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18 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Updated on April 11, 2016

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 ladies out there, like myself, that would appreciate some easy sewing projects.

Get those machines out, girls . . . 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!

1. Pillow Cases

Pretty Pillowcases
Pretty Pillowcases | Source

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.

2. A Nice Scarf

Spring Infinity Scarf
Spring Infinity Scarf | Source

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.

3. Easy Drawstring Bag

Easy Drawstring Bag
Easy Drawstring Bag | Source

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.

4. Reversible Headband

Reversible Fabric Headband
Reversible Fabric Headband | Source

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.

5. Lavender Sachets / Small Pillows

Lavender Sachets
Lavender Sachets | Source

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!

6. Simple Card Wallet

Simple Card Wallet
Simple Card Wallet | Source

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?

7. A Bapron

Baby Bib/Apron
Baby Bib/Apron | Source

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.

8. Cute Monster

Cute Monster!
Cute Monster! | Source

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.

9. Darling Stuffed Owls

Stuffed Owls
Stuffed Owls | Source

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.

10. Ruffled T-Shirt Pillow

Ruffle Pillow
Ruffle Pillow | Source

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?


11. Babushka Plushie

Felt Babushka Plushie
Felt Babushka Plushie | Source

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.


12. Mini Duffle Bag

Mini Duffle Bag
Mini Duffle Bag | Source

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.

13. Easy Breezy Apron

Easy Breezy Apron
Easy Breezy Apron | Source

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.

14. Easy Tote Bag

Easy Tote Bag
Easy Tote Bag | Source

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.

15. Embellished Tea Towel

Tea Towel
Tea Towel | Source

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.

16. Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf

Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf
Easy Fringe Fleece Scarf | Source

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.

17. Tooth Fairy Pillow

Tooth Fairy Pillow
Tooth Fairy Pillow | Source

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.

18. Cell Phone / iPod Cover

iPod/Mobile Phone Cover
iPod/Mobile Phone Cover | Source

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!

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      Niger Nur 9 days ago

      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 !

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      Matia 9 months ago

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

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      Allison 10 months ago

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

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      Sharon 11 months ago

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

      Any help?

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      Jamie Brock 11 months ago from Texas

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

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      Lynsey Harte 15 months ago from Glasgow

      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

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      Jamie Brock 16 months ago from Texas

      Rabadi, you are welcome!

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      Jamie Brock 16 months ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 16 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Kristen Howe!

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      Jamie Brock 16 months ago from Texas

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

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      17 months ago from New York

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

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      Makenzie 20 months ago

      I am learning how to machine sew this really helps

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      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!

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      Diana Abrahamson 23 months ago from t Francis Bay

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      wordsbyalma 2 years ago

      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 :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Manasi4- Thank you for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      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 :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Wendy Gjata- Thank you so much!!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      daisy 2 years ago

      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

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      Manasi4 2 years ago

      i love it from school

      i have tried making bags and pillow cases

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      Eileen 2 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

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

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      AJAY SHARMA 2 years ago from India

      awesome and great hub.. good wishes

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      BunnyFabulous 2 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      heart4theword 2 years ago from hub

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

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      triciapilates 2 years ago

      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.

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      Rodrick Lewis 2 years ago from Online

      Im going to incorporate what I just learned and create an abundant amount of ridiculous clothing.

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      Maggie.L 2 years ago from UK

      Hi Jamie, This is a great list of projects for beginners to sewing (like myself). I have tried very hard with sewing projects and they usually don't go too well. I might try with one of those easier projects. Thanks for a very useful hub!

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      Apriljax 2 years ago from Florida

      I need this, thanks!;)

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      Crystal Kamm 2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      I am definitely going to try some of these! Summertime is a perfect time to bring out the sewing machine and work on some projects in the peace and quiet of an air conditioned room! :)

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      Wendi Gjata 2 years ago from Hialeah-Florida

      These are such cool and neat ideas! Thanks!

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      Ravi and Swastha 2 years ago from London, Canada

      Very good hub. Useful information. Voted up !

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      single pringle 2 years ago

      I have just got a new sewing machine and these ideas are really useful and smart.I can't wait to use them.

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      grand old lady- Thank you so much... I love the idea of the ruffles on the bathroom rugs that you shared. I bet they would turn out really cute. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and I really appreciate all of your kind comments on my other hubs as well!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Rosie writes- Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed the hub!!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      JessBraz- Aww... thank you so much! Sounds like you have already made lots of cute goodies! Yes, the scarf was one of my favorites as well. Have lots of fun with your machine and hope you are able to do a few of these projects :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      rudra007-Thank you so much for dropping by!

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      ignugent17- Thank you! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub for beginners like me. I love how you referred us to so many other websites for the instructions. I'm thinking of making ruffles like the ones you did in the pillow cases, but using them on some bathroom rugs that I'm making. Looking forward to browsing over more hubs from you.

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