Summer Sewing Recap & Free Fabric Friday!

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There’s still time to take full advantage of the season with July’s Summer Sewing projects! Pack lunch in your fancy picnic basket and toss your picnic blanket and sun shade (made with grommets) in your appliquΓ©d, classic tote. Make sure everyone’s wearing their bandana pants and pool robes as you all plop cushions down next to the kids’ tent (more shade!) for a relaxing afternoon of summer sun. We hope you discovered new skills, some inspiration and that you have projects lined up for August fun!



We want to know what you’ve been sewing this Summer. Comment here for your chance to win one yard of free fabric. Tell us about your latest project (feel free to include a link.) Have a great weekend!

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360 Responses to Summer Sewing Recap & Free Fabric Friday!

  1. KAREN says:

    It is said that women is in complete without jewelry necklaces and rings that makes her more beautiful. Women always try to search something that is unique and makes them more adorable. Cross necklace is one of the favorite items for women while shopping, specially made of gold.

  2. Lisa says:

    Right now, I’m sewing an Amy Butler Frenchy bag. Lots of summer sewing took place this year. The bandana pants were a big hit. I’m getting a new sewing machine Monday…yipee!

  3. Glenda says:

    Thank you for the Teepee tutorial – I enlarged the pattern and just finished a 5 ft teepee for the birthday of my 5 year old grandson. He loved it! I read SewMamaSew daily and have learned so many things. I just had to say a special thank you for this tutorial.

  4. Samantha says:

    Dresses for my girls! But I’m ready to start on some curtains for our new house and a tote bag for my preschooler’s first day of school.

  5. I have been making some quilted coasters for both myself and gifts, and my next project is a baby quilt.

  6. mollie says:

    my latest sewing project has been a mod-podge of mending and the finishing of things unfinished, like that summer shirt for the baby that won’t fit much longer, pants for boys to wear to church, and the beginnings of a waldorf doll.

  7. JenMac says:

    Hooray, I finished my fabric boxes project! Here’s a link:

  8. Cecilia says:

    I made pillows and little tote to give away ( to my family and friends).
    Now I want to make to girls little dress.
    Thanks a lot…

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I’m making some reversible placemats, coasters and finishing up an apron (with sugar skull and rose fabrics).

  10. Joanna says:

    The last thing I made was a Birthdy dress for my daughter and a bag and matching headbands for a swap.
    Next up is a shirt for myself and the picnic blanket w/ rock pockets from this months tutorial!

  11. candi says:

    twirly skirts and cute tops for my daughter! i love free fabric friday!

  12. Joy says:

    My 6 year old has absolutely lived in bandanna pants this summer!
    She even sleeps in them since they’re so cool and loose! I’m going to use that
    pattern to make some cute and comfy pants for back to school.
    Here in Florida we can use all the cool clothing we can get!

  13. Janice says:

    Latest project has been a flower girl dress for my daughter for a wedding. It was a bear!!!

  14. Lisa says:

    I made several smocks to give as gifts.

  15. Emilee says:

    I loved all those summer projects. Unfortunately, with a baby due this week, my sewing time has been occupied with more baby projects. I love this recap post, though. I know where to look next year. Right where I bookmarked it.

  16. Rabecca G says:

    I have been making a lot of quilts (in spite of the high temps) this summer to give to women in crisis. I am using fun and bright fabrics that I don’t normally use because they don’t go in my house. I love how needle and thread can expand my world.

  17. Helen says:

    I have been sewing some catnip monsters for my newly aquired kittens πŸ™‚

    I have just come across this site and it is truly amazing! it is now bookmarked and I cant wait to get on to trying out some of the amazing free tutorials on here, the possibilities are endless.

  18. Christina says:

    My next project is definitely something involving grommets! Yay πŸ˜€

  19. Abbie Foote says:

    I’ve been learning to sew this summer and made a stagecoach roller curtain for my bedroom and a new shower curtain with grommets! the pattern even hangs straight!

  20. Charlotte says:

    So far this oh-so busy summer, my only “sewing” project has been to clean out the old closed-in porch dumping ground and turn it in to a Project Room. Should be functional by Tuesday, and the next 2 or 3 weeks are fairly lightly scheduled, so, oh, the sewing I have planned! πŸ™‚

  21. Brandy says:

    I’ve been sewing skirts most of the summer this year. I started a new job and didn’t want to wear pants all the time, so off to the vintage pillowcase section I went! I love them and so does everyone at work. ^-^

    Now I’m looking forward to piecing together some cute fall jackets. That grommet tute will really come in handy for some very funky ways to close the jackets.

  22. I am mostly working on sewing things for decorating our new apartment and some clothes for myself this summer… Although my latest project was a little baby blanket for a friend’s baby shower. Now I just need to make some more presents for other friend’s who are pregnant too πŸ™‚

  23. Liz says:

    I’ve spent the summer gaining new tailoring skills thanks to my Wonderful Sewing Grandma. (It is her official title)
    So far we’ve tackled a cute fluttery summer top, we’re just putting the finishing touches onto a pair of city shorts, and next up is something for the Fall (it’s a trench coat!). It’s amazing the things you learn in a few afternoons time (about sewing and about a grandmother).

  24. Jaime says:

    I’m finally finished with wedding sewing and have started sewing some couch pillows for a customer and friend of mine. After that, I have in the line up to make a shirt for another customer and hem up 2 pairs of her pants and then I’m taking a break from customer work to focus on a new idea I have and prepare for a craft show in November!

  25. Kerri says:

    I’m making a fitted tablecloth for the pop-up table in the back of our Element. From fun fabric, & quilted even! My husband thinks I’ve lost it. Oh well….

  26. Lisa says:

    I have two quilt tops to quilt, a new quilt to start and I’m also making sets of coasters for gifts. I’m also looking at making some sets of place mats from fabric in my stash.


  27. Feather Webb says:

    I’ve been sewing dresses for my daughter, trying to learn to knit (from a book, and making tons a baby gifts. The summer sewing series has me really excited for the handmade holiday’s. I am already using last years list to get ideas but find myself not wanting to commit because I never know what great ideas are going to be in this years list. How sad is that!


  28. Mandi says:

    I’m making wallets right now! and i totally want to venture into bags, but that’s pretty daunting!

  29. Elizabeth says:

    I who swore I would never get into garment sewing (ha) have been sewing tons of clothes for myself. I’m hooked. It’s so gratifying to have clothes made from fabric I love (and that is way higher quality than most ready to wear stuff) that fit beautifully too.

  30. Starry says:

    My first proper sewing project was the Amy Butler Carry All. I’m very proud of it.

    blogged here:

  31. Rebecca says:

    I have been sewing clothes for my daughter this summer. It put a little dent in the back to school clothing… and it gave me a chance to be creative. You gotta love that!

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for all these links in one place – these projects are wonderful! This summer I’ve been sewing all kinds of things for my baby girl (who will be born in November): curtains, sheets, quilt, crib skirt and laundry bag for the nursery, self-designed diaper bag, plus some clothing. Also some maternity clothes for me!

  33. Janis says:

    Bags, baby gifts and more bags — here’s my blog: Thanks for all the inspiration!

  34. Just Susan says:

    I’ve been busy making curtains for the cabin, a quilt and I made a classic tote.

  35. Kelly says:

    I have been seing up some shirred summer dresses, as well as a few handbags.

  36. Susan says:

    I am making some curtains for my son’s room, to replace some very sad venetian blinds.

  37. MelissaB says:

    I just made a Curious George apron and pj’s for my nephew’s 2nd birthday. πŸ™‚

  38. Alice Rae-Flick says:

    I am so excited by the options here. So much fun! Thank you to everyone for offering the ideas/tutorials.

  39. Colleen says:

    Thank you for the summer tutorials. My most recent project was a Celtic applique tote bag, which you can see at

    Now it’s time for some skirts!

  40. Sherry says:

    I made a few baby gifts (burp cloths and bibs…) and I’m making my first skirt right now! I love the info on this site and the inspiration to keep trying new things! Thanks!

  41. my latest project was a new diaper bag made to be carried as a messenger style bag or a backpack, for those times when i need two hands free to wrangle kiddos! i love it!

