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18 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Jamie loves writing about DIY projects, decorating on a budget, craft ideas, and creative ways to reuse and upcycle products.

Got a new sewing machine? Learn how to use it by trying one of these easy projects.

Got a new sewing machine? Learn how to use it by trying one of these easy projects.

What Projects Are Easy for Beginners to Sew on a Machine?

I recently bought a used sewing machine, and I'm super excited about trying it out. I was originally researching some easy sewing projects for myself, but when I saw how many were out there, I wanted to do a round-up and share some of the tutorials I found.

I found everything from pillows to tote bags, stuffed animals, and dolls, and even a really cute tooth fairy pillow. I am sure there are some folks out there, like myself, that would appreciate some easy sewing projects.

Get those machines out, everybody . . . we can do this! A big thank you to everyone who shared all of these gorgeous tutorials. These are for personal use only, please.

Let's get going!

Pretty Pillowcases

Pretty Pillowcases

1. Pillowcases

I found this tutorial for a regular pillowcase at Made. Look at the bright, beautiful pillowcases made with this pattern.

A pillowcase is super simple and shouldn't be too hard for a beginner. I think it would be fun to go and pick out fabrics for these pretty pillows.

Spring Infinity Scarf

Spring Infinity Scarf

2. A Nice Scarf

At The Cottage Home there is a very nice photo illustrated tutorial on how to make this beautiful scarf.

It is detailed and very easy to understand. You can't have too many scarves. I would love to make many of these.

Easy Drawstring Bag

Easy Drawstring Bag

3. A Drawstring Bag

Go to BurdaStyle and click on the instructions tab to see the tutorial on how to make these cute and easy to sew drawstring bags.

Just think of all of the fun prints you can find at the fabric store. I'm excited to give this one a try for sure.

Reversible Fabric Headband

Reversible Fabric Headband

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4. A Reversible Headband

Look at these cute reversible headbands I found at The Long Thread along with the free tutorial. These are super cute!

They look easy enough to do. . . might take some trial and error but I think we can do this one, girls.

Lavender Sachets

Lavender Sachets

5. Lavender Sachets or Small Pillows

There are no words to measure the amount of cuteness at this website! Go to Bugs and Fishes to learn how to sew these lavender sachets. I absolutely love these. They are so adorable.

A thought crossed my mind that wouldn't these be cute somehow made into a tooth fairy pillow or even just small stuffed pillows.

This tutorial is nicely illustrated along with great photos. Be sure to check out some of the other stuff at the site . . . it's amazing!

Simple Card Wallet

Simple Card Wallet

6. A Simple Card Wallet

Learn how to make one of these simple card wallets at Trillium and Design. This a super easy project complete with illustrative photos.

Wouldn't it be cute to make one of these and then add those flat back gemstones to embellish it?

Baby Bib/Apron

Baby Bib/Apron

7. A Bapron (Baby Apron)

Introducing the Bapron! (baby apron) from Sew What's New! Isn't it cute? I love this . . . it's super easy to sew and it would really make a nice gift for a new mother or it would make a nice project for all of you proud grandmas out there.

Under the photo, you will see a link where you can download the PDF pattern and then another link for the tutorial.

Cute Monster!

Cute Monster!

8. A Cute Monster

Gotta love this cute stuffed monster from RevoluzZzion. This cutie is very easy to make. The tutorial has tons of photos and it's very easy to understand.

I love the colors on this one. The blue patterns with red heart, eyes and mouth looks really cute all together.

Stuffed Owls

Stuffed Owls

9. Darling Stuffed Owls

Owls are so popular these days. I found these cute stuffed owls over at googiemomma along with wonderful pictures and an easy to follow tutorial.

If you are an owl lover or know someone who is, one of these cuties would be a nice addition to someone's collection.

Ruffle Pillow

Ruffle Pillow

10. A Ruffled T-Shirt Pillow

I love this pillow I found at Floralshowers. Can you believe it's actually made from a t-shirt? Not kidding! I could hardly believe it myself.

This is another easy to follow tutorial complete with great photos. Got any old t-Shirts lying around?

Felt Babushka Plushie

Felt Babushka Plushie

11. A Babushka Plushie

I love this cute little Russian doll, more appropriately called a Matryoshkas. I love the small bead details on it.

Go to Cut Out and Keep to see the tutorial on how to make this little cutie. Talk about easy! Sewing the beads on would probably take a little patience but it would be well worth it.

Mini Duffle Bag

Mini Duffle Bag

12. A Mini Duffel Bag

At Innovative Sewing I found this tutorial how to make this small duffel bag. I wasn't sure if it was ideal for beginners or not but it does say it's easy to make.

Isn't it cute? I think this one would look nice embellished with those flat back crystals as well. I've got an obsession with them lately.

Easy Breezy Apron

Easy Breezy Apron

13. An Easy Breezy Apron

This is probably the easiest tutorial out there. It's a very simple apron and I think it's darling! My Half of the Brain via Craftster has the tutorial.

It's just bias tape and a bandana. Actually it just says pin the bias tape to the bandana and sew—and voila! You have an apron.

Easy Tote Bag

Easy Tote Bag

14. A Tote Bag

I love these super cute book bags found at Needle and Spatula. Think about all the colors and prints you can choose to make these.

These are super easy to make. This one may be my very first sewing project on my new machine.

