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Summer is absolutely upon us. We have decided to give you the ultimate backyard fun and beach guide. Sew and craft up all of these projects to create your perfect summer!

Swim Suits
Whether lounging by the pool or playing in the sand, these suits are what you need for the hot summer months. Check out Sanda Betzina’s wonderful post about sewing with swimsuit fabric to make sure you get it right the first time!

- Alison bathing suit
- Jessica bathing suit
- Andre
- Cindy
- Navy polka dot bikini

Beach Cover-Ups
Make one of these for traveling around or just lazing about.

- Tiered Maxi Dress
- A-line tunic dress
- Bambi
- Bermuda Shorts
- Summer Beach Hat
- Harem Trousers w/ Side Tie
- Elinor cover-up
- Terry Cloth Beach Cover-Up
- Stretch shorts for her
- Desira
- Shirt dress
- Tara

A Summer Night Out
Rock these looks till the break of dawn
- Tie Skirt
- Slouchy Jersey Dress-
- Jumpsuit
- Kimono tee
- Theresa Dress

Backyard Games
These fun (and cheap!) games are a great way to spend a summer day in your backyard, the park, or at the beach!

- Balloon Dart Game
- Bean Bag Toss Game
- Bean Bag Toss Game 2
- Sturdy handmade kite
- Quick handmade kite

Summer Accessory

Use this great oilcloth How To to make a waterproof picnic blanket. Just whip up some oilcloth and sew it on to the back of a large cut of fabric!

Complete your day with the rest of these great projects:

- Roll-Up Organizer
- Picnic placemats
- BBQ Apron
- Charlie Bag
- Drawstring bag
- Embellish with ruffles

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!


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    Jul 1, 2010, 04.03 PMby baerbelborn

    Oh my! I need to get rid of job and family (joking) for preparing my summer sew.

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    Jul 1, 2010, 02.31 PMby ananae

    Thank you Alden. It’s not the cost I am worried about. I have already replyed in another post the following:

    I was referring to the fact that this site is becoming a repository for all burda magazine patterns.The impact is overwhelming and disproportional. Are the partecipants encoraged to develope their own designs? I think they are incoraged to over-play the burda models to enhance the Burda corporation. those patterns are already sold in Burdamoden site ( maybe for less, i don’t know and it’s not the point). I resent the promotional side of the issue- it makes us all the “interpetators” of Burda creations instead of a platform that gives or sells the creations of the partecipants.
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    Jun 30, 2010, 05.48 PMby megneh

    These patterns are wonderful with great ideas. I agree that the $5.40 is a little expensive. I even wait until Vogue is having a sale on their patterns and NEVER pay more than $3.99 for them. Perhaps you guys could have a sale? I’ve got quite a few patterns in my shopping cart that I would love to buy hint but understand that people can’t be running websites for free!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 11.17 AMby ananae

    does nobody worries, just a little bit, how this site belongs no more to the readers and crafts-people but to the “big brother” burda group? no more (some) free patterns and no more free spirits. It’s all sponsored-payed-for fun . as long as one can buy the burda magazin, why should one look for a pattern for 5.40$ and loosing one’s playground instead ?

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      Jun 30, 2010, 01.56 PMby alden

      I’m sorry you feel that way. We, the BurdaStyle team, completely understand/believe that the community is what makes this site and we really would be nowhere without you guys! You should know we are busy working on more tutorials and projects for you, the members. I think this post showcases some amazing (free) user patterns and projects as resources for the summer. On the other hand, there is a huge amount of cost running a website of this size (nearly 380,000 members!) so we do have to post patterns that are for cost to keep the website going. what is it specifically that you are missing? what would you like to see more of?

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      Jun 30, 2010, 05.46 PMby staticstasy

      THAAAAANK YOU ananae, that’s exactly what I said quite a long time ago when they started to put up the for-pay patterns systematically…

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      Jul 6, 2010, 08.14 PMby wzrdreams

      Have you even read Nineteen-eighty-four?

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    Jun 29, 2010, 09.02 PMby sewella

    A great article with extensive and exquisite list (links) of what one needs to be fully prepared for the beach and enjoy the summer. I fell in love with the light blue shirt and the pink harem pants. What a candy!

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