  42. Andromeda says:

    i haven’t had time to work on many sewing projects because i have been too busy making room for my SEWING ROOM! it’s almost finished. i just need to find a chair that i can sit in to actually sew! i’ve been blogging my progress on the room, which will undoubtedly be a work in progress for a very long time! lol! here is the link with pictures!

  43. Monica Gee says:

    Bags and Quilts! I am busy trying to finish a wedding quilt for my sister-in-law and have had several custom bag orders lately to keep me busy. I am dreaming up a new a-line skirt for myself but I haven’t quite made it that far yet!

  44. I have been enjoying all the summer projects. I have been busy making clothes for my kids and myself. I hope to be able to try the tee pee soon. Thanks for all the great information and instructions!

  45. Meredith says:

    I have been working on more clothing, mostly for my kids. But I just found out about a new little niece or nephew on the way so I see some baby goodies in the future!

  46. Linds says:

    I just recently found your site and I’m SO excited! I’m working on the picnic blanket with rock pockets at the moment.

  47. Gathering aprons, crayon rolls and tote bags! All from tutorials found right on the SMS Blog pages. All for birthday gifts and a kid’s summer swap that I participated in.

  48. Linda says:

    This July I made this dress for my niece, a backpack for my son, and two sets of roman blinds. Love the tutes…keep ’em coming!

  49. Bobby-Jo says:

    I’ve been working on a quilt, but lately I’ve been working on ipod covers and lap top covers made from fabric that I’ve designed using fabric markers and paints…it’s a great creative outlet!

  50. Julia in MI says:

    This summer, I made my daughter a tank and shorts outfit, and an additional tank top. I have plans to make the tote from the summer sewing, and a bedspread for our California King bed. Thanks for all the great summer sewing posts.

  51. Breanna says:

    This summer I have been sewing shirts, dresses, and pants for my daughter who will be entering preschool this year. We have had a lot of fun selecting fabrics and trims. We went to the store today to purchase fabric for a picnic blanket!

  52. Lil' d says:

    I’ve made some summer tops for my daughter.

  53. kristi says:

    Ottobre dresses and leggings for my daughter, and pajamas for my son. Both have been growing lately!

  54. Sarah says:

    this summer i caught the sewing bug. i have been making bags and crayon rolls. i am on the hunt for the PERFECT bag/tote pattern. you’re blog definitely has one of the best tutorials. thanks πŸ˜€

  55. michelle says:

    i have been working on some quilts. i took my first quilting class this summer and loved it!

  56. jacquie says:

    its been a fabulous july, finished 5 quilt tops and i’m reupholstering the cushions in our sailboat cabin. thanks so much for the cushion tutorial…i read it over and over before i tackled this project. thanks!!! they’re pretty hip, here’s the link…i’m so proud!

  57. Sara says:

    Art tote bags have been my summer project.

  58. Michelle says:

    I’ve been making summer dresses for my little girl and have a few skirts for her on the to-do list.

  59. Bree says:

    I’m working on Tyvek wallets for my husband’s bike racing team, some home dec pillows, and more aprons.

  60. Jessica says:

    I have been embellishing burp cloths for my new little girl who is on her way soon. πŸ™‚

  61. Karol-Ann says:

    Thanks for putting all the tutorials into one post! I find it hard to keep up, but just love all the projects.

  62. tooticky says:

    I have been loving these tutorials! Especially the summer tote.

    The past few days I have been attempting my first refashioning of an adult shirt into a child’s dress. It’s a big mess, but I’ve learned a ton!

  63. Kris says:

    I am making a baby blanket for a new baby cousin in the family! And I just finished the heating pad cover from Denyse Schmidt Quilts! It’s really cute!

  64. Jennifer says:

    I’m currently toiling away on my daughter’s christening gown. So, while there are about a million projects in the pipeline, I have no idea when I’ll get to do any of them!

  65. Amy says:

    I love all the tutorials here! I’ve made 3 bags and two nursing covers in the last couple of weeks. Next up, binding my baby’s quilt and making bumper pads.

  66. sarah says:

    More projects from the start of summer – some appliqued shirts (for boys!) and a few dresses out of my japanese craft books.

  67. Amy says:

    I’m working on a little nap blanket for my youngest to take to pre-k with him next week. And a dress for my daughter. I really want to try out some of those appliques and have a couple of plain tee’s set aside for just that!

  68. Nichole D. says:

    I’ve actually been sewing outfits for the SCA. Lots of fun!

  69. sarah says:

    I heart free fabric fridays! I have been making totes.. and will start some bigger projects this week!

  70. Christine Bolin says:

    So much talent. You guys are great for doing all the tutorials.

  71. Amanda says:

    I’ve been working on birthday gifts for the boys next door. I did two notebook/colored pencil holders, and a sweet Four Corners apron.

  72. kristine hanson says:

    right now I have all the pieces cut out for an autumn themed quilt, next will be a halloween… July I finished several things off my “to do” list, things that have been cut out, sitting in a drawer waiting to be finished and now they are! whoo hoo!

  73. Ramona says:

    I have made a baby blanket, a blanket for my daughter who is going to college this fall and two skirts for her also. I’m also working on reorganizing my sewing area. Thanks for all your tips.

  74. Chassie says:

    I’ve been making flower girl dresses for my sisters wedding, and lots of baby gifts for all my friend who are pregnant.

  75. April Zderad says:

    My husband bought me a sewing machine this past Christmas and I’ve hardly used it. I’ve been scared of messing up any project I started, but I’m determined to make the tote bag that was featured on this website. Thanks for the great instructions with photos!

  76. Rachel says:

    One of the biggest things I’ve sewn this summer was an Amy Butler patchwork purse. Of course, that’s just amid other things! πŸ™‚

  77. Michelle says:

    I’ve been busy sewing gifts for a friend’s baby and trying to make the “perfect” lovey for my seven-month-old. The baby absolutely loves the fabric store, so we’ve been spending a lot of time stocking up on sale fabric, too. I can’t wait to finish with the gifts so I can try some of these projects!

  78. Rhea says:

    I’ve been busy making new placemats and cloth napkins, lunch bags and backpacks for my girls for school, and those cute little roller coasters featured in the tutorial roundup a while back. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration and tips. Love your blog. Just love it!!!

  79. mojoandco says:

    I’ve had fun making a softy pattern. So very satisfying to bring a plush critter to life. If you’d like to meet Charlie you can visit us here:

  80. karissa says:

    i have been busy sewing clothes for my kids, dresses for my daughter and shorts from old t-shirts for my son.

  81. Iti says:

    I’ve been busy making a blanket for my little girl, something nice to play on when she is outside. And I would love to win some fabric, but I live in the Netherlands… Really like this blog!

  82. Carrie S says:

    I’ve been making a lot of things for my little girl’s room-curtains, bed skirt, pillows, slip covered 2 chairs…I’ve been meaning to make her that adorable pool robe (guess I need to spend a little less time at the pool to actually get it done:) and I really want to try that tent!

  83. Missie says:

    Up until the rock blanket, the tent was my favorite…………….but boy-o-boy, I love the blanket! What a neat, simple idea! Thanks-I love it!

  84. Rebecca says:

    I’ve not been sewing long and am making some pocket picnic mats with cutlery pockets for my nan’s bday!

  85. Janice says:

    With three kids and work, I really didn’t have time to sew. I actually made a Built by Wendy top for myself! However, I’m planning to make some time to sew more for the kids. Love your blog! Thanks!

  86. I’ve sewn some totes for knitting projects. Next week I’ll sew cushions from my lovely new fabrics (thanks for an excellent collection in your shop!) and some placemats.

  87. brittany says:

    i had a baby i march, so i have been experimenting with slings.

  88. Carolyn says:

    I have really enjoyed these great summer ideas. I will make the cool picnic quilt, and the pool robe. I love the great tutorials with all the pictures, appliques finally make sense to me!

  89. Jeana says:

    I’ve been sewing quilts (winter here!) and dreaming of warm summer breezes. Also been doing a little embroidery.

