Swimsuit Patterns | Sew Your Own Swimwear

Swimsuit Patterns | Sew Your Swimwear

Are you ready to sew your own swimsuit? We promise, with the swimsuit patterns from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, sewing a swimsuit will be easier than you've imagined. Today, we'll share with you some of our favorite swimsuit patterns for women, girls, boys, and men. Take a look at the reviews below the patterns and you'll see how easy people have found these patterns. Not only that, but you'll be able to make swimsuit with a custom fit. No more swimsuit shopping!

We also sell, in our sister shop, all the fabric you'll need for swimsuit season. For most women's and girl's swimsuits, we have a wide variety of swim fabric. Swimsuit fabric has a smooth cool hand and is perfect for fitted swimwear. Many of our swim fabrics are rated UV 50+ for sun protection. For more information check out our Swim Fabric 101 article. We also have a wide variety of Board Short Fabrics for boys (or girls) suits. These fabrics have a brushed surface and no stretch.

This guide is not meant to be a comprehensive guide of all of our swimwear patterns - just some of the most popular ones. To see what our customers are sewing, get help with your sewing projects, and share what you make yourself, make sure to come join us over in our Peek-a-Boo Patter Facebook Group.  

Women's Swimsuit Patterns

We'll start off with the girls. Most of our children's pajama patterns work well for boys or girls. That being said, we have a number of nightgown patterns that are designed for girls. Here's a few of the most popular ones:

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Paradise Swimsuit features options for a fun, vintage style swimsuit with a bow or a classic scoop neckline. There's also optional ruching for a flattering fit. Wide straps provide comfort and support. There's also an option for full linging and optional cups. It includes the following options:

  • View A: Bow Front
  • View B: Plain Front
  • One-Piece with or without ruched front
  • Tankini with or without ruched front
  • Bikini Top
  • Bikini bottoms in standard rise and high rise with optional ruching

"Love this swim pattern. I think I’ve made at least 25 suits with one of the options for this pattern. I have lots of girls and all of them keep requesting more. The fit is right on and I love the coverage! This is, by far, the easiest swimsuit I have ever put together. I’ve tried quite a few other patterns and the instructions are easy to understand and you end up with a beautiful product! I have made several of the paradise swimsuit and several of the girl’s version pool party! Love, love, love it! Thanks-you!!" - Jessica

Sicily Swing Dress and Tunic Pattern

The Bahama Mama Surfsuit is perfect for a swimsuit you can feel comfortable and confident in - keep covered fully for your summer adventures, water sports, etc. It includes a front zipper for easy dressing, 3 sleeve lengths (cap, short, and long), and an optional shelf bra with cups. You can make it with 3 different views:

  • View A: Basic One-Piece
  • View B: Rash Guard Top
  • View C: One-Piece with Skirt

"This pattern is great. I teach sewing classes to kids and teens. This year one of students is making this suit. She is about had way though it right now so far so good. I love these pattens and have started incorporating them into my classes." - Leda


"Fantastic pattern. I made the short sleeve suit and I love it! The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the pattern is true to size. All in all an excellent pattern! I will be making many more!" - Kerry


"Love the modest design." - Sarah

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Bahama Mama Peplum Tankini is one of our many mix and match bahama mama top and bottom options - we'll show off a couple others below.

This features full ocverage and support with an optional shelf bra and optional cups. It also featrues a racerback with colorblocking and a peplum skirt and options for a full or fitted skirt.

"Great beginner pattern. This was the second swimsuit I have seen and I found the directions easy to follow. The fit was nice snd I like the pattern options." - Tracy

"This was my first time to sew a bathing suit. I would rate myself as a beginner. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. I also used PAB swimsuit material and was very pleased. I made the mistake of not taping the bodice piece to the skirt piece so I have a division in my suit, but I am still happy with it, and will be more careful in future. The sizing was right on." - Vegas

"Excellet pattern, easy to follow." - Julia


Bahama Mama Vintage Swimsuit

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Bahama Mama Vintage Swmsuit has a classic one-piece style with a crossover bodie and options for either a bikini cut or boy shorts. You can cross the straps in the back or tie them as a halter. There's optional ruching in the back and the straps work well for nursing. The pattern also includes optional cups for support and coverage.

"I have a hard time with one piece suits because I have a long torso, but making my own was so easy with Amy’s tutorial. I love the vintage look and ability to choose different options." - Krystol

"Easy to follow for a was easy to follow and the pictures help. The sizing was spot on."- Fatima

Sicily Swing Dress and Tunic Pattern

The Color Block Tankini offers full support and coverage with a built-in shelf bra and optional cups. The strap options include halter-tie and cross-back. It has a plain or ruched accent side panel.

Also, check out the Bamama Mama Blouson Top for anothe top swimsuit option.

"Very easy pattern to follow. This pattern was great! It was my first time sewing swim fabric and I was super nervous but the steps where easy and helpful. Its been hard to find my 12 year old a swim suit that had full coverage and this fit the bill. Super happy with it!" - Carrie

Quick sew, fantastic results! - Ellen

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Bahama Mama Bikini Bottoms includes options for a low or high rise option. They pair well with any swim top.

