Guest Blog: Summer Tutorial Roundup by kelly Rand

Kelly Rand, from Crafting a Green World &, has put together a summer tutorial roundup. – jen

By guest contributor Kelly Rand


Now that it is officially summer, thoughts tend to wander to laying on the beach, at the pool or just hanging out in the backyard with a cool glass of lemonade soaking up the sun. Here are some great summery tutorials to get you beach, pool and backyard ready.

As the temperature rises and the sun’s rays a little harsher, light and breezy clothing is just what the doctor ordered:

This shirred dress tutorial by Kuky Ideas can be altered to any size and is the perfect light summer clothing option. Bonus points? It can be worn as a beach cover up.

Speaking of the beach, a good beach bag is very important and one made from old beach towels is super thrifty, eco-friendly and fun.  Alisa Burke shows you how to combine several patterns and colors for a fun and funky bag.

Swimming is one of the best parts about the hot months. Getting into cool, clean water and splashing around is simply the best. Help a boy out and make him these smart and sassy   swim trunks from  BurdaStyle.

Still have some leftover terry cloth from your beach bag? Then make this adorable  pool cover up by Prudent Baby for your little one. The tutorial is thorough, clear and well thought out.

Need a beach tote that’s a bit more grown up? Try this altered tutorial by Say Yes to Hoboken. This beach tote is a perfect carry all with pockets for an ipod and all your trashy beach reads.

For another great summer clothing option, this great top by Laura Nelkin is an ideal pattern for beginner crocheters and sewers. Its simple design is airy and light, and perfect for those lazy hazy days of summer.

What’s your favorite summertime tutorial? Please share in the comments!

About the contributor: Kelly Rand is staff writer for, lead writer for Crafting a Green World, and is co-founder of Hello Craft, a non-profit trade association dedicated to the advancement of indie crafters and the handmade movement. Kelly is a compulsive knitter and avid maker who believes that handmade will save the world.


  1. I wish I could sew and keep telling myself I need to learn. Kelly has just reinforced that goal with all those wonderful beach tutorials. For those who would love to try their hand at painting – here’s a step x step tutorial for painting a conch shell in gray scale. Thanks for the inspiration Kelly!

  2. Cool, thanks for the roundup! I am always so happy that folks are willing to share their knowledge and promote more creativity. I actually just wrote my own tutorial – finally! Instead of worry about perfect photos or writing – I just got it out there. It’s so important for our community to share and discuss…so crafty goodness can keep going and going 🙂

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