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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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