At the time of writing, it is tipping it down with rain in the middle of June. But as the UK emerges gradually from our own COVID lockdown, and we begin to explore open spaces once more, I thought I’d turn my attention to some projects that may help bring a bit of feel-good summer vibes at this strange and unsettling time. So, in anticipation of sunnier days to come (literally and metaphorically), here is the first of a week’s worth of free tutorials to make some lovely stuff for summer.
If you are lucky enough to be heading to the glittering coast some time soon, this large beach bag with pockets pattern by Vicky Myers Creations will provide you ample space for everything you might need to take:
And whether its the beach, the park or the garden, this reversible, waterproof picnic blanket tutorial by Clarks Condensed will provide comfy sitting space for all the family.
For a bit of summer bling, you might enjoy one of my most popular tutorials, ‘How to decorate plain flip flops‘.
And how about this lovely Summer Skirt Sewing Tutorial by Life Sew Savory to go with them.
Whether you are swimming in the pool or the sea, this tutorial to Make a Beach Towel Tote could come in very handy.
And how about a homemade case for your sunglasses – check out this free tutorial by Sweeter Than Cupcakes.
If you plan to hold some garden parties during the sunny season, nothing quite beats a bit of bunting to add some homespun decor to the festivities. Try out my tutorial here to make some of your own.
And how about these funky Citrus Coasters by Purl Soho to adorn the table.
For adults and children alike, try making this Picnic Blanket Game Board by Nellie Bellie to help keep everyone entertained.
And if all else fails and you find yourself cozied up on a rainy day (as I am right now), then what about this Beach Huts Cushion Tutorial by Threading My Way to at least create the illusion of summer!
Hopefully there is something in there to inspire your summer sewing. And if sewing inspiration is something you are on the lookout for, why not join my Creative Sewing Challenge? Its a free monthly challenge open to anyone who loves to sew (all sewing types and abilities welcome). You’ll receive a creative prompt each month, and I share ideas and tutorials tied to the theme. Our community is growing, and I for one am finding it helps me to try new techniques and keep sewing on the agenda regardless of how busy life gets. Find out more here or sign up below:
And here’s a handy pin for later!