10 minute summer sewing ideas

 

Do you love having friends over, showing off your personality, and customizing the space around you? Do you wish that you had more choices when it comes to your home? Do you really want to re-decorate your home?

Summer is the time of year that we craft, invite friends over, and add a splash of color to our homes. But many times, we don’t really know how to get the look we want before entertaining. Adding in the pressure of making fun activities for the kids, the summer can be your worst nightmare.

The good news is that a little time with the sewing machine can give you everything you want and more. Just a few short minutes will allow you to completely customize the areas around you and to really enjoy yourself this summer.

Once you have chosen the fabric you want, the sky is really the limit, giving you more freedom than you ever thought possible.

We have compiled 20 summer sewing ideas that will take 10 minutes or less of actual sewing time with a machine. All together, each project should take less than 30 minutes including prep, and will help you change the way you entertain.

So whip out your sewing machine, pick out your favorite fabric, and go to town with these quick and easy sewing ideas. Your friends will want to know how you made everything, making you the sewing queen.

20. Dinner Napkins

diynetwork

diynetwork

Making your own dinner napkins can be a great way to personalize your picnic or your dinner party. Simply choose your favorite fabric, iron it well, and then hem it at the right size. You can add in other pieces of fabric to make designs or even add in a pocket.

19. Pool Wrap

ebay

ebay

Pool wraps can be expensive, and they don’t always cover the way you want. To make this one, wrap fabric around you at least two times until you are satisfied with it, cut to shape, and then iron it well. Sew a tube at the top and pull a ribbon or other strip of cloth through to create ties. You can style this any number of ways.

18. Personalized Apron

aliexpress

aliexpress

Making your own apron is basically cutting out the shape, cutting out a pocket, and cutting out a ribbon for the neck. Attack the ribbon to the basic shape and sew at the shoulder on both sides. Then surge up each side of the pocket to complete the apron. You can add frills, extra pockets, and anything else you can think of if you want.

17. Seat Cooler

bargainsforbabies

bargainsforbabies

Getting into the car in the summer can be a nightmare, especially for small children. This seat cooler seeks to eliminate that problem. Take a rectangle of fabric two times as long as your seat and sew it together into a loop. Then turn the loop inside out, hemming on side, and sewing the other together to create a basic pocket. Flip this back around, and sew across the pocket in 3-5 inch intervals. You slip in ice packs from the dollar store as you leave your home, putting the cooler on the seat before you leave, and then when you are out shopping. Be sure not to sit on it, moving it to the side instead.

16. Beach Bag

britco

britco

You can make a quick beach bag by sewing a giant pocket, hemming the top edges, and then attaching two straps. You can make a limitless number of beach bags, and you won’t have to worry about ruining them. Making handles is easy as well, just sew a small tube of fabric inside out and then flip it for a completed handle.

15. Drawstring Backpack

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Drawstring bags are rather easy to make, simply cut out the shape as indicated in the tutorial, sew it all together with space for straps, and then thread them through before securing them with a knot. These make great gifts at parties, and you can make several out of a single bolt of cloth.

14. Water Toys

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keywordsuggestions

If you choose a material similar to jeans, you can make fun cloth toys to go in the pool. Cut the shape out twice, put them together inside out, sew around until you have less than an inch left and then flip them inside out. Fill them with something the water won’t damage, and then sew up the remaining bits. Filled with fabric they will absorb water and make for great additions to any water fight.

13. Place Mats

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flickr

Plats mats are similar to napkins, but you need to choose a much sturdier fabric. You can make reversible placements by putting two pieces of fabric together and hemming around them. First you will want to turn the edges under, giving them a clean look when finished. You could whip up an entire set in under an hour, making it easy to personalize each and every party. Put a thin layer of poly fill between the two and then go over the inner areas with decorative stitches for a quilted look.

12. Giant Towel

pixabay

pixabay

Sometimes a beach towel just isn’t big enough. That’s when you make you own and enjoy the sun on your own terms. Simple pick out a piece, or several of terry cloth fabric, sew them into a rectangle, hem the edges, and enjoy a towel of any size. You can use this project to make a beach blanket for the kids as well.

11. Sun Hat

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pinterest

This project is a little more complicated than most, but it goes together very fast. You will never several different types of fabric, and a printer to make this hat. Cut everything out according to the pattern, put it all together, and you will have a great hat to protect yourself from the sun.

10. Kitchen Curtains

chatal3nabi

chatal3nabi

During the summer you really want to take advantage of the sun and enjoy your kitchen. One of the best ways to do this is by creating custom curtains. Measure out a piece of fabric 5 inches longer than you need and hem it all the way around with a 1 inch hem. Then make a 3 inch overlap at the top and sex it along one side, making a loop to put the curtain rod through. Repeat in different sizes and shapes for any number of kitchen looks.

9. Simple Wrap Skirt

makezine

makezine

To make a simple wrap skirt, measure your fabric by wrapping it around yourself, giving 5-6 inches for overlap and an inch for seam allowance. Hem the skirt all the way around, adding two ties to the upper half of the skirt. The completed skirt is very basic, but you can make it in a number of styles and always have a skirt that fits you perfectly.

8. Cloth Bookmark

littlebirdie secrets

littlebirdie secrets

Cut out 4 inch thick strips of fabric and fold them in half. Sew up the side, and then around the entire piece to create a rectangle shape. Add any decoration you want to the top, and small ribbons to hang out of the bottom of the book. This is a great way to use up fabric scraps and keep your summer readong organized.

7. Waterproof Book Cover

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youtube

A simple book cover is just two pockets that go over either side of the dust jacket, but you can spend a few more minutes to make it truly waterproof. First, add flaps to cover the top, bottom, and sides of the book. Sewing them onto the existing pattern. Then spray the entire thing with waterproofing spray and let it sit overnight. Now your book is safe to read by the pool.

6. Cord Wrap

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leafytreetopspot

Hem up a 3 inch scrap of fabric and then iron it flat. Surge over Velcro on either side of the wrap, ensuring that all of the corners are held down. You can make as many of these as you need, and they are a great way to keep headphones, phone cables and anything else organized in your bag.

5. Pan Handle Cover

mittsnknits

mittsnknits

Getting a burn in the summer is horrible, but cookout often require you to carry hot pans to the table. Following this simple pattern, you can make sure that you never burn yourself again. The best part is that the handle covers are washable and will last for years.

4. Luggage tag

craftzy

craftzy

Follow the pattern to make your own luggage tag that stands out from all the rest. With this tag, you will never lose your bag in the airport again. You can even make tags that match your bags, making you look like you spend a lot of money for something you made in just a few minutes.

3. Party Bunting

pixabay

pixabay

For party bunting, you don’t even have to worry about hemming, you just cut out the shapes and then sew them together. Cut out triangles of the size you want and then fold a ribbon in half over them. Sew down the entire length of the ribbon and then back to create a sturdy bunting you can re-use.

2. Wine Bag

etsy

etsy

A cloth wine bag is made just like a tote bag, except for a 1 inch tube at the top to put a drawstring through. If you want to keep the wine at a constant temperature, you should sandwich batting between two different layers before sewing the bag together. This is a great way to present wine to a host, and makes a great gift for any summer barbecue.

1. Party Gift Bags

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naver

Take an 8 inch fabric scrap and fold it in half, inside out. Sew down the two sides and then flip it back to the right side out. You can now fill it with items, tie it with a ribbon, and have the cutest gift bags around. This is a great way to make bags for a kids party, especially if you are trying to go with a specific theme.