I am frequently asked what good beginner sewing projects are someone who is learning how to sew. 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.
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.
If you like this list then you may also like this list of 45 Recommended Beginner Quilting Projects.
If you want to learn how to sew, I have a few tips I’d like to share with you.
Sewing Tips for Beginners
Sewing Tip #1:
Take a few minutes and read the directions start to finish before you start. Make sure you understand each step.
Sewing Tip #2:
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.
Sewing Tip #4:
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.
Sewing Tip #5:
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!
I’ve broken the list down into sections. First are projects that you can find here, on the polka dot chair. That list is broken down by types of projects.
I’ve also included a list of beginner sewing projects from some of my sewing blogger colleagues. Enjoy!
50+ Free Sewing Patterns – Fun and Simple Beginner Sewing Projects
Pillow Projects for Beginners
Sewing a pillow is a great place to start for someone who wants to learn how to sew. Most feature only straight seams and the construction is relatively simple. These are great projects for kids who are looking to learn how to sew.
Beginner Tote Bags & Zip Bags
After you’ve tackled one or two sewing projects you’re reading to try to make a tote bag! I’ve also listed several zip pouch sewing tutorials as well. Just because the project has a zipper does not mean that it’s not great for beginners. Zippers don’t need to be intimidating.
Other Fun Stuff
From picnic blankets to fabric baskets there are a lot of fun projects to try on this list.
Beginner Clothing Patterns
This list includes both children’s sewing projects and a few for grown-ups as well. If you’re looking to sew an article of clothing and are a beginner, I think that a simple skirt is the way to go.
27- Scrappy Skirt Sewing Tutorial
Blankets & Quilts
Here are a few simple blanket and quilt patterns to try. From t-shirt blankets to fleece throws, hopefully you will find something you love!
Beginner Sewing Projects from other Sewing Blogs
There are so many fun sewing blogs around right now. Here are a few projects that I’ve spotted online that look like they would be fun for beginners.