There are plenty of easy sewing projects for beginners online, so if you want to get started it can be daunting to know where to look. This guide will give you a few tips for finding some great sewing projects that are quick and easy, whether it’s to decorate your home, give as a gift or just make for yourself.
Before you can begin sewing, you’ll usually need to cut out some fabric. There are even some quick fabric projects that require very little sewing at all, like this Fancy Fabric Corsage by Kirsty Neale. Simply cut out some fabric shapes, layer together and stitch to hold in place. The stitches don’t need to be neat, as you can cover them with a pretty brad or button in the centre. Add a brooch to the back to finish and you instantly have a beautiful corsage to pin on a jacket, bag or hat! Pincushions and needle cases make great easy sewing projects for beginners as they’re useful for your new hobby. This Cat Pincushion Bracelet by Zoe Larkins is quick to make and very practical! Two pieces of fabric are sewn together and stuffed to create an adorable cat head. You can then give your cat its own personality with button eyes and felt facial details. Attach it to a simple bracelet, or make one of your own, and position the pins to look like whiskers!
If you’re looking for a more decorative project, this Heart Hairclip by Nicola Langdon features a flower design created with embroidery stitches. All you need is two small pieces of purple felt stitched together and sewn to a hairclip.
Lavender bags are great easy sewing projects for beginners. To make, position two rectangles of fabric together (with the right sides of the fabric facing each other). Sew through both layers of fabric around three edges. Turn out, so that you have a mini ‘bag’ shape, stuff with dried lavender and sew up the opening. This Sailing Boat Lavender Bag by Jenny Arnott has been decorated by stitching some patterned fabric shapes onto one of the ‘bag’ pieces before sewing together (this technique is called applique).
Applique has also been used on this stylish Tree Cushion by Kirsty Neale. Envelope cushions are really simple to make and can be embellished with buttons, embroidery or applique for a really unique gift. For this design, simple shapes have been cut out from patterned fabrics and machine-stitched in place.
If you’ve just bought a sewing machine, a great easy sewing project to test it out is this Fabric Bookmark by Hannah Kelly. Get to grips with sewing a straight line by stitching two thin rectangles of fabric together (with the right sides of the fabric facing each other). Leave one side open, turn out, push a piece of card inside to strengthen the bookmark and sew up the opening. Then test out another setting on your machine by sewing a zigzag stitch all the way around.