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Free and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Did you just get a sewing machine?  Maybe you've had yours for a while but aren't sure what projects to try.

Fear no more!  This list is made entirely of simple sewing projects for beginners.  And there are more than 30 project ideas to choose from!

Great list of free and easy sewing projects for beginners including children, teens and adults.  These projects will help you learn to sew and be successful.

Before we jump right into one of these great projects.  Let's make sure you already have the basics down.  How about a little beginner sewers checklist?  Just to make sure you are ready to start sewing.

Can you thread a sewing machine?  That is an important step.

Do you have a sewing kit or sewing tools to cut, press and sew?

Can you sew a straight line?

If you answered no to any {or all} of these, make sure to check out our free sewing 101 course.  We will get you answering yes to each of these.

Easy Sewing Projects for Beginnerseasy sewing projects for beginners

We've put together a list of easy sewing projects for beginners .  That means all you have to do is scroll the list and decide where to start.  

You're biggest problem now will be deciding which of these sewing projects for beginners you should start with.

Don't get to caught up in what to sew, but rather taking the time to do it right and not rush.  Rushing and sewing do not mix.  Take it from me, been there, done that.  

Instead, look through the list of projects and decide on something you believe you can do, as well as, a sewing project you'd be proud to share or show others.  That's the project to start with.

As you browse through all these free sewing patterns for beginners, take a moment to pick one or two you think you can start with.  Don't try to conquer them all in one try.  You can always come back for more ideas and inspiration.

easy sewing projects for beginners
DIY Makeup Remover Wipes from AppleGreen Cottage
Save money and time with these adorable and easy DIY makeup remover wipes.

simple sewing patterns for beginners
Pencil Art Case from Sisters, What!
Travel with all those pencils and notebook in style with this quick and inexpensive felt art case tutorial.

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DIY Glasses Case from Sew Simple Home
Keep those glasses free from scratches with this easy sunglasses and eyeglasses case tutorial.

first sewing project for beginners
DIY Gift Card Wallet from Jennie Masterson
Give a fun reusable gift card wallet for graduation, wedding or birthday gifts.

fabric projects for beginners
DIY Fringe Cloth Napkins from Cucicucicoo
Cloth napkins are a great way to save money and make a simple table seem more elegant.

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Knit Headbands from Heather Handmade
Why buy a headband when you can make one easily and give yourself the look you want.

Not sure about sewing with knits? Check out our free