DIY Pom Pom Coverup

Two weeks before I was set to leave for Florida, I laid out all my spring and summer clothes to see what I still needed to get. Everything seemed accounted for, except for a beach coverup. I turned to Pinterest to find one to buy and I saw a photo of Merrick in an adorable cover up, and I knew I had to have it. I clicked on the link only to find that she didn't buy it, she made it. You know I love a challenge, so I mustered up all the sewing skills I possibly could from when I was six and headed to my local fabric store. I followed Merrick's directions for the most part, which you will find in bold below, but I added in my own directions to make it a little easier!


  • 2 yards lightweight fabric - more or less depending on your size, and how long you want your coverup  (I'm 5'2" and I had a bit of fabric left over)
  • 6 1/2 yards pom pom trim (I didn't use all my yardage, but I came close)
  • matching threads
  • trim for neckline  (I used one yard)
Graphic from Merrick's tutorial

1. Fold your fabric in half and cut a half circle, as shown. Open up your fabric and you should have a perfect circle of fabric.

I recommend measuring wrist to wrist, or elbow to elbow depending on how you want to make the coverup fall and let that be the length of the diameter of the circle. In order to maintain symmetry, I ironed the circle in half and then in quarters.

2. Mark the center of your fabric and cut an opening for your head. I wanted a v-neck in the front, so I cut accordingly.

3. Fold the edges of the neck-hole over twice and hem in place with your matching thread. Cut notches along the curves so the hem lays flat.

Don't skip the part about cutting notches!

4. Measure your neck-hole opening and cut a piece of your neckline trim so size. Pin in place around the neckline and then sew in place with matching thread. 

I wanted a Sail to Sable-esque neckline, so I used a thick trim and folded it like shown on their tunics. In order to get it to lay flat, I pinned it while the coverup was on a hanger and then ironed it in place. I sewed it on by using a zig-zag stitch on each side of the trim. 

5. Then hem the entire circumference of the coverup with matching thread. 

I didn't do this part, because honestly I didn't see it, and my coverup turned out absolutely fine. The thick part of the pom pom trim covers up any raw edges! 

6. Once the entire coverup is hemmed, pin the pom pom trim around the circumference, then sew in place with matching thread.

The fabric might start to buckle, so keep it taut and go slow.

7. Finally, fold the coverup in half and do two small stitches on either side, under the armpit. These little stitches will keep the coverup from sliding around when you wear it, and keep the sides from being completely open and exposing.

That's it! Enjoy twirling around in your new coverup.

Stay sunny,



  1. Too cute Meg! It looks like you bought it from a store!

  2. Love! I will have to try it!



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