Your DIY Jewelry Summer Bucket List

Everyone should have a summer bucket list, so AllFreeJewelryMaking has put together a DIY jewelry bucket list for you to complete throughout the rest of your summer.  With this list of ten stunning summer jewelry crafts, you will not only learn what are hot pieces right now, but also how to craft the always popular summer jewelry pieces.

Your DIY Jewelry Summer Bucket List

Your Summer Bucket List

1. Become thrifty

Yes, that is right. There is nothing wrong with being thrifty, especially when it is fun. Try making any one of our Delightful Dollar Store Crafts: 20 DIY Jewelry Projects or budget-friendly crafts. You can also follow this quick 10 Minute Scrapped Bracelet tutorial for a chic look.

10 Minute Scrapped Bracelet

10 Minute Scrapped Bracelet


2. Think vintage

Vintage jewelry is always popular but it is not always easy to make DIY vintage jewelry pieces. So, as your second point on your summer bucket list, try one or all of the projects on our list of 15 Vintage Jewelry Patterns. If you only have a few minutes while your kids are at swim practice, then you can make this gorgeous 5 Minute Vintage Cuff instead.

5 Minute Vintage Cuff

5 Minute Vintage Cuff


3. Cherish memories

You have not mastered the art of DIY summer bracelet making until you have made one of these projects from our free eBook, How to Make Friendship Bracelets: 12 Fun Friendship Bracelet Patterns! After, mastering the projects in this eBook, teach your daughters by using this cute Chained Together Friendship Bracelets tutorial.

Chained Together Friendship Bracelets

Chained Together Friendship Bracelets


4. Get some color

The best way to do this is to dye your jewelry, not tan it. Learn how to to tie-dye jewelry with this Colorful Tie-Dyed Jewelry project; or, get your color naturally with the Blackberry Dyed DIY Necklace

Blackberry Dyed DIY Necklace

Blackberry Dyed DIY Necklace

5. Get in shape

Bring some movement to your appearance with this Burnished Copper Necklace or any of these cute Geometric Bead Rings.

Burnished Copper Necklace

Burnished Copper Necklace

6. Go green

Start recycling and upcycling your jewelry with this Ocean Stones Statement Necklace or any of these Chic Recycled Crafts: 14 Recycled Jewelry Tutorials.

Ocean Stones Statement Necklace

Ocean Stones Statement Necklace

7. Master braids

Learn how to braid with these 35 Braided Jewelry Patterns: How to Kumihimo, Fishtail Braid, Box Braid and More. After you learn those, you will be ready to make a summer hemp bracelet, like this Beaded Hemp Wrap Bracelet.

Beaded Hemp Wrap Bracelet

Beaded Hemp Wrap Bracelet

8. Bring the charm

Mastering the art of an elegant and simple charm bracelets takes skill. Try making this Simply Sleek Leather Charm Bracelet and these adorable Cute Candy Charm DIY Jewelry pieces.

Cute Candy Charm DIY Jewelry

Cute Candy Charm DIY Jewelry

9. Make Statements

Statement jewelry pieces are stylish this summer, so learn if they are for you by designing the Black Velvet Statement Necklace or the Striking Fringe Statement Necklace.

Striking Fringe Statement Necklace

Striking Fringe Statement Necklace


10. Do KNOT give up

When beading, chaining, or wiring gets hard, do not give up. Instead take a break and make some knotted projects, like this Nautical Knot Necklace and these DIY Love Knot Jewelry pieces.

Nautical Knot Necklace

Nautical Knot Necklace



What is on your bucket list?


The Short List: 7 How to Sew Shorts You’ll Love

How to Sew Shorts: 18 Free Shorts Patterns Read more at

Wearing shorts is one of my top five favorite fashion choices for the summer. I love being able to feel the sun and the air on my legs without all the extra responsibility of a skirt. I don’t have to worry about wind or crossing my legs just right. I can just enjoy the summer sun comfortably. There’s nothing more freeing than sporting some shorts, flip-flops, and a tee for the day. Summer casual is the best kind of casual. That’s why learning how to sew shorts is such an exciting summer sewing endeavor.

