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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.

Sewing Machine Beginners

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

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 on 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: 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 is 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 pattern with the red heart, eyes, and mouth look 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 on 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. 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 all your creative 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.

Rodrick Lewis from Online on July 22, 2014:

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

Maggie.L from UK on July 01, 2014:

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!

Apriljax from Florida on July 01, 2014:

I need this, thanks!;)

Crystal Kamm from Indianapolis, IN on May 27, 2014:

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! :)

Wendi Gjata from Hialeah-Florida on May 18, 2014:

These are such cool and neat ideas! Thanks!

Ravi and Swastha from London, Canada on May 15, 2014:

Very good hub. Useful information. Voted up !

single pringle on April 23, 2014:

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

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

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!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

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

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

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 :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

rudra007-Thank you so much for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on April 12, 2014:

ignugent17- Thank you! Thanks for dropping by!

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 15, 2014:

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.

Audrey Surma from Virginia on February 26, 2014:

Lots of great ideas here. I haven't used my sewing machine in years - I may have to pull it out.

Jess Brazeau from Canada on February 25, 2014:

awesome hub!

I received my first sewing machine as a birthday gift last year. I haven't played around with it as much as I wanted to due to lack of time.. but I have created a few little projects.. I've made a few reversable tote bags, some PJ bottoms for my little brother.. And for Christmas I made about 10 microwave bags to give out as gifts. I added an extra pocket in the front and lined them with flannel, so you can use them to warm your toes up.. Super easy.. Sew a square, fill it with rice, slap a pocket on the front. Everyone loved them. :)

I hope to one day learn to make a quilt. I have all kinds of old t-shirts that I would love to turn into a t-shirt quilt.. now to find the time to do it. :)

Great hub! I'm definitely going to try a few of these out. I especially like the scarf!


Sagacious Research Pvt Ltd on February 24, 2014:

Nice post !!!! Thanks you for posting informative blog...

Veenoo from India on February 23, 2014:

I really like sewing and these ideas are really great to begin with. I do lot of paper craft and really wish to create new things by sewing paper.

ignugent17 on January 31, 2014:

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 23, 2014:

cathie bridges- Thank you!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 23, 2014:

Evan Smiley- Thank you so much!

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on January 22, 2014:

Great !

Evan Smiley on January 17, 2014:

These are great! Thanks for the hub!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

cjarosz- Thank you:) I'm so glad you found this useful!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:

Rae Saylor- You are so welcome.. thank you for the vote up!

cjarosz on December 07, 2013:

Awesome ideas! I have been wanting to get into sewing. Its a very slow process for me. Will definitely be coming Back to this hub,

Rae Saylor from Australia on November 26, 2013:

Just what I needed! THANKS HEAPS for sharing all these ideas -- I specially like the cute monster and babushka plush ! Voted up ;-)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 24, 2013:

Stephanie Wright- Thank you so much :) Glad you enjoyed the hub! I agree.. kids grow so fast!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on September 24, 2013:

Yasmins Art- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Stephanie Wright on September 22, 2013:

LOVE these thanks so much, really fun making them also...... esp the headbands. Have anything about resize for a mens shirt, like a 3x add fabric to get a 5x ( I have a growing son...he'll be the Green Giant by summer I just know it (; )

Yasmin Crawford-Hunt from Shenyang, China on September 02, 2013:

Thanks for the hub! These ideas are really great, I've never been much good at sewing but I can't wait to attempt one of the tote bags.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 19, 2013:

IslandBites- Thank you :)

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on August 19, 2013:

Wasteless Project- Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

Morgan on August 07, 2013:

The lavender sachets would be great for dolls if you stuffed them with stuffing instead.

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on July 19, 2013:

Great ideas!

Wasteless Project from Worldwide on July 19, 2013:

Dear Jamie, thank you for sharing this awesome compilation! I am just doing a couple of easy sewing projects myself right now and love it when someone has already done the work for me to single the best ones out! Voted up!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on July 02, 2013:

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

DemiT on July 02, 2013:


I want to make all of these NOW!!Love them all!!! Thanks for this wonderful hub. I am sharing immediately with friends!!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

Nan- Glad you liked this hub.. thank you for dropping by!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on May 09, 2013:

cathie bridges- Thank you so much for dropping by! I'm so happy to hear that you are inspired to sew again :)

Nan on April 29, 2013:

I am 11 and was looking for something fun to sew. Now I have something.

