Stitch, Summer 2012

Usher in sunny days with Stitch, Summer 2012! With 34 fresh projects inspired by the outdoors, from gardening and flowers to the seashore and natural linen, you’ll find projects and accessories for outdoor living, wardrobe, and home décor−plus adorable gifts to make for your kids, friends, and family. Stitch Summer is alive with the ideas, techniques, and inspiration that will help you revel in the sunshine months.

Our cover project, Flower Power Reversible Purse, is available as a free download at

Flower Power Reversible Purse 
by April Moffatt



Downloadable Patterns

Flower Power Reversible Purse 

Petals + Pips Skirt 

Both Sides Now Wrap Skirt 

Little Apple Apron

Garden Party Pinafore

Weekend Linen Shorts

Smocked-Band Shell Tote 


technique spotlight: sew up summer 
Linda Turner Griepentrog
Tips for Sewing Summer Fabrics

material world: smocking
Mary Walter
Tips, Techniques, and a Bit of Smocking Lore

artist profile: alfred shaheen
Gretchen Hirsch
Meet the Creator of the Hawaiian Bombshell Dress

Fabulous Florals

From poppy brights to romantic roses, vintage-inspired to modern prints, flowers are the backdrop for these 10 beautiful projects including cute rings, easy skirts, darling notecards, and more items to dress up your home.

button bling rings 
Carolyn Friedlander
throw quilt
Jessie Aller
petals + pips skirt
Jenn Rhoads
yo-yo coasters
Ann Macon 
eye pillow

Mary Walter
Cinzia Allocca 
flower power
reversible purse

Lisa Shepard Stewart

fresh cut flowers
Rachel Hauser 

field of flowers
journal cover
Rachel Hauser
both sides now
wrap skirt
Sandra Geiger

Garden Glories

Create adorable and useful items for the garden--from pretty seed savers and knee pads to a sweet girl pinafore and bicycle bag.

little apple apron
Amy Struckmeyer
sweet tea cozy
Linda Turner Griepentrog
handy gardener's apron
Sarah Minshall
lazy days hammock
Carol Zentgraf
vintage seed packet wall art
Kevin Kosbab
roll-up seed saver
Briana Arlene Balsam 
bicycle bag
Sigrid Arnott
garden party pinafore
Jennifer Wiese
double-duty garden
knee pad

Kaelin Telschow

Fresh Linen

Think warm breezes and natural fibers. These linen projects--a sunny pllow, girly shawl, tabletop coverings, and more--will bring back summer all year long..

good day sunshine throw pillow 
Amy Struckmeyer
  tiny patchwork
shower curtain
Rachel Hauser
weekend linen shorts
Tara Miller
lace and linen shawl
Marcia Van Oort
hip squares
table runner
Josee Carrier

table topper
Debbie Grifka

Beach Party

Nothing says summer like hanging out at the beach, and these clever totes, fun toys, happy beach blankets, and other sunny projects will have you packing your bags for the shore pronto.

playful beach bucket 
Linda Turner Griepentrog
snappy wallet
Missy Shepler
happy striped
beach tote

April Moffatt
dressy beach blanket
Jennifer Wiese
scrappy starfish beanbags
Amber Eden
convertible beach
Ali Winston
shell tote
Mary Bryant Roediger

sunset picnic
Carol Zentgraf


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