DIY, Fashion

DIY Bikini Update: The Pucker Bottom

Beach buns courtesy of

(Looking for more sweet DIYs? Check out the The ‘mishmash’s very best and easiest way to hem those too-long jeans)

Panic. It’s swim season. Unless you look like one of these fine ladies above, or are a Reef girl, or have no sense of self, bikini shopping is right up there with having your oil changed…and by oil I mean visiting the Gyno for your annual exam. It sucks. It also sucks when Kate Upton graces the cover of Sport Illustrated in the teeniest bikini ever and looks fab in all of her boob jiggling glory. Le sigh. We can’t all be models. While most bikini’s make us feel fat, they pinch, they ride up, they fall off, and they tell the world that we haven’t been to the gym since our membership ran out in college some bikini’s actually can make you feel better.

Enter: the pucker butt bikini.

Get your hiney ready, because it’s like a Wonderbra for your booty. It defines, lifts, separates and makes those buns look fab. Believe me, it’s time to let that diaper bottom go and fake a great butt. You can even do it with a suit you already own. So do it. Summer’s not going anywhere, and neither are you until you tone up or fake it. Go.

1) Find the sad saggiest pair of bikini bottoms you own…that you still wear and would consider wearing again if they didn’t make your rear look so darn sad.

2) As most non-slutty bikinis are lined with something, pin the two layers together so they don’t wiggle around on you. Then find the center of the rump area and draw a guideline.

3) Cut a strip of 1/4 inch elastic and pin it to the back waistband of your bottoms. You’re going to have to stretch it while you sew so the pin is essential for getting an evenly placed scrunch.

4) If you followed the directions, and stretched the elastic while sewing, it should look something like this. If if doesn’t pucker, you did it wrong. Take the seam ripper and try again. When I say stretch, I mean REALLY stretch, like to the elastics capacity, see how much excess elastic I have at the bottom?

5) Trim the excess bits and marvel at your handiwork. Ta Da! Bikini treat. Now go rock it.

(Your bum still got you down? Check out some tips for everyday mindfulness here — and don’t sweat the small stuff)


36 thoughts on “DIY Bikini Update: The Pucker Bottom

  1. Pingback: Swimsuit Refashion Guide | Coxal Collaborative

    • I don’t see why not! I would suggest scrunching only the lower part of the bottom though; only half way up the backside so the scrunch stays small and cute. No one wants to look like they have an unusually long rump. 😉


  2. solie says:

    i see that you used a zig-zag stitch. my machine has a “stretch stitch” feature, would you recommend using that or stick with the original zig zag?


    • Personally I would stick with the zig-zag. I found it was easier to control the tension of the elastic on that setting vs using the stretch stitch. Also, since you’re pulling the elastic as you sew and creating a scrunch, there’s enough stitches in each run to account for any extra stretch you might need. Hope that helps.


  3. Tingers says:

    Hi there! I was wondering how much shorter would the height from the top of the bikini bottom back to the crotch be after you added the scrunch? I wanted to do this to a brand new bikini bottom and I don’t know if I should get one or two sizes up from my normal size to accommodate the scrunch? Thanks!


  4. Pingback: DIY Bikini Update: The Pucker Bottom | cassie

  5. Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog.
    Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start.
    Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Thank you


    • A says:

      I’ve done this by hand, I found a different set of instuctions and their method was handstitched, it worked. I’ve worn it several times and it held. The other set of instructions I followed suggested using fishing line to sew with. I just used regular thread and still holds together.


  6. anna says:

    This is awesome deff Going to try it.
    But I have a question about fixing a top I just got. I hate that the padded cups are so spaced out, do you ideas on how to sew them, so their closer together? 🙂


    • Depends on what style of top it is, but usually you can discretely tack down the foam cups. Just using a few stitches on the top or sides should do it. They won’t be removable any longer — unless you want to cut and re-sew them back in, but I usually don’t take them out unless they fall out in the washing machine. 🙂


    • Not really, I just mark a line down the general center and then pin the lining to the outer fabric. That will keep the two pieces from wiggling around while you sew the elastic. Hope that helps!


  7. ReAnna says:

    Is there any way you could do this without the elastic? Like just threading them up a certain way to make them look scrunched?


    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve read that if you sew with heavy thread such as fishing line or dental floss from the top to the area you want to stop at maybe half way down or so, using an in and out stitch straight down the center of the bottom from the top to the stopping point using long stitches it works great, but I’ve never tried it. Just saw it online today. I’m gonna try it though. Hope this helps. Lol


  8. Pingback: DIY Summer Fashion Tips | DIY Ready

  9. Pingback: DIY Summer Fashion Tips To Beat The Heat | DIY Projects

  10. Pingback: 87+ Ways to Refashion Your Clothes - Pretty Brilliant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s