Simple sewing projects for spring and summer

Sewing is a great hobby; it’s challenging, offers a chance to get creative and also provides an opportunity to make functional things that can be used around the home. 

Today we’ve rounded up some of the best sewing projects from around the web to try this spring and summer. Most can be completed in just one sitting and there are plenty on our list appropriate for beginners, too. 

Rework old shirts into napkins 


This simple tutorial from Martha Stewart for turning old shirts into napkins is perfect for your outdoor furniture set or kitchen table. They’re incredibly straightforward to make – perfect even for beginners.

Tissue-pack covers


This is a quick and simple project that’s perfect for any leftover fabric scraps you might have from other projects. Make your own tissue-pack covers for around the home, car and your handbag with these step-by-step instructions.

Oilcloth lunch bags


Oilcloth lunch bags help brighten up your packed lunch and make a great gift for children and grandchildren. Quick to make, easy to customise and simple to clean, they’re a perfect project for beginners and could even be stitched by hand if you don’t want to use a sewing machine.

Reading glasses sleeve


Never lose your reading glasses again with this simple tutorial for a ribbon glasses case. This is another great project when you have leftover craft supplies that would otherwise go unused, and it’s simple enough for beginners to enjoy making, too.

Custom-made cushions


Save some money this summer and create your own set of diy garden cushions for your outdoor garden furniture. Using pillows and the fabric of your choice it’s simple to create comfortable and elegant chaise cushions for a fraction of the price you’d buy in store.

Fabric flowers


Flowers brighten up a room at any time of year, and rather than replacing fresh ones each week or buying artificial, you can sew your own with this guide from the blog Snowy Bliss.

DIY dog bed

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Make your pooch their very own customised doggy bed with this excellent tutorial from the blog Fab You Bliss. You can use bed stuffing or even an old bed pad, duvet or pillows.

Will you give any of these simple sewing projects a go this summer? 

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Spanish Morena
3rd Jun 2018
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The charity i volunteer North Bristol Community Project, runs sewing classes on Monday mornings 10- 12 if anyone is interested. We are based in Bristol, BS7
Duchess 1234
17th May 2018
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Recommend to this site lots of information look forward to putting things into practice
4th Apr 2018
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I’ve been making fiddle quilts for Alzheimer’s patients.
23rd Jul 2018
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what exactly is a fiddle quilt, please?
1st Apr 2018
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I used to sew when younger could make anything and knock up a dress in a day then my eyes needed glasses and I struggled with basics so lost interest then my mother 96 moved back to town and she is still active and full of ideas so there was me making curtains for her kitchen our of table cloth ... now hanging and looking good.
Good idea above I have 4 sofa seating cotton covered cushions the inner fillings to put out ... I think I will take them to the dog shop for dogs ... smile
31st Mar 2018
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Started sewing again after 25 years bit nervous but hey ho Im better with knitting and crochetting . May be asking advice from time to time
16th Mar 2018
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I didn't know that silversurfers existed before today! So I am looking forward to finding new stuff/challenges¬
2nd Oct 2016
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Love the sewing. Any crochet?
7th Sep 2016
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Just found the crafts love them xx
19th Aug 2016
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Have only just found the hobbies section ,can't believe I never found it before , just put on the survey that would love to see crafts and it's already here ,brilliant .
16th Jun 2016
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Just joined Silversurfers - on my first login I have printed lots of hobbi inspirations for sewing and pottery. I'm going to be busy !
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A very warm welcome to you 🙂 So glad you have found some great craft inspiration! We will keep posing to watch this space 🙂

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