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60+ Easy Summer Sewing Projects

I love Summer. The slower days, the warmer weather, and even the evening thunderstorms.  I also love to sew during the summer. I’ve noticed that I tend to alter a bit what I work on during the summer months. I prefer simple, bright, and fun sewing projects. If you’re looking for a new sewing project to tackle this summer, I’ve compiled a list of more than 60 Easy Summer Sewing Projects for you. I hope you’ll find something fun to sew on this list! 

easy summer sewing projects

Easy Summer Sewing Projects:

Every summer, I start with a giant list of things that I want to sew during the season. Every year I manage only to finish half of what I’ve planned.  I have managed, I feel, to be somewhat productive during the summer. Thanks to a few tips. Before starting our list of easy summer sewing projects, I thought I’d give you a few “tips” for summer productivity.

Summer Sewing Tips

1- Sew during in-between times:

With the kids home from the summer and without a specific family schedule, my sewing time blocks seem to disappear.  I’ve learned to sew a few minutes here and there and manage to stay pretty productive.  If you look, you can find time in between other things to work.

2- Enjoy the weather when you can:

I live in Kentucky; some summer nights are gorgeous, warm, and breezy. Some nights are hot, sticky, and miserable. If it’s one of those “gorgeous” nights, I’ve learned to put away the sewing and go sit outside.  On the flip side of that, if it’s just too hot and sticky to be outside, I’ll take the time to enjoy the indoor air conditioning and sew something.

3- Involve your kids:

My kids are older, they don’t want to sew, but I’ve noticed that if I involve them in the process a bit, then I still get to spend time with them while I’m working.  I’ll ask their opinions on color or fabric choices and even plan entire projects with them. I’ve found that they are full of fantastic ideas, and some of my best tutorials have come from their suggestions.

Now onto the list!

Summer Bag Sewing Patterns

Learn how to sew a cute oversized pool bag with this Oversized Beach Bag Sewing Pattern - so roomy and such a simple free pattern!

1- Oversized Beach Bag Sewing Pattern

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

2- Kids Drawstring Backpack Sewing Pattern

3- Summer Sling Bag Sewing Tutorial

Free tutorial and Lined Drawstring Bag Sewing Pattern - how to sew a reversible drawstring bag and add cute sayings to the front! Includes free cricut cut file downloads #sewing #sewingpattern #drawstringbag #laundrybag #cricut #cricutmade #ad

4- Lined Drawstring Bag Sewing Tutorial

5- Watermelon, Lemon and Strawberry Bag Patterns

makeup bag with plastic lining on white table

6- Vinyl-Lined Make Up Bag Tutorial

makeup bag on a table

7-Large Make Up Bag Tutorial

Free Make Up Brush Roll Sewing Tutorial by Sweet Red Poppy. Learn how to sew a make up brush roll case, could also be used for a jewelry roll. Great gift for travelers

8- Make Up Brush Roll Sewing Tutorial

Alice bag round bag sewing pattern by Melissa Mortenson - such a cute bag to sew!

9- Alice Bag- Circle Crossbody Bag Sewing Pattern

Free Sewing pattern for a Mickey Mouse inspired earbuds case / coin purse. This would be so cute to make before my next Disney vacation!

10- Mickey Inspired Ear Buds Pouch Pattern

How to sew a vinyl wet bag; great way to keep your summer pool bag organized and clean!

11- Vinyl Wet Bag Sewing Tutorial

DIY "Lake Hair Don't Care" Stenciled Summer Tote bag with free svg file download by Melissa of polkadotchair.com

12- Lake Hair Don’t Care – DIY Stenciled Canvas Bag Tutorial

DIY Shark Clothespin Holder by Hey Let's Make Stuff - a free sewing pattern for a clothespin holder

13- DIY Shark Clothes Pin Bag Pattern

Pool Bag Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern by Bits of Everything

14- Pool Bag Sewing Pattern

June bags sewn with fox farm fabric

15- June Bag Travel Cross Body Bag Sewing Pattern

Tote bags on white peg board

16- Beginner Tote Bag Sewing Pattern; The Derby Tote

"I'm so Fancy" Make Up bag sewing pattern with free printable!

17- I’m So Fancy, Printable Zip Pouch Pattern

Dad's Travel Bag, a free tutorial on polkadotchair.com

18- Dad’s Travel Bag Sewing Pattern

19- How to Make  Flat Bottom Zip Pouch

20- How to Make Simple Zip Pouch

21- Sunglasses Case Tutorial

Seersucker & Leather Clutch by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

22- Seersucker and Leather Clutch

Summer Sewing; Things to Wear

How to customize your converse with fabric - a DIY way to decorate the tongue of your converse shoes. How to add fabric to shoes #DIYfashion #DIYConverse #CustomConverse #CustomShoes #DIYCustomShoes #decorateshoes

23- How to Customize your Converse with Fabric

Summer Dress Sewing Patterns for Girls

24- Girls Summer Sundress Patterns

Summer Nightie Sewing Pattern -

25- Summer Nightie Sewing Pattern

Easy Summer Sundress or Swim Cover up sewing pattern.

26- French Terry Simple Swim Cover Up Tutorial

27-Swim Cover-Up Pattern

How to sew a simple skirt perfect for summer. A really cute as a seersucker skirt sewing tutorial!

