friends and loved ones!

    Pretty Shiny Sparkly

  • Meg Fee

    June 2, 2010 |

    too cute! i absolutely adore it–and you look gorgeous as ever!

  • Sara

    June 2, 2010 |

    So oversized tee shirts are now definitely on my list of things to look out for when thrifting…great DIY (and I love your hat)!

  • cbellstyling

    June 2, 2010 |

    I love your DIY’s! You inspired me to start my own fashion blog. Thank you for all your inspiration!


    Carolyn <3

  • Holly

    June 2, 2010 |

    happy birthday!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa Petrarca

    June 2, 2010 |

    ~**>HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAEGAN<**~ Another super cute DIY, just in time for summer. I hope your enjoying your day & your time off of work…that’s the best present ever!LOL!

  • Anonymous

    June 2, 2010 |


  • stacy

    June 2, 2010 |

    happy happy maegan!

  • Yaiza

    June 2, 2010 |

    Happy birthday from Spain, Maegan!

    A bunch of kisses for you!

  • Amanda

    June 2, 2010 |

    Happy Birthday, one-day-late!!

  • Krystal

    June 2, 2010 |

    this is awesome! i need to try it!

  • Tina

    June 2, 2010 |

    Happy Birthday! I like your version better!!!

  • Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    June 2, 2010 |

    Wow, what a great DIY!! So easyand looks so cool and is so practical too! Thanks for the awesome idea, I might just use it if I find that huge gifted oversized white tee I’ve had folded somewhere for a few years now lol So yeah, thanks!!!

    Come stop by to take part in the THANK YOU TOO! Contest

    P.S. It’s your bday? HAPPY BIRTHDAY then! 🙂

  • bananas.

    June 2, 2010 |

    Love it! You look great! And and…

    HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!!

  • Emily

    June 2, 2010 |

    Love this DIY!

    Hope you had a very Happy Birthday!

    June 1st is my oldest boy’s birthday, too!

  • Kris

    June 2, 2010 |

    That hat makes it!

  • IP Lawyers Melbourne

    June 3, 2010 |

    Oh my god you are fashion god…brilliant idea. I will try for sure

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    June 3, 2010 |

    That is so cute Maegan. You’re a genius. I’ll be linking. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  • María Silvia

    June 3, 2010 |

    Happy late bday!!! Hope you had a great day!

  • Down and Out Chic

    June 3, 2010 |

    so smart and so easy.
    i know i’m late, but happy belated birthday!!!!

  • Beatriz

    June 9, 2010 |

    ii lovee your ideass!! I will try this one

  • Kim Chase

    July 2, 2013 |

    Love the tutorial! I posted a link on my blog, lifesjourneytoperfection.blogspot.com.

  • Alienor Esthetique

    December 4, 2015 |

    OMG! That is a brilliant idea! Now I don’t have to spend a ton of money on one. I just steal my husbands favorite t-shirt!

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