If you're looking for something with more coverage, we also have the Bahama Mama Boy Shorts.

"Loved the fit. These swim bottoms were easy to sew up. I really like how they fit me and I am already planning my next suit!" - Tracy

"Great full coverage fit. I've now made two pairs of these swim bottoms. They fit great and are very comfortable. I like that they are not a skinny cut and cover my back side well. They stay put while swimming or playing with my kids at the pool." - Rachael

Girl's Swimwear Patterns

We have a wide variety of patterns for girls swimwear. We can't feature them all in this article so take a look at our Girl's Swimsuit Patterns Section of the website.

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Riviera Reversible Swimsuit is comfy and quick to sew. When you're done you'll have two swimsuits as the Riviera is fully reversible with all seams fully enclosed. It has the following options:

  • View A: Basic one-piece
  • View B: Colorblocked one-piece
  • View C: Basic two-piece (tankini & crop top lengths)
  • View D: Colorblocked two-piece (tankini & crop top lengths)
  • Optional shoulder & leg flutters

"I really like that it is reversible and looks like a more expensive store bought swimsuit. 💕 I will be making more from this pattern next summer." - Christine

"Best swimsuit pattern I’ve ever sewn. I absolutely love this suit. The fit is perfect. I love that it doesn’t need to use elastic and opt not to and it still fits perfectly!! I have made every option and have also sewn some up for friend’s kiddos. All of said the suit fits them well! It is the perfect beginner sewing pattern for swim because of the elastic free option!" - Jessica

Sicily Swing Dress and Tunic Pattern

The Pool Party Swimsuit Pattern has options for a bow in front or a basic scoop neck. You can use the accent stripe as a border to mix and match your favorite prints. This swimsuit pattern has the following options:

  • View A: Bow
  • View B: Plain Front
  • One-Piece
  • Tankini
  • Bikini

"Great pattern. This pattern is well written with easy to follow graphics. I am so pleased with my purchase and am making my second one now. My granddaughter was so pleased with her new swimsuit. " - Diane

"Cutest swim pattern. This is my first ever clothes pattern. I usually sew purses and use video tutorials. This is first pattern I was able to read, follow and understand...." - Susan


Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Streamline Swimsuit is perfect for an active little girl. It has a sport racerback in the back and a boy shorts option to make sure it stays put for all of her adventures. It includes the following options:

  • View A: Basic one-piece and tankini top
  • View B: Colorblocked one-piece and tankini top
  • Bikini Bottoms
  • Boy Shorts Bottoms
  • Optional Lining

"Easier than I thought. This was my first time sewing a swimsuit, and it turned out perfect!" - Laura

"Perfect - just what I wanted. It was very easy to assemble the pattern. I am going to do a test run before using swim wear lycra for sizing. My grand daughter lives several hours from me. This is the beauty of this pattern as it will make up as a casual sporty outfit as well as swimmers." - Christine

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The High Tide Surfsuit can help you match with your daughter if you have the Bamama Mama Surfsuit featured above. It features a zipper for easy dressing, 3 sleeve lengths (cap, short, and long) and an optional snap crotch for smaller sizes. Views include:

  • View A: Basic One-Piece
  • View B: Rash Guard Top
  • View C: One-Piece with Ruffle
  • View D: One-Piece with Skirt

"This is a great pattern. Very easy to follow. Video helped tremendously with zipper." - Barb

"Really lovely pattern. Love the pattern the instructions are easy to follow and it’s easy to make. Looks great on, looks like I could have bought it. Will definitely be making another!" - Susie

Sicily Swing Dress and Tunic Pattern

The Marilyn Vintage Swimsuit has an amazing vintage styling and includes 6 different views:

  • View A: Classic One-Piece
  • View B: Classic Tankini
  • View C: Color-Blocked One-Piece
  • View D: Color-Blocked Tankini
  • View E: Ruched One-Piece
  • View F: Ruched Tankini

They can all be made with hatler or cross-back straps and include an optional lining. The tankini has options for an elastic or banded waist.

"Adorable. I love this swimsuit! I’ve been sewing for three years and was a little nervous to try sewing a swimsuit. This was a great first one to try! It turned out great, and I also love how modest it is." - Kristen


Sun n' Fun Swimsuit & Leotard

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Sun n' Fun Swimsuit and Leotard Pattern is perfect for swimming, dance, gymnastics, and more. It has a scoop back with a bow feature and optional ruffles at the shouler. It's fully lined for extra comfort.