Tea Towel

Tea Towel

15. An Embellished Tea Towel

Aww . . . I love these embellished tea towels at Fave Crafts. This one is obviously a very easy one to sew. I love the little yo-yo embellishment too.

Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf

Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf

16. A Fringe Fleece Scarf

Look at this nice fringe fleece scarf I found at Make and Takes. I bet you could whip up a few of these in no time. This one looks like maybe it's made in school colors.

Tooth Fairy Pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow

17. A Tooth Fairy Pillow

I couldn't leave off an easy to sew tooth fairy pillow. This one I found at Gen X Quilters. My son is 3, almost 4, so it won't be long until he is losing teeth.

I'm so glad I found this. Of course, you can personalize it to be for a girl or a boy . . . you can add your own cute little embellishments too.

iPod/Mobile Phone Cover

iPod/Mobile Phone Cover

18. A Cell Phone or iPod Cover

Two words: SUPER CUTE! Look at these cell phone / iPod covers I found at SarasTextureCrafts complete with tutorial. These are made from socks . . . talk about easy!

Any Comments?

Rrrrrrrrrrrrr on June 04, 2019:

Cool Ideas

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 28, 2017:

My sister is always sewing sewing...from quilts to toys to pillowcases. She has made pillowcases and quilts for me that I adore. I adore most the ones that have a colorful strip sewn to the open end of the pillow cases. Thank you for sharing all of these great suggestions...I am just learning to sew and will surely give them a try. Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Niger Nur on March 15, 2017:

Hi. Your ideas have one thing in common - they're all cheerful and bright. (Very much needed these days) I have a state of the art machine; well, for a beginner it's state of the art. A Singer 160th anniversary model. I just completed a self binding baby blanket for my grandson, expected any day. Which leads to my question:

Would you mind doing a tutorial on easy to sew baby clothes ?

Oh, and thanks bunches for the owls !

Matia on June 20, 2016:

Hi. Can you please help with the baby bib "babron" link? Thanks.

Allison on May 24, 2016:

I cannot find the Baby Apron/bib pattern anywhere. Has the link been removed?

Sharon on April 09, 2016:

I would like very much to make the little 'Bapron' but can't figure out how to load the pattern.

Any help?

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 02, 2016:

sparkleyfinger- Thank you so much for dropping by! Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on December 15, 2015:

Hi, there are some great ideas here that look super simple to make! So much so that I may actually use some of them to teach my partner how to use the machine! :P

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 03, 2015:

Rabadi, you are welcome!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 03, 2015:

Makenzie-I'm glad this was helpful for you!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 03, 2015:

Thank you Kristen Howe!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 03, 2015:

@Diana Abrahamson- Sorry I am so late with this reply... I do appreciate your comment and thank you for dropping by!

TruthisReal from New York on October 12, 2015:

I've always thought of sewing as a valuable talent. This article was interesting thank you for sharing!

Makenzie on July 28, 2015:

I am learning how to machine sew this really helps

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 27, 2015:

Jamie, lots of comments on this hub as well. I love all those crafty ideas for those who can do so many easy crafty sewing projects... which would make nice gifts for any holiday or special occasion, when it's made by hand. Voted up for useful!

Diana Abrahamson on April 25, 2015:

All the best with your sewing projects..love all your creative items..so bright and cheerful!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 05, 2015:

wordsbyalma- Thank you! I'm so happy the hub has inspired you :)

wordsbyalma on February 20, 2015:

Wow! These are such great ideas! I have a sewing machine that's just been collecting dust all these years, but this definitely inspires me to break it out again :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

daisy- Thanks for dropping by! Glad you liked the hub :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Manasi4- Thank you for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

eival- Thank you! I'm glad you found the hub useful :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

ajay1sharma- Thank you so much! Good wishes to you as well :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

BunnyFabulous- Thank you!! The pillowcase dress sounds super easy and cute too!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

heart4theword- You are welcome! Thank you for dropping by!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

triciapilates- I'm glad you found the hub useful! Hopefully you enjoyed your time off work and you were able to make lots of Christmas gifts :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Rodricklewis- Sounds like a great idea..thank you for dropping by!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Maggie.L- You are welcome! Hopefully you were able to try one of the projects!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Apriljax- You are very welcome :) Thanks for dropping by!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Crystal Kamm- Thank you Crystal! I'm glad you liked the hub!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

Wendy Gjata- Thank you so much!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

choosetolive- Thank you for reading! I'm glad you found the hub useful :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:

single pringle- I'm so glad you found this hub useful! Hope you are having lots of fun with your new sewing machine :)

daisy on October 25, 2014:

I am 12 I have a sewing machine and I am just going to try these things out... the so much it was very helpful

Manasi4 on October 10, 2014:

i love it from school

i have tried making bags and pillow cases

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on September 29, 2014:

I love all your ideas . Time to take out my sewing machine and try out some of your projects !

AJAY SHARMA from India on September 29, 2014:

awesome and great hub.. good wishes

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on September 29, 2014:

These are some great ideas. I did a pillowcase dress for my daughter that would be great for beginning sewers too.

heart4theword from hub on September 17, 2014:

Fun, thanks for sharing...I've done a few of these myself in past years.

triciapilates on August 10, 2014:

Thank you. This is really useful. I have a couple of weeks off work and needed patterns for tote bags to use up spare material and make Christmas gifts.