Refashion Old Bikini Bottoms DIY

adding ties to bikini bottoms

I love my old tie bottoms {see below} …have had & worn them every summer since 2003 and it’s time to retire them. I bought a new pair sans ties at Victoria’s Secret {on sale for $11 now!} ….which reminded me of a bikini I had in the 80’s. The front and back are moveable.

As a rule, I buy bikini bottoms a size smaller because less material on the behind actually is more flattering {makes MY butt look smaller anyway}. However, that’s in string bikinis that I can resize by tying them differently … and considering this one is not a string and I bought a small instead of a medium, the sides “squeeze” me a bit more than I’d like them to. My solution: add ties = now it’s adjustable!

I wanted it to be a bit unique so I did it to one side only. I love the turnout. Though I would have liked one solid & larger tie than two per each side = 4. But it was EA-Sy! If you don’t have an old bathing suit you want to cut up for the material, you can easily grab a yard of bathing suit fabric at your local fabric store {which would make a BIG bow or tie on the side that will make a bigger statement}. You could also just remove the entire thing and add a new piece of different color or printed fabric and you have a whole new pair of bottoms!


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* Click here for – how to add ruffles to your bikini top DIY and you have a full refashioned, recycled & totally one-of-a-kind bikini for summer.

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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.



    June 29, 2010 |

    Good Girl. More fringe for the money.


  • Vee

    June 29, 2010 |

    Not to sound creepy, but hot damn you’re body is smoking! But you know that…

    …and the DIY’s are awesome and maybe someday I’ll be patient enough to try one. Whatever project I take on might end up looking like something fished out of a pond, but whatever, I’m going to try it.

  • Dip-tea

    June 29, 2010 |

    You are marvelous!

  • Addict

    June 29, 2010 |

    Ah perfect paired with the bikini top ruffle DIY! LOVE this!!

  • kirstyb

    June 29, 2010 |

    great DIY xxx

  • Patricia

    June 29, 2010 |

    great job!! I love the ruffles bikini diy too!

  • Keedah @Diary of a Style Addict

    June 29, 2010 |

    This is perfect timing. I *ahem* “outgrew” by bathing suit top and bought a new one but the bottoms are kinda boring.

  • Lisa Petrarca

    June 29, 2010 |

    I like it! since I don’t sew AT ALL, I’m shipping mine off to you right away, you should have it to work on by tomorrow!LOL!

    You are definitely bikini ready…you look great!!

  • daer0n

    June 29, 2010 |

    I’d totally do that! ..if I could only wear a bikini lol. That wouldn’t happen even remotely, even if they threatened to kill me.

    It looks great! 🙂

  • Down and Out Chic

    June 29, 2010 |

    your resourcefulness amazes me!

  • drollgirl

    June 29, 2010 |

    i am an expert at de-sexifying things! BAH! just kidding. you look fab, and you are a wonder with the diys!!!!

  • Sewicked

    June 29, 2010 |

    Massively cute and great solution.

  • MizzJ

    June 30, 2010 |

    Like the previous commenter, not to be creepy but you do have an amazing midsection! Your diy turned out great as well, definitely something beyond me haha

  • Style Porn

    June 30, 2010 |

    Hey, you can’t take the sex out of a nice ass. Just revel in it.

    Getting too-small bikini bottoms is a fantastic idea. I personally agree that the more fabric you have on your butt, the more butt it looks like you have (and not in a good way).

  • Miss Caitlin S.

    June 30, 2010 |

    Like you could de-sexify yourself.. shoooot 🙂 Cute, cute!!! They look adorable!

  • Clazzerati

    June 30, 2010 |

    Hey Maegan, i’ve been following your blog for a while now and absolutely love it – your DIYs are just brill! I actually finally got round to making your chain tassel necklace the other day – i’ve posted the results on my blog if you want to take a look. Thanks again, you rock!


  • Viv

    June 30, 2010 |

    that’s an awesome diy, wish i was so talented and not screw it up haha

  • Jill

    June 30, 2010 |

    I used to have a bikini like this…it always felt like I was wearing a diaper that kept shrinking. Love how you’ve remade it. Much more practical!

  • Corrine/Frock And Roll

    July 7, 2010 |

    What a clever DIY! It’s times like these (in fact, there are many) when I *really* wish that I could sew!

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    August 3, 2010 |

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