  90. wendy says:

    I’ve been making purses/bags for sale, and clothes for my 3-yr old daughter. Also a baby quilt. I don’t have a tan this summer because I’ve spent all my time at the sewing machine instead of the beach πŸ˜€

  91. hil says:

    Getting ready to make a blanket, picnic placemat set for some friends and I loved the rock pockets idea from this week! I’ve been embroidering a wall hanging for a friend’s new baby as well.

  92. I have been sewing jumpers I made a Brown Corduroy Tree applique jumper just the other day. I love doing appliques and I love the ideas you gave here.
    I am starting my holiday gifts next I am making a lot of aprons and I have to get started now.

  93. Kim says:

    I love the picnic blanket. Far better than going out and buying those small ugly red tartan ones. I can’t wait to get started. I also love the tote tutorial and will be making one for my sister’s birthday. You guys are so inspiring. Keep it up.

  94. Georgi P. says:

    Great tutes – thanks so much for your hard work!

  95. Adrea Shef says:

    I actually haven’t had tons of time to sew this summer – fall is my sewing time πŸ™‚ But I have made quite a few bags & totes for holding gifts for kids and friend’s birthdays!

  96. heather h says:

    I’m sewing diaper clutches for baby shower gifts. I’d love to sew a few soft fabric balls to throw in the mother-to-be gift bags, too. All ideas courtesy of sew mama sew, of course. Thanks!

  97. Lisa says:

    I just finished making several smocks from the sew-along to give to family members. They loved them. I think I’ll take on the beach cover-up next.

  98. Dayna says:

    I’m planning on making the picnic quilt ASAP!

  99. Karen W says:

    i’ve been making bags & purses all from my own patterns and looking forward to starting a few baby things for some upcoming shower gifts!

  100. Linda says:

    I love the classic tote. Thanks for sharing!

  101. Erin says:

    What have I been sewing this summer?

    I think the biggest thing I’ve sewn this summer were throw pillows for my living room. The old ones were hard and uncomfortable and terribly old and worn. I’ve never sewn throw pillows before, so it was a great learning experience — not only were they easy, they are darn cute too with some goldfish fabric I actually bought from you guys a few months ago.

  102. mikawendy says:

    I’m working on a baby quilt for a friend whose baby is going to be 1 year old soon. It will be a small-ish quilt (36 x 42 or so). I have pictures of the pieced top posted on flickr ( (but I’m already done with the quilting now, just have to square it up, bind it, and label it).

  103. Jerilyn says:

    I just finished a bedskirt for my daughter’s room and now I am beginning to sew a purse for my mother in law.

  104. I am happy to say I have been sewing clothes for my girls. Most recently a dress with crochet lace.

  105. michelle says:

    Really cute projects. Fun to see them all together.

  106. Christina says:

    I’m working on a baby quilt for my boss. She’s due in five weeks and I still have the binding to go!

  107. Leah H says:

    Latest sewing was a pair of pants and skirt for me (posted on my blog) as well as a wedding gift and embroidery on some towels. Currently travelling and hope to do some sewing once I get home

  108. so many projects lined up. i am on a bloomers kick presently!
    thanks for the inspiration

  109. Anary says:

    Skirts, dresses, bags…pillowcases, curtains…phew….and the list of to do still huge!

  110. Tammy says:

    Wonderful projects that make me so excited for a less busy time of year…

  111. I’m renovating my dorm room – soon I’ll have a before and after up on the blog, but right now my most recent fabric fashioning has been along the lines of pillows and draperies πŸ™‚

    I’m especially inspired by Jane Brockett this summer, and her delightful quilts. I’m so glad she’s going to be writing a book. I’ve really just discovered this blog – and have become quite intrigued – generally, I’m a knitter!

  112. Celeste Ransom says:

    I am new to sewing. I am currently making a baby blanket and a dress for my daughter. I hope to make the awesome picnic blanket and tote that you have listed in your tutorials soon,.. Thanks for keeping up this great blog!

  113. I just did a big birthday table runner and chair cover with a pocket for cards since today is my husbands birthday! It all turned out really cute!

  114. jessica m says:

    hello! thanks for continuing to share great projects with us! the project i finished last night? a bit off the beaten path…knickers for my friend’s husband (his whole foursome, actually) to wear in a golf outing this weekend. he loved them and i can’t wait to see pictures πŸ™‚ i still can’t stop making girly summer outfits for all of the girls i know. just got some yarn today to start a fallish project. thanks, again, for the free fabric friday’s!

  115. Jen says:

    I’ve been sewing up a storm this summer! So many weddings and birthdays. I just finished a flower girl dress for my daughter to wear in my brother’s wedding. I made two of the tote’s using the tutorial above, too. I’d love some fabric for future projects!

  116. Stacy says:

    This summer I made a few drawstring bags, some shorts, and a fleece blanket for a birthday gift. Not as much sewing as I would have liked, but summer does that to you sometimes!

  117. Lori says:

    I made my 2 year old a cute shirred top just today. And I helped my 8 year old put some pockets into a little bag she sewed a few months back…she wants to be Nancy Drew and so she needed some places to organize her notebook and pens and such.

  118. Amy says:

    I’ve been making clothes for my little girl and baby presents for my friends having babies this year. You can see a picture of one of the dresses at my blog. I love all the summer sewing projects and have a long list of things I want to do.

  119. Mary says:

    I have yet to start anything yet from July’s blog yet as I’m in the middle of making a memory quilt for a birthday gift. But you betcha I’ve got a bunch of things bookmarked for after the girls head back to school. πŸ˜€

  120. EmmyLizzy says:

    I’ve been working on some quilts and other things to sell in a new “all-handmade” store that opened up near me in White Lake, MI called “Gazelle’s House of Handmades”. Check out the website here….

  121. jill says:

    I’ve been sewing summer clothes for me — ones that fit and that don’t have to be adjusted every 5 min (like whatever I buy from the store), and I just finished the picnic blanket you had a tutorial for, too. I would post links, but I my digital camera is away for the week. Sigh.

  122. Sarah Lemmon says:

    Here’s the link to the summer project I just started and am almost finished with:

  123. Somer says:

    I’ve been sewing a lot of skirts and peasant blouses for my girls, purses and totes for gifts, and an apron or two.

  124. Samantha says:

    I haven’t made anything yet, but when my kids go to grandparents’ house for 2 weeks (wooo-HOOOO!!!) I’m going to start my Christmas sewing projects. And work on skirts for my daughter- with appliques!!!

  125. Amber says:

    We closed on a new house this week – I am about to sew a million curtains!

  126. Annie says:

    I love the bandana pants and so does my toddler. He’s been wearing them all the time lately πŸ™‚

  127. Toni says:

    I just got over my self-imposed sewing hiatus (machines were in the shop) – so I’m very excited to get back to making some clothes for my girls. I think I’m going to be doing the applique first!!!

  128. Kelli says:

    I’m working on a jumper for my little girl, but I’ve got plenty of projects lined up. Now if only I could fit them all in.
    –Just a quick thanks to all the ladies involved with helping us all out with your wonderful ideas and giving your time to make these great tuts for us. THANKS!

  129. Melissa says:

    Had a baby in June. I’ve been trying to sew a sling; having difficulty finding quality time with my sewing machine though…

  130. Collins says:

    I’ve been having fun sewing clothes for myself, friends and family.

  131. Elsie says:

    thanks for helping this grannie stay up-to-date with summer ideas to sew! I’ve been doing some blue jean refurbishing and remodeling, and making some diapers for my newborn grandson.

  132. Harley says:

    Right now I’m making up some pincushions for my Etsy shop! They haven’t been posted yet, but I do have a sneak peek up on my blog!

  133. Laura says:

    Baby gifts and wedding gifts! Everyone I know is coming up to a big life event–kind of wild.

  134. carol says:

    Mostly oilcloth bags but I did sneak a bit of cotton in

  135. Elsie says:

    thanks for helping this grannie stay up-to-date with summer ideas to sew!

  136. Jessica says:

    I’ve been sewing a couple of quilts and some baby gifts, but I am really enjoying using vintage sheets in some of the projects!

  137. Kate says:

    I’ve been quilting away! Currently I’m working on a quilt who is moving away at the end of August. I’m very very very excited about it!

