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Directions to make a sarong

Updated April 17, 2017

Sarongs are a popular swimsuit cover-up item for women of all ages. The sarong is not only a stylish way to cover up, it is simple and convenient as well. While sarongs are sold in swimwear shops everywhere, they can often be expensive. Fortunately, it is easy to make an inexpensive homemade sarong. With common sewing supplies, anybody with a basic sewing knowledge can make a sarong in almost no time at all. Best of all, you can customise a homemade sarong to match the colour and style of any swimsuit.

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  1. Cut out a rectangular piece of fabric that is 62.5 cm (25 inches) wide and 45 cm (18 inches) longer than the circumference of the waist.

  2. Fold under the edges of the fabric 6 mm (1/4 inch) and iron the folds in place. Fold the edges over 6 mm (1/4 inch) more and sew the folds in place.

  3. Cut a piece of fringed trim that is long enough to wrap around all the edges of the fabric. Sew it on along the edges.

  4. Tip

    To wear the sarong, wrap it the long side around the waist and tie the top two corners together. If desired, the fabric may be cut in a triangle shape instead of a rectangle. The base of the triangle should be 45 cm (18 inches) longer than the circumference of the waist and the triangle should be 62.5 cm (25 inches) tall in the middle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fringed fabric trim

About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.

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