Dear Diary,

When I back packed through Australia a couple months ago my suitcase contained over 80% swimsuits.  Practical, I know.  I mean come on; I didn’t want to get pictured in the same one twice. With that being said, I also didn’t want to rock last season’s bikinis…but I’m on a budget, so I had to give them a little love and extra umph!

I sewed sequins in a pattern on one, randomly placed buttons on another, and my favorite creation – FRINGED one!  Fringe, is fab and fun!  Whether it’s on an over the shoulder leather bag, the ankles of moccasins, on the side of chaps or shaking furiously on the set of Dancing With The Stars, fringe is hot.

The fringe changed the look of my out of date halter so much and it instantly became one of a kind!  If you don’t want to bust out the needle and thread you can get this look with an L*Space bikini (as seen below) for around $200.  I was able to get a similar look for under $5!


* Old swimsuit

* Fringe

* Scissors

* Needle & thread

  1. Take a bikini top; needle and matching colored thread, and a strip of fringe.
  2. Place the strip of fringe along the top of the bikini neckline starting just in front of the armpit (for strapless/bandeau tops) and where the halter strap runs into the thicker portion of the bikini.  Run it along the top seam pinning it in place.
  3. Cut the excess fringe off so that it mirrors the other side.
  4. Take your needle and thread (make sure to loop the thread all the way down before you knot it so it’s doubled up and stronger) and sew a “running stitch” (basic up, down motion going forward) along the pinned neckline.
  5. Knot your last stitch on the reverse side.

For those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles, you have plenty of time to get your summer bod and bikinis in check, but for those of you who also live in the sunshine state, GET ON IT! It’s 75 degrees and sunny all weekend :) And people wonder why I live here?!…duh.


Share with your friends
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook0Pin on Pinterest12.6k


  1. stephanie says:

    hi just curious, where can you buy fringe material at?

    • admin says:

      Most fabric stores carry fringe, just call ahead to make sure. I got mine in the garment district of downtown Los Angeles.

  2. Daniela says:

    hello! i wanted to thank you for this great read!! i am definitely enjoying every little bit of it i have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

  3. Brittney says:

    You, are a miracle!!!!! i fell in love with this fringe bikini a year ago, and after convincing myself i didn’t need it, i haven’t seen one like it since, and now i can make it myself!! Thank you!!!!!!!!

  4. charlotte says:

    hi does it matter what material the fringe is? as im finding it really hard to get fringing made out of swimsuit material.

    • admin says:

      Hi Charlotte! I actually used a tassel kind of fringe material and it worked just fine. I was worried how it would look once it was wet, but I haven’t had any issues :)

  5. Sara says:

    Can you make your own fringe from another bathing suit?

  6. I love it when folks get together and share views. Great blog, keep it up!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Perfect article! Thank you, I’ll need to try this to spice up my halter bikini top!


  1. […] Sew/glue a piece of fringe to your old bikini top. You can usually buy the fringe material at the craft store, but if you can’t find it, you can cut it up yourself out of an old piece of fabric. View detailed instructions here. […]

  2. […] you never seem to get around to fixing it? This is the perfect time to put it to use! Remember my fringe bikini tutorial? Get ready for some more […]

  3. […] dazzle 1 + 2 + 3 // swimsuit revamps 1 + 2 // graphic tee 1 + […]

Speak Your Mind


Skinny Fat Girl Diary