  138. Paige says:

    I’ve got lots of ideas for sewing swirling about my mind, but right now I’m trying to finish up some knitting projects first!

  139. eesh says:

    I’m planning to make a quilt out of some great Amy Butler fat quarters I bought to commemorate the summer. And my daughter’s birthday (she’s turning 1) is at the end of August so I plan on making her a party dress and a cute birthday crown to celebrate the day. Lots of celebratory sewing for August!

  140. Christina says:

    I’ve been working on all kinds of projects! Mostly trying to get my Christmas sewing finished. I’m about half done, can you believe it? And it’s only August 1st. The one thing I could use is more fabric to finish my gifts! πŸ™‚

  141. Ellen says:

    I just finished my very first dress for my little one (an Oliver+S bubble dress), it turned out so very cute! The pool robe is up next πŸ˜‰

  142. Tammy says:

    I’ve made the classic tote, 2 in fact! Next up… 2 quilts for my twin toddler boys using the hungry caterpillar fabrics. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is their favorite book so I’m excited to be able to make them something they can hold, touch and settle in with when they are drifting off to sleep.

  143. I want free fabric!!!

  144. joy newman says:

    i especially loved the applique tutorial. i appliqued some t-shirts and they look adorable! i’ve also been making notebook/crayon holders that people really seem to like. I’ve got 10 orders to fill. love your blog and shop. thanks!

  145. goldengirls says:

    I alternate between American girl doll clothes to Wee bunnies, to headbands, to totes. It’s so hard to stay with one thing! I promised my daughter a quilt over the summer but I keep putting it off! Sigh…

  146. Jeanetta says:

    APRONS! Aprons! Aprons coming out my ears! πŸ™‚

  147. Lorraine says:

    I’m sewing holiday gifts, too. Can’t start too early with three small kids in the house, I say. Would love to win the fabric. We’ve also been making cardboard toys – check it out if you like:

  148. Caitlin says:

    Oh, I am also totally in love with the picnic blanket idea of putting pockets for rocks in the corner and will definitely be including that in pretty much every quilt I ever make from now on!

  149. Caitlin says:

    I’ve found that I have quite a bit of time to devote to sewing this summer, which is always wonderful! I’ve made a few purses, a couple of aprons, some apple pincushions that I have for sale on my craft site, and as always, my enormous quilt that I am hand quilting and have been working on for almost two years now. It’s beautiful and always getting closer to being completed. I’ve loved all the tutorials and wonderful ideas that are posted here on Sew, Mama, Sew, and I come to check things out at least once a day, but usually more often than that!

  150. Emily says:

    Loved the classic tote… after making 3 from home decor fabric, I’m in the midst of making 9 more from 3 clearanced tablecloths (doing them assembly line and only have gussets and straps left for 7 of them). It was fun to make the pockets and straps out of the opposite, coordinating cloth! These turned out so nice each time – I’ll be posting pics of the new 9 on my blog tomorrow. Thanks Irene (and her aunt) for the great tute!! I’m a bit addicted to these totes and find that they can be used for just about anything!

  151. Beth says:

    Thanks for the recap!

  152. Michelle says:

    I love this blog and all the great ideas on it. I just posted some of my summer sewing projects on our blog if you want to check them out. I’m currently working on a minky-type of blanket for a friends baby who’s due next week. So fun to make things for those wee ones.

  153. Brooke Burns says:

    Thanks to your great tutorials, I’ve been sewing totes and I’ve been using applique on lots of things. My favorite project incorporated the tote and applique tutorials. It was so satisfying for someone relatively new to sewing to complete something both pretty and functional. Indeed, my seahorse tote inspired me to finally start my own creative blog. The project is posted here:

  154. Violet says:

    I haven’t had much time to sew but I have been trying to stock up on fabric. I have lots of projects planned (baby quilts and softies) so I’m preparing.


  155. Erin S. says:

    With a brand new baby and a jealous toddler, there hasn’t been much time for sewing yet this summer.
    Oh well, there’s still August to tackle the list of projects!

  156. Kim says:

    Im not a great seamstress… but I recycled some hand towels that weren’t getting used and used them to back some super cute prints I had and made my son a new set of bibs!

  157. Love these projects! Thanks so much for everything!!

  158. Aj says:

    Not much in the way of sewing. I did finish my first quilt down to the binding, which my daughter loves. Last night I basted the layers of my second quilt top and I will begin quilting it tonight. I also finished the Amy Butler Nappy Bag and I’m excited to make another.

  159. Andrea says:

    holey moley, so much stuff to make.
    very inspiring!

  160. Yetta says:

    I’ve been sewing wedding gifts and wedding outfits for my baby. The finished products look like this:
    THanks for all the great tutorial. Now that my “work” is done, I’ll have time to try your projects.

  161. danna osen says:

    Great tutorial month. What’s coming next? I look forward to it all.

  162. Bean Paulson says:

    I’ve loved all of the summer tutorials posted, what fun!! I’m currently working on a few potholders and oven mitts for a couple of friends πŸ˜‰

  163. Camille says:

    My first summer with Sew Mama Sew has been magical. I look forward to the fall and holiday season πŸ™‚

  164. carolyn Weil says:

    I’ve been busy sewing a messenger bag and some peaceable bears by ruth mcdowell.

  165. Jeannine says:

    A friend of mine is 3 months pregnant, so it’s lots and lots of baby things this summer!

  166. Ms. Cleaver says:

    I’ve been sewing a lot of clothes for myself (almost a project a week!). You can find my two most recent projects here:

  167. Elizabeth says:

    mostly dresses for myself, though I did make my hubbin a pair of shorts a month or so ago that he wears almost constantly

  168. Bess says:

    i’m planning a zig zag quilted throw for my cousin’s wedding. aack! – only 5 weeks till the big day! curse you, procrastination!! :)!

  169. Del says:

    I’ve been making beach totes and a comfort quilt for various family members, along with finishing a crib quilt top for a future baby!

  170. Sarah says:

    I’m loving Irene’s Classic Tote tutorial… some Christmas gifts in the works! Also getting ready to try out the fold-over elastic that’s been generating so much buzz lately– I’m thinking jammies for the kids.

  171. Teri says:

    latest project: attempting my first dress with a New Look pattern (6725 – view C) and sadly discovering that I was short about 1/2 inch of fabric for cutting out all the pieces needed (that dang yoke front!!) I blame it all on the irritating tendancy of all fabric I like coming on 54″ bolts. Do I find patterns using 54″ width fabric? Never. So either I or the lady at the fabric store miscalculated for 54″ and I’m stuck for now. Oh well. Maybe some free Friday fabric will make me feel better!! Yay free fabric Fridays!!!

  172. Jennifer says:

    Crazy I know… but I’ve started my holiday gifts.

    Everyone’s getting vintage inspired aprons this year.

  173. Heather B says:

    I’ve been kept busy sewing birthday presents: dresses, bunting & pjs. Somewhere I did manage to find time to sew 2 skirts for myself – but I still have more I want to do!

  174. Stephanie says:

    I have been sewing summer clothes for my daughter, a tote bag for myself, and now fall clothes for my daughter. I have also made her a small totebag and a cape. Thanks so much for your blog, I love all the projects and I am going to try to do grommets so I can make her a teepee. I hope I win today is my birthday, and I would really love some new fabric. This would be one plus in the fact that I am getting older. Thanks for the wonderful blog:)

  175. Nikki says:

    I’ve been sewing skirts and capes. Skirts for me and capes as birthday gifts for my daughter’s friends. I’ve also made a tote bag from the tutorial here. Love it! I just bought more fabric to make some more!

  176. Jenn says:

    I’ve been making twirl skirts! Lots of twirl skirts! Here’s the first one I made, for my daughter of course!

  177. Sarah says:

    I’ve been working on a quilt for a baby coming in a few months and some soft toys for my daughter for Christmas (yes I know, it’s early!).

  178. Tamara Bell says:

    What have I been sewing this summer? Dresses for a little girl. She has so many summer ones (although I always see more I’d like to make). I recently came across some cute cordoroy (sp) with little skunks, rabbits and squirrels and decided it was time to begin her fall/winter dresses.

