More than 50 Fun Beginner Sewing Projects

The New Year has me thinking a lot about beginnings. I have been planning out the things I’d like to learn and do this year.  If learning to sew (or improving your existing sewing skills) is on your “to do” list for the New Year I thought I’d see if I can help you out a little bit.

I get asked a lot what would be a good project to tackle for someone who is a beginning seamstress.  I’ve spent the last few weeks going through my archives and visiting the websites of some of my favorite sewing friends and have rounded up more than 50 Fun Beginner Sewing Projects for you. 

If you want to learn how to sew,  I have a few tips for you before you actually get started with one of these tutorials.


Take a few minutes and read the directions start to finish before you start. Make sure you understand each step.


Take your time when cutting out and prepping your fabric. Precisely cut pattern pieces and well-pressed fabric will make a world of difference in the outcome of your finished project.


If you mess up, don’t worry. You’re a beginner and just remember, EVERYONE was a beginner at some point. You can only improve with more practice. Messing up is a sign that you are trying.


Have Fun. My firsts sewing projects were a disaster! I used to go through my Grandmas scrap bin and make clothes for my Barbie dolls! You should have seen those clothes (eeekk)! Even though they were far from perfect, I had a great time making them and it helped to instill a love of sewing in me at a young age.  So just relax, this is supposed to be fun!

Now onto our list!

50+ Free Fun and Simple Beginner Sewing Projects:

Learn a quick and easy way to sew a pillowcase on

1- How to Sew a Pillowcase

How to sew a personalized reading pillow with a pocket and handle - free sewing pattern and tutorial on

2- How to Sew a Reading Pillow (you can leave the piping off if you’d like to simplify the project)

DIY Patchwork Waterproof Picnic Blanket Pattern, an easy to sew tutorial for a picnic blanket that rolls up!

3-Easy Waterproof Picnic Blanket

How to Sew a Pillow - made with cute Cotton + Steel From Porto with Love fabric by Jedi Craft Girl

4- How to Sew a Throw Pillow

Pool Bag Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern by Bits of Everything

5-Pool Bag Sewing Tutorial

How to make a scrappy summer drink wrap (or cozy) - super cute summer sewing project by Bite Sized Biggie

6-How to Sew a Drink Cozy

Learn how to take one simple zip pouch sewing pattern and make a few changes to create 3 different variations! So cute!!

7- Simple Zippered Pouch

How to sew a cosmetic zippered pouch using only two fat quarters of fabric. Makes a great gift!

8- Fat Quarter Zip Pouch

The Derby Tote Bag Sewing Pattern; great simple and versatile tote bag pattern that features 3 different front pocket styles. Great project for a beginning sewist.

9- Derby Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

Learn how to sew a pillow case dress with this Pillowcase Dress Tutorial. Includes full instructions and a chart to help you resize the dress for various ages. The quickest dress you'll ever sew!

10- Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

"Never Full" Fabric Basket Sewing Tutorial and free sewing pattern by Melissa of

11- Fabric Basket Tutorial

Oil cloth pencil pouch sewing pattern -clever idea for back to school or a teacher appreciation gift

12- Oilcloth Pencil Pouch

Kids Beginner Sewing Project, a custom appliqued pillowcase, would be a great summer boredom buster

13- Kids Pillowcase Project

How to recover your old outdoor pillows and cushions. The project includes a sewing pattern and template for the cute anchor pillow!

14- How to Recover Outdoor Pillows

DIY Snap Up Infinity Scarf pattern by Melissa of - perfect for traveling

15- Infinity Travel Scarf

Upcycle your old or sentimental t-shirts into a receiving blanket for a new baby!

16- Upcycled T-Shirt Baby Blanket

DIY Pocket Tees

17- DIY Pocket T-Shirts

Giant Pocket Pillow Sewing Tutorial by Melissa Mortenson of

18- Giant Pocket Pillow Sewing Tutorial

Scallop Neck T-Shirt Refashion Tutorial on

19- Scallop Neck T-Shirt Refashion

Simple Summer Backpack Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson of

20- Simple Summer Backpacks

Patchwork Twirl Skirt Tutorial

21- Patchwork Twirl Skirt Tutorial

Summer Maxi Dress

22- T-Shirt Maxi Dress


23- Soft N Snuggly Baby Quilt


24- Easy Peasy Fleece Blankets

Scrappy Skirt Tutorial

25- Scrappy Skirt Sewing Tutorial

How to sew a summer sundress using two t-shirts- a cute t-shirt DIY refashion project.

26- Summer T-Shirt Dress


27- Padded iPad Case Tutorial


28- Skinny Simple Table Runner

Simple Quilt made from Layer Cake

29- Snuggly Layer Cake Quilt

Mini Messenger Bag Sewing Tutorial

30- Mini Messenger Bag – Crazy Little Projects

Pencil Pouch Sewing Tutorail

31- Pencil Case Tutorial – Crazy Little Projects

Keychain Chapstick holder by

32- Keychain Chapstick Holder – Crazy Little Projects

Vintage Style iPad Case tutorial

33- Vintage Style iPad Case – Oh So Lovely

Mod Messenger Bag Tutorial from

34- Mod Messenger Bag – Diary of a Quilter

Simple iPad case by

35- 10 Minute Lap Top Sleeve Tutorial – Crazy Little Projects

Circle Skirt tutorial by Dana Made It

36- How to sew a Circle Skirt – Dana Made it

Wool Skirt by

37- Wool wrap skirt- Purl Soho

Easy tote bag by

38- Easy Tote Bag Tutorial – Crazy Little Projects

Easy, easier and easiest totes by

39- Easy, and Easier Totes- Purl Soho

Double Gauze Baby Blankets by

40- Double Gauze Baby Blankets – Purl Soho

Sweatpants to Skirt Refashion by

41- DIY Girls Skirt (from sweat pants) – It’s Always Autumn

DIY Pillow Covers

42– How to Make an Envelope Pillow Cover – Hey There Home

Business Card Wallet by Spoonful of Sugar

43- Business Card Wallet- Spoonful of Sugar

Circle Skirt tutorial by

44- Half Circle Skirt Sewing Tutorial- It’s Always Autumn

Belle Princess Dress up Apron by

45- Belle Dress Up Apron (she also has aprons for other Disney Princesses) – It’s Always Autumn

Retro Drawstring Bags by Spoonful of Sugar

46- Retro Drawstring Bags – A Spoonful of Sugar

Patchwork Fabric Tray Tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar

47- Patchwork Fabric Tray- A Spoonful of Sugar

3 seam caftan by Simple Simon & Co.

48- 3 Seam Caftan Dress – Simple Simon & Co.

Simple Maxi Skirt by Simple Simon & Co.

49- Simple Maxi Skirt – Simple Simon & Co.

DIY Fabric Headband Sewing Pattern on

50 – Summer Headbands – Polka Dot Chair

kids library bag

51. How to Make a Kids Library Bag

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