Here are the best easy sewing projects to get you started in a great new hobby. Sewing can be easy when you choose the right beginner sewing projects. It is so rewarding when you find easy things to sew, and you can tell your friends and family, "I made that."
Easy Sewing Projects Tutorial
If you have a sewing machine, there are many things a beginner sewist can do with a simple straight stitch. And if you don't have a machine, several simple hand stitches will give you great results. This tutorial will show you some free sewing patterns for beginners you can try.
Starting out on any new sewing project can be daunting, but if you get guidance to try the right pieces, you will soon find you are enjoying a new hobby and learning new skills as you go along. Try these beginner sewing projects first.
Here are the answers to some questions you might be asking yourself.
Easy Sewing Projects - Tools Needed
When you start sewing, you will need some basic tools. Don't go overboard when you are starting, and check out the kits at your local sewing shop, as this can save you money.
- Sewing Machine - Sewing machines vary in price and functions, so read my article on the best sewing machine for your budget. If you are buying a new machine, look for a combination of stitch types and functions vs price. It can be tempting to go with the machine with the most stitches, but remember that you will not use most of these.
- Sewing Kit Basics - Read my article on sewing tools to learn your kit's basics. You will need measuring tapes, a quilting ruler, pins, sewing machine needles, thread, and scissors. Also necessary is an unpicker. Optional is a rotary cutter and cutting mat.
- Sewing Machine Feet - Most machines come with a selection of presser feet, and your most-used foot will be all-purpose. This can be used for straight stitching. A walking foot attachment is useful fo quilting or sewing thicker fabrics.
Beginner Sewing Machine Techniques
Once your sewing machine is threaded and ready to go, you must practice on some scraps. Go slowly and practice your straight stitching on some gentle curves before moving to easy sewing projects.
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What is the Simplest Thing to Sew?
The easiest things to sew have straight seams and take just a short time to make, so you don't get frustrated. I think the simplest sewing project is a simple cushion cover.
Mostly you just sew in a square to make a cushion cover, and next time someone admires the new cushion on your couch, you can say, "I made that!".
My cushion cover tutorial has what is called an envelope back, which means there are no tricky zippers or buttons. The back overlaps with a straight edge where you can insert your cushion.
Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners
There are many beginner sewing projects. All these simple sewing projects are free on my blog, so try them before moving on to more advanced patterns. They all have a skill level suitable for beginner sewers.
Cushion Easy Sewing Projects
Pillows and cushions are very simple sewing projects, as most of these just require you to be able to sew in straight lines. You'd be surprised how easy it is to transform your lounge room with a few new throw cushions.
Unlike clothing, the best thing about sewing projects for beginners in the home decor category is that there are no sizing issues to worry about. If you can straight stitch, you can make most of these items.
1. Reading Pillow
Get this reading pillow pattern and make a personalized cover for your favorite reader. It is an ideal beginner sewing project.
2. Throw Pillow
This is by far the easiest pillow to make and a great beginner sewing project. Learn how to make a cushion with this easy envelope style with no zippers or buttons.
3. Zippered Covers
Cushion covers with a zipper are easy to make and take off for washing. Zippers are a great way to expand your sewing skills.
How to Make a Pillowcase with a French Seam - These pillowcases have an enclosed seam, so they are extra durable.
5. Covers with Piping
Make a Cushion Cover with Piping - Once you have made the basic cushion cover, it is time to make a little fancier variation with piping around the outside. This is perfect for adding a pop of color to your creation.
6. Pom Pom Pillows
DIY Pom Pom Pillows - Another variation on the basic cushion cover is to add pom-poms.
7. Star Pillows
Star Pillow Pattern - Pillows don't have to be rectangular! Make your favorite big or little star a personalized pillow. Free printable pattern,
8. Travel Pillows
Travel Pillow Pattern - These crescent-shaped pillows make travel a breeze.
Home Decor Easy Sewing Projects
Home decor is a great way to brighten and personalize your home. These items also make great gifts as you can use fabrics to suit the receiver's personality.
Unlike clothing, the best thing about sewing projects for beginners in the home decor category is that there are no sizing issues to worry about. If you can straight stitch, a beginning sewist can make most of these items.
10. Curtain Beginner Sewing Projects
Learning how to make curtains is a really simple sewing project. Essentially they are just large rectangles. Transform your house with new curtains.