  179. Ashley Ann says:

    I have been sewing all kinds of bags! Next up is a diaper bag for my sister. I loved the projects this month!

  180. alissa says:

    I whipped up a children’s purse for a birthday present after making a backpack for my little boy with curious george fabric. He’s taken it with us on all our summer adventures. I’ve done a couple quilt blocks and some odd and ends such as clothes repair (not the fun stuff).

  181. LisaAlso says:

    Ooh! I have been sewing skirts for myself out of thrifted sheets, and tote bags from pillowcases. I am looking forward to the weather cooling a bit, so I will feel even more like playing with fabric!

  182. kristen d says:

    I’m teaching my sisters how to make these adorable smocks for our baby girls!

    Tutorial found at

  183. Lindsey says:

    i’m attempting my first ever tunic shirt for my niece who turned 3 recently πŸ™‚

  184. bethany says:

    I’ve been working on bags, stand mixer covers, and headbands!

  185. Georgia says:

    I just finished a hooded sweatshirt for a Build-a-Bear that I’ll probably list on Etsy (unless my kids see it and then it will be commandeered for sure).

    I made all the clothing that my kids needed this summer (that I hadn’t bought ahead of time) to save money and I really enjoyed it!

    Thanks for the great tutorials!

  186. Libby says:

    I’ve finally found the time to make aprons and purses.

  187. Jenn says:

    Thinking about adapting the cushion tutorial for a wooden bench cover. Great tutorial! Lots of awesome tutorials-within-a-tutorial. Any thoughts on waterproofing the fabric for outdoors? Basic Scotch Guard, or are there better products?

  188. Sarah Lemmon says:

    My latest project is the Amy Butler Cabo shirt in a fun summer print by Moda Fabrics. I love it. It’s not finished, but hopefully soon. Just in time for this Oregon drizzle weather to leave! Thanks for all the fun projects to see and get inspired!

  189. So many project…so little time.
    I’m gathering the fabrics now to make a tote/diaper bag for a shower gift this weekend. πŸ™‚


  190. micki says:

    I’ve just been going crazy sewing reusable grocery bags. Nothing that exciting.

  191. Huong says:

    Thanks for the recap. It’s so nice to see all the tutorials in one page. Now…it’s time to start trying to make them!

  192. meg says:

    right now i’m working on a linen coverlet for our futon, and trying to sew clothing for the first time.

  193. Mrs. Shawn Britton says:

    I just sewed the bandana pants for my son, and he loves them. He even wore them to Bible school last night. Thank you! and thanks to Blue Yonder!

  194. Patti says:

    I’m working on purses and other “stuff” for my website. Trouble is, I’m always wanting to make something newer, better…help! I have sewing attention deficit disorder. SAAD. Kind of catchy!

  195. Julie says:

    I’ve started my Christmas sewing! I am doing a completely homemade Christmas this year! I could surely use some fabric.

  196. Anna Stornant says:

    Aprons, children’s clothes, purses, wallets….whatever I can find time for

  197. Pamela says:

    I’ve been working on a quilt of my son’s design. He’s an art student. Handy with pencil and paper, but not so much with a needle. Will be a wonderful collaborative keepsake for him. πŸ™‚

  198. Shelley says:

    I made a new tote from your tutorial, a dress for my 19 month old, a blanket for a baby shower, and am currently working on a minky backed quilt for my 19 month old.

  199. Melissa says:

    This summer I have been teaching myself how to sew. It’s a lost art and the sound of the scissors against the dining room table remind me of times long past. So, I started by sewing simple beanbags. Then moved on to some felt puppets for my son. Next was a backpack I envisioned for my two year old that I created without a pattern or instructions followed by a tote bag for myself. Now I’m having a ton of fun making crayon wraps for all the kids in the neighborhood. Slowly but surely, this summer has been about filling our home with items created by me with love.

  200. jenn hill says:

    I just finished my second ever baby quilt. It was a marked improvement over my first one. Hooray!

  201. Tara H. says:

    I just finished making two bags for birthday parties, as well as a doll for my neice’s birthday.

    I have enjoyed all of the great summer sewing ideas.


  202. sherri says:

    Not very exciting, but I just whipped up a little felt camera case for my trusty digital camera–I somehow lost the previous (handmade) one in Japan…I hope someone found it and is using it! I love this blog–I feel like a greedy kid in a candy shop: I want to make one of everything!

  203. Maggie says:

    I have made sundresses for my girls and a vinyl covered tote for the beach vacation that didn’t happen due to Hurricane Dolly. Oh well, the bag works great for the pool and the girls can wear the sundresses anytime. I also made a quick quilt for my new nephew and a few fat quarter tote bags. Many more projects are also still in the works. Too bad I have been too busy sewing to get pics on to my blog!

  204. Rachel says:

    The tutorial on the quilt with the rock pockets was brilliant! Yet another great idea to tuck away for when I have the time! πŸ™‚

  205. jodie says:

    I have been sewing tote bags for use as grocry bags (in place of plasctic.)

  206. Bekah says:

    I love the summer towel shirt that was featured! Great idea!

  207. Rebecca says:

    I’ve been working on sundresses for my girls and crinolines for all the flowergirls for my brother’s wedding in August.

  208. Christine says:

    This summer I’ve been working on sewing aprons & reusable coffee cozies. I just got a vintage pattern for making womens panties and I can’t wait to give that a try!

  209. Char says:

    I’ve been making baby quilts. One was very tedious to piece, so the next one has no piecing at all! It’s got a jungle panel on front and a jungley batik on back. Now how to quilt it??? And next I’ll make my son his first “Mama-made” quilt, which is what he calls the blanket I knit for him before he was born. Oh, and a couple of cute little aprons for my 3 year-old twin niece and nephew.

  210. Holly says:

    I’ve been making pool cover-ups for a gaggle of kids and covering them with the cute appliques that I learned how to make from this site! Thanks so much!

  211. Paula says:

    I check SMS everyday, because I love your projects. This summer I’ve made piles of totes, my first diaper bag, newborn blanket, little girl nightgowns, crocheted one rag rug, and engineered the most absolutely CRAZY Vacation Bible School costumes featuring Giggles Gecko, Christian Caterpillar, and Silly Snail. Fun, fun, fun!

  212. I’m currently sewing some bookmarks for a bookmark swap, turning a pair of pants into a pair of shorts (can’t decide on the length), and some beginning sewing work for my boys.

  213. Julia D says:

    I have so very many things going and things I want to get going before School starts! How about just 3: 2 more nephew’s quilts, a summer bag, and a wall hanging or pillows from some very rad old pants.

  214. Sarah S says:

    Nothing! I have been busy in the garden and painting the garage. I am slowing starting to get back into sewing 10 minutes each morning. Next up, baby blanket for some friends whose due date is fast approaching.

  215. Nancy says:

    I am still working on Christmas Quilts, and found a tute for fabric buckets, so have been working on those also…..

    photos on my blog


  216. Ursa says:

    Planning on making some kids backpacks and a diaper bag. Then a quilt to finish and maybe start another one for my son. List just gets bigger.

  217. Ann says:

    Just making a few cat toys for the new addition to the family. Later in the fall I will start back up and make chalkboard placemats for my niece and nephews for Christmas. I check your blog daily – so many inspiring ideas! I love the constant flow of information here.

  218. katy says:

    I’ve been sewing appliquéd shirts and onesies – my fav has been the baby beluga shirt for my 2year old.


  219. Cheryl says:

    Oh, my goodness! I have my first grandson on the way…so I’m sewing blankets and bibs and tiny, tiny clothes and quilts. Also, for myself, I’m practicing with my new serger on a knit shirt this weekend. Thanks for the lovely blog!!

  220. I have been making purses, pillowcase dresses, raggy blankets and I am now starting a “Pretty Woman” -like Red Formal for my daughter to wear to a Mystery Birthday Party.

  221. sarah says:

    There have been a rash of new babies in the neighborhood, so I’ve been working on appliqued shirts and repurposing the hand-me-downs in the neighborhood (like men’s shirts) into baby smocks. Here are some of my most recent creations:

  222. Katie says:

    I’ve been sewing like mad lately: an apron for a swap, the lotus cami by Amy Butler. I’m going to try out some knits but that’s after I finish a skirt I’ve been working on!

