Sewing is a rewarding hobby and skill, and a few hours spent sewing can produce a useful and creative item. Some projects are particularly good for beginning sewers, especially simple projects that can be finished quickly to provide a sense of achievement. Simple-to-sew patterns are available in fabric stores and online. Some free patterns as well as free sewing tutorials and workshops are offered online, too, at websites such as such as Sew, Mama, Sew and FreeNeedle.com.
Drawstring Bags and Totes
Drawstring bags made using bandannas or scarves are a low-cost way to get started sewing. Totes and bags in various sizes also are good for beginners to make, practical for everyday use and gentle on the environment because they are reusable many times. Depending on fabric choice and bag size, a shape can become a shopping tote, casual handbag or evening bag. Inexpensive patterns suitable for beginning sewers are available on various websites.
Many simple-to-make fashion projects can help you learn many different sewing techniques. Tunics, A-line skirts and Capri pants require just a few pattern pieces and basic stitching. They adapt to a variety of fabrics to dress up or dress down. Patterns are offered for adults' and children's clothing.
Just a few scraps of fabric and a bit of elastic are all sewers need to make a chic headband. Headband styles range from narrow to wide and use knit fabric, woven fabric or fabric-covered elastic. Free online tutorials at websites including CraftGossip.com and Sew, Mama, Sew guide beginners through projects.
Home furnishings are also good beginning sewing projects. Accent pillows can be made from colorful scarves, decorator fabrics or even fabric scraps and then stuffed with fiberfill. Beginners can make a basic pillow and embellish it using techniques such as welts, tucks and fabric flowers. Several websites provide helpful instructions along with pattern templates for making pillows and other projects.
Beginners can make a potholder or two in fabrics and colors that fit their kitchen by using clear instructions and free patterns. Potholder styles include flat, quilted and pocket. Oven mitts and long double-potholder styles are handy to carry large dishes safely. Tipnut.com is among the websites that offer free potholder patterns and tutorials.
Soft toys, stuffed animals and dolls are quick and simple. Known as softies, they can be made from fabric scraps, and creative sewers might enjoy recycling old socks or gloves into softies too. Several sewing pattern companies offer soft toy patterns, and some craft and sewing websites offer free step-by-step instructions and toy patterns that are suitable and helpful for people learning to sew.
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