Sewing bunting is really easy and another great scrap buster. Make every flag a different fabric!
12. Fabric Coasters
Protect your wooden tables by making fabric coasters. This tutorial has patterns for 3 shapes.
13. Bowl Cozy
A bowl cozy pattern protects your hands and dining table from the heat of a bowl that has been in the microwave. Perfect for holding warm soups.
14. Half Apron
Half apron pattern to personalize. I love the large pockets.
Learn how to make a stylish apron. These free sewing patterns have adult and kid sizes with printable pieces.
16. Placemat Patterns
Learn how to make a placemat. Personalize as well as protect your table. Quilted placemats are ideal for fat quarters.
17. Mug Rugs
A mug rug pattern will keep your desk and craft space clean. As well as a mug, there is enough room for snacks! Make one with or without binding.
Flower Easy Sewing Projects
Making flowers is a really easy sewing project and great for smaller scraps. The flowers can be added to clothing, home decor, or used for hair accessories.
18. Round Petals
How to Make Fabric Flowers is an excellent skill for sewers since they can be added to all kinds of projects.
19. Pointed Petals
Cloth Flower Making is easy with this step-by-step tutorial. These flowers can be added to clothing or made into brooches and hair accessories.
Hair Accessories (Easy Things to Sew)
Hair accessories are definitely easy beginner sewing projects! They don't take much fabric and are quick and easy to make, even for beginners.
Hair accessories take only a scrap of fabric so are great for learning to sew. If you make a mistake, just grab another scrap! You can mix and match fabrics and save money by purchasing fat quarters which are small squares of fabric.
By far the most popular item to make are scrunchies. With just a rectangle of fabric, you can make a colorful fashion statement and save your hair from splitting at the same time. Bows, flowers, and ribbons can be glued to lined alligator clips for a professional look.
20. Hair Ties
DIY hair ties are great beginner sewing projects. Add a pop of color by using different fabrics on each side. Perfect for using a jelly roll.
21. Felt Bows
DIY Felt Bows are quick to make and can be glued or sewn with a simple hand stitch. This tutorial includes a printable pattern.
Learn how to make a scrunchie. What I like about making scrunchies is that it is all straight sewing, and it only uses scraps of fabric. Make some extras to give to your friends or sell at the local markets.
Beginner Sewing Projects for Girls
Sewing for a little girl is really rewarding and doesn't take as much fabric as adult clothing. One of the most popular items in my girl's list of easy sewing projects for beginners is the free pillowcase dress pattern. I would rate this level beginner who has made a couple of items. The pattern includes girls sizes 2 to 10 and a printable pattern.
23. Pillowcase Dresses
A girl's pillowcase dress pattern is a great introduction to sewing clothing. Easy ties at the shoulders, with an optional border at the bottom. Can you believe this pattern is free?
24. Tutu Skirt
The Tutu Skirt Pattern has an easy elastic waist and 2 layers along with a decorative bow.
25. Dance Shrug
Dance Shrug for Girls - The pattern has printable pieces in girl's sizes 2-14. Designed for stretch fabric.
Free Capelet Pattern - This vintage-style capelet can be made from natural calico. One size.
27. Skirt Easy Sewing Projects
Girls Skirt Pattern - This simple skirt pattern has printable rabbits in different sizes, so you can mix and match them to create something unique.
Kimono Pattern for Girls - This pattern has sizes 2-14 and is a simple sewing project for beginners.
Baby Easy Sewing Projects
Baby easy sewing projects are a great way to use up smaller pieces of fabric and larger scraps. They can be rewarding and a nice gift for the mother and father-to-be.
Babies' clothing needs even less fabric, and because they are so small, it takes much less time. If you are a beginner and need to sew for yourself or a new Mum, then I recommend you give the burp cloth pattern a try. Make it from quilting cotton on the top and some soft flannel underneath.
29. Burp Cloths
Burp cloths make a great present for the new mum or grandma. They protect your clothing from unwanted accidents and can be thrown in the wash over and over. This pattern has 3 different shapes.
30. Baby Blanket
Learn how to make a baby blanket with this easy step-by-step great tutorial that includes measurements for several sizes.