  223. orata says:

    I just sewed a top and a dress from Simplicity’s Built by Wendy pattern 3835… next up, Amy Butler’s Anna Tunic, once I get some muslin for the lining and some paper to trace out the pattern.

  224. Lisa E. says:

    lots and lots of bibs, blankets, etc this summer! we have 3 babies on the way in our family and 2 friends’ babies on the way! it’s a busy time…

  225. Alissa says:

    As usual, most of my sewing time is filled with making quilts. But I’ve also become completely addicted to the Mail Sack Pattern from Pink Chalk Studios. I suspect my next thing to tackle will be some pillows/cushions (the tut. you gave us is perfect!)/curtain as my sister just bought a new house!

  226. Wendy says:

    Finished 2 quilts and working on another one. I’ve also knitted a hat.

  227. Sarah S says:

    I wish I were sewing more, but it’s just too nice outside this summer. I’ve been working on dresses for my daughter. Next on the list is a tank top for me!

  228. Angie H. says:

    I have been very busy this summer. My niece wanted to re-do her room. We took a trip to IKEA and got a duvet cover, accessories and extra fabric…then the fun began. We went through my many bins of fabric, gathered all the hot pink, orange and sage green we could and got to business designing. I made pillow cases, a patchwork pillow, curtains, a wall quilt and lined a basket for her. We also did some fun labels with chalkboard fabric to help keep her organized. All in all it was a big job in a short amount of time (she visits fo the summer) but well worth the tears in her eyes when her mom, my sister, put it all together!

    Thanks for letting me share…Angie

  229. Amanda says:

    This has been the summer of crayon rolls and diaper & wipes case for friends and family….lots of expecting moms and friends with toddlers can do that to you….hopefully there’s a project for me in the form of a cushion or picnic blanket on the up and up!

  230. myrnie_twin says:

    Oh dear, this has been my summer of sewing! I’ve made a skirt for my niece, a skirt for my daughter, a shirt for me, 7 flannel baby blankets (one currently resides on the lap of my bed/chair bound grandmother), 3 flannel burp cloths, and a few “grandparent” dolls for my daughter (a picture of the dolls can be seen here: Oh, and a purse for me. Oh, and I’m learning to embroider- getting a head start on this years’ Christmas gifts!!

  231. capperoo says:

    I just completed a new little tank top, blogged about here:
    I’m now working on a shopping bag. I always bring two grocery shopping and many times need one or two more, so I decided to whip them up!

  232. LIndsay says:

    the towel bath robe came out great. Ive been working on skirts (and used the reverse applique on one, and (as always) bags!!!!

  233. I’ve been embroidering a few things. My sewing room is a mess. I’ve got a really lengthly list of to do’s. Happy Sewing everyone!

  234. Sarah says:

    Love all these summer tutorials! I just finished my first king-sized quilt, for our master bedroom, and am starting a quilted tote to keep for myself. That’s about all I can handle since we’re also replacing our floors right now!!

  235. Kelly Jo says:

    My latest project was lining a knit and then felted tote bag! It’s my new knitting bag! I’m still learning, but it even included some pockets on the inside!! No pictures yet though! I need to take some pictures and blog about it!

  236. annie says:

    Oy, my latest project…….I just finished up a baby sling, hurridly sewed up some curtains so they could be put on the rod for guests a couple weeks ago (but they need to be taken down and re-sewn because they aren’t very straight), and I’m in the middle of making a little dress for my daughter. This is my first time making children’s clothing but I like it…..less material to mess up with and it goes so much quicker!

  237. Ginger says:

    I’m planning to use the instructions from the cushion project to help reupholster my sofa! That was the only part that I was hesitant about — the staple gun and fabric fitting I’ve got down — I almost had a professional redo my cushions.

    Yay for timely posts and tricks for inserting zippers!

  238. phyllis says:

    Sewing schools for grandkids & today a shorts set for bible school program tonight. thanks

  239. Erin says:

    I love FFF! This summer, I’ve come back to making tote bags, but I’ve also made a few aprons. This one I made with no pattern for a friend, and I love the fabric!

  240. Katie Mitchell says:

    I made the tote bag and it turned out fabulously! I’ve also been sewing clothes for myself, a friend, and my girls.

  241. Jen Borley says:

    I’m going to attempt my first quilt. Bloom by Camille Roskelley. Here’s the link to the pattern: I’m super excited as this will be gifted as long as it turns out!

  242. Celeste says:

    I’ve been attempting to make some maternity skirts–they are so hard to find in the stores these days! I’ve also got a bunch of birthdays coming up at the end of this month, so I’ll have to get going on some sewing for that…

  243. aimee says:

    I’ve been sewing up some simple dresses for my niece, pj shorts for my boys and a few things for myself. Soon it will be time to start on Christmas presents. I love all your tutorials and plan on using some for gifts. Thanks!!

  244. Renee says:

    I just finished a quilt for my 18 month old, now I need more fabric for some inspiration!

  245. julie says:

    I’m too busy sewing for everyone else. I need to slow down and sew something for me! I’m orking on bicycle pants cuffs for my husband, sewed shorts for my daughter and a birthday gift for my brother. Free patterns for the last two are posted on my blog!

  246. Tricia says:

    I just tore thru our old towels to start making some of those cover up’s. I am making my daughter a minky quilted blanket, I made towels, burp cloths and a Cat in the Hat baby quilt.. (and had a baby in March) πŸ˜€
    I sure would love some new fabric too πŸ˜€

  247. Ashley says:

    Here’s a glimpse of my attempts over the last few months

    I’m new at all of this, and it’s a little rough starting out. I’m trying to keep trying though:)

  248. Victoria says:

    I’ve been coming up with lots of stuff to try! I have made a couple of super cute shoes for my little girl. They are fun and super quick to make.

  249. Lily says:

    I made a birthday banner just in time for my daughter’s first birthday. All the rest of my sewing energy has been spent on baby gifts (blankets, booties, bibs, bags), since it seems like everyone I know is expecting this summer and fall.

  250. sonja says:

    I just love these tutorials… I have been busy making pajamas for the kids and want to try out applique now.

  251. Kate says:

    I made a tote from Irene’s tutorial using Nigella fabric. It makes the perfect beach bag!! It only took about an hour and I get lots of compliments every time I use it!!

  252. carie says:

    I just finished a skirt for myself using designer japanese fabric. I love all your sewing ideas.

  253. Regina says:

    Quilts quilts and more quilts – trying to get a jump on Christmas. Just finished up my version of a Disappearing Nine Patch ( and 92 gingerbread boy blocks for a multiple quilt/multiple wall hanging Christmas gift bonanza.

  254. chantel says:

    I haven’t gotten to the sewing part, but I have been planning a quilt for my new baby…I will get to that hopefully in a week or two.

  255. Melanie O. says:

    I’m making a summer dress for my oldest daughter with vintage, thrifted fabric. Hoping to finish this week (before summer is over — we live in Wisconsin)!

  256. quilting!

  257. Marlana says:

    I’ve been working on PJ shorts for my grandson. The dream is get a few marinating projects out of the “thoughts” basket. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  258. Mirjam says:

    As I just moved house, there has been rather a lot of curtain sewing on the summer menu. For dessert: beaded felt crowns and princess capes for my friends adorable twin girls who turned 4 years old. Next plan: some flimsy cool tops to cope this summer heat. And some colourfull cushions for the couch!

  259. Sarah says:

    I’ve been taking time out to sew for myself this week. Yesterday I finished up a new apron using the wonderful Emmeline apron pattern. Next up is a sewing machine dust cover… Yep, I’ve simply draped a pathetic looking towel over my machine.

  260. Carolyn says:

    I’m working on a Christmas quilt from the Summer 2008 issue of Quilts and More. I love the quilt on the cover!

  261. Liv says:

    I’m sewing the last two summer dresses (August 1st? I know sort of silly but I’m loving them) and two carseat seat protector pads so I can stop washing the whole seat covers!

  262. erin says:

    I’ve been doing a little bit of everything lately. I have been doing swaps that got me to try lots of new things!

  263. Amy says:

    so many great new things to try! so happy you put this all in one spot!

