15 Fun Sewing Projects for Beginners

by Leanna Levine | Last Updated: February 27, 2017

Looking for some simple projects to get started?

We’ve got a few ideas for you! These fun beginner-friendly projects will help you practice your sewing skills, and also learn a few new techniques.

And the best part? You’ll end up with something cute that you can actually use!

1. A beautiful skirt.


The 15 minute skirt by Flamingo Toes is perfect for spring! Bev guides you through each step in detail, and all you need is some fabric and elastic.

2. A reversible patchwork drawstring bag.


Love patchwork? Make this adorable little bag in your favourite prints. Ayumi’s tutorial on Pink Penguin also explains how to do the patchwork.

3. An up-cycled shirt cushion cover.


Repurpose an old shirt into a cool new cushion cover. This tutorial by Ann also teaches you how to make a simple template for cutting.

4. An open wide zipper pouch.


Zippers can seem tricky initially. But once you learn how to install them properly, you’ll want to put zippers in everything. They’re so functional!

Anna’s tutorial on Noodlehead is a great way to get started with zippers. These pouches open up wide, so you can easily see what’s inside.

5. An eye-mask for your travels.


Follow this detailed tutorial by Erin from Dog Under My Desk to make a cute eye-mask. Backed in fleece or minky, this will feel super soft on your eyes!

6. An infinity scarf.


Make a beautiful infinity scarf in 3 simple steps by following this tutorial by Melly on Melly Sews.

7. A tooth fairy pillow for your little one.


How adorable is this?! Make a tooth fairy pillow like this one by following AnneMarie’s tutorial on Gen X Quilters.

8. Everyday tote bags.


Molly’s Easy, Easier, and Easiest Totes tutorial on Purl SOHO also teaches you how to sew French seams and boxed bottoms (some cool techniques to know!).

9. A snuggly baby blanket.


Becky’s baby blanket tutorial on Patchwork Posse is perfect for last minute gifts. Made in flannel, this is soft and snuggly.

10. An envelope pillow cover.


This is the easiest way to make a pillow cover! Amber’s tutorial on Crazy Little Projects uses two contrasting fabrics and jumbo ric rac to make it bright and cheerful.

11. A tissue cozy.


Follow Christine’s tutorial on DIY Dreamer to make a cute cozy for your tissues when travelling.

12. Lavender sachets perfect for spring cleaning.


Melissa’s tutorial on Sew Mama Sew teaches you how to make these pretty little lavender sachets from leftover scraps.

13. Fabric Bunting


You can liven up any room with a fabric bunting! Glory has a great tutorial on Glorious Treats.

14. Colourful fabric bowls.


Fabric bowls are super handy to have around the house. Make them in bright and cheerful fabrics by following this step by step tutorial by Daisey Jayne.

15. An iPad cover.

This cool tutorial by One Shabby Chick includes both options – with or without the flap. You can also quilt it if you’d like.

So which project are you going to start with?

Once you start sewing, the possibilities are endless. Whatever you can dream up, you can find a way to make!