31. Baby Skirts
Learn how to make a baby skirt using your baby's waist and height measurements. This simple style has a comfortable elastic waist.
32. Baby Quilt Pattern
Learn how to make a baby quilt! Use scrap fabric to make a patchwork quilt for your baby or furry friend.
Doll Clothing and Bedding
Doll clothing and bedding beginner sewing projects make great gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Like many of the ideas on this page, it only takes scraps of fabric and a short amount of time.
The first thing I ever sewed when I was seven was a doll skirt. Doll's clothing and projects are great for teaching kids to sew, too, and don't use much fabric. Dolls are also very forgiving and not fussy if your seams are a little crooked or the inside looks messy!
If you have never sewn before, start with the doll bedding, as it is all just straight stitching with nothing fancy. The plain pillow is just a rectangle and the easiest to make.
34. 18" Doll Cape
Make a Doll Cape with this easy tutorial. Great for using up cotton fabric scraps - this sample was made in calico.
35. Doll Pillow Insert
How to Make Doll Pillows - This quick sewing project will show you how to make an insert for doll pillowcases. Make the inert plain or patterned.
36. Doll Mattress
How to Make a Doll Mattress - Make a mattress to fit the popular IKEA bed shown. The tutorial also has measurements you can use for any size bed.
37. Doll Blanket
How to Make a Doll Blanket - Now you have a mattress, you need a blanket to keep dolly warm.
38. Doll Pillowcases
Doll Pillowcase covers will fit the insert shown above. 2 pretty styles, with and without a border.
Miscellaneous Easy Sewing Projects
Make yourself something fun, or sew these beginner sewing projects for a gift. Imagine how proud you will be to pull out a cardholder that you have made yourself. Or get some much-needed extra sleep after you have sewed your first sleep mask.
And don't forget your furry friend. I have a free dog bandana pattern for you to make that is suitable for beginners.
39. Curved Mask
How to Make a Sleep Mask - This curved mask has a printable free pattern. Covering your eyes can keep out light and help you sleep better. These sleep masks are easy to make and a great gift.
40. Cat Mask
Cat Sleep Mask - Why should sleep masks be boring? Make a cat face mask with a cute face.
41. Phone Cover
Protect your phone with a DIY phone case. The tutorial will show you how to make any size.
42. Tooth Fairy Pillow
Tooth Fairy Pattern - These are a must for kids losing their first teeth. It has a little pocket in which you can slip some change.
43. Dog Bandana
Get this free dog bandana pattern and make something for your favorite furry friend. This is a great beginner sewing project.
Pincushion Sewing Projects for Beginners
Make your sewing room look fancy, and admire your work as you sew with DIY pincushions. Here are 3 styles you can sew.
Patchwork pincushions are a great simple sewing project. Use some small scraps and learn how to straight stitch and sew a button. You can admire your work every time you reach for a pin.
45. Round Pincushion
DIY Pincushion - This style is quite a traditional round style with segments. Add a button to the center for a pop of color, and you are ready to start pinning.
46. Felt Pincushion
Simple sewing doesn't always have to be done by machine. Learn how to hand sew a felt pincushion. This is a great project to practice your hand stitches.
Christmas Beginner Sewing Projects
Nothing puts you in the Christmas mood like a simple, easy sewing project with a themed fabric. Sewing seasonal projects makes me happy and is a great way to involve the whole family. If you are looking for a sewing project for beginners, then I don't think you can go past the fabric gift bags. They are so easy and will make your presents look amazing.
47. Santa Hat
This is one of the simplest sewing projects for Christmas. Make this easy Santa Hat.
48. Tree Skirt
Get this free tree skirt pattern. Tree skirts cover the ugly bottom of trees and are great for placing presents on.
49. Santa Sack
Make a Santa sack to put all the presents in. Make it small or large to suit. This is a drawstring bag.
50. Felt Gift Bags
Felt Gift Bags - These are an easy project for Christmas and birthdays for small items. Printable pattern.
51. Fabric Gift Bags
Fabric Gift Bags - This pattern has 4 sizes, including a wine bag. Great simple projects.
52. Tree Cover
Christmas Cushion Cover - Add some cheer to your lounge with a stylized tree applique.
53. Applique Shirt
Christmas T-shirt Applique - This is the perfect project as the applique can go on other items, too.