  264. The Mommy says:

    Sewing lots of shopping bags from upcycled clothing! (also making some crochetted plarn ones too)!

  265. After a couple of months without much sewing at all, I’ve been on a roll this week! Erin’s rock pockets blanket, Purlbee’s Purl Frogs, a Softies pincushion, and a doll quilt for my little girl. Up next is figuring out a quilt for my daughter’s “big girl” bedroom!

  266. amber says:

    I am working on my Holiday Party Dress and also my new winter coat! yiepee!

  267. Jean says:

    I’ve been working on bags for an etsy shop
    Something tells me I have to get back to garment sewing though. I miss it so much!

  268. Leah says:

    This summer I recently made pillows and covers for my baskets in the living room. Doodle bags for the kids, by the way the easy tutorial is free on my blog at Drawing cases from the craft apple pattern, a few skirts and of course bags! I enjoyed all of the tutorials this month. Thanks you everyone who contributed!!

  269. denitza says:

    I’m in the planing stages of a Tetris quilt for my boy. Also been sewing lounge pants from sheets for me. Need to do two totes for my boys . May be I’ll do the bags before I start the quilt.

  270. mary says:

    My latest project is a 50th birthday present for a dear friend. It’s like this one only the reverse appliqued word is “celebrate” :

  271. Melissa says:

    I have been sewing some things for the house and clothes for my daughter. I am planning the rock pocket quilt for an August or Sept project. It will be my biggest yet!

  272. nettie says:

    i’ve mostly been quilting, it’s been fun.

  273. Alison says:

    i’ve been sewing TONS of doll quilts this summer and i’ve just started the picnic blanket to give as a gift!

  274. dianne says:

    This year I am serious about getting Christmas presents done this summer, so I’m working on table runners and coasters for the holidays. FUN!

  275. Amy says:

    I have been doing a lot of stash building. It’s easier than getting time to sew these days.

  276. I’ve started my Christmas quilting!

  277. Rachel says:

    I’ve been dreaming about sewing a little dress for my daughter, but it hasn’t happened quite yet!

  278. Kelli says:

    I loved the classic tote tutorial and made one each for my mother and mother-in-law to hold thank you gifts for the baby showers they are hosting. I also used the embroidery tutorial to make an absolutely adorable bib for the baby in honor of my husband – it has a skull on it. It was SO easy and it looks great! Thanks to the ladies for sharing your creativity and wisdom!

  279. Mel says:

    Small plush stuffed animals.

  280. erin says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the summer sewing month. I made the pool robes for both of my daughters. You can read and see it here.

  281. Jeannette says:

    i’m sewing baby shoes and the diaper bag of my dreams for my new little guy

  282. Tersea says:

    I have been sewing lots of aprons, bibs, and totes! I have had fun with all of this summer sewing!

  283. Kathleen says:

    I’ve been doing a bit of handwork while the kids play in the pool

    I’ve also made several of these cute little baskets – hasn’t everybody made at least one?

  284. Lynn says:

    I’ve been frantically trying to catch up with a Dear Jane Quilt along. If I had time, I would definitely be sewing an Amy Butler Birdie Bag.

  285. Toby says:

    I’ve actually been working with my 11 and 9 yr old daughters on learning to work the machine. They have been making pillows (what I started with when I was little). My 11 yr old got to learn a little last year, but then had to take over the machine for making scarfs for my head after surgery. They have been enjoying it and are quickly inheriting my addiction to fabric. πŸ™‚

  286. Michele says:

    I’ve been working on a few embriodery projects (simple and small…I’ve just starting embroidering) I aslo have a half-done pair of lounge pants, and just started cutting out the fabric for a picnic blanket with rock pockets!

    Thanks for all of the great tutorials!

  287. Sarah says:

    Oh my gosh, your lists are always so inspiring and just a little overwhelming! So much fun stuff to make! So far, my summer has been taken up with moving, so I haven’t been sewing too much, but I soon will!

  288. Meggles says:

    I can’t wait to make the pool robe!

  289. Amy says:

    I’m making a shirt dress from Burda WOF and I’m kicking it off with my first muslin.

  290. Terriaw says:

    I have had a very productive summer of sewing! I made two sets of valances, a tablecloth for the kitchen, a tablecloth for the outdoor patio, two pillowcases, two flower pincushions, a fabric beach ball, and a set of placemats for a swap. I am almost finished with two portable cushions based on your tutorial, which I love!

  291. September says:

    My latest project was a throw pillow. I’m planning to make more as well as a duvet cover for my new bed. I can’t wait!

  292. LisaW says:

    I’m trying to get a jump-start on Christmas and I started appliqueing t-shirts for my nephews.

  293. Lynsay says:

    So many projects on my to-do list: a half-apron, a tote bag, a wrap to match my little black dress for a friend’s black-tie wedding this fall, a clutch or wristlet, and no fewer than half a dozen home dec projects! Must stop reading crafty blogs on the internet and start sewing….

  294. DawnMarie says:

    I have been sewing a ton of things for my sister-in-law’s new baby…quilt, burp clothes, baby shoes, baby hats, soft blocks, diaper/wipe carrier…

  295. Kristena says:

    My latest project is designing matryoshka wallhangings and stenciling onesies to sell locally. You can see some of my work here: Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

  296. Kendall says:

    Thanks for putting these all in one post! I had too many bookmarks to keep track of. My next project is sewing some last minute items for my next baby (due in about 6 weeks).

  297. HES says:

    I’ve been making a ton of tote bags and zipper cases for friends, but now I want to make a picnic quilt–or six! I love that pattern with the little rock holder pockets. Thank you for posting it!

  298. susan says:

    right now i’m finishing up a tote bag made from an old pair of jeans. next i hope to start on one of those blankets with the “rock pockets” — so cute.

  299. Erin says:

    I sewed my first quilt AND first doll quilt AND first dress this summer. Um, maybe I’m going a bit over the top.

  300. Marilyn says:

    I am working on some “drapes” for a sun porch and am going to use the grommet tutorial. I found it very helpful.

  301. Crystal says:

    I have been sewing cloth diapers for my new little one coming in November

  302. Molly says:

    I love Erin’s simple blanket. Thanks for all the great tutorials.

    My last project was cloth napkins with personalized napkin rings made with slap bracelets covered in fabric. Link:

  303. Christy says:

    Thanks for all the great information. I need to get busy!!

  304. Samantha says:

    I’ve actually been working on Christmas stockings and a couple of quilts. I’m trying to get a jump on the holiday season!

  305. Shayla says:

    I have been working on my very first original project and tutorial and a quilt for my nephew.

  306. renee says:

    I’ve been working on a quilt forever. My poor machine must feel so neglected this summer. But i do have a fall lineup. Got baby ideas in mind just waiting to find out the gender, a baby quilt, fall/winter toddler pajamas, and i really want to do amy butler’s wide legged lounge pants seen all over blogland. Finally got the book from the library, a vintage sheet for fabric, and am ready to give it a go.

  307. Sarah says:

    My latest project was a new A-line skirt with some fun summer fabric.

  308. Amy says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas. I just dug up the old recap of girls fashions and am sewing one of the patchwork skirts for my daughter. Love it!

  309. Christy says:

    As I just opened my own etsy shop today, I have been sewing a little bit of everything…my favorite being the stuff with embriodery! Thanks as aways for the gifts! Ladies all of your hard work is most certainly appreciated by all!

  310. monica says:

    i have been making some dresses and aprons for my daughter and aprons for myself.

  311. Sara R. says:

    I’ve been sewing a bunch of different projects this summer: a baby quilt, a new purse for me, a top for me and a top for my daughter.

  312. Brooke says:

    I tried the towel robe tutorial for my little one’s swimming lessons. He is only 19 months so I used a old shrunken towel I had at college and eyeballed it. It was so empowering to do the applique. We did the seahorse on his robe. Best of all he LOVES it! He is so excited to put it on and never takes it off. Thanks for all the tutorials! I am trying things I never would have. Thanks!

  313. britt says:

    Still working on too many things, I think I will focus on a new tote bag and the lining of a knitted bag. One day I might even get them onto myblog

  314. Terri says:

    The classic tote tutorial was perfect! I made mine in just a couple hours and am planning on making some as Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing that.