The problem with buying shorts in the store, however, is they just keep getting shorter and shorter. Now I realize shorts should be, you know, short, but do they have to be that short? This is why I have started turning to how to sew shorts tutorials for my summer wardrobe options. When you make DIY shorts from a pattern, you can basically make them as long or as short as you would like. Learn how to jazz up your wardrobe with these amazing how to sew shorts tutorials. Use The Short List: 7 How to Sew Shorts Tutorials to spice up your summer duds.

How to Sew Shorts

Faux Crochet Doily Shorts: I’m loving the lace on these. They are so simple to make and so feminine! Plus, lace-trimmed shorts are huge this season.

DIY Pleated Shorts: Learn how to sew shorts with a classy twist with this tutorial. Wear these pleated DIY shorts with a button-up for a classy brunch or even to work if you make them long enough.

DIY Lace Shorts: Add some length to some cut-offs that are just a little too short with these DIY Lace Shorts.

How to Sew Shorts: Learn how to sew shorts from a pair of old pants with this upcycled sewing tutorial.

Fast and Lazy Linen Shorts: Have an hour to burn? If so, follow this tutorial and you will learn how to sew shorts in under an hour.

DIY Cut Off Jean Shorts: Make the perfect cut offs with this how to sew shorts tutorial.

Simple Shirred Waist Shorts: These are so comfy and so easy. You will not regret sewing them.

Pick one: shorts, capris, or a summer skirt.


Berry Sweet Crafts and Strawberry Recipes for National Strawberry Month

If you couldn’t tell from the piles of low-priced strawberries greeting you near grocery store entrances, May is National Strawberry Month. Those juicy red berries are taking over! We at don’t mind one bit.

In fact, we welcome the sight of strawberries, that iconic summer fruit. Strawberries are so cute and girly, not to mention delicious. A whole month of strawberries sounds like the perfect way to welcome summer! To join in on the fruity fun, check out our strawberry-themed summer ideas.


Strawberry Crafts

Sweet Strawberry Terra Cotta Pots

Strawberries are a perfect symbol of summer. They’re so attractive with their bright red color and that permanently-wet look! Just imagining sinking your teeth into one is refreshing. It’s the flavor of the season, and seeing strawberries just makes people happy.

That said, decorating with these fun summer decorations will help you transition from spring to summer. As the temperatures rise, so does the crafty cuteness level!

  1. Sweet Strawberry Terra Cotta Pots
  2. Strawberry Fields Little Girls’ Dress
  3. Sweet Strawberry DIY Pom Pom
  4. Precious Patriotic Berry Cups
  5. Pretty Pink Strawberry Stool


Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Macaron Flower Pops

What’s even better than looking at adorable strawberry crafts? Devouring strawberry recipes, of course. Strawberries have the perfect balance of juicy and sweet. Best of all, they’re healthy! Let’s say thank you to Mother Earth for providing such a perfect fruit for desserts and salads. Strawberries are a guilt-free sensation.

These recipes will have you snackin’ on berries all month long.

  1. Strawberry Macaron Flower Pops
  2. Sweet Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
  3. Summer Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
  4. Strawberry Almond Shrimp Salad
  5. Easy Strawberry Pie
  6. Fluffy Strawberry Salad
  7. Strawberry Sundae Roll Up



What’s your favorite strawberry craft or recipe?


Get Ready for Stunning Summer-Inspired Quilt Patterns

The grill is hot, the kids are home on vacation, and you’re in the mood for some summer inspiration for your next seasonal quilt project. Whether your favorite summer pastime is relaxing at the beach or working in your garden, the editors at FaveQuilts are pleased to present this selection of our favorite quilts with summer themes.

