51 Fun Summer Sewing Projects
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Make one of these great summer sewing projects for all the fun activities you’ll be doing like swimming, biking, hiking, and exploring! There’s something for everyone to make!
I love summertime and having my kids home from school. We have so much fun playing, hiking, swimming, and biking.
I’ve put a big list together of all the things you can sew for the summer! Each sewing project is something that will help you or something lightweight you can wear. A lot of these have free PDF sewing patterns to help you make it!
Which one is your favorite?
Do you love to sew? Try one of these fun sewing projects!
- 4th of July sewing projects
- Sewing projects for beginners
- scrap fabric sewing projects
- back to school sewing projects
- Quilting cotton sewing projects
- Spring sewing projects
- Sewing projects for kids
- Travel sewing projects
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Summer Sewing Projects
DIY Reusable Water Balloons
Learn how to make DIY reusable water balloons using sponges and scraps of fleece fabric. It’s a quick summer sewing project that is fun to play with!
Free Beach Bag Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a beach bag with a free sewing pattern. This bag sewing project is great to hold everything for the pool or the beach!
Free Ice Cream Pint Cozy Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a ice cream pint cozy with a free sewing pattern. Keep ice cream cold and hands warm while you enjoy a summer treat.
Free Popsicle Holder Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a popsicle holder with a free sewing pattern. There’s a mermaid tail, shark, sword hilt, and a simple rectangle.
Easy DIY Towel Poncho for Kids
Learn how to make a DIY towel poncho out of a beach towel and hand towel. This easy sewing project is great for kids at the beach or pool!
Free Swim Trunks Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a swimsuit for kids with a free swim trunks sewing pattern. This easy sewing project is for babies, toddlers, and kids!
DIY Travel Toothbrush Roll Bag
Learn how to make a DIY toothbrush roll bag for traveling with a hand towel and a ribbon. Organize your hygiene items with this simple sewing project!
DIY Swimsuit Cover Up
Learn how to make a DIY swimsuit cover up perfect for hot summer days. Match the fabric to your swimsuit, and wear it to the beach or poolside!
DIY Tic Tac Toe Travel Game
Learn how to make tic tac toe travel game with felt and a drawstring bag. This beginner sewing project is a great for the car and airplane.
DIY Tote Bag with Fold Up Pocket
Learn how to make a DIY tote bag with a fold up pocket. With the reusable bag folded up in a pocket it’s easy to store in a purse or car until needed.
Free Baby Shorts Sewing Pattern + Bloomers
Use the free baby shorts pattern and free baby bloomers pattern to make upcycled shorts! Reuse the hem of any shirt or patterns for a fast sewing project!
Sew a Sunglasses Case with a Free Pattern
Learn how to sew a sunglasses case with a free sewing pattern! Keep your sunglasses case safe in your bag with a beginner sewing project!
DIY Wrap Skirt + Free Pattern
Make a gorgeous DIY wrap skirt with this free pattern for any size! This skirt is fast to sew because it only has one seam and a lot of bias binding. The genius overlap prevents any flashing when the crossover flips up.
Free Scrunchie Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a DIY scrunchie with a free printable scrunchie PDF sewing pattern. Use cotton or silk for an easy sewing project!
Free Bucket Hat Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a bucket hat with a free sewing pattern in baby, child, and adult sizes. This beginner sewing project is great for summer!
Free Pencil Skirt Pattern with No Hem
A knit pencil skirt is a really simple shape and with this free pencil skirt pattern, it’s really simple to sew because there’s no hem to sew! You can sew yourself a custom fit pencil skirt in all your favorite colors and prints!
DIY Lace Cover Up
Learn how to sew a DIY lace cover up with any lace fabric to wear over your swimming suit. It’s a great sewing project to enjoy at the pool or the beach!
14 Tips to Sew a Swimming Suit
Learn tips to help you sew a swimming suit. You can sew a swimming suit you love once you know the way to sew stretch fabric.
Mermaid Tote Bag Pattern
Use this free mermaid tote bag pattern to make a trick-or-treat bag! It’s the perfect addition to a ocean-inspired costume or pretend play!
DIY Reusable Snack Pouches
It’s easy to bring snacks for kids (or yourself) with these reusable snack pouches! Use waterproof fabric to make them easy to clean!
Free Ball Sewing Pattern
Learn how to sew a ball or sphere with a free ball sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for little kids or pets to play with!
Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial + Free Pattern
Circle skirts are also one of the easiest skirts to make. Use this easy circle skirt tutorial and free sewing pattern to make your own custom circle skirt!
DIY Fat Quarter Skirt for Little Girls
This fat quarter skirt is the perfect project for little girls. It’s fast, easy, and uses just one fat quarter of fabric! It’s a great scrap fabric project and would make an adorable gift!
How to Upcycle a Swimming Suit
Learn how to upcycle a swimming suit for kids. It’s a great way to save money and reuse adult swimming suits that aren’t being used.
