Once a month I’m going to be rounding up my favourite 5 Simple Sewing Pleasures, including fab tutorials to follow, gorgeous items to lust after for your sewing room / nook, project inspiration and favourite fabric finds. To kick things off for 5 Simple Sewing Pleasures July, it’s all about the sunshine and holidays!
1. If you’re lucky enough to be heading abroad, or travelling anywhere for that matter, why not whip up a personalised luggage tag and make your bag stand out in a crowd? There’s lots of beautiful examples out there but I was really drawn to the simplicity of these tags on Vert Cerise. Intended for paper, but why not make them from fabric with interfacing to stiffen and then free-motion or hand embroider names on them?
2. Reversible bucket hat, a free sewing pattern by Oliver & S to make gorgeous sun hats for little ones. Create a unique hat that you can spot easily in the park or on the beach. Requires little fabric or time – and a perfect gift too. I’m adding this to my to-do list.
3. Fab holiday wardrobe make: The Kimono Jacket, a free pattern and jacket from the inspirational & fun loving Sew Caroline. A summer wardrobe essential and so easy to construct – the perfect project for a beginner or someone with a stash of floaty fabric that needs to be put to use (yep, that’s me….);
4. If the sun shines, pop this fabulous A-frame tent in the garden for hours of fun, and even better if the sun doesn’t shine and the rain arrives, pop it in the lounge and have yourself a carpet picnic instead. Check out the fab free tutorial from Cakies. I wonder if I can squeeze inside and knit in peace……
5. For most of us it’s not practical to drag the old sewing machine away on hols with us, and even if you’re staying at home all summer sometimes a more portable sewing project is called for that you can cart to the garden bench or the like. Enter the embroidery stitch kit! I’ve long been a fan of Nancy Nicholson’s kits with their beautiful cheery whimsical designs and no nonsense instructions. So addictive and so restful. This Birdie Stitch Kit 1 is definitely on my summer hols wish list.
And if all of that has really got your summer creative juices flowing, call back next week for a cheery picnic mat tutorial – cue thunder storms!