Sun Quilt Patterns

sunflower-table-topperCheery Sunshine PillowSunburst picnicblanket




What would summertime be without having fun in the sun? From joyful quilted table toppers to gloriously yellow and orange quilted blankets, you’ll be glad you checked out these three sunny quilted projects that are as bright and cheery as the balmy weather outside. If you want joyful and happy-colored quilted patterns, check out these sunny day quilted projects:

Sunshine Sunflower Table Topper

Cheery Sunshine Pillow

Sunburst Picnic Blanket


Beach Quilt Patterns

Drawstring Beach BagBeachy-Baby-Strip-Quilt-thGinormous Beach Bag




Entertain the kids by making these easy and vibrant beach-themed quilted projects. Whether you want to make a seasonal quilt pattern with cool ocean blues and little scrap quilt fish or you need a cute beach bag to store your sunblock in, beach quilt patterns are sure to be a major trend this season. If your favorite summertime hot spot is the beach, try these cute beachy patterns:

Charming Drawstring Beach Bag

Beachy Baby Strip Quilt

Ginormous Quilted Beach Bag


Quilted Picnic Baskets

Garden DistrictFarm-Fresh-Picnic-Quilt-thSummer Lovin' Picnic Quilt




Spend a few summer afternoons enjoying deliciously grilled burgers and hotdogs on your homemade summer-inspired picnic quilt. Friends and neighbors will be especially impressed by your handiwork and ingenuity when they see your patriotic picnic quilts or garden-inspired quilted blankets. While you’re hanging out with the kids on an afternoon picnic, you’ll enjoy the comfort and beauty of your own summer-themed picnic blanket. Some of these refreshing quilted blankets can even function as nifty wall quilts during the colder months. Do these quilt patterns sound appetizing? If so, check out these garden-inspired quilt patterns:

Garden District Picnic Blanket

Farm Fresh Picnic Quilt

Summer Lovin’ Picnic Quilt


Fourth of July Quilt Patterns





Light up your Independence Day with these 4th of July quilts. From red, white, and blue wall hangings to table runners depicting America’s famous stars and stripes, each of these Fourth of July quilt patterns are sure to make this year’s firework show extra special! Show off your patriotism with these fun Fourth of July quilt projects:

Patriotic Pinwheel Quilt Runner

Patriotic Stars Quilt

American Flag Wall Hanging


Summer-themed quilts can be a fantastic project to take some personal time to enjoy your favorite hobby and a great way to commemorate this year’s summer for years to come. The great thing about these diverse seasonal quilt patterns is that they allow you to express your love of all things warm and summery through your preferred quilting techniques.

What kind of summer quilt pattern are you going to make this year?

The Top Five Sweetest Summer Dresses to Sew

If you’re like me, you check the weather multiple times everyday. I check it when I wake up, and I check it less than an hour later before I get dressed and leave for class or work. And I most certainly do not go to sleep without checking tomorrow’s weather at least once. This probably seems obsessive (okay, it is obsessive), but I do my best to be dressed weather-appropriate before I head out for several hours. If there’s one thing I can tell you from the numerous weather reports I’ve recently read, it’s that it’s time to break out your summer dresses because the warm weather is on its way.

What’s in style is ever-changing, and perhaps you’re ready to add some new summer dresses to your wardrobe. Let’s be honest, who has ever said they couldn’t use another great dress for the summer? If you’re ready to update your closet, check out these five sweet summer dresses that you can sew to get ready for some fun in the sun.

Easy Breezy Summer Dress for Girls

Easy Breezy Summer DressNothing says “summer is here” like a great floral print dress. You can sew this little number for your little girl in just a few easy steps. Check out the summer dress tutorial to see how you can make this adorable outfit full of ruffly fun.






Stitch in Color Summer Dress

Stitch in Color Summer DressThis sweet summer dress is full of bright, eye-catching colors and features the ever-popular overalls design. Your daughter will love playing and twirling in this soft and comfy outfit you sewed just for her.






Super Easy Summer Dress

Super Easy Summer DressA great summer dress is just a few stitches away with simple patterns like this one. This strapless dress is so easy to make, you might even want to try it in a few different colors. Grab your favorite fabric (or two, or ten) and give this pattern a whirl.






Summer Dress

Summer DressYour next summer dress can be a low-budget, upcycling project. Grab an old plaid shirt and sew away using this dress pattern. There’s no need to spend big bucks when you can sew a sweet dress with recycled materials.