How to Make a One Piece Into a Tankini
Learn how to make a one piece into a tankini. This refashion project is great for a one piece swimsuit that is too short or long in the torso.
How to Make a Tote With Leather Handles
Learn how to make a tote bag with leather handles. It’s a quick and easy sewing project that is perfect for carrying your essentials!
DIY Reusable Bowl Covers
Sew these reusable bowl covers for any size bowl or casserole dish. These are great scrap fabric projects, and they are easily washed for another use!
How to Hem Shorts with a Cuff
Learn how to hem shorts with a cuff for a casual and fun look. This sewing tutorial requires minimal sewing and can be done by hand.
Refashioned Skirt Tutorial with Scarves
Turn a gorgeous scarf into an easy refashioned skirt. Use three different kinds of scarves to make three different kids of skirts.
Upcycled DIY Sunglasses Case
Learn how to make a DIY sunglasses case by upcycling a sleeve or pair of leggings. Reuse the hem for fast sewing and a scrap of fleece for cushion.
Keep Your Car Clean with a DIY Car Trash Can
Make it easier to keep your car clean with a DIY car trash can. This beginner sewing project is simple with a free sewing pattern!
DIY Half Circle Skirt + Free Pattern
Make a gorgeous DIY half circle skirt with this free sewing pattern! Learn how to measure yourself, use those measurements to create a sewing pattern that fits your body, and then sew it.
Free Chapstick Holder Keychain Pattern
With this free chapstick holder keychain pattern, make a cute keychain to hold your lip balm or chapstick to clip onto your purse or backpack.
How to Make Boy's Swim Trunks with Simplicity + Cricut
Learn how to make boy’s swim trunks using two unique Simplicity sewing patterns and the Cricut Maker. The cutting machine cuts your summer sewing project!
How to Upcycle Jeans Into a Tote Bag
Learn how to upcycle jeans into a tote bag. This beginner sewing project is a quick and easy bag to sew, and it already has pockets!
DIY Convertible Towel Bag
Stop dropping your towel when you have so much to carry and make a DIY convertible towel bag instead! The towel converts to a backpack and then back to a towel!
Upcycled DIY Water Bottle Holder
Learn how to make a DIY water bottle holder by upcycling a pair of pants. Reuse the hem for quicker sewing for this easy, summer sewing project!
How to Make a Silk Scrunchie
Learn how to make a DIY silk scrunchie with a free printable scrunchie PDF sewing pattern. This is a great beginner sewing project!
Easy Flat Front Skirt + Free Pattern
Make an easy flat front skirt with this free sewing pattern and template! The skirt can be made for any size or age, and it’s really easy to sew!
How to Cut Leggings into Shorts
Learn how to cut leggings into shorts. If your leggings have holes in the knees this is a great way to still use them as shorts!
Free Dice Bag Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a drawstring bag with a free dice bag sewing pattern. Faux leather makes an easy sewing project and a great handmade gift.
DIY One Seam Wrap Skirt
Use this tutorial to make your own one seam wrap skirt! It’s fast and easy to sew, and there’s no flashing!
How to Applique on Stretch Fabric
Learn how to applique on stretch fabric. This sewing technique works great for t-shirts, knit dresses, sweatshirts, and swimsuits. The sewing is easy as long as you have the right supplies!
Upcycled DIY Bike Bag
Learn how to make a DIY bike bag by upcycling the leg of a pair of pants. This sewing project is quick and easy, and it holds all the essentials on your bike!
Summer Tote Bag – Free Pdf Pattern
Sew a cute summer tote bag with this free pdf pattern and tutorial. Sew with pleather, canvas or other sturdy material for a gorgeous summer tote bag.
When we go from spring to summer, I want to ditch my everyday purse for a quick and simple option, like this drawstring backpack! You can whip one up with 3 half yard cuts of fabric and about 90 minutes.
Summer Bucket Hat Tutorial And Free Sewing Pattern
Sew a bucket hat to keep the sun off your face when you’re out on summer adventures! Use my bucket hat tutorial and free sewing pattern to whip one up in an afternoon.
Upcycled Denim Bean Bag Game
Bean Bags are so versatile for playing with, they make a perfect summer outdoor game. You can use them to help little children with co-ordination with throwing and catching.
How to Make a Cap Sleeve T shirt (without a pattern!)
With spring here and summer just around the corner, my family uses a LOT of T-shirts. Luckily, I came up with an incredibly simple way to make a cap sleeve T-shirt in just 10-15 minutes without even using a sewing pattern!
How To Make a Beach Bag Towel Tote - Easy Beach Bag
Learn how to make a beach towel tote bag with this easy tutorial. Did you know that you can make a beach bag out of a beach towel? Yes, you can make a towel and bag in one!
Cool Summer Ice Pop Holder
Make a cute popsicle cozy to keep kids fingers warm while they hold cold ice pop
If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
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