If you’re looking for fun and easy sewing patterns for quilters, summer is a great time to take on some simpler projects. Quilt projects make people think of cool fall nights and cozy winter afternoons spent reading by the fire. But who wants to spend hours behind the sewing machine in hot summer weather?
These quick summer projects come together quickly, making good use of leftover fabric while helping you maintain your sewing skills.
Free Amy Butler Laminated Picnic Blanket
If you’re a fan of Amy Butler’s gorgeous fabric, you’ll love her unique sewing patterns for quilters. This fun and practical project is downloadable on her website and comes with its own carrying case — perfect for that summer picnic or as an easy-to-wipe-clean play mat for babies and young children. As a side note, the special cotton weight laminated fabric recommended for this project has a soft texture, unlike vinyl which can be stiff and hard to work with.
McCall’s Camping Set Pattern 6974
This adorable camping kit includes patterns to make a food carrier, serving utensils roll, plates/cups/silverware caddy, and a round cake/pie carrier with handles and a contrast pocket to fit your pie server. This quick and easy project will get you to the campsite, beach or park ready to dine in style any time.
Free Simplicity Pom Pom Scarf
This easy pattern is available for free on the Simplicity website and makes a lovely gift year round. Use a light floral pattern for spring or summer, or a heavier fabric in warm earthy fall colors or classic jewel tones for the cool season. The pattern recommends a fun pom pom trim but any leftover trim you have on hand will make this project one-of-a-kind fabulous.
Simplicity Lumbar Pillow with Wraps Pattern 1440
There are lots of pillow sewing patterns for quilters out there, but what makes this set of lumbar pillows great is its design. These pillows are sized 12″ x 22″ — perfect for quilters who want to sit and sew in comfort. Quickly sew up a set of pillows and decorate with any leftover trim you’ve been storing. With this easy and versatile pattern you’re only limited by your imagination.
Free Sew4Home Yoga Mat Tote
Sew4Home.com offers a free tutorial on a simple yet stylish yoga bag designed to carry your yoga mat, flip flops, water bottle and towel with room to spare. You’ll need two yards of fabric for this project — one yard for the outside and another yard for the contrast lining. This is a great way to use up some old fabric, or an excuse to go out and buy some new pretty material for inspiration.
There are no shortage of fast, easy and free sewing patterns for quilters to help use up extra fabric and maintain your skills this summer.