5 Fabrics Perfect for Summer Sewing Projects
It’s almost time to ditch that jacket, scarf, chunky cardigan, and other winter clothing staples and embrace the season with its temptingly vibrant array of hues, scents, and breezes. If you’re looking to take advantage of the sudden burst of summer spirit, you’ll need to get crafting—and fast. That’s why we rounded up six of the best fabric options for sewing projects so that you can get started on a summer wardrobe overhaul sooner rather than later. From bright and colorful prints to lightweight linen blends, this list of fabrics has something for every level of sewist. From here on out, you’ll want to keep these in mind when you’re searching for the perfect fabric to turn into a new sewing project.
Lightweight, Breathable Fabrics
Wool, linen, and cotton are great for the warm weather months. Linen is a lightweight fabric with a natural breathability that will keep you cool in addition to being comfortable. Wool is also lightweight and breathable and has the added benefit of being naturally antibacterial. If you’re looking for something in between, then cotton is a good option as it can be light or heavy depending on what you want.
Cotton is a fabric that’s perfect for warm weather sewing projects. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, making it the perfect choice to avoid overheating while you’re stitching. Cotton fabrics are also easy to find in stores so if you need to go out and purchase some fabric on short notice, cotton will be an affordable and widely available option. Plus, cotton has a natural tendency to wrinkle which can make it a great choice for crafting casual wear items like shorts or tank tops where wrinkles are expected.
One of the best ways to get your creative juices flowing is by looking through a beautifully curated fabric collection. Printed fabrics are often vibrant and cheerful, which is perfect for summer sewing projects.
Jelly Rolls: If you're looking to make some quick summer apparel with less than ₤5 in fabric, "jelly rolls"—or fat quarter bundles of fabric—are the way to go. Each bundle usually contains 25-30 yards of various printed cotton gauzes, so they're perfect for creating skirts, blouses, scarves, or any other garment that requires a lightweight fabric.
Stripes: Striped fabrics are a fun way to add a fun geometric pattern to your project. You can find these in all sorts of colors and patterns—from classic red-white-and-blue stripes to tropical palm leaves.
Geometric Prints: Geometrics are another great option if you're looking for something that's unique and eye-catching. Options like this will keep your style chic and on-trend this summertime!
Linens are a great choice for summer sewing projects. They’re lightweight, breezy, and perfect for many styles of clothing that you may want to put together this summer. Linens come in a number of different weaves, including chambray, cotton percale, and satin.
If you’re looking for a fabric that will be durable and long-lasting while still being breathable and comfortable in the heat, linen is the way to go. Chambrays are perfect for shirts or blouses while cotton percale is better suited to dresses or skirts. Satins work well as dress linings or undergarments.
Solids and patterns
Solids and patterns are two of the most popular options for summer sewing projects. Patterns come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you’ll be sure to find one that complements your personal style. Solids are also a popular option because they add a dash of color or texture to any sewing project.
Solid Colors: Ticking Stripe (pictured), Double Gauze Cotton
Blend Patterns: Dotted Swiss Dot, Mini Flowers, African Flower
Satin, a luxurious fabric that falls in the middle of the weight spectrum, is perfect for sewing up summer dresses. This type of fabric has a soft and shiny finish to it that creates a sleek look.
On the downside, because it's so lightweight, satin can be less durable than other types of fabrics like cotton or linen.
With the right fabric, sewing can be a breeze. With more and more patterns available in solids, prints, and cotton, your imagination is the only limit to what you can make this summer.
From a quick and easy sundress to a stylish top, summer sewing projects are a great way to enjoy the outdoors while feeling stylish and comfortable.