The Best Fabrics for Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and I have been inspired to sew up some adorable clothes for those hot days ahead. I know my daughters, and I will be spending a good amount of time outdoors, therefore; we need clothes that are going to keep us as cool as possible.  This began my search for adorable, lightweight, breathable, and durable options. Here you will find the best fabrics for summer!

What types of fabrics will keep you cool during those hot summer days?

So, you want to look for fabrics made of natural fibers. One easily accessible and relatively inexpensive material is cotton. It is one of the most versatile fabrics out there. Here are all the reasons it is such a great choice.


  • Soft
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Strong/Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Keeps you cool by absorbing moisture and carrying heat away from the body
  • It is a fiber made from a plant (Eco-friendly)
  • Stronger when it is wet
  • Easier to sew than many other fabrics

Of course, like anything else, there are some cons to cotton.


  • Prone to shrinking. So please prewash your fabrics before you sew with them
  • It wrinkles easily
  • Colors may bleed

Another reason this is the best choice is that there are hundreds of different types of cotton fabrics, but today I am going to focus on materials that I found to be perfect for summer weather. Below I will share my favorite finds. Just click on the photos to learn more about the ones that catch your eye.

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Cotton Wovens in Pretty Prints and Solids

There are so many items you can make with these: apparel, bags, quilts, etc.  Most of the fabrics below come from a collection, which makes finding coordinating fabrics a breeze. Make sure to take a look at the matching patterns within the links for even more sewing inspiration.

Here are some of my most favorite designers/brands with a whole bunch of cotton options:

Art Gallery

Birch Organic Fabrics

Cloud 9

Cotton + Steel

Dear Stella

Liberty of London

Michael Miller

Riley Blake

Robert Kaufman


Beachy/Summer Prints

Yummy Cold Treats







To me, seersucker screams summer! A definite classic and I adore it so much.  It is a super lightweight, fabric that weaves alternating crinkled and smooth vertical stripes together. The best part about this cotton is you do not need to iron it. Ironing could damage the effect on the fabric. Since it dries so quickly, many use it to make beautiful summer clothing and even bathing suits with it.


This fabric usually has two colors woven together that create a check or plaid design. Another fabric that I love!

Swiss Dot

This cotton fabric is embellished with small dots. Swiss dot is a little sheerer than other cotton fabrics, so keep that in mind when sewing with it.


A light fabric made with a dyed warp thread and a white weft thread. It looks a lot like denim, but chambray is softer, thinner, and more lightweight, making it perfect for summer.

Linen/Cotton Blends

Linen is another natural fiber that has different weights. It can be very fine or made into heavy suiting. It is a little more coarse than cotton, but the lightweight versions can be very cool to wear in summer. Below are linen and cotton blends that are perfect for hot days.  They come in a variety of colors, so make sure you check them out!

Double Gauze

Double gauze has two layers of very thin gauze fabric that are fused together, which creates a very breathable option for summer.  This fabric might be the toughest out of the other options to sew, because of how light and breezy it is. I am thinking of a cover-up for the pool or beach.

I hope you were able to find some excellent options for your next sewing project.  I cannot wait to create SEW MANY more amazing things with you!

Happy sewing!

~ Tara

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