Go the full Monty with all the machine embroidery for summer on-the-beach designs!
So what do you think is on the list of 21 things to embroider for summer on the beach?
You guessed right – definitely beach towels, but let’s get a bit more creative with the white elephant in the craft room. The expensive piece of equipment we call an embroidery machine needs to start earning its reputation (and worth).
If the craft room scares you – get over your fear of clutter, we are not operating in a sterilized environment here. Just think of all the fun in the sun and the memories to be created.
Updated August 2023
Let’s start with the list of items to machine embroider for summer on the beach:
Items to embroider for a lovely summer on the beach:
- Beach towels with names
- Beach towel wrap
- Towels for kids
- Hooded towels with machine-embroidered characters
- Embroidered beach towel roll-up
- Machine Embroidered Purse
- Embroidered Pouch
- Monogrammed Hats
- Embroidered Caps
- Summer Applique embroidery designs
- Embroidered Tote Bags
- Embroidered Sunglasses case
- Flip Flops monogrammed
- Lipgloss pouch
- ITH Phone Splash Pouch
- Ice lolly holders / Popsicle holders or sleeves
- Machine Embroidered T-shirt
- Appliqued T-shirt
- Monogrammed denim shorts
- Initials on beach gear
- Honeymoon in the Sun items
The machine embroidery designs available for summer and the beach are more than adorable. I’d have a hard time making up my mind about which designs to choose.
Appliques and applique fonts are bold and make such a statement. Whenever I have to embroider something for children, I tend to go with applique designs.
machine embroidery for summer – towels
BEACH TOWEL summer embroidery ideas
- Beach towels with names
The three beach huts are perfect for embroidering on a towel – both for adults and children. The design includes the applique but not the font.
Every time I see beach houses in a row, it reminds me of the colorful beach houses on Muizenberg beach. Way back when I was expecting our first daughter we visited the Western Cape (South Africa) and I ‘overtanned’, if that is even a word! Why am I even telling you this? Maybe, to demonstrate that we have an affinity, a sentiment with certain places, images, smells, and tastes.
Some of us, store patterns from a shirt, rocks from a beach or beach huts in our memories!
For a full tutorial on how to applique names with your embroidery machine, check out this post by Crafty Life Mom.
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Image property of Sisters of the Wild West
Sisters of the Wild West created a body/spa wrap with a towel and added an embroidered initial to it.
Click through to this super easy project here.
An embroidery machine is a gift-creating machine. I am sure you have more than enough embroidery designs in your library to complete a lot of projects and gifts.
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Designs to embroider on beach towels for kids
There are other Baby Shark embroidery designs available on Etsy and the links in the text and image will direct you to it.
Anyone with toddlers in the home knows the tune of the Baby Shark song! And if you are a Grandma and you have not heard, or of it, it means that your grandchildren have outgrown this phase.
It is a one-tune song, mimicked by a few and memorized by millions of children around the world.
Add a name or initials to make it even more personal.
Just make it! You’ll be the greatest aunt, mommy, or grandma!
Hooded towels with machine-embroidered characters
Who can resist the Dragon Duo?
My grandson will not be able to contain himself if he’d received a towel like this! And all we want is happy children, do you agree?
Image property of Sweet n Sassy Design
Toothless and Light Fury are the stars in the How to train your Dragon movie, but your little son/grandson will think he is the real hero with such a beach towel!
I could have chosen a shark design, but this design begs to be stitched out.
Embroidered beach towel roll-up
Embroider a few pockets and stitch it onto a beach towel. Add straps and you have a towel roll-up and carrying case.
Do I make it sound easy?
It really is – especially with the tutorial by Embroidery Library. Check it out here.
Image property of Embroidery Garden on Etsy
Keep your ice cream funds safely in these lovely citrus coin purses.
In the Hoop projects are so much fun to make! For me, particularly if it includes a zipper.
