Summer Sewing Fun

on June 9 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 121 Comments

We have lots of really fantastic Summer Sewing tutorials in our archives! Here are some of our favorites… For more fun check out the full tutorial archive.

Bandana Pants
Perfectly Portable Cushion
“Leisurely” Dress
Child’s Tent
Child’s Pool Robe
Picnic Blanket with Rock Pockets
Ruffle Skirt
Super Simple Nightie Tutorial
Quilted Garden Tote
Summer Top
‘Fit for a Princess!’ Picnic Quilt

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121 Responses to Summer Sewing Fun

  1. Charissa says:

    Love that ruffle skirt. I need some more. :-)

  2. lindsey says:

    Can’t wait to make the quilted picnic blanket!! Thanks

  3. Rina says:

    I made the ruffle skirt when it was first posted, and it’s a great, fun project.

  4. Blossom says:

    I love that ruffle skirt! One of these days I’m going to get up the courage to attempt to make one for myself!

  5. Ceil says:

    The quilted tote is the next project for me! Love the linen look!

  6. amy says:

    oooh….. I just now saw the summer boatneck top – that would be lovely to wear during market days here in steamy Virginia – off to find some fabrics in my stash,,,and then on to buy some elastic thread – always love a new challenge!

  7. Karen Lachance says:

    Finishing up a summer top and thinking of making the ruffle top next. If only I had more time…

  8. Kari S says:

    Love all the summer projects! They all look so cool and refreshing!

  9. Consuelo says:

    Wonderful tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Christy Coy says:

    Wow, I love the ruffle skirt. I want to make one NOW!

  11. kelli says:

    I’m going to make the picnic blanket. Rock pockets? Brilliant!

  12. N. Perez says:

    I see here some great ideas to keep quilting during the summer months. But first, let me teach myself some quilting basics before moving onto larger projects as the ones shown in this post.

  13. Shelly says:

    Love that summer top!

  14. Thea says:

    summer is sew much fun!

  15. Judith says:

    I love the blanket with rock pockets! Erin’s tutorial makes quilting sound so simple to the novice!

  16. VickiT says:

    SO many awesome tutes in that list and those we’ve seen this week. I think it might be Fall before anyone could get through half of them. I don’t know where everyone gets such awesome ideas. I am horrible at making new things like these.

    I love the towel used as a beach/bath wrap. Of course, there are many others on my “must make soon” list I’ve created too.

  17. Tonya says:

    LOVE that ‘undaunted’ top! Would love to try that–

  18. Sarah B says:

    Wonderful tutorials! Thanks!

  19. mickimicki says:

    I think I’ll make some cushions. Also great opportunity to learn how to make my own bias tape.

  20. MB says:

    Love these projects! I did the cushion tut for my outdoor furniture a couple years ago!

  21. sarah says:

    Love all the goodies you have been posting.

  22. Deborah says:

    The ruffle skirt tute is so user friendly – easy and simple!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  23. Helena Pope says:

    So many great projects, now where do I start, hmmm…

  24. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Oh, the childs tent is fantastic!

  25. Brianna says:

    I love all the cool summer items! Now I can do some sewing for my family.

  26. Megan shipley says:

    I’ve been reading sewing blogs and it makes me really want to get started!! Augh!

  27. Casey says:

    Thank you for posting this! I made several of the leisure dresses last year, and that to has caught my eye this time!

  28. Adorable summertime projects. Makes my foot ache to push on the sewing machine peddle.

    Donna K. from N. TX
    http://www.quiltingbeargal.blogspot.com

  29. Marcia W. says:

    Like the skirt for summer

  30. Mama Lusco says:

    My kids would love that tent! Thank you.

  31. Andrea M says:

    I remember seeing most of these at one time or another throughout the years-but for some reason the ruffle skirt has really caught my eye this time! Gonna have to make one…

  32. Sherry J says:

    cool projects. look like fun. thanks.

  33. Manette Gutterman says:

    The piping how to for cushions was exactly what i needed to learn. I want to make a cushion for my front bay window & this really came in handy!

  34. Cary says:

    The summer top looks cute!

  35. mindi says:

    Lovely skirt! Time to get crafty this summer.

