5 Fresh & Inspiring Summer Sewing Projects You Must Try
Easy & Fun Summer Sewing Projects
Summer's all about lazy days at the beach, camping trips, get-togethers with family and friends, and of course fun summer sewing projects! If you love to sew, it's also the perfect time to get creative with bright colors, breezy fabrics, and fun projects you can put to good use all summer long. Whether you're an experienced sewist or just getting started, there are plenty of ideas for every skill level. Check out these five summery sewing projects to get started!
1. Summer Camp Duffel
Summer camp is a great experience for kids. It's a chance to get away from home for a bit, make new friends, learn new skills, and spend time in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, they like to bring the great outdoors indoors in the form of grimy clothes and shoes and soaking wet swimsuits. To keep the dirt from ruining her kids' luggage, designer and blogger Deanna McCool created a pattern for a duffel made from laminated fabrics that easily wipe clean.
With exterior pockets for extra storage, and one made of mesh for wet swimwear, this bag is ready for everything kids can throw at it. Though the design and accompanying tutorial are meant for "confident beginner" sewists, having the tools you'll need on hand makes your work easier. Make sure you've got the right cutting tools for the job to get your pattern pieces cut quickly and easily. A modern and portable sewing machine and the appropriate Teflon presser foot (best for working with laminated fabrics) will make quick work of assembly. 4357467568
2. Citrus Coasters
If you're looking for a project so simple even the kids can get involved, these cute coasters are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. All hand-sewn, you can give your sewing machine a break while you whip up a full set using just brightly colored felt and embroidery floss. Opt for a medium-weight felt—wool often offers a denser, smoother texture than synthetic felt—to give your coasters staying power. For an arts-and-crafts look, use white or off-white embroidery floss for your seams, or blend seams into the background by matching the thread to the felt. Check out the full tutorial for sizing and layout details.
3. Reversible Sun Hats
Stylish and chic, these reversible hats from Martha Stewart Living are deceptively simple. Use sturdy fabrics to give the brim a bit of structure. If you're not a fan of floppy, add a layer of stiff fusible interfacing for a cleaner shape. Natural fibers like cotton or linen are your best options for comfort in the hot summer sun, and most fabric shops offer a wide variety to choose from. Mix and match colors and patterns to change up the look, or opt for a coordinated color palette for chic simplicity. When creating curved seams, like along the brim and crown, remember to clip up to but not into the seam line. This eases tension and creates a smooth and even finished seam after turning the hat right side out.
4. Watermelon Table Runner
If piecing and quilting are your preferred sewing projects, look no further than this summery table runner. Made in the shape of a luscious slice of everyone's favorite summer snack, the runner is crafted from strips of red cotton print, while white piping and green binding combine to form the rind. Heart-shaped button "seeds" finish off the look. Though this project is an excellent stash-buster, you can always pick up a little extra to round out your materials.
Make sure to choose sturdy cottons, which will hold up well both during the sewing process and to the wear and tear of regular use. This tutorial shows how to use the flip and sew method to quilt this runner as you go, but if you prefer other ways of quilting, you can always piece the top separately and quilt once it's completed. A basting spray helps keep layers neat while you work.
5. Beach Ball Pillows
These fun and funky pillows are great for adding a little summer flair to your decor, not to mention the perfect accessory for lounging on the beach. The pattern couldn't be simpler. With just six pieces and two decorative appliques, you can whip up several in an afternoon with no trouble. Use traditional bright beach ball colors, or match your decor with a more monochrome design. Whatever colors you choose, be sure to use densely woven fabrics since they make for crisp curved seams and a smooth finish.
Pattern creator Jessica Broyles of Sew Homegrown recommends Kona cotton for this project. From practical to pretty, there are plenty of sewing projects to keep your creative mind in gear throughout the summer months. Use this as an opportunity to practice working with new materials, like the laminated fabrics in Deanna McCool's camp duffel, or as a chance to try new methods, like the flip and sew quilting in the watermelon-inspired table runner. Whatever projects you pick, make sure to take the occasional break to enjoy the sunshine!
We hope that you liked these 5 simple summer sewing projects and enjoy creating them all. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below. Our favorite is the Beach ball, mostly because we are big fans of summer naps :).