If you are just getting started with sewing, you’ll love trying out easy sewing projects for beginners. Try your hand at sewing pillows, blankets, a dress, and more with this roundup of 19 simple projects to get you started.
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I love to sew, but I feel like sometimes there is a big learning curve! If you are a beginner, my best advice for you to level up your skills is simple:
Practice, a lot! The more you sew, the easier it will become.
Challenge yourself. Take on projects that seem a little too tricky (a zipper installation? gathers? pleats?) to keep pushing yourself forward.
Watch videos on Youtube if you get stuck.
And also, sew what you love! There are so many things you can sew from clothing to quilts, curtains to pillows, etc. etc. Sew what you enjoy and don’t feel like there are projects you have to tackle just because everyone else is sewing them.
What Makes a Good Beginner Sewing Project?
I’m a firm believer that you can sew just about anything with a good set of instructions and lots of patience.
However, there are a few features to look for in beginning sewing projects that will help you experience success. The following are my basic criteria for a good beginner sewing project:
Straight Lines: Curves aren’t too tricky to sew, but they are much easier after you’ve spent some time practicing with your machine. So, start with straight seams!
Few Pattern Pieces: Patterns with lots of pieces to put together are trickier. Stick with simple patterns with few pieces for your first few projects.
No Fasteners: Skip the buttonholes, zippers, and snaps until after you’ve successfully completed some simple projects and are ready to learn more skills.
Basic Cotton Woven Fabric: Save the slippery materials, laces, and knits until after you’ve gained confidence with easier fabrics like quilting cottons.
Useful! It’s far more motivating to make something you are excited to use. Choosing projects you are eager to sew is best–even if they end up being more challenging than you expected. You will learn a lot on the journey!
Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners
This list of easy sewing projects for beginners features some of my most popular tutorials from Bellewood Cottage as well as a handful of projects from fellow bloggers as well. Whether you want to try stitching up some simple drawstring bags, pillow cases, or even an easy dress, this list of sewing projects has you covered.
Learn how to make an easy drawstring bag with beautiful enclosed French seams. Save on fabric (no lining!), use pretty handmade bias tape (or whatever you like) for drawstrings, and sew these bags in just about any size you need.
This variation on "The Everyday Dress" from It's Always Autumn includes instructions on how to make those cute ruffled sleeves (check the post for where to print the basic pattern). This pattern uses a few yards of a knit fabric and is written for a women's size large.
Scrunchies are popular once again and they are great for learning how to sew (and using up fabric scraps too). Learn how to make a professional scrunchie with a neat seam in this easy sewing tutorial. Video included!
Baby blankets are a great first sewing project. They are usually made with cottons or flannels and just require some straight seams. This tutorial teaches you all about double gauze fabric (which you might be familiar with from the popular Aden and Anais swaddle blankets). You'll learn how to use the fabric and how to hem the edges to make sweet swaddle blankets for a new baby!
Yes, you can make pillows from old knit sweaters! This reuse & recycle tutorial is fantastic for clearing out your closet (or for utilizing thrift store finds) and Cami at Tidbits teaches you everything you need to know so that these sweater pillows turn out perfectly.
If you are ready to level up to learning about zippers, starting with a pillow is a good plan. Follow the detailed step-by-step tutorial from The Homes I Have Made to learn how to sew a pillow with an invisible zipper.
A pouch is a quick project that can be made with fabric scraps and it's also the perfect time to learn how to install a zipper. This tutorial from The Polka Dot Chair will teach you everything you need to know.
This project from Sustain My Craft Habit will teach you how to print a simple pattern at home, tape it together, and sew! Learning how to do this with a simple project first is quite handy since many sewing patterns are now available to print at home.
Burp cloths are another great beginner project because you can practice cutting fabric, sewing curves, and learning to use your sewing machine with a project that turns out to be rather useful too! Make a stack of these for an easy baby shower gift.
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