What’s the Project? Looking for some easy beginner sewing projects to get you started sewing and comfortable on your machine? Here are 25 easy and free sewing patterns that are perfect for beginners.
I know who you are! You’ve got a brand new sewing machine (or brand new to you anyway—maybe it’s been sitting in a closet for a while but you are too scared to use it) and you dream of sewing up fancy and fun things, but it’s hard isn’t it? You’re new and it can be frustrating trying to sew projects when your sewing skills are still young.
No worries though because I’ve got your back! Sewing doesn’t have to be terribly hard. In addition to a whole bunch of Learn to Sew lessons, I’ve also got a whole bunch of beginner sewing projects gathered together for you today. These easy sewing tutorials and free sewing patterns that you can try as a beginning sewer.
Are you ready for these?!
Most of these easy beginner sewing projects are just straight lines and some simple skills. If you aren’t comfortable with any of the skills listed, try my free Learn to Sew Lessons, they might help. Good luck as you get going on all of these beginner sewing projects and sewing crafts!
Also, if you are really new, here’s a full rundown of Sewing for Beginners to get you started!
Quick Sewing Tips for Beginners:
A few things to make sure you’re aware of before you get started as well:
- Have a seam ripper on hand. Mistakes are part of the process, so plan on using it and don’t feel bad about it for one second. I’ve been sewing for years and I still use it all the time.
- Practice, practice, practice. You’re not going to sew a great straight line the first time you sit down to sew. It’s going to take some work and practice and that’s totally ok. The more you sew, the easier it’s going to get.
- Choose patterns that are forgiving. The easy sewing projects that I’ve included here are things that are mostly going to be very forgiving if your lines aren’t straight or you make a few mistakes. Clothes are a little less forgiving, so it can be great to start out with things like bags and pillowcases.
- When you try to sew a straight line, the easiest way to do it in my book is to use the side of the presser foot as your guide. Line the edge of the presser foot up with the edge of your fabric and try to keep it even as you sew. This gives you a visual to help keep things nice and straight as you go.
Now, let’s take a look at some of these projects! If you want more sewing tips and tricks, you can find them here.
25 Beginner Sewing Projects:
I hope you love these fun and simple beginner sewing projects! I’d love to hear which ones you are going to try out first! Most of them are from this Crazy Little Projects blog and a handful come from other great sources!
This little keychain chapstick holder makes a great gift–I’ve had lots of people tell me they’ve used it for that! Plus, if you mess up, it was only a fabric scrap that you’re out!
A great project either FOR your kids or to do WITH your kids if they are wanting to learn to sew. It’s a larger project and may take a little more patience, but it’s all straight stitches, so that makes it easier.
Great for college kids, this is a super simple project. I HIGHLY recommend trying this one if you’re a laptop user. The only slightly tricky thing about this one is that you’ll be sewing through thick fabric.
Here’s a similar one to the last one. Another super simple sewing project—a case for your iPad or another tablet. All straight lines. You could probably even size it down for a phone if you wanted.
Easy and needed baby gift idea, these are really big blankets using flannel fabric. An easy project for you to try! Plus, the baby won’t care if it’s a little wonky. 😉
If you’re daring enough for a zipper… I love this project! It’s a simple pouch that’s pretty easy to sew and so cute when it’s done!
Another favorite of mine and the top project on my site for many months. Bags are always fun to sew and bonus, you can add an interior pocket.
Made this for my littlest when he was born 10 years ago. It’s super cozy and makes a great gift too! An easy project because it’s all straight lines, though it does take a little longer than some.
This DIY baby bib is a SUPER simple pattern, it’s inexpensive, useful and I think you’ll love making it!
I love a good pool bag! And this is an absolute favorite of mine! It turned out so cute. Also could be a good chance to try your hand at knit fabrics.
SOO easy and a great place to start! This will keep your ears warm in the winter and it’s one of the easiest projects you can try! Give it a go! (Unless you live somewhere really warm.)
Infinity scarves or reversible scarves make a great starter project. Here’s a cute option:
A simple drawstring bag is another great way to get started! Not much to it!
A little more daring but hey—you don’t even have to wear them in public, so you can do this! A great practice project for using elastic.
I love this one! I used to make these all the time for my kiddos and actually even had a business selling them for a while. Make a cute, personalized superhero cape for your little person.
Maybe my very favorite baby gift idea? I love these carriers and it’s unique—not something they are likely to get. Or make some for yourself. I used them all the time when my kids were little. Keep one in the car, one in the stroller, wherever you need them.