  315. AmyDe says:

    I’ve been sewing a quilt this week – really simple – took the “Nest” layer cake (10″ blocks) and arranged them – then sewed them all together (well mostly together so far) – it’s nice to be back at the machine; I can’t wait for more.

  316. Carrie K says:

    Im JUST brand new to sewing…so nothing yet! but im drooling over fabrics and getting excited over potential projects! LOVE the tote bag…

  317. Allison says:

    My most recent project is making two things out of one pretty, vintage, extra-long yellow floral pillowcase: first, a skirt for my daughter that allowed me to keep the scalloped, bias-bound edging, and second, a tote bag that allowed me to use the other half of the pillowcase and not actually sew very much… unfortunately I don’t have pictures yet because I”m not 100% done with the tote, but I plan to finish it soon!

  318. Holly says:

    I made messenger bags for my little girlies, starting with the legs of pants that will never fit me again. Way fun!

  319. MeganVS says:

    I have made a couple of mail sacks from It is a great and easy pattern ! I am going to make one for my mom for her trip to Italy. Here is mine:

  320. Tamara says:

    So far this summer I’ve made two Amy Butler bags, and 2 adorable skirts for my preschooler. Still need to take pics of the skirts, but you can see the bags here:

  321. Heather says:

    I’m working on a few dresses for my girls and I’ve finished up a few Mei Tais recently. I’ve got to get geared up for the “First Day of School” outfits pretty soon here!

  322. Lizzie says:

    I love all the applique stuff!

  323. Rachel says:

    I’ve been making stuffed elephants for baby showers.

  324. Melanie says:

    I’ve been sewing a lot of baby clothes, blankets, booties, etc. for my December baby. It’s so much fun to sew little things for babies! I’m actually making a baby quilt, my first quilt ever. I enjoy every step of it, I hope it will meet my expectations! Handmade items have so much more value to me than anything that I could buy, and I only want what’s best for my little one!

  325. Erica says:

    I completed the Classic Tote one evening and plan to sew a few more!

  326. Lisa says:

    I haven’t been sewing too much. The kids want to play all the time. However, we did buy some curtains at the store and then hemmed them to fit our windows. I hope to get to the wrap skirt from S.E.W. next week. I love reading all the tutorials and hope to use them someday soon.

  327. Jennifer says:

    I just finished helping my daughter sew a pair of pajama shorts. I’m now going to try the picnic blanket. I had to laugh at myself, I thought the “rock pockets” were for children’s treasures as well. πŸ™‚

  328. alison says:

    I’ve been sewing shorts for my boys and I have more shorts and seersucker pj pants cut out on my ironing board to get sewn. I also have a skirt and a dress to make for myself. Now to find more hours in a day to fit it all in!

  329. christa says:

    I have been and will continue to sew lots and lots of baby quilts for all of the babies that have been arriving.

  330. molly says:

    I just finished a dress! With a zipper! First “real” piece of clothing from a pattern — unfortunately I’m not clever enough yet to do it without a pattern!

  331. Nicole (ikkinlala) says:

    My latest project was cloth menstrual pads made out of old shirts. Not pretty, but practical.

  332. Anna says:

    I am working on a new set of pillowcases and a couch cover to lighten up our living room – it has been so much fun, picking the fabrics πŸ™‚

  333. Valerie says:

    I’m in the midst of making piping for pillows for my living room. I am using Anna Maria Horner’s “Drawing Room” fabric for them, and making the piping out of black microfiber. I wish someone had warned me at the black fuzz microfiber leaves EVERYWHERE!

  334. bec says:

    making a dress for my daughter. I loved the paper dolls on the oliver and s patterns, so I bought one. now i just have to get it finished.

  335. gillian says:

    I have conquered my fear of knits and as a result have made two skirts!

  336. Esther says:

    I am just starting to sew.. I have been making a few purses/zippered pouches, and I’m taking a class right now to make a pair of pijama pants!

  337. Mikaiya says:

    I’m working on a 30s retro pinwheel quilt, to hang over my sofa. I’m so loving the reproduction prints! Hope to finish the quilt front this weekend…

  338. Stefanie says:

    I loved the applique tutorials. This summer is all about totes for me but that is mostly what all year is about for me *smile*

  339. Jamie says:

    I’m still piecing together a quilt, but look forward to making a picnic blanket in the next few weeks.

  340. Julie says:

    Embroidering my son’s drawings for a fast, rewarding project and sewing hand bags, totes, and coasters for gifts!

  341. Kati says:

    My latest projects have been a few taggie blankets for friend’s newborns. I did buy the bandana’s and just need to find a few minutes to sew up some pants for my son!

  342. katie says:

    I’ve been obsessed with elastic thread smocking. I cannot seem to stop. The totes are on my list, but they may have to wait until Fall πŸ™‚

  343. Ellen says:

    These are such great projects – I’ll have to try some of them out – very talented ladies. So far this summer, I’ve made 3 tops for myself and am working on a 4th one. I also tried my hand at placemats & napkins for a swap which was quite fun. We’re trying to use more cloth napkins (3 1/2 weeks now of paper-free napkins – very good) so I need to make some more soon.

  344. Andi says:

    I’ve been working on a baby blanket with a big giraffe appliqued on the front. I love all of the ideas posted and can’t wait to get started on some new projects!

  345. Water Works says:

    I have been making seasonal table toppers for my sister’s new home. I’ve also discovered hand embroidery and am working on a tooth fairy pillow for my daughter.

  346. Kim Crane says:

    I have recently started sewing. I love your blog and it has given me some great ideas of things I want to start sewing. Right now I’m working on a bag from Amy Butler. I’m having so much fun learning and exploring sewing.

  347. Julia says:

    Curtains, curtains, and more curtains! I am moving into a new place at the end of the month and need something for all those naked windows!

  348. ineke platvoet says:

    I have been sewing my red/white folklore fabrics quilt, which is almost finished now, except for the quilting part. This I will do by hand so should take some time.
    I really like some of the projects, so will start on some of them too.
    Hugs from Holland,

  349. Michelle Jadaa says:

    mm what have i been sewing,well hubby bought me a serger and i’ve never had/used one before so i’ve been playing around with that.
    I made a couple of empire waist tops and …a pair of jeans (which was a first).

  350. Linda Prihoda says:

    Thanks for the summer inspiration. I just can’t seem to stop making totes of every type. linda

  351. Alisha says:

    I just finished making some soft toys for my niece for her 1 year birthday. I used one of the tutorials featured in The Ultimate Handmade Holidays last November to make a soft cube and some other shapes. Now I just need to make a little bag or backpack so she can carry around her toys.

  352. Tina says:

    Lots of fun summer projects! I recently made a saxophone quilt for my sonÒ€ℒs summer birthday. You can find it at

  353. Kristin says:

    My latest project was a strip-work skirt using Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler and Heather Ross fabrics. I don’t have a picture yet, but will be posting on my blog soon.

  354. Tina says:

    Lots of fun summer projects! I recently made a saxophone quilt for my son’s summer birthday. You can find it at

  355. Fay says:

    I just started to sew. With the help of my friend, Amy, I’ve made 2 skirts. I’m starting my 3rd and I have the material to make a tote from your site. There’s about 10 things I have on my “To Sew” list but I figure that I better pace myself!

  356. Emily says:

    I’m making rompers for my sister. She isn’t going to find out if it’s a boy or a girl, so I’m making her a boy one, a girl one, and two yellow/green ones. Fun! I think I’m going to try one of your appliques on them.

  357. Kathy R. says:

    The Classic Tote tutorial was great. I whipped one up in a couple of hours and plan on making more for Christmas gifts. I also want to try the cushions – the instructions looked very clear. You do a great job getting a variety of projects posted. I check the site almost everyday. Thanks again.

  358. Cami Paul says:

    my latest project was embelling flour sack towels with fabric and ric-rac and then a couple of hand-embroidered chickens. Easy and fun!

  359. aimee says:

    I have been sewing lots of new clothes for my little girl, planning a quilt for her 2nd birthday and doing tons of hand embroidery.

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