Image property of Artapli on Etsy
Stay on par with the summer theme with the ITH purse/pouch by Artapli on Esty. It is sooooo cute.
more machine embroidery Designs for summer on the beach:
Image property of TMM Designs on Etsy
Keep the sun off young faces and make them wear their hats. Applique a raggedy circle with monograms on a child’s hat, cap, or straw hat.
Get a tutorial on how to embroider a straw hat on the Sulky blog.
Image property of With Glittering Eyes
Embroider a baseball cap without the special hoop, with this easy-to-follow tutorial by With Glittering Eyes.
Flowers, badges, or monograms are all popular on caps. You can even spruce up an older worn cap with embroidery.
I have not used foam in my embroidery before, and the visit to this blog taught me something new.
Embroidered beach totes
Image property of Personalization Mall – the item is no longer available but is an excellent idea to embroider on beach totes.
My friend Diana from Sew Very Crafty has a step-by-step tutorial and video on how to make a beach towel tote. You can easily embroider any summer design onto it before you close the sides.
Embroidered Sunglasses case by SwakEmbroidery
Image property of SwakEmbroidery
The perfect summer accessory!
This adorable in-the-hoop sunglass case will keep your sunglasses safe and scratch free as it is FULLY LINED.
In the Hoop means you have little or no sewing to do after the item has been embroidered and these cases are created in two hoopings with NO ADDITIONAL SEWING!
Flip Flops monogrammed by Applique Corner
Image property of Applique Corner
Who said you cannot upgrade your flip-flops?
This is awesome and such a unique way to personalize your stuff. I am sure you won’t have a problem spotting your shoes on the beach!
The design is available in sizes for children 11 – 5 and women 5 – 12.
It is stitched completely in the hoop and doesn’t require a regular sewing machine. It means that it is finished 100% with your embroidery machine.
Lip balm holder
Image property of Designs by Little Bee
One of the ‘baddies’ of summer is constantly licking your (dry) lips!
If you add water to it, you have the potential to develop blisters or sunburn. Go to the beach prepared.
Make yourself a pinkish lip balm holder which serves as a key fob too. Simply irresistible.
ITH phone splash pouch
Image property of Parker on the Porch
This lovely ITH design was created to hold phones and tablets while playing around water! It is a nifty idea to make for your boat cruise or when you are out fishing or cruising on the water with the family.
This is actually a smart and useful gift idea that won’t break the bank.
Available in different hoop sizes.
Ice lolly holders
Shout out to Dejavu Designs (how appropriate in terms of memory building), for the lovely popsicle holders / sleeves:
Images property of Dejavu Designs
Machine Embroidered T-shirt
- For a little girl I’d choose the Mermaid design by Marcia Embroidery on Etsy to add to her t-shirt, leggings, beach tote, or towel.
Image property of Marcia Embroidery on Etsy
- For a boy I’d suggest the shark with sunnies design by Creative Applique on Etsy for his swimming pants, beach tote, or towel.
Image property of Creative Appliques on Etsy
Monogrammed or Embroidered denim shorts
Look sassy in your denim shorts – with a monogram or a dash of embroidery.
You probably shop at the same stores, right?
Be unique and add your stamp of approval with a summer or floral (or any) design.
The denim in the image below has not been embroidered, but it gives you an idea of how to add personality to your garments, be it on the beach or at the pool.
Image property of Bailey Ray (no longer available)
Initials on beach gear
Image property of Driftwood Market (idea only, product no longer available)
Driftwood Market specializes in personalized gifts. The item in the image gives you an idea of how or what you can add to your handmade items.
Therefore, if you can use your embroidery machine, you can make this! Agreed?
Honeymoon in the Sun items
Wifey and Hubby Embroidered Robes by CaptonRob on Etsy
In conclusion, you can choose to use a themed design on all your projects, i.e. sharks or mermaids. Or, you can choose to embroider your beach items according to the liking of each family member.
Whatever it is that you are going to be embroidering, please have fun in the sun!