    Cheers!

  36. Ramona says:

    I love those cushions! I think I will make some for my bench!

  37. Laurie says:

    I would love to try the insulated picnic tote!

  38. Always a good resource!

  39. Christine says:

    I love the nightie tutorial. I may have to make a few in different color. And some for my sister!

  40. SewingGrrl says:

    That book looks great

  41. Tina says:

    I really like the summer shirt–I’ve been thinking about trying out some shirring!

  42. Rohaise says:

    I want to them all, starting with the princess picnic quilt!

  43. Carmen says:

    Love the garden tote, but it’s too pretty to put dirty garden tools into! I will definitely try to add the ruffled skirt to my list of things to do. Very cute & comfie looking.

  44. JJ says:

    Love the idea of rock pockets!

  45. Bethany says:

    I love the portable cushions..those are really cute!!

  46. I’m particularly drawn to the ruffle skirt and summer top. They look like they’d be fun and quick! Your archives are such a great resource.

  47. Brenda says:

    I had missed some of these thanks for the recap!

  48. Melanie says:

    I love the summer dresses for little girls! I see some of those in my future….

  49. karen Cole says:

    All are wonderful projects! Where to begin…..

  50. Fran says:

    Great tutorials !
    Especially like the quilted garden bag….
    that would be a good Farmer’s Market bag !

  51. Suzanne says:

    I should make a couple of those ruffle skirts or plain without the ruffle with a maternity band. Perfect for those hot summer days!

  52. Liz T. says:

    I need to get started on that pool robe! So cute!

  53. SonjaVic says:

    I must have missed the portable cushion tutorial in the past. Thank you for reposting, the cushions will come in handy this summer.

  54. Jessica says:

    That reminds me… I still haven’t made that nighty that I’ve had book marked for so long now!

  55. Sarah says:

    The pool robe looks great for wearing back to the car when we leave the beach this summer. How did I miss the original post on that one? It’s on the list.

  56. Jennie says:

    Love it! Am going to make the nightie top now!

  57. Stace says:

    Can’t wait to give some of these a try!

  58. Cat says:

    oh, so nice ! thanks for sharing, I love the tent !

  59. Silvia says:

    Although I’m a beginner sewer and have it to dare try my first garment, I’m loving the summer top. I might just have to go for it. :)

  60. Carmen says:

    Wow, I suddenly have my work cut out for me. Thanks for these!

  61. the nightie tute has caught my eye, thanks for the round-up!

  62. KristiA says:

    Thanks for this! I am going to make those cushions and maybe that cute skirt!

  63. Lorrie Orr says:

    Such great projects. I love the picnic blanket with the rock pockets.

  64. Jennifer says:

    I’m going to have to try the summer shirt! I haven’t made clothing for myself since I was a teenager, though…so this could get pretty interesting ;-p

  65. Debb Lou says:

    Love the garden tote…

    debbebennett at yahoo dot com

  66. Lara says:

    Great cushion tutorial – might give it a try!

  67. Jennifer says:

    I’m in the midst of making the “Fit for a Princess” quilt – my first real quilt project. I’m very excited!

  68. Tez says:

    I made a “mu mu” version of the super simple nightie, last summer. LOVE it!!! Wear it all summer for cool comfort.

  69. Allison says:

    some of those are definitely going on my list!

  70. Rebecca says:

    thanks for collecting these great tutorials and bringing them to our attention more than once. Sometimes my memory is a bit short, but I find them both useful and inspiring!

    Rebecca

  71. There’s some great ones on here. I may have to sit down sometime this week and go over this list. Oh! I mean NEXT WEEK! It’s Friday already!

  72. Sara says:

    How do you always read my mind, SMS?! I was just thinking about making a pair of bandana pants last night but couldn’t remember one of the steps. Thanks again!

  73. Gwen says:

    I can see a few summer tops coming my way!!!!

  74. susan h says:

    great resources, thank you

  75. Jacey says:

    I’m going to check out the nightie and the tank patterns. Great list!

  76. Sara says:

    I’m making a super simple nightie right now! I’m thinking the summer top is next…

  77. Robyn G says:

    I like the pool robe.

