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Some Fun Summer Sewing Patterns

Amy Butler's Spice Market Tote

As Memorial Day is upon us, my sewing drive is in full gear. Something happens to me when it comes to summer sewing.  I see cute tote bags, picnic accessories, anything that reminds me of outdoor summer fun and I want to make it! I realized it had become somewhat of a problem the year I came home from the sewing store with fabric for picnic tablecloths—6 yards of red gingham check fabric complete with lifelike printed ants.  Years later, that fabric stays hidden in a box that should be labeled “questionable fabric choices.” That fabric aside, I’ve had a few great summer sewing successes. My favorite is a summer tote made in fun printed oilcloth—perfect for the beach or picnics!

Are you sewing for this Memorial Day? Tote bags, fun accessories? Here are a few fun summer patterns you may enjoy.

Amy Butler’s Spice Market tote and Butterick 5659 are two great carryalls. They are easy to sew and large enough for your beach towel, a good book, and other beach must-haves. Get creative and select fun vibrant fabrics for a truly summer look.

Kwik Sew pattern 3798 isn’t new for this season but is so clever I couldn’t pass it by! It is a lounge chair cover designed for cozy terrycloth fabric. It even has a side pocket for your sunscreen, glasses, etc. Carry the chair cover, or whatever else, in the included versatile cylinder shaped drawstring tote.

Barbeque in style with McCall’s pattern number 6366. This full- or half-length apron has cute ruffles and pockets to keep you girly and fashionable.

Finally, McCall’s patterns 6367 and 6372 are perfect summer ensembles. Pattern 6367 is a large tote and portable cushions for summer baseball games and picnic benches. Pattern 6372 has it all with two tote styles, a summer quilt–great for the beach, and even a neck roll to keep you comfy.


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  1. GorgeousThings | | #1

    I finished Vogue 8727 yesterday. Today I'm going to start on StyleArc's Cruise Club Kim Dress.

  2. roseytheriveter | | #2

    I love anything Amy Butler!

  3. bubbie | | #3

    love the amy butler tote, but where oh where can you buy the pattern in Canada. I have been trying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    HeartToHeartFabrics | | #4

    Amy butler is awesome! We have a great selection of fabrics that work well with her patterns and all orders over $30 ship FREE. http://HeartToHeartFabrics.com

  5. staceyloohoo | | #5

    i'm in london ontario and there are a couple of places that carry amy butler patterns in the area. one is cotton by post in arva (sorry i don't have the website) and the other is hyggeligt fabrics downtown (pronounced like hoogle it) and their website is http://www.hyggeligt.ca you can also find them on facebook :)
    i also know that if you go to the amy butler website, there are patterns that you can download for free from her.

    hope this helps!

  6. sewinghands | | #6

    I live in nyc and you would think I would find Amy Butler. The capital of the sewing world. NOT I have to go to the website. I love the bags for summer. Bright charful.

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