3 Easy Summer Sewing Projects

Here in B.C. although it’s technically summer, somedays have been a bit chilly. On the days when I find myself pulling out my cardigan, I like to have a sewing project waiting at home for me.  Here are three summer sewing projects you can complete for use when the days are hot!

Sew Easy Summer Napkins

Supplies: 1.15 metres of fabric (or 4 fat quarters), thread, iron, sewing machine

This project from Nancy Zieman is fun, quick and easy! With only 1.15 metres of fabric you can make a set of four napkins that are washable and reusable. For this project you simply have to cut your squares, press under the hems, and stitch them in place. To make coordinating napkins out of different prints Nancy suggests using use fat quarters. This would also be a great project for using up larger fabric scraps.

Full Project Instructions: www.nancyzieman.com/blog/sewing-2/sew-summer-napkins/


Water Gun Holsters

Supplies: long fabric scraps, velcro, thread, sewing machine

From the Living with Punks blog, here is a fun project that is perfect for anyone who loves to have water gun fights! The nice thing about this project is that is doesn’t take very much fabric! Have some small strips of printed fabric leftover from a quilt or other sewing project? Use them to make this fun holster. The tutorial suggests only using up scraps that are wide enough to go around the child’s waist but you could always join some pieces together to create a wider piece (I would just suggest double stitching any joining seams for some extra strength).

Full Project Instructions: www.livingwithpunks.com/2011/06/sys-water-gun-holster/


Water Resistant Picnic Blanket

Supplies: 1.8 metres each of a soft fabric (like flannel or fleece), 1.8 metres water resistant fabric (like tablecloth vinyl, oil cloth or coated nylon), thread, sewing machine

Having a blanket to sit on is essential for any picnic. By combining a soft fabric and a water resistant tablecloth vinyl or nylon you can create this easy project that will keep your backside from getting wet! Many tablecloth vinyl fabrics are about 54” wide. If you can’t find flannel that is wide enough you can trim your vinyl down or use a wider, soft fabric such as polar fleece instead. Keep in mind that this project should not be machine washed as the vinyl would get damaged. To clean, wipe the vinyl side down with a wet cloth. If the fabric side gets dirty, spot clean with a wet rag and mild detergent.


Happy Sewing!

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