Easy Summer Halter Dress

Easy Summer Halter DressThis sweet summer dress is perfect for any beach getaway. All eyes will be on you when you wear this ensemble, and you’ll love knowing that your great dress was made from your very own handiwork.






Which of these dress patterns do you want to try?

Make Your Next Picnic a DIY Affair With Crafts & Copycat Recipes

Summer is (almost) officially here! Who wants to be stuck inside all day when the sun is shining and the weather is warm? After a season of cold temperatures and crisp white snow, it’s a great feeling to finally head outside and breathe in the fresh air. In fact, you can really take advantage of the wonderful aspects of the season by heading outside and having a picnic! You can go alone, with a friend or with the kids – no matter what, there are so many ways to make your time outside super memorable.

Whether you know it or not, there are so many ways to create crafts for a picnic. Before you head out, you want to grab a few basics – a blanket, food and a bag to hold everything. Luckily, our latest free eBook, 12 Fabulous Picnic Craft Ideas + Restaurant Copycat Recipes, featured all of these things plus so much more. If you love to crochet, sew or craft with kids, then you’re sure to find a few fabulous projects. Also, we’ve included a couple of our favorite recipes from AllFreeCopycatRecipes – no need to pay for your favorite meals when you can make them at home! With this free eBook, a few craft supplies and your favorite ingredients, you can turn your next picnic into an afternoon of fun in the sun.


Craft Projects Included in the eBook:

Reusable Cloth Snack Bags – Picnics are so much fun but let’s face it – you can generate a lot of waste during your time in the sun. From plastic bags to paper plates and cups, there are so many items that can only be used once. Plus, it’s easy for those flimsy items to become litter. Save money on bags and create your own Reusable Cloth Snack Bags. Use bright, sunny fabric and Velcro for this project – it’s an easy sewing craft you can complete in an afternoon. Best of all, you can throw these bags into a child’s lunch or take them to a party – they’re so versatile!

Rolling Place Mats – If you’re new to the world of crochet, this is the perfect pattern for you. You can make a bunch of these practical Rolling Place Mats and throw them in your tote. This crochet pattern makes dining outdoors simple and easy. They also help keep your picnic blanket clean and tidy. You only need three skeins of each color to create this quick and simple crochet pattern, so there’s no need to drop big bucks at your local craft supply store.


Soup Can Bowling – Get kids involved in the fun by creating a game that they can take on the picnic. Dig into your recycle bin and reuse aluminum soup can to create your own blowing game. Paint helps turn the simple, unexciting cans into colorful and adorable pins. This activity is sure to keep the kids busy for hours. Let the kids express their creativity by allowing them to decorate their own soup can.



Bonus! Delicious Copycat Recipes to Make at Home:

Cowboy Corn Dogs: Is there anything worse than an empty stomach at a picnic? Don’t let this happen to you! Create these delicious corn dogs and pack them up in a handmade bag or container. This is a great snack option and tastes great with a side of ketchup. Plus, you don’t have to beg the kids to take a bit – this is a dish the whole family can enjoy.



Get inspired and get outside – that’s what summer is all about! Just be sure to bring a camera so you don’t miss a moment of your DIY picnic adventure! Download a copy of 12 Fabulous Picnic Craft Ideas + Restaurant Copycat Recipes today – it’s free!





This Week on Cool2Craft TV – Outdoor Living

Join host Linda Peterson for Livin’ the Creative Life TV featured on the Cool2Craft TV Channel. Linda gets us in the mood for good ol’ summertime with her show featuring super cool watermelon-themed crafts including watermelon applique placemat, dyed fabric watermelon napkin, glove utensil holder and hand-painted glass goblet. Featured on the Cool2Craft TV Channel Monday June 27, 2011 at noon Eastern/9 am Pacific. Watch craft demos and join in the #livecraftchat at showtime at

Livin' the Creative Life TV with Linda Peterson - Outoor Living

It’s easy to watch the Cool2Craft TV channel right from your computer. This episode airs Monday June 27, 2011 9am Pacific/10am Mountain, 11 am Central, noon Eastern. Go to and find the Livestream player and chat box. See you Monday!

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