Summer sewing for me is less ‘pleasure sewing’ and more ‘necessity sewing.’ Take this bucket hat for example.
I really needed something to help me keep from sunburned while watching these kids play at the beach and pool. Turns out, they really like it too. It’s reversible and we girls like the Amy Butler Lotus Polka Dots side while the boys like the Playful side (C+S canvas print by Melody Miller).
Best of all, the fabrics came from my stash! This sewing pattern, used to be free but is not anymore. You can find it at Oliver + S.
This is not exactly an easy sew, but if you follow the directions exactly you’ll be glad. The trick is to remember that most of the seams line up at the seam line, but not at the fabric edges (the seam line is 1/2” away from the fabric edges). So clip where she tells you to and use lots of pins. Good luck!
Here’s a hint: hand-sew the lining to the brim (like the instructions say). I tried twice to sew this last step with my sewing machine, both times with not-so-great results. After 2 un-pickings I decided to do as the pattern says and now it looks really cute.
So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.
Sew an organizer covered with pockets that you can hang in your closet! This easy sewing project is great for organizing sewing and craft supplies, fashion accessories, bathroom necessities, gift wrappings, and more. There are pockets on both sides plus a big interior pocket so every bit of space is used. I’ll show you easy step by step instructions for sewing this organizer and putting it to use in your home. Get sew organized today.
At my daughter Chloe’s high school (can you believe my baby started high school???), the lunch lines are so long that she has been skipping lunch! She’s always starving by the time she gets home because she doesn’t want to carry a big lunch bag as well as her heavy backpack – poor girl!
I am so in love with the beautiful look of simple patchwork quilts with lots of squares. This is the perfect way to use up fabric scraps like I did, or you can make a beautifully coordinated quilt with pre-cut 2 1/2’’ square fabric pieces that come in mini-charm packs.
I’m also in love with the process. If you feel like quilt making is your escape from the world and sitting down to sew for a few hours makes your troubles fade away… this is the quilt for you!
Sew an easy beautiful apron with this free sewing pattern that only uses one yard of fabric! Whether you are sewing for yourself or for a friend, an apron always comes in handy and makes a great gift. This blog post includes a link to a free template that I digitized for you.
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I love sewing my kids’ swimsuits and I don’t know what it is about it that makes it so fun and gratifying to me. Maybe because my kids love to swim so my handmade swimsuits get used a lot. Or maybe because they are so cost effective – you can often get 2 or more kids swimsuits from a yard of fabric!
Fusible quilt batting is amazing for basting your quilt if you don’t want to use pins or basting spray. Have you ever wondered why so many quilters love it? Is it really such a big timesaver? Yes, it’s fast and easy and it’s what I use for all my quilts that are about 50’’ or smaller. Let me answer all your questions and show you how to use fusible batting!
My sewing machine cabinet has this little side cubby that really intrigues me. It opens up from the front with hinges in the back and it has this handy little mirror. Handy for what, I’m not sure yet. It’s not big…
Thanks for the heads up on the free hat pattern. Cute. Also, thanks for hosting.
Love your bucket hats! They looks so fun, are they easy? I need one for the soccer games that I attend all summer. First time posting on your blog, Thanks!
Thank you! This is not exactly an easy sew, but if you follow the directions exactly you’ll be glad. The trick is to remember that most of the seams line up at the seam line, but not at the fabric edges (the seam line is actually 1/2” away from the fabric edges). So clip where she tells you to and use lots of pins. Good luck!
Hi. I’d like the sun hat pattern which you say is free but the link says it’s 8.95.is it?
For a long time that pattern was free but it looks like she decided to start charging for it. Thanks for letting me know. I revised the post.