Maybe make the diaper carrier to match these simple burp cloths? Wouldn’t that be cute? These are also quite easy! And very handy.
If you’re always losing your keys, this is the project for you! A great way to use scraps too.
Great for kids—to carry or to sew. And how cute is this little bag?
This would be a unique but fun project for sewing novices to make for the kids.
Another bib. This one is great because it’s made with a towel which makes it super absorbent. I used them all the time when my kids were little.
If you make this one then you HAVE to make a skillet cookie, right? And they are the BEST!
Keep your glasses or sunglasses from getting scratched with this little case.
Similar to some others on this page, how about a little phone holder? It can even clip to something!
How cute are these little guys? You’ve GOT to try making these monsters. You could make a bunch!
I hope this has been helpful to see all of these easy project ideas for beginners—easier than scouring Pinterest anyway?
Have fun sewing these beginner sewing projects! If you are a beginning sewer just remember that sewing takes time, the seam ripper is your friend, and be patient with yourself. And remember that no one else is going to be as critical of your final results as you are…so go easy and make it fun!
And be sure to explore the site because I have TONS of sewing inspiration for you! Like these:
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Jane Doe says
Cool Projects! will try some of them soon…
lebani mecy johnson says
Wow! The projects are eye-catching
OMG love theses they are all so adorable thanks for the creative ideas can’t wait to try them! 🙂
Thank you for posting! You have a great collection of ideas here and this is a handy page to bookmark and come back to.
I love these gift ideas! I have been wanting to make some gifts for 7 of my friends and these look perfect! Thanks for the great ideas! I’m thinking about maybe trying the chapstick keychain holder, keyfob, or maybe the laptop case! Thanks again =)
Glad you like them! Thanks!
tattum bannister says
love all of these easy thigs to sew for a high schooler
Obiji Emmanuel says
Thanks for sharing. Quite helpful for beginners.
Louise Wright says
I am so excitedI found this web site I too am a beginer sewing machine addict I can hardly wait to choose one of these sewing projects I think I’m going to try the towel bib. Holy cow look out all those extra hand towels and wash rags are going to be used for something. Thanks again.
Cecilia Wilson says
Me too, i have just turned 44 and haven’t touched a sewing machine since i was 14 at secondary school because of my awful teacher! Anyway i asked my other half four a beginners sewing machine, have managed to turn up my pj pants (as I’m a short lady ha ha) and now I’m feeling confident to start a some easy projects. First things first , the chapstick holder then a belt, then who knows id really love to make a wiggle dress, as i live my 50s fashion… think that’s some time off but i can’t wait 😉 good luck with your sewing projects also xx
Happy to help you get sewing again!
wow, this looks amazing! well done! could you maybe do a one for small fabric scraps? cuz I have heaps and not so many bigger pieces of fabric!
I’ve got two of those posts. 🙂 https://crazylittleprojects.com/25-things-to-do-with-fabric-scraps/
Andrea Boston says
You, my new best friend, are a godsend! I just found out that I am getting my dear deceased moms sewing machine. It’s the only one I have ever been able to use.
I now have 5 grandchildren that you have been successful in getting me the information I need to get busy!!!
Thank you so much!
p.s I’m terrible about checking email, lol
Yay!!! That’s awesome!
i just love the Mix-and-Match Mobsters!!! I plan to use this pattern as a stocking stuffer for the greatneices and greatnephews in my family. They will love them
Colleen Powers says
I have a gineau pig what type of material did you use for the that?
Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean?
Regarding the extra large baby blanket, how much is one meter by one meter? Thank you.
About 3 feet by 3 feet
I am in need of a new sewing machine. I am 64 and retired. I have sewn most of my life learning first on and old Singer and purchased my first machine in my early 20s, Fantasia, which I still have. What brands do you recommend for an occasional sewer who wants to teach my grandchildren how to sew? The Fantasia machine has problems that are not worth the cost of repairing. Thank you?
My favorite is Janome! I have a post with some more recommendations though too! Here you go: https://crazylittleprojects.com/best-sewing-machines-for-beginners/
Good desighns! I love sewing and I also have a sewing machine.