  78. Sonya M says:

    I hope to make the “Undaunted Boatneck Top” this weekend!

  79. Beth says:

    So much great summer sewing! Why isn’t summer longer so I can do more of it?

  80. MC says:

    Wow, I would love to make that quilt. It looks rather difficult for a beginner, but maybe I can try it in a mug rug or placemat version first.

  81. MonicaTiesinga says:

    need to get a picnic quilt going!

  82. marilyn podoll says:

    Love the picnic quilt!

  83. Westin's Mom says:

    The pool robe’s great!

  84. jessie says:

    i thought i had read all of your posts, but that last top looks new to me. yeah for new tutorials!

  85. Those picnic quilts are great! I might try one!

  86. Jackie W says:

    Oh, I might just have to make the fit for a princess picnic quilt.

  87. Melanie T says:

    I am definitely making a picnic quilt! Thanks for the chance.

  88. Heather L says:

    Thanks for the reminders of what’s in the archives! I’d forgotten about those cute girls dresses! =)

  89. Dawn S. says:

    I’ve been looking for a summer top, this one’s perfect!! I think I’ll have to make a ruffle skirt, too.

  90. Chris says:

    The quilted garden tote would be wonderful to give my mama!

  91. Denise says:

    I need a picnic quilt! thanks for reminding me!!

  92. Karen U says:

    Thank you so much for all the hard work you do for the online quilting community. I really enjoy reading your blog and look forward to all your creative efforts. Thanks!

  93. Maman A Droit says:

    Ooh I love the bandana shorts! I’ll have to try to make them for my son!

  94. elsa says:

    oh, just love the garden tote. I have a friend who’d love it too. going to make it for her ~ she’s quite the gardener!

  95. Deanna says:

    The ruffle skirt has been my favorite since I first saw it here on Sew Mama Sew. I can’t tell you how many I have made.

  96. Belinda says:

    Thanks for reminding me of great tutorials!

  97. Tara K. says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing these wonderful patterns!!! Instead of cleaning today, I think I may sew a wonderful summer shirt for myself. Or maybe shorts for the kids… Thank you!

  98. Christina Aiton says:

    great projects!

  99. Allison says:

    Thanks for rounding up these cute tutorials!

  100. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the recap. Some were ones I remembered and some are new to me.

  101. Jess says:

    I really love the quilts in this list, and I’ve been wanting to make that summer top for a while now! I may have to get out the sewing machine this weekend!!

  102. THese ideas make me happy that it’s summer! (well, technically, *almost* summer!)

  103. Maya says:

    The quilted garden tote looks like a good project to do.

  104. Holly u says:

    A blanket with rock pockets is a great idea!

  105. Anne Marie says:

    Wow what nice collection of tutorials – thanks.

  106. Erin says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I had forgotten about some of these goodies!

  107. angie says:

    Oh so many fun ideas! My sewing “to-do” list is so long already!

  108. Lynne in NC says:

    What a great reminder of project ideas for Summer sewing.

  109. Eleonora says:

    I love summer!…funny fabrics and colours,light clothes,…I like the summer top.

  110. Melissa says:

    Oh I love that picnic quilt! The colours are so fabulous!

  111. Clare G says:

    Oh my, I want to try all of these…they all look like fun- plus they’re really cute.

  112. linda says:

    Thanks for pointing these out – nice!

  113. Sarah says:

    Great projects! I’ve been meaning to try the super simple nightie tutorial for agggeeeess. I’ll get around to it eventually!

  114. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh these are great tutorials, not just for summer.

  115. Serena says:

    Aw, the “Leisurely” Dress is so cute! Perfect for my little ones.

  116. Christie says:

    Thank you for this awesome list of tutorials (and the chance to win a prize)!

  117. Amy G. says:

    Thanks for the reminder about these great tutorials!

  118. Rebecca says:

    Lots of great projects! Thanks for the links!

  119. Alisa says:

    All these photos for the tutorials are making me wish for sunny days. When will the sun come here?…

  120. Sivje Parish says:

    Oooh. Fun. Thanks for the tutorials. I will check them out!

  121. definitely looking to make the ruffle skirt.

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