13 Spring Sewing Projects

spring craft projects

Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to get your closet up to speed with some spring sewing projects. When sewing something new and exciting ourselves, we often look for the latest fashion trends for spring sewing inspiration and ideas. But keeping up with current fashion can be quite tricky sometimes.

Here’s the good news. I have here a list of 13 easy spring sewing projects that’ll help you impress your most fashionable friends. My youngest sister Lauren is an absolute whizz at things like this. She’s my go-to girl if I ever need anything stitching. I might give a few of these a go myself though as they seem easy enough (I know where she is if I need help unstitching myself from material or fixing a sewing machine)

  1. Simple Reversible Bag

Love carrying a reversible bag? Then you’ll love this reversible bag tutorial. You’ll notice it’s simple and easy to make. All you need is pick your favourite fabrics and get ready. Who says a girl can never have too many bags? 

  1. 3D Triangle Pillows

Want a fun little pillow for your kids? Simply follow this simple triangle pillow tutorial.

As you’ll notice, making these funny looking pillows is really easy, all you have to do is gather your favourite fabric scraps and start stitching few of them together. A very easy one.

  1. Picnic Bowl Covers

This potluck bowl cover tutorial is a weekend project. Once completed, go outside in style this coming spring for the first outdoor parties and picnics of the year (if the weather agrees).

  1. Button-Up Window Shade

Make this easy to sew window shade quickly, and lift up the window shade into two heights to allow different shades of light into your room.

You only need buttons, twill tape, raw linen… and French ticking.

  1. Oilcloth Lunch Bag

Have an unused oilcloth cover on your kitchen table? Then follow this oilcloth lunch bag tutorial to transport your children’s lunches (or your own) in a leak-proof style.

  1. Knee Pad

Thinning, weeding and planting require a great deal of effort, and your knees often get hurt the most. But, with this attractively neat and stylish knee pad tutorial, you can prevent your knees from getting injured.

You’ll notice that the pad in this easy to follow tutorial is made from a sturdy and water-resistant acrylic, with a wide range of colours.

  1. Outdoor Pillows

Don’t just throw away those cheap-looking vinyl kitchen cloths. Why? Because they can be used for purposes other than just picnics – to make excellent materials for outdoor pillows that are super easy to clean.

  1. Handkerchief Valance

This tailored men’s handkerchiefs will turn more heads than just looking great in your pockets. If you have a set of vintage or new hankies, follow this easy handkerchief valance tutorial… to turn them into the most stylish valance.

  1. Raffia Window Curtain

Stitch a series of tufted raffia bow ties on a curtain with matching thread, and add freshness and sunniness to your windows, almost overnight! I might do something like this in my dining room.

Here’s how to create a raffia window curtain.

  1. Ruffled Coin Pouch

This spring, make yourself fall in love in head over heels with a cutesy ruffle coin pouch.

Creating this coin pouch is easy, too: All you need is little ruffle here and there… and everything will start to come together.

Here’s how you can create a pouch with a zipper.

  1. Chiffon Maxi Skirt

Last year, I realized that the chiffon maxi trend was starting to become really popular. This year, however, I’m sure it’s going to pick up a full momentum.

Maxis make excellent sewing project for spring and the summer.

They’re simple to make and comfortable to wear! You’ll find them in double maxi designs, either worn as a skirt or a dress. Here’s a simple chiffon maxi skirt tutorial to help you stand out from the pack.

  1. Simple Skirt

Do you know what’s popular on the spring runway these days? It’s the sweaters paired with circle skirts.

Recreating this look is quite fun and easy, too. Simply follow this simple skirt sewing project. You’ll realise you’ll only need some fabrics, some elastic bands to go around your waist, and thread.

Once it is sewn, pair it with your sweater and a pair of flats to look really, really ‘cool’ this spring.

  1. Day Date Dress

Do you want midi skirts that’ll turn heads without making you look “too granny”? Good.

Here’s a simple tutorial to make a day date dress.

Pay attention to how you wear it, though. To grab the attention of the most stylish friends, you can, for example, pair this easy midi skirt with heels, and accessorize the look properly!

Do you have any spring sewing projects planned? I could probably manage a few of these and the reversible bag is top of my list to try.

What is Shabby Chic?

I love all things vintage, this is no surprise given the items I’ve regularly posted on the blog and across social media (my recent Singer sewing machine find being a good example – I do love this machine!). While many items in my house are vintage or vintage-styled some of the items in my home also fall under the shabby chic category. I’ve realised however that shabby chic is now a blanket word for a whole range of styles.

There are shabby chic items which are very rustic in nature such as French-style wire chicken baskets blackboards and white painted egg boxes. These always seem to come under shabby chic. There are shabby chic materials such as printed cloth which is used for clothing, tablecloths and even bags which claims to be shabby chic and a popular theme at the moment seems to be sprays of roses.

I’ve seen checked / gingham kitchen items such as tablecloths, tea towels and even jam jar lids described as shabby chic too (I think these are more kitsch than shabby). There are shabby chic writing styles now (really).

I’m not convinced. To be shabby chic usually is connected to furniture and is specifically “shabby”. There are certain paint effects that look old and rubbed down which I feel represent shabby chicness and yet the interiors market is flooded with “shabby chic” items which really don’t encompass what the style truly is about.

According to Wikipedia shabby chic is:
A form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasised to differentiate it from genuine period décor”.

This is spot on (as Wikipedia usually is) and for me encompasses what shabby chic truly is. Why the confusion then? Have people lost the meaning of shabby chic? Has it become such a commonly bandied about term that we’ve forgotten when it actually means or have companies and individuals abused the term in order to increase sales? Often if you add the term shabby chic to any item you are able to charge a little more, just as you can when you add maternity, business or any popular word or term.

What do you feel shabby chic is? There are some fabulous shabby chic examples around the internet from authentic vintage and basically old and worn pieces which definitely fall under the category as well as a number of strong shabby chic styled pieces of furniture or home accessories. I’m just not convinced that it should be used as such a blanket term as many seem to be confused about what shabby chic actually is.

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