Speedy Sewing Projects for Summer

Have you got a bit of sewing time this summer and looking for some projects for yourself or to do with your little ones? Hopefully this blog post will be the one that get's you going, we've rounded up five projects from some wonderful sewing blogs, that range from garments, hacks, scrap busting and practical projects!


The first thing that springs to mind is the free resource archive from Closet Core patterns! They give you oodles and oodles of free tutorials and patterns and they are all incredible.

I've picked out the free serger and sewing machine cover as that is speedy, you can use up a remnant, buy a small amount of fabric or even shop our remnants too. For something durable and long-lasting you could use a canvas, twill or even corduroy, your machines will thank you for it! 


If you've spent any time online in the sewing community you will have probably come across the Ogden Cami sewing pattern by True Bias. It's an extremely loved and popular sewing pattern, that can be made in so many different fabrics and layered up to be worn year-round. And for some even more fun Kelli of True Bias has spend the month of July 2021 creating a variety of Ogden Cami hacks so you can get even more from your pattern! There are adult versions and children versions of the Ogden Cami pattern available directly from True Bias.

I absolutely love this elastic waist hack and can't wait to make it up myself. Some fabric suggestions would be viscose, cotton lawn, double gauze, viscose linen, and TENCEL™.


By Hand London - Shirred Dress

Have you ever tried shirring before? By Hand London have this amazing free tutorial for a DIY shirred dress, saved to their Instagram highlights. It would be a perfect start to try a new skill, or whip up a quick make as it's made up of just four rectangle pattern pieces!

We stock shirring thread at Sew Me Sunshine, and we would recommend a lightweight woven such as a cotton lawn or a lightweight viscose.



How cool are these scrap busting tees by So Zo? Zoe has created this wonderful blog post with details of how she made these tops for her family. If you're anything like us you'll have a stash of remnants and scraps waiting to be sewn up! You could even get your little ones involved with picking out which scraps they want their tee to be made up in.



Have you ever sewn your own underwear? If you only have a limited amount of time this project is perfect for you. Megan Nielsen have the Acacia pattern available free on their blog and it's fun, speedy and of course, useful! The recommended fabric should have at least 20% stretch and good recovery, we have lots and lots of lovely jerseys in the shop and you could even nab a remnant and get lots of pairs out of it! 

We hope these ideas have inspired you to get stitching, even if you only have a few minutes or an afternoon with your machine.

You can visit our shop here: https://sewmesunshine.co.uk/ and tag us on instagram @sewmesunshine.uk so we can see what you make!

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