Summer has finally settled in at our house. Along with it has come lazy days, hot humid air, peanut butter sandwiches for lunch, and an overall feeling of laziness. If it would ever stop raining that feeling would be amplified by the smell of sunscreen and chlorine.
Our recent rainy weather has given us an “extra” excuse to lay around the house all day (like we need more than one excuse to do that*wink*)… I’m not saying that like it’s a bad thing. A little downtime every once in a while is good for the soul.
Personally, I have my “to do” list of projects to finish for the blog, patterns to write, and emails to answer. I’m slowly chugging through it. School may be out for summer but I’m still hard at work. In order to “capture” a bit of summer for me (and not spend the whole thing working on projects with deadlines), I’ve started a “mental list” of a few things that I’d like to tackle ‘just for fun. I adore summer sewing (and crafting) and don’t want to let this one pass me by without completing a few fun projects.
Here are a few things I’ve spied on the web and have “had my eye” on this month, each of them would make fun summer projects. I thought you might like to hear about a few of them too.
1. Red, White & Blue Star Pillow
Lori Holt is amazing. If you haven’t stopped by her blog you should. She makes the most fun quilts full of creative shapes and happy colors. She just posted a free tutorial for this summer star pillow.
2: Cozy Hooded Bath Towel – A Beautiful Mess
I’ve got “cute” on my brain this month. I think a visit with my nieces and nephews earlier this month has brought it out in me. This hooded bath towel would be just as adorable by the side of the pool as it is by the tub.
3: Summer Peony Wreath – Tatertots & Jello
My front door is BARE. It’s embarrassing. Last Christmas our puppy decided to “eat” whatever we hung on the front door and ruined a favorite wreath.
Now that he’s older, I think that he might be “cured” of the desire to constantly attack the front door (and anything attached to it). There is only one way to find out- 🙂 – This Summer Wreath from Tatertots & Jello is so cute that it may just pull me out of my “wreath aversion” phase.
4 & 5: Pineapple Quilt Patterns
Every summer I SWEAR I’m going to make a pineapple quilt. Those quilt blocks are just too DANG cute! There are a few versions floating around online right now. These are two of my favorites (both are free patterns). Click through to find out more about each project.
I’ve also pulled up a few projects from the archives. Just in case you’re still looking for a few fun Summer DIY projects to add to your “weekend” list.