54. Christmas Coasters
Tree Coasters - Impress your guests with fancy drink coasters in the shape of Christmas trees.
Purse Patterns & Accessory Patterns
Personally, I love purse patterns. I find it rewarding to take out a little purse I've made. These are the best easy sewing projects for purses.
We all love a free bag or purse sewing pattern! With no worries about sizing, you can turn these patterns into amazing gifts for your friends or make lots to match your favorite outfits. If you are an absolute beginner, try the tissue covers, as these are really easy and quick to make.
One of the most popular accessory patterns for beginners is the zipper pouch tutorial. This lined pouch can be made in any size and is a good introduction to sewing zippers. Just make sure you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine.
Leave the vinyl/leather marked ones until you are a beginner with a few projects completed.
55. Scottie Dog Purse
Scottie Dog Purse Tutorial - This pattern comes with a printable pattern for the applique. (vinyl/leather pattern)
56. Sunshine Clutch
Sunshine Clutch Pattern - Make a trendy semi-circular clutch to go out in style.
57. Tissue Cover
Tissue Cover Pattern - This fits a standard small packet of tissues. Attach it to your bag with a ring.
Cardholder Pattern - This will hold standard business cards. Match your card case to your personality.
59. Tote Bag
Learn how to make a tote with this easy tutorial. This easy project has a lined or unlined tote pattern. No more plastic bags!
60. Mini Coin Purse
DIY Coin Purse These mini purses can attach as a key fob. Make good use of your leather scraps.
61. Star Clutch
Stary Sky Clutch Tutorial. This trendy clutch can be made from leather or vinyl.
62. Makeup Roll
Makeup Brush Roll Pattern - This purse has sections for your brushes. It is great for pens too.
63. Triangle Pouches
Triangle Pouch Pattern - These triangular pouches can be made from leather and vinyl. Easy sewing tutorial.
Easy Sewing Project FAQS
Is Sewing Easy?
Yes, it is! Do a happy dance now. Like all hobbies, you need to start with easy projects and then slowly build your skills, but the basics of sewing are really easy to learn. Best of all, there are so many online resources like this blog to help you on your way and give you free easy sewing projects.
Can I Learn Sewing Online?
Like many new hobbies, sewing is perfect for learning online. There is a huge amount of free resources and videos to get you started. This blog now has almost 400 sewing tutorials, so no matter which skill you are looking for, there will be something for you.
It can be a little daunting to know as a beginner which simple sewing techniques to start with, so here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Sewing 101 – Beginners Guide to Sewing
- How to Sew (great article for complete beginners)
- How to Thread a Sewing Machine | Step by Step
- How to Wind a Bobbin | BEST Beginners Guide
- How to Use a Sewing Machine
- Time Saving Sewing Tips
Did you know that Treasurie has a Youtube channel with lots of simple sewing tutorials and projects?
What material is the easiest to sew?
Light to medium-weight cotton is always the easiest thing to sew. If you are a beginner, avoid synthetic fabrics and knit fabric. Look for fabric types such as quilting cotton as its slight crispness makes it very easy to sew.
What can I sew in an hour?
There are an enormous amount of easy sewing projects that you can sew in an hour. Nearly all the projects on this page won't take much more. Of course, as you gain confidence in sewing, you will get faster and faster.
Best Premium Easy Sewing Patterns
Premium patterns are the next step up from the simple sewing free patterns and include multiple sizes.
Well, I have a sewing pattern shop, so of course, I am biased. But I am proud of the detail and clarity of my sewing patterns which are all in PDF format. This means you get the pattern with instant download, so no running off to the shop. My patterns are modern, clear, and have great sizing options and the perfect beginner sewing patterns.
PDF sewing patterns are opened with the free program Adobe Reader, and the pattern pieces can be printed on a regular home computer. Here are some popular categories of sewing patterns:
How to Make Money with Easy Sewing Projects
Etsy, craft fairs, Amazon Handmade, and the simplicity of having your own website have made it more attractive than ever to make money with simple sewing. These easy projects make great gifts and are an easy way to make some extra money.
Easy Sewing Projects - In Conclusion
Now you have some simple sewing tips, you are all ready to make your first easy sewing projects for beginners. Start small with your first sewing project and work your way up, and you will gain confidence and great skills.