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Believe it or not, spring is here (and summer is on its way)! Now is the time to start looking for some sewing projects that you can wear when the warm weather arrives. Although sewing and knitting are often associated with colder weather, there are plenty of warm-weather wearables you can create with fabric and thread. There’s a chance that cool weather might stick around a little longer, so consider this time to work on some new DIY fashion for the spring months.
Ruffle Neck Romper
When it’s warm outside, the perfect outfit for your little one might just be a romper. This romper is easy to make and you can choose whichever pattern of fabric you’d like. The pattern is adapted from an older pattern to make it more modern in appearance, with a shirred waist and ruffle neck. This pattern is simple and the tutorial, found on CraftFoxes, will lead you step-by-step through the creation of this romper. Choose a fresh, spring-colored floral fabric and create an adorable wardrobe item for your little one.
Get the Ruffle-Neck Romper sewing pattern.
Easy Tote Bag
If you travel to the park, library, or work, you’ll probably need a bag to carry your belongings. This bag is screen-printed with different airport codes to create a travel-friendly theme. First, you need to sew the bag and its handle, then screen-print the letters on using a freezer paper method. For this project, you’ll need fabric, freezer paper, fabric ink, sponges, and some other crafting supplies. You don’t have to use airport codes for your decoration – use your own imagination for letting or images.
Visit CraftFoxes for this tote bag pattern.
Get Ready for Swimsuit Season
Springtime sewing means that summer is not far around the corner! Now is the perfect time to beef up your summer wardrobe. Did you know you can sew a bikini? It’s true! This tutorial on CraftFoxes will teach you how to make your own bikini, saving you time and helping you create an item that’s fitted especially for your body. If you’re learning to sew with new and different materials, this project would be a great introduction to sewing with Lycra, which is the material best suited for swimsuit patterns. For this project you’ll need enough Lycra to create a bikini for your body type and well as the lining, elastic, plastic “sew-in” boning, ribbon, and a clasp closure. You’ll need specialized materials your own bikini and it might be a bit more difficult than other projects, but this CraftFoxes post offers a pattern to download and a clear tutorial.
Check out this bikini pattern.
Everyone needs some flowing, comfortable shirts for the warmer months. This post at CraftFoxes offers several different ways to create your own spring shirts as well as ways to adapt some of your old shirts for new uses. You can make a festival top from a men’s shirt that you have lying around the house or add a dip-dye ombre effect to any old shirt. There are projects in this post that allow you to add crochet side panels, a Peter Pan collar or add ruffles to any shirt. If you’re looking to update some old pieces and recycle them in the process, be sure to check these projects out!
Find some free shirt patterns for women.