How to Make Bikini Straps

By Jeffery Keilholtz
Make bikini straps that match your outfit.

Making homemade bikini straps is a creative way to boost the appeal of a bathing suit. Change out existing straps that are old or worn on your current suit to save you the time and money of purchasing a new suit. Bikini straps require a thin and semi-elastic material to ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Create straps for your own bathing suit, the suit of a family member or friend or for a costume or wardrobe piece.

Measure the length of the straps you are replacing or the length you require for a totally fresh strap. Say the length required is 18 inches. Draw a 1-by-18 inch-rectangle onto microfiber fabric with standard chalk.

Cut out the strap along the trace lines with a pair of fabric scissors. Draw and cut a second 1-by-18 inch rectangle onto microfiber fabric strap as necessary.

Fold the strap in half to 1/2 by 18 inch dimensions on an ironing board. Iron both sides of the strap to reinforce the fold.

Stitch the long side of the strap together using a back stitch pattern. Use thread that matches the color of the strap.

Fold the left side short end 1/4 inch over the body of the strap. Sew the 1/4-inch piece to the strap using a cross stitch pattern. Sew the right side of the strap into the bikini or other clothing using a cross stitch pattern.

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.