The high summer sun always makes us run to the outdoors, leaving our sewing machines behind more than other seasons. However, everyone needs a break from the heat, and what better way to spend it than making something awesome? We’re pulling out one of our favorite summer craft references, Martha Stewart’s extensive library of activities, to find you ten great projects that can be completed in no time so you’re back in the sun sooner. Check out our top picks of summer-friendly sewing projects!


Beach cover ups for your electronics - what a great idea for keeping them cool

Make a cover-up for all of your gadgets before you hit the sandy beaches this summer, and keep them from both sand & sun damage. Follow the basic math tips for creating a covering of any size based on your gadget’s dimensions.

Tea Towel Table Runner - Easy sewing project for the summer

Sometimes a project is as simple as a great idea, and this idea is both easy and stylish for your summer table. Simply gather your favorite tea towels and stitch them together for a simple table runner — we love the idea of mixing styles across a similar color palette for this project.

DIY aterproof blanket - so you can keep cool no matter where you plan to perch this summer

Make a new blanket for summer picnics with a waterproof backing, or turn an existing blanket waterproof with this easy DIY project. We love the versatility this adds to your outdoor blankets, you’ll never get soaked from morning dew again!

Easy beach bag with a drawstring closure, perfect for bathing suits and snorkeling gear

Make an easy beach backpack in no time with this drawstring pouch project, easily made in a variety of styles for whatever your summer outdoor needs.

Oilcloth lunch bags, sure to keep your snacks water-free poolside this summerWe love making our own lunch sacks, and this oilcloth variety makes taking it anywhere super simple. Don’t worry about someone knocking your lunch into the pool — it’s waterproof! And best yet, it’s easy to clean in the dishwasher with this material over & over.

DIY Bandana bermuda pants sewing project - perfect for breezy days in the outdoors

We love light clothing for our little ones in the hot summer months, especially when they’re easy to wear like these bandana bermuda shorts. Perfect for a beach cover up or a warm weather play date, they take the guesswork out of making loose pants for a little one.

DIY Tote topper, a great way to add pockets to an existing tote, so you won't lose your sunscreen at the bottom of the bag

This is a genius addition to any tote bag, which adds both style and function. Add a little bit of a real-purse detail, while adding separate storage in your standard summer tote. Check out how to do it yourself here.

DIY Outdoor pillows that won't take forever to dry out

Re-use vinyl or find some at your local fabric shop to make these great outdoor pillows. With a thin vinyl, they’ll maintain their comfort while remaining easy to dry after a rainy day. Sun showers won’t ruin this outdoor gathering!

Gardener's Apron - easy project that guides you through making slotted pockets perfect for your outdoor gardening this summer

Doing some gardening projects this summer? Have everything you need on-hand while protecting your clothes from nature’s stains with this easy to make gardener’s apron. The pockets can be made to your specific needs, sized by you for exactly what you need.

DIY Beach towel, with pockets to keep your beach gear tidy and out of the sun

We like keeping our things close without blowing away in the wind during our trips to the beach (or the backyard!) when we’re lounging outside. Keep things tucked away and close with this great DIY blanket with pocketed corners. We can see some fun fabric combinations here!

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One Response to Ten Summer Sewing Projects from Martha Stewart
  1. Those pocket corners are genius and simple. Cannot wait to put these on all of our beach towels and picnic blankets!


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