28- Simple Summer Skirt Sewing Pattern

How to sew a half circle skirt with a zipper. A free sewing tutorial teaching you how to make a circle skirt out of seersucker or rayon. Such a cute summer DIY project!

29- How to Sew a Circle Skirt

How to sew a summer sundress using two t-shirts- a cute t-shirt DIY refashion project.

30- Summer Dress Made from Two T-Shirts

Upcycle a T-shirt into a girls maxi dress with this sewing tutorial. A free pattern for a t-shirt maxi dress on polkadotchair.com

31- T-Shirt Maxi Dress Sewing Pattern

Kids BBQ Apron Pattern - a free tutorial to make a childs apron, perfect for summer! Simple kids apron pattern. #kidssewing #bbqapron #childsapron #kidsapron #sewingtutorial #sewingpattern #freesewingpattern #bbqapronpattern

32- Kids BBQ Apron Tutorial

33- Tiered Pillowcase Dress Sewing Tutorial

How to make a fringe tank top from a t-shirt. Includes instructions to paint the pineapple too!

34-How to Make  Fringe Tank

How to sew a cute Kimono Jacket - by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

35- How to Sew a Kimono Jacket

DIY Snap Up Infinity Scarf pattern by Melissa of polkadotchair.com - perfect for traveling

36- DIY Travel Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Things to Sew for your Home for Summer

DIY Stenciled Burlap Pillow Sleeve Tutorial; with free "You are My Sunshine" cut file for the Cricut or Silhouette

37- Burlap Pillow Sleeve

Learn how to make a backyard tee pee with this free sewing pattern and tutorial by Fleece Fun

38- How to Make a Tee Pee

How to Sew Outdoor Pillows

39- Summer Pillows

How to recover your old outdoor pillows and cushions. The project includes a sewing pattern and template for the cute anchor pillow!

40-How to ReCover Outdoor Pillows

placemat and plate on table

41-Quilted Placemat Tutorial

How to make an oilcloth placemat - a free sewing tutorial for a summer placemat with a pocket!

42-Oilcloth Placemats with a Pocket

DIY Patchwork Waterproof Picnic Blanket Pattern, an easy to sew tutorial for a picnic blanket that rolls up!

43-Waterproof Patchwork Picnic Blanket Tutorial

DIY Fabric Luggage Tags; so easy to make they are no sew by Melissa of polkadotchair.com

44-Fabric Luggage Tag Tutorial

Free tutorial for a Hit the Open Road pillow, a fun DIY project for an RV or camper. Plus why our family loves to "Go RV'ing"

45-Hit the Open Road Pillow

How to make a scrappy summer drink wrap (or cozy) - super cute summer sewing project by Bite Sized Biggie

46- Summer Drink Cozy

Kids Beginner Sewing Project, a custom appliqued pillowcase, would be a great summer boredom buster

46- Kids Summer Sewing- Make a Pillowcase

Summer Quilt Patterns

Cute pineapple quilt project by A Quilting Life - would make such a fun summer quilt project

48- Pineapple Quilt

Summertime Pinwheel Quilt - so easy you can make it with a bunch of layer cakes or 10" stackers. A simple summer quilt to make

49- Summer Pinwheel Quilt

50- Firefly Quilt Pattern

Zinnia the Zebra Quilt Pattern - such a fun applique quilt pattern, would be so cute to make as a baby quilt or for a child!

51- Zinnia Zebra Quilt Pattern

Patchwork Paddock Pattern by Melissa Mortenson featuring Derby Day Fabrics

52- Patchwork Paddock Quilt Pattern

Learn how to paper piece with this foundation paper piecing tutorial by Sarah Ashford on polkadotchair.com . Includes a free kite paper piecing pattern #paperpiecing #foundationpaperpiecing #quilts #quiltblock #quiltpatterns

53- Kite Quilt Block Pattern

A free quilt pattern for a squash blossom quilt. A southwest style simple quilt pattern and free tutorial. #freequiltpattern #quilts #quilting #southweststyle #southwest #squashblossom

54- Sundance Quilt Pattern

Seasonal Safari Quilt Pattern - offered as a free quilt along this Fall from the polkadotchair.com blog!

55- Seasonal Safari Quilt Along

Saturday Afternoon Quilt Pattern in Safari Party Fabrics from Riley Blake Designs - a great quilt pattern for a beginning quilter

56- Saturday Afternoon Quilt

Easy Charm Pack Quilt Pattern with Safari Party Fabrics from Riley Blake Designs

57- Charm Pack Quilt Tutorial

Cute free Lap Quilt Tutorial, the Hidden Safari Party quilt -

58-Hidden Safari Lap Quilt

A free no math polaroid quilt block tutorial. Learn how to make polaroid quilt blocks in any size - with no math required!

59- Polaroid Quilt Block Tutorial

gingham quilt

60- Gingham Daydream Quilt Tutorial

Let's Stay Home Quilt from Summer Quilt Along

61- Let’s Stay Home Quilt Pattern

pink, blue and yellow geometric quilt in field of flowers

62- Choose Happiness Quilt Pattern

This post has been updated from a previously published (07/18) version.

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  1. Hi Melissa,
    thank you from Germany for your creative and lovely ideas.
    Love them

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