"Great pattern! I made this swimsuit with flutter sleeves and bow in the back with Amy's custom flamingo swim from a few years ago! It turned out adorable! Thank you!" - Erin

"Great simple suit for active girls. I really like the pattern and plan to make at least 3 versions for my daughter. It has fun details but a classic style and it is great for how active she is in the pool!" - Letty

"First pattern I've ever downloaded. It was very easy." - Nancy

Boy's Swimsuit Sewing Patterns

Don't forget to get out the boardshort fabric and make some swimsuit's for the boys. Are full selection is in our Boy's Swimsuit Patterns Section but here are a few favorites:

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Santa Cruz Shorts can be made from either knit or woven fabric so you can use this pattern appart from swimwear if you want too...but they're perfect for board shorts. They include an optional boxer brief or bikini brief lining. They have the following options:

  • Shorties or Knee Length
  • Plain or Colorblocked Back
  • Optional Drawstring
  • Optional Boxer Brief or Bikini Lining

"Easy to sew. The measures are perfect, the pattern is easy to follow, really satisfy of my purchase." - Manon

"Awesome shorts for all kids! Excellent instructions, great fit, easy sew. Highly recommend." - Thomas

Rosemary Raglan Sewing Pattern

The Baja Board Shorts pattern features a fun side stripe with an optional pocket as well as an elastic waist for a comfy and flexible fit. Like the Santa Cruz Shorts, they can be made from knit or woven fabric. They include the following options:

  • Shorties or Knee Length
  • Optional Pocket
  • Optional Faux Drawstring
  • Optional Lining

"Baja Shorts - excellent pattern. Loved this pattern! It fit well, was easy to sew and I just loved the side pockets. Perfect pattern for color blocking. Good pattern for boys and girls. One of my pdf pattern best purchases!" - Pat

"Fabulous pattern. This pattern is a dream to put together, very easy instructions. The fit is great." - Jo

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Monaco Swim Trunks features a classic European style swim short. They're fun and trendy and will stay put as your child swims and plays. The pattern includes a constrast waistband with optional drawstring, an optional side stripe, and full lining.

These work well for girls too! Pair them with your favorite swim top!

"Easy sew! Great pattern as always. Super easy construction and came out looking so professional! My sons loves them." - Andrea

"Excellent fit, and super easy to put together. This pattern came together very smoothly. I didn’t adjust anything and they fit my little guy perfectly. We got so many compliments on his swim trunks this summer." - Kimberly

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Aloha Burn Blocker Suit will keep your little ones comfortable and protected from the sun. The patern includes options for short and long sleeves and a zip-up front. The zipper shield keeps the suit comfortable on the insdie, prevents chafing at the neckline, and keeps the zipper pull out of reach for little ones.

"Love this pattern! The burn blocker pattern is fabulous! Especially love the fit and the zip guard." - Suze

"Cute, well-written pattern. I bought this pattern to make some swimsuits for a friend who wanted some modest swimsuits for her daughters. She was very happy with them. The pattern was easy to follow, and I liked that there was a video for the zipper part!" - Cassie

Cowabunga Shorts

Rosemary Raglan Sewing Pattern

Like Cowabunga Shorts are perfect for swimwear or for play shorts. View A has colorblocking and View B is a basic short with optional side pockets in a knee or shorties length. Both options include an optional drawstring detail and optional boxer brief or bikini bottom lining.

"Cowabunga! I made shorts for my granddaughter and grandson using board short fabric. They contrasted in two colours, neon green and bright blue, opposing each other. I wish I had taken a photo before I sent them off. Great pattern! Easy to follow instructions." - Cathy

"Great board shorts. Really easy to follow and good instructions." - Sandra

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Hang Ten Rash Guard will keep your kids sae from the sun. It's easy to sew and comfortable to wear. The pattern includes options for long sleeves, short sleeves, a side stripe, and an optional snap placket for easy on / off.

The tutorial includes tips for sewing with swim fabric too.

"Great pattern. I love this pattern. Easy sew and fun color blocking opportunities." - Letty

"I've made 5 of these and in just a few weeks (lots of grandchildren). Very quick and easy sew! Make sure you have the correct needles for your fabric! I know from experience. I def recommend this pattern for a quick and easy cover-up." - Christine

Men's Swimsuit Pattern

We don't have as wide of selection for the men but we do have a great board short's pattern:

Violet tunic and dress sewing pattern

The Long Beach Board Shorts for men feature a contrast waistband with a flat front and elastic back, velcro fly with drawstring closure, optional sunglasses loop, side pocket with zipper closure and an optional lining.

"Fantastic pattern. Searched for a long time to find a board short pattern and it did not dissapoint. It was easy to follow and sizing was accurate." - Danielle

"Great boardies. Pattern was good to follow and true to size." - Donna

Sewing Swimsuits

If you're new to sewing a swimsuit or getting ready to buy your first swimsuit pattern, then you might also take a look at some of the articles we've done through the years on how to sew a swimsuit:

DIY Swimsuit

Learn a few tips and tricks to sewing your first swimsuit in this DIY Swimsuit Tutorial.


How to Sew Swimsuit Elastic

Learn what swimsuit elastic is and get some tips for how to sew with swimsuit elastic.

Come learn about sewing swimsuit fabric. This is a detailed tutorial on how to sew swimsuit fabric

PDF Sewing Support in our Facebook Group

I sure hope you enjoyed going over each of these swimsuit sewing patterns with us today. It's time to start sewing! If you enjoyed this guide, take a look at our guide to Pajama Patterns or Underwear Patterns too.

Sewing for your family is easy when you use our patterns here at Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. We apprecite your business!

Happy sewing!