Bikini Facelift: Stay put double tie sides

A typical side-tie bikini bottom is super cute & flirty, but there is one pitfall. If the bottoms are a wee bit loose or stretched out, those suckers fall off even if the wind seems to hit you in a weird way. But never fear, with some scissors and novice needle work, you can turn them into a secure double tie that feels like it is locked in place and looks rather saucy (if I might say so myself). So, grab that old pair out of your drawer and let those lovely bottoms live to see another day.

All you need is: A needle & some extremely sturdy thread that you can’t pull or break – I like dental floss, (The stronger the thread, the less important your sewing abilities are.) scissors, and about 20 minutes.

How to turn a side tie in to a stay put double tie:

1: Cut the ties off from the bikini bottoms. Make sure to cut equal amounts of the actual bikini bottom on each side so the bottoms stay symmetrical.

2: On the front of one of the sides of the bottom, fold the fabric over on top of the tie you cut off and pin the fabric in place (so it makes a tube around the string.)

3: Using a simple stitch, sew the fabric in place. This will make a little “tube” where the tie is now secured. *Note: Be careful not to sew on the string.

4: Now do the same thing for the back side of that side of the bottoms. Grab the end of the tie that is coming out of the “top” of the tube, fold the fabric over it, and pin fabric in place. Make sure it is in the right direction – so once this side is sewn you will be able to tie it at the bottom, making a loop.

5. Using a simple stitch, sew the fabric in place. This will make a little “tube” where the tie is now secured. *Note: Be careful not to sew on the string.

6. Double knot the ties together at the ends, it should form a circle/loop.

7. Repeat on the other side steps

8. put these bottoms on, tighten or loosen the knots until desired security is acheived, then go do a cannon ball, can opener, double pike flip, or whatever aerial dive maneuver you are capable of.

Buona Fortuna!

*A few other options. Use a long strand of Lycra/swimsuit material for the ties. Or just get creative with what you can use for the ties: braided jersey, elastic, those thin elastic headbands, etc. If you can feed it through the tubes and it can stretch, it can be your new tie.

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