Springtime Tutorials

on April 30 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 85 Comments

We shared some of our favorite springtime tutorials earlier and we have a few more to bring Spring Sewing Month to a close. Here are some fun tutorials to clean and bring cheer to your home:

Make your own duster by Aimee at Aimee Ray
Butterfly Mobile by Ellen at the long thread
Laundry Sack by Randi at i have to say…
Dust Mitt by Laura at we wilsons

You might also like the springtime fun of a Birdie Applique from Sew Spoiled, learning how to Make a Kite from an Old Umbrella by The Sampler or Preserve Fabric Butterflies from Sew-eco, the 30 Minute Skirt from craftstylish, Fabric Covered Box from Handmaiden and Mommo’s Cheery Rain Hat.

Do you have a favorite spring tutorial we missed this month? Add a link in the comments!

We’re having so much fun browsing through the Sew,Mama,Sew! general photo pool. There are already Spring Bags, Ruffle Skirts, Spring Chicks and so much more.


We love this Cherry Sundress modification of the Ruffle Top Tutorial and the Mother’s Day gift Alice already finished: a Quilted Garden Tote!


Alice from alice232 has gone to town this April with the top and bag, with her cute version of the Toy Gathering Bucket and her own linen Buttercup Bag (and more!). Show us what you’ve created. We’ll feature more Spring Sewing from the photo pool next week.

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85 Responses to Springtime Tutorials

  1. Amy S says:

    I love the sundress

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I just love that gardening tote. I have ac ouple friends who would appreciate one for Xmas.

  3. stacie says:

    Man, I just can’t believe the immense diversity of creative projects on this site. This is my “go to” when I want a jump start on anything… and I want EVERYTHING!!! You guys ROCK! 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    I love the tutorials, and I find this website really inspiring for personal projects! Great job on all of these ideas!

  5. Karen says:

    Wonderful, bright and cheery ideas!

  6. sally schaffhausen says:

    I am going to hang the butterfly mobile on my trellis outside. It will look so lovely blowing in the breeze. I just adore butterflys!!! Thank You.

  7. Alana says:

    How adorable is that little girl’s dress?! I love it!

  8. your drawstring bag was the inspiration for a collaboration with my buddy, jennifer paganelli. we had been working on bedding line for college bound kids– and “dorm on a drawstring” was born.your blog is always so fresh and i thank you for sharing your ideas. please feel free to visit my blog sometime- the door is always open at Dark Hors Farm!
    your fan,

  9. Samantha says:

    Very cute ideas!

  10. Cold Hearted Stitch says:

    I will definitely be trying out the swiffer refills. I already crochet my own pads for the swiffer mop. I just hate shelling out over and over for something I can’t reuse. I love snagging the design improvements from disposable items and making them into durable goods. Thanks!

  11. sandyandcosmo says:

    So many projects, so little time! These are great ideas for all the spring birthdays coming up.

  12. Amy says:

    I made the butterfly mobile as soon as I saw it! It is perfect for my baby’s room!

  13. IsobelleGrace says:

    Love the butterfly mobile! I have a baby shower to go to soon and it will make a fantastic gift!

  14. Katie says:

    Ugh!! I so wish this wasn’t a cleaning week and that I could just sit down at my sewing table and sew until my fingers hurt. I’m in love with those butterflies and the quilted bag and the cherry dress. Oh so cute!!

  15. After seeing the garden tote – I need to make time for one of these

  16. Jennifer says:

    I love the ruffle sundress! I’m having fun thinking up my own variations.

  17. Deb V says:

    Wow what great ideas. I am going to have to try making a few of those.

  18. Bethany says:

    I absolutely love those butterflies…and also the cherry sundress modification! Adorable!

  19. BethieB says:

    I’m in love with the cherries! I ned someone to make me a shirt just like that! (Because, you know, I’m not done with the spring cleaning in my sewing room so I can’t really get in there and get things done yet, lol.) Can’t wait to read through all the blogs and tuts!

  20. Kara says:

    Thanks again for the great tutorials… now if I only had time to make them ALL. It is so hard to decide which ones to do.

  21. Stacy says:

    I had the same idea to use that shirt tute for a dress for my little one. It is so hard to find something that will fit her. Thanks for all the pics!

  22. Ellen Ban says:

    The laundry sack would be a nice, practical graduation gift for my daughter’s friends!

  23. Christen says:

    These look like some fun projects. I’ll have to give them a try.

  24. Donna says:

    Great ideas! I will be making the laundry bag and the swiffer duster this weekend. Thanks for giving me some great sewing ideas for a rainy weekend.

  25. Trina says:

    perfect! I was wanting to make a mobile last night, but it wasn’t turning out very well. Now I will make this one.

  26. Aimee says:

    So many great ideas!!! What do I sew first?

  27. Kelli says:

    Have already saved the swiffer idea. I’d heard about it before, but seeing the pics and directions makes all the difference for a visual learner like me!
    PS LOVE the cherry dress! I am off to find material to make a ruffle top for me and one for my almost 5 year old!!

  28. Christina says:

    That gardening bag is now at the top of my project list! thanks!

  29. anja says:

    the spring sewing sure looks fun

  30. knitteresq says:

    Must make those butterflies! Thanks!

  31. Nova437 says:

    I do need a laundry bag…

  32. Marissa says:

    I can’t wait to try the reusable duster, I hate having to buy the refills. This will be much better.

  33. Pam Hastings says:

    Love your tutorials. Please keep them coming. Thanks

  34. brittany says:

    sew cute! …sorry, it just came out.