Martha Edwards says
I LOVE this listing! It’s very inspiring, thank you for sharing it 🙂 I’m going to start with the analyzing pillow for my daughter. And then maybe I’ll try the travel infinity scarf. I simply began sewing and love it. My push to learn turned into due to the fact we have pet rats, hamsters, and a mouse and the cloth beds in the shop are loopy highly-priced. Convinced I could make a few, I set out to get it done. Happy dance! And glad pets 😉
I “should ” ask, did you are going the white bunny that’s in more than one the pix? She’s lovable! Is that a probable destiny task for a novice? I haven’t idea approximately trying a stuffed animal. However, your bunny has me so tempted 🙂
Thanks for sharing your Post.
Elaina King says
What a great list of sewing projects. I love spending time with my daughter sewing, so this is a perfect list for us to get some projects started on her new Janome hello kitty machine. So fun!
I found your site through Pinterest because I was looking for dolls clothes.
I clicked what I thought was a straight through link,but I am struggling to find the patterns that were in the picture on Pinterest. Please can you let me know if you have any dolls clothes patterns
Nope! Sorry, no doll clothes patterns here.
What a great list! Thanks for providing. I plan to make first: blanket, pencil case, kindle case, scarves, and tote bag.
One quick note: When I click on Kindle Case, it says that the link is broken. What’s the problem? Can you please replace the link?
m in a fashion class at school and these projects would be great for class
This website is such a great place for beginners like me! I love all the amazing little ideas!!!😍
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Thanks for sharing this post. You will be glad to know that, I am sewing machine expert. I found lots of effective info in your site. Thank you…
Joyce Owen says
I am wanting to do different thing’s with my sewing machine. Can’t wait to get started.
I like your website so much. Wish I would have found you 3 years ago; would have saved me so many mistakes and confusion. :o) These projects are absolutely perfect for me to go back and undo my bad habits!!!
Hello, I work for a local humane society and have a great idea for kids who take sewing classes. How about making bandanas for the dogs to fit on collars so that they are more adoptable? Kids could take a simple square and then using plastic wrap, cut out a shape of a bone and it’s done. I was recently told the dogs in your county need help. thank you.
That’s a great idea PR! I’m not Amber, but that sounds great. I wouldn’t use plastic wrap though, that doesn’t have a place in sewing. I’d use bone-covered fabric for the square and a solid color ( red, yellow, blue) for the big bone decal.
Salma Sheriff says
You have been my inspiration. I would love to try every project . All your creations are very beautiful. Thank you 🙂
Nisa Smith says
I need this to get me started sewing again. I’ve been taking care of my parents with little to no time for creative sewing. This looks to be perfect for inspiration.
They’re all perfect for me ! Thank you so much for your post 🙂 I wish you to have Happy New Year with your family ! x
Thank you for simple yet useful projects. I had sewn many years ago, lost most of my eye sight, and recently had eye surgery and am wanting to start sewing again. With sight regained I am so happy to find someone willing to show simple yet useful, practical items to learn while making. Thank you and God Bless!
Sondra @ Savers4Life.com says
This is such a great collection of beginner projects! I just might get brave enough to dig my sewing machine back out and try one of these soon. Thanks for sharing!
Amber- I was wondering if you could recommend some online fabric stores. I live in a rural area, and so resources are pretty limited. I was in a quilting store looking at some flannel and the owner made a remark about how difficult it is to buy fabric online because you never know when it will have faults in it. Can you give me some suggestions?
Try http://www.theribbonretreat.com or http://www.stitchstashdiva.com
I will be making at least half of these very soon; a great way for this beginner to learn how to sew!
Oh man so many great projects… I want to make them all!
A really great project to make would also be a dig cat pencil case
I meant diy
I am in love with the dinosaur fabric that is shown in the photos could you please share who makes the fabric and if you purchased it online were?
Hmmm, I bought it more than 2 years ago so I wonder if it is discontinued. I think it is either Riley Blake or Robert Kaufmann fabric? I bought it at a local quilt store.
Thanks so much for the tutorials!! Awesome!! Pinned!!
Angie Lawson says
Hey there Amber! I’m so glad that I found your adorable blog! I too am LDS and I have been wanting to learn to sew for quite a while now, but have ALWAYS been intimidated! I guess I need to just jump right in and do it? Thanks for the ideas☺
Yep! You can DO IT!!!!
I just started sewing classes and surprisingly, with s little bit of knowledge, patience and will it is quite easy to learn the basics!
Sara C. says
Can’t wait to try the jumbo receiving blankets! Great Job Amber!
Susan C. Forsythe says
What a wonderful assortment of projects!
I love this, I use to wear those kind all the time. I really want to try this.
I forgot to mention I was talking about the belts.
I wondered if you had memories of your bibs. LOL