If you’re just getting started with sewing, you may be eager to take on a dozen different projects. Once you discover the joy of sewing and the virtually unlimited project options, you can get carried away.
It’s easy to get in over your head and over-confident when you’re new to sewing. You may try to tackle a really cool fashion project or a more advanced home décor project. However, it’s important to choose projects that are on par with your skill level.
You don’t need to run out and buy a bunch of beginner sewing books either. There are plenty of projects you can find online that are both fun and educational.
Beginner projects don’t have to be boring or useless. Here are seven sewing patterns for beginners that you will actually love.
1. Super Simple Skirt from Shrimp Salad Circus
If your goal is to eventually sew your own wardrobe, then you may be eager to start making clothing items – even if you’ve only been sewing for a few days. This super simple skirt pattern from Shrimp Salad Circus is beginner-friendly and extremely easy to follow.
What’s great about making your own skirts and clothing items is that you can customize the size to fit your body. The author shows you how to take measurements and cut the fabric. She also walks you through each step of the sewing process. Large color photos make it easy to visualize each step and understand what you’re doing.
This tutorial will also teach you how to work with elastic waistbands, which will make this skirt a one-size-fits-most option.
2. Date Night Wristlet Bag from Sew Modern Bags
I don’t know about you but I prefer wristlets to big, bulky purses. But I hate paying a fortune for them. With the Date Night Wristlet pattern from Sew Modern Bags, you can make your own. Being able to choose your own fabrics and colors gives you complete control over your bag’s design.
While a little more complicated, this pattern is still suitable for beginners. It’s a quick and easy project, too.
With this project, you’ll gain experience with:
- Sewing pockets
- Adding zippers
- Sewing straps
The interior of the bag has slots for your credit cards, a larger pocket for your personal items or phone, and plenty of leftover interior space.
The best part is that this project doesn’t require much fabric and many of the elements are optional.
3. Women’s Boxer Shorts from eHow
Sometimes, you just want to lounge around in a pair of comfortable shorts. This free pattern is for a pair of women’s boxer shorts – elastic waistband included.
These shorts are super-simple to make. It should take you less than a weekend to finish them. All you need is a yard of fabric and a yard of elastic. You’ll need to measure your waist to make sure your shorts are the right size.
The pattern is so simple, but you can still choose fun fabrics and colors for the waistband. It may not even cost you a dime to make these shorts if you already have leftover fabric and elastic.
4. Easy Peasy Potholders from Mary Martha Mama
You can never have too many potholders. With this free pattern from Mary Martha Mama, you can make as many potholders as you want with your fabric scraps.
Sure, potholders are cheap. But there’s something rewarding about making them yourself. They make great gifts, too.
Along with fabric, you’ll also need some insulating batting for the interior of the potholder.
This is a project that comes together quickly and can be a lot of fun to make. Think of all the fun and cute patterns and colors you can use.
The author goes through each step of the measuring, cutting and sewing process, so you never miss a beat.
5. Drawstring Bag from Melly Sews
Want a project that you can start using right away? This drawstring bag from Melly Sews is so easy to make. It comes together quickly, too, so you’ll have your bag just in time for your next day trip.
Drawstring bags also are great for packing and make beautiful gifts. You can get really creative with the fabrics here, and you can sew bags in a wide range of sizes.
The author gives you two ways to view the tutorial: video and written.
6. Baby Headband from Coral + Co.
If there’s a new little one in your life, this headband tutorial from Coral + Co. will help you create the most adorable gift for the new addition.
The wonderful thing about this pattern is that it requires only a little bit of fabric, and it comes together really quickly. You can get as simple or as creative as you want, choosing from a wide range of patterns and colors.
The author walks you through each step. There’s a photo and video tutorial, so you can watch her go through the entire process.
7. Pillowcase from Made Everyday with Dana
Pillowcases are a common beginner project, and they’re a practical choice because you’ll actually use them. This particular pattern from Made Everyday with Dana is free and so easy to make.
You’ll need two fun and interesting fabrics for this project. The author walks you through each step, with colored photos to guide you along the way. The finished pillowcase measures 20” x 31.”
These simple beginner projects will teach you important techniques while helping you create something that you’ll actually use. These free projects also make great, thoughtful gifts for your friends and loved ones. Not only will they help you practice the basics, but they’ll also help you create something with love that you can share with others.
Jessie has spent her whole life sewing and crafting. Her passion is to teach others to sew, especially her grandchildren. She currently lives in Washington State and loves to spend time with her family and enjoy the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.