  35. Helena says:

    I like the duster idea. bookmarked the butterfly mobile, Can’t wait to make more stuff, Just finished the ruffled top minus ruffles.

  36. Heather says:

    Wow – those butterflies look really great yet seem simple. I’m not much of a sewer, but all the great projects you post have been so tremendously inspiring that I’m working on my skills so I can attempt more projects. Thanks for all the amazing resources!

  37. MaryAnn says:

    Wow, unbelievable. – so many nice things. I’m going to have to grab a coffee and spend some time here!

  38. molly says:

    i love that garden tote. So adorable.

  39. Monica Gee says:

    Oh that cherry top is the cutest! What a way to get inspired for spring/summer!

  40. Joy says:

    Lots of neat projects!

  41. Emily S says:

    definitely puts me in the mood to get some sewing done!

  42. Christy Slavinsky says:

    I can’t wait to make a duster! What a great tutorial!!

  43. Jody says:

    I took out my machine for the first time in years last night! Even though my task was mundane, my heart was in heaven. It felt so good to do. My mind has started cooking up the next project. Looking at this blog every day really gets my creative juices flowing.

  44. ellen says:

    love the laundry bag. Have to give that a try.

  45. Julie says:

    Smart ideas with the dusters!!!

  46. Nikkapotamus says:

    I love the duster tutorials!
    I’ve already made my swiffer mop a few extra fleecy replacements. Now I’ll have to make the little duster some new friends too!

  47. alison says:

    What a great idea to make reusable dusters.
    Love the butterflies – what a great way to display your favorite fabrics!

  48. Francis C. Moore says:

    So many neat projects but so little time. Francis Moore

  49. Sarah Cosper says:

    Love the ruffle top tut!

  50. love the tutes! thank you!

  51. Michelle Jadaa says:

    love the gardening tote but then i have a thing for bags,you can never have too many:)

  52. Susan says:

    Ooh – I love those laundry sacks – would make cute graduation gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  53. Southern Gal says:

    Wow! I love all these ideas. You people are so talented!

  54. meri says:

    Thanks again and again for such great links! So many talented people!!!

  55. Kerneknop says:

    The little dress is gorgeous – it’s too bad I don’t know any little girls… Hmmm!

  56. alisha says:

    So much good stuff here! I love the dusters. And I loved the ruffle top and love the sundress version even more! How cute would it be to make a matching top and little dress.

  57. trashalou says:

    Oh dear. I may have to give up the housework and go make those butterflies!

  58. Alice S says:

    Thank you for the complimentary comments on my crafts! They wouldn’t be possible without this blog. Sew Mama Sew is often the source of my sewing projects. Thank you! Now I want to make a butterfly mobile after seeing the tutorial you posted….

  59. Viv says:

    So what i was missing, what great tutorials to catch up on. Now to find the time. Love the cute butterflies.

  60. Michelle says:

    That butterfly mobile is adorable. I don’t have any little ones in my family right now, but I kind of want one for myself!

  61. Liz says:

    love that butterfly mobile! quite unique.

  62. Christi Scheffel says:

    I love the tote especially the pockets. I will have to make one for my daughter and myself. Thanks for the pattern!

  63. Jen V says:

    How am I supposed to get any cleaning done with all this great sewing to put on the list?! Thanks to everyone for sharing the tutorials.

  64. Julie says:

    The cherry sundress is so darling. That pattern in on my list to make next.

  65. Kimiko says:

    SO CONFLICTING–go outside & enjoy the beautiful weather, or stay inside & sew beautiful things? Maybe I could sew on the patio…

  66. Lisa Martin says:

    I am so making the duster and dust mitt… Thanks for sharing them with us..


  67. Michelle says:

    I am working on the ruffle shirt….and the swiffer duster is really cool

  68. MamaBee says:

    The butterfly mobile is so cute. I may have to make one soon (even though my little one isn’t so little…)

  69. Christine says:

    Awesome projects! The homemade swiffer is a wonderful idea. They can get very expensive. I think I will use these tutorials to do gifts for grads as they get new places/houses/apts. 🙂 Thanks!

  70. Harley says:

    Super cute projects. That gardening bag is something I could definitely use! 😀

  71. ruth says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  72. effie says:

    lovely! the butterfly mobile is a must for my little one soon to arrive!

  73. craftytammie says:

    I need to make me a swiffer duster! love that idea!

  74. Sarah E. says:

    Love the dusters!!

  75. Irene says:

    Just gotta say that those butterfly’s are genius!

  76. Sara R. says:

    Love the laundry sack! Could be a perfect gift for my nursing student sister!

  77. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    So many wonderful things to make, so little time.

  78. Ananda says:

    I love the tutorials for the homemade swiffer duster. That will save me bundles! Thanks.

  79. Mandy says:

    So many wonderful ideas. Now all I need is the time!

  80. DebbieKL says:

    Those butterflies are great!

  81. Liz B says:

    Alice232’s projects are fantastic! I am inspired to start pulling out some of the tutorials I’ve found on Sew Mama Sew!

  82. heather jane says:

    I still have my eye on those cute drawstring bags from Randi, and of course the dust mitts and swiffer dusters are perfect for the spring cleaning craze I’m feeling! Thanks for the reminders.

  83. Cheryl says:

    What fun dusters!

  84. Vanessa says:

    ohhh-i will have to try that laundry sack out-really cute. thanks for the great tutorials!

  85. jm says:

    Love the butterflies!

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