Choose one or more of these fun summer-themed sewing projects and stitch some sunshine into your next picnic, pool party, or road trip. Whether you’re heading to the park, backyard, or beach—there’s an easy-to-make project for you. Here’s a roundup of a few of my favorite summertime sewing projects:

Mermaid Dress Up

Grab this quick sewing tutorial and create a mermaid tail for dress-up all-year long. The idea came from my granddaughters. After watching Doll Costume Dress Up on Sewing With Nancy, my oldest granddaughter Avery promptly asked, “Gramma, for my birthday could you make a mermaid costume for my doll and one for me too? Now, don’t make an opening for my feet, I can swim like a mermaid with a tail!”  Then I asked her sister, Luella what she would like for her birthday. Answer: “Same as Avery!” So, two mermaid sets—big and small—were the task. (Much to Avery’s dismay, I made the big-girl fish tails with openings for feet!)

Colorful Bean Bag Toss

Does your family have reunions? Are you planning any summer birthday parties? One of my family’s favorite outdoor games goes by quite a few names, but in short can be called bean bag toss. What would the game be without festive, colorful bags? Today, learn how to sew your own bean bags or corn bags, then play cornhole, tailgate, bean bag toss, doghouse, Baggo, or, whew, just plain bags. This is a perfect afternoon sewing project to create with kids. Then, go have some backyard fun. Find the bean bag sewing tutorial here.

Sew a Casserole Carrier


Stitch this Casserole Carrier project in an evening or two. Then, let your tasteful carrier help you get a handle on things. Cook, place a casserole in the center, wrap and GO! An insulated carrier is perfect for picnics and potluck dinners. The inner insulated pocket lets you store a hot or cold pack to keep the temperature of your dish just right. The carrier folds flat when not in use and can be laundered. See how easy it is to create this carrier, here.

Sew Easy Summer Napkins

These easy to make napkins are ideal for a summer luncheon, picnic, or handmade hostess gift. Stitch a set of four napkins in an hour or less with my sew-easy mitered corner technique. Showcase your favorite fabrics by mixing or matching fabric groupings, or make them from one fabric.  Find the sewing tutorial for Easy Summer Napkins, here.

Sew a Kids’ Hooded Towel Wrap

Sew a Hooded Towel Wrap for KidsGet ready for some cuteness! (I could be prejudice since Luella and Avery are my precious granddaughters.) Sew a hooded towel wrap for the beach or bath time. We have a special gift for you today. It’s a free project sheet of sewing appliqués—the Owl and Teddy Bear faces—to stitch on the Towel Wraps that Luella and Avery are wearing.

 Make a Beach Towel Wrap

Summer is here and the pool is calling! Make a beach towel wrap easily with this tutorial from friend and Sewing With Nancy guest Mary Mulari. This wrap is one of 14 in Mary’s book, All Occasion Fabric WrapsMary shares her step-by-step construction process. Watch the sewing demonstration on Sewing With Nancy and grab the sewing directions here.

Cool Off with a Pool Noodle Chair

Yes! You can sew your own Pool Noodle Lounger! Using mesh fabric and grosgrain ribbon, create a lounge-style seat that fits over a swimming noodle. Make one for yourself and another for a friend, and then share lazy summer afternoons seated and relaxed in the water—making more memories. Tune in to Sew Gifts–Make Memories, and learn Mary Mulari’s convenient way to stitch, fold and store your lounger.

Portable Chalkboard Roll-Up

Whether it is a gift or simply a road-trip-sanity-saver, this Portable Chalkboard Roll-Up will be a hit with the kids, and probably the adults, in your life, too. Take the chalkboard roll-up on your summer vacation, to a restaurant, church, or anywhere your kiddos might need a quiet project. It rolls up for easy storage and transport. Find my chalkboard roll-up sewing directions here.

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Clover Wonder Clips Kick off the summer season by sharing what projects you’ll be sewing this June, July, and August. Leave a comment below for a chance to win a 10-pack of Wonder Clips from Clover!

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of the The Best Sweatshirt Makeovers book from Nancy’s Notions is Margaret Newey.

Her comment was, “I would make the 1-2-3 kids sweatshirt first, I love the fun way the buttons fasten in opposite directions. We finally have a little girl after years and years of little boys. I’d make it in the frilliest pinks and pretty flowers.”

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