Sewing Machine Day: Simple DIY Summer Projects to Save Money

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Posted on 06/12/2013

The sewing machine isn't a modern invention. In fact the first one was patented in 1790. So it's no wonder that this household appliance has its own day. Sewing Machine Day falls on June 13 and in honor of the holiday here is a list of simple DIY summer projects that will save you money.


Baby Sun Bonnet
Protect your little one's delicate skin from the harsh summer sun with a handmade sun bonnet. Tinkerknits.blogspot.com has everything you need including a free pattern for this adorable DIY project.

Potluck Bowl Covers
Summer is the season for picnics and potlucks. Keep pesky flies off your food by whipping up some Potluck Bowl Covers. Use the instructions found at Thecottagehome.blogspot.com. You'll save money by preventing food waste and avoiding use of disposable products like foil or plastic wrap.

Hammock
Hammocks can be pretty pricey, but relaxing in one is a great way to spend a summer day. To whip up your own you'll need about seven feet of fabric, cord and, of course, your trusty sewing machine. Find the full instructions at outsidemom.com.

Summer Market Bag
Sew yourself a sweet tote to cart all of those fresh veggies home from the farmers' market. It's an easy project that won't take long, especially if you follow the simple steps at momtastic.com.

Beach Cover-Ups
Protect your iPhone, your books and pretty much anything from the sun and sand with a DIY beach cover-up. Martha Stewart provides basic instructions for cover-ups in all sizes at MarthaStewart.com. Oilcloth and self-adhesive Velcro make this a great project for beginners.

By Alison Storm

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