25 Fun Summer Sewing Projects: All Free!

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Get ready for summer with these 25 free sewing patterns! You’ll need all of these warm-weather essentials, including summer beach bags, beach and pool towel projects, a BBQ apron, a summer skirt, and more.

Sewing a beautiful new project helps me keep a smile on my face through some of those long days that can get busy, busy, busy. Remember to smile, and know that I am grateful for you and you inspire me! Now let’s check out these fun summer sewing projects!

Tilda’s Striped Summer Quilt

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Tilda Fabrics released a beautiful summer quilt pattern that’s easy too! Get free patterns for both the quilt and the throw pillow on the Tilda’s World website.

Easy Rope-Handled Tote Bag

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Big totes with rope handles are the top summer bag trend right now! Make your own cute bag for summer with my easy Rope-Handled Tote Pattern.

Personalized Beach Towels

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Give your favorite kids personalized towels for the beach and pool! This easy tutorial shows how to use any word processing software to make your own big letter applique. Personalized towels are great for use at home too, so kids learn to be responsible for picking up their own towel!

Cute Beach House Quilt Block Pattern

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I’m ready to go to the beach! I already have my beach house, lol! You can have one too. ❤️ If you are a quilter, make sure you grab the Free Beach House Quilt Block Pattern.

Summer Tee Shirt Dresses

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You can sew cute boutique-style girls’ dresses with just a tee shirt, some elastic, and some cotton fabric! Let me show you how with a free tee shirt dress tutorial, plus how to use the fabric to make a matching applique.

BBQ Apron

BBQ apron sewing pattern
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A double layer, full coverage apron is essential for keeping your nice clothes from getting stained. This free BBQ Apron pattern is perfect for that. There’s loop too to hold the BBQ tongs too!

Summer Skirt for You!

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Don’t forget to sew for yourself too! Make a Quick and Easy Summer Skirt, for easy, breezy summer days.

Sunshine Mini Quilt

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For those days when it’s not so sunny, make your own sunshine with a darling mini quilt! Try this free mini quilt pattern Sunshine by Jennifer Heynen!

Easy Peasy Drawstring Backpack

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This drawstring backpack is a great size for anyone – kids, teens, and adults. It’s very easy to sew and completely lined. Lots of readers use this backpack pattern for teaching kids to sew!

Sunglasses Case

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Learn how to sew a sunglasses case with a free sewing pattern. Keep your sunglasses case safe in your bag with this beginner sewing project!

Sunglasses Case – Machine Embroidery

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All that’s required to make this beautiful sunglasses case (or glasses case) is a few supplies and an embroidery machine with a 5×7 or larger hoop! You’ll love the fast and easy (and free) in-the-hoop (ITH) embroidery design that is customizable with fabric, thread, and even different embroidery designs.

Summer Snowflake Free Quilt Pattern

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I love summer-themed quilts! Here’s a delightful half-square triangle quilt pattern with pinwheels that’s perfect for using up scraps. The Summer Snowflake Quilt Pattern includes a video tutorial as well.

Board Shorts Pattern

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Make some cute board shorts for summer! Here’s a free and easy pattern for pants and shorts that will look exactly like cool summer board shorts when you are done.

Easy Kids’ Leggings

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Leggings are easy to sew! Make a cute basic pair of leggings for a child size 2-12 using this free leggings pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and include many step by step images showing an easy method to add the elastic waistband.

Swimsuit Cover-Up

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Sew a cute and easy swimsuit coverup to wear to the beach. This free pattern is just the thing!

Beach Tote Bag

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Use this free tutorial to sew a nice big beach bag with pockets all over. If your sewing machine can do embroidery, embroider flip-flops on the pockets for extra charm.

Beach Towel Backpack

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Wear your beach towel on your back to keep your hands free for other things. The Beach Towel Backpack can also hold other things, so it may be the only bag you need.

Butterfly Mini Quilt Pattern

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If your summers contain rebelliously hot weather, end-of-summer reckless activities, and ‘devil may care’ resistance to the return to civilized, structured, and scheduled life, you will love my Wild Summer Creature mini quilt. This free pattern includes an easy foundation paper piecing tutorial that’s perfect for beginners.

Pool Chair Cover with Pockets

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Sew a pool chair cover with a pillow and so many features! It will keep your pool chair clean and comfy – and have pockets for all your things. This fun sewing project uses a new beach towel and some fabric to make the perfect pool chaise cover.

DIY Kids Travel Games

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Use simple drawstring bags, buttons, and paint to make DIY kids travel games! This tutorial from Alice & Lois uses ready-made drawstring bags, but I have easy drawstring bag tutorials that you can use if you want to hand-make the entire project!

The Picnic Tote Free Sewing Pattern

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Sew a beautiful bag that’s reminiscent of summer fun – like a picnic! This easy tote makes a lovely purse too. The free Picnic Tote Pattern includes all the instructions and pattern templates.

Lightweight Infinity Scarf

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Make yourself a lightweight infinity scarf that is perfect for cool evenings, protection from the sun, and chilly airplane cabins.

Jammers Swim Shorts

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If you have ever had a boy on a competition swim team then you know what swim jammers are, and you know how expensive it is to buy them! Fortunately, they are really just biker shorts made with swim fabric, in other words, short leggings with swim fabric. Here’s a free tutorial for swim jammers.

Drawstring Backpack with a Zipper Pocket

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A lightweight drawstring backpack is ideal for day trips or helping kids organize their stuff in the car.

Easy Travel Toothbrush Roll

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Learn how to make a DIY toothbrush roll bag for traveling with a hand towel and a ribbon. This is perfect for overnight sleepovers at grandma’s house!

Travel Jewelry Case

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Keep your jewelry tangle-free and organized with this free jewelry case pattern that you can sew from 3 pretty fat quarters of fabric.

Gorgeous Garment Bag

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Be ready to travel with a beautiful garment bag made by you! This sewing pattern for a fabric garment bag is easy to sew using techniques that I’ve shared in lots of my free bag patterns. There are lots of clever features that will make this your favorite piece of made-by-me luggage ever.

Kids Travel Pillow Pattern

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Sew a cute travel pillow that’s kid-friendly and adult-approved! The handle lets it slide onto a suitcase or be carried over a little shoulder. There’s also a pocket to hold necessities that need to be close at hand.

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