I really enjoy sewing.

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on April 19, 2013:

Jamie i used to hate sewing...but from now on i am going to start sewing someting.....great work

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 18, 2013:

Dolores Monet- You are so welcome! Thanks so much for dropping by :)

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 12, 2013:

Although I've been sewing for years, I consider myself a beginner. Just last year I finally learned how to put in a zipper! Thanks to all the excellent tutorials that I find online, I now have the confidence to tackle some (slightly) challenging jobs. Thanks for the suggestions!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 03, 2013:

prettynutjob30- Thank you for dropping by..... I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! I love that little ruffled t-shirt pillow too... One day, I hope to get around to making one. Of course, I say that about every single project I find, LOL! Hey, nothing wrong with being ambitious, right?! Thank you for the vote up and hope you are having a great evening :)

Mary from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet. on February 02, 2013:

Great hub with some very creative little projects, I will have to try and make the ruffled t-shirt pillow so cute, voted up and more.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 20, 2013:

Better Living- You are welcome.. glad you enjoyed the hub :) Have fun sewing!!

Better Living on January 19, 2013:

I'm a beginning sewer and I'd love to tackle some of these projects. Thank you!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 10, 2013:

Luz Reyes- You are welcome.. have fun sewing on your new machine :)

Luz Reyes on January 10, 2013:

Thank You I'm going this weekend to buy me a sewing machine

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on January 07, 2013:

SEXYLADYDEE- Thank you so much.. glad you enjoyed it!

SEXYLADYDEE from Upstate NY on January 06, 2013:

Found this via Pininterest! Great hub!


Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2012:

I am glad you enjoyed the hub.. thank you for the link.. will be checking it out!

CCNew on December 31, 2012:

I have a 6 year old son who LOVES helping me on my sewing projects.

I found you from a search on ideas for him and my pre-teen daughter.

Here is the project we landed on for Christmas gifts this year. This was one of the fastest and easiest projects ever (even my 6 year old could do this) part is its functionality. I just had to share it with you! Now that the holidays are over we will be purchasing some inexpensive towels to make several of these for gifts.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 17, 2012:

That Grrl- It's funny that you mentioned that! I have recently been trying to figure out how to do a miniature pin cushion and was planning to do a hub on it. I'll definitely add the link when I get it done. Thank you so much for all your visits to my hubs.. I really appreciate it :)

Laura Brown from Barrie, Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2012:

I really like the little matryoshka doll. Another nice easy project you could add to your list is a pincushion, a good thing for a beginning sewer to have.

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 15, 2012:

pstraubie48 - I am OCD like that too.. lol! I think these projects are easy enough it shouldn't be a problem at all. Glad you enjoyed the hub, have fun with your new sewing machine :) PS have lots of fun on your cruise!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 14, 2012:

I am so glad I discovered this. My sister is coming to go on a cruise with me next week and she is bringing me a sewing machine. I am so excited. I am bookmarking this site so I can make some of these cute little critters for my grandson.

I am a bit OCD and like to finish things I begin in one sitting. That is the main reason I have never taken up sewing. But I am going to give it a try. Again thanks for posting this. ps

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 13, 2012:

Crystal- Oh, I bet your Granddaughter will LOVE her new sewing machine!!! I'm so happy this has come in useful for you :) Thank you so much for stopping by!

Crystal on November 12, 2012:

I saw this on Pinterest and I love it! We are giving our granddaughter a sewing machine for Christmas so now I can make a little book of easy projects for her beginning attempts. Thanks so much!

Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on November 11, 2012:

Garifalia- How nice.. thank you so very much! So happy to hear you enjoyed the hub :)

Garifalia on November 10, 2012:

Jamie, I love this article; not only because it's well written and easy to follow but also again the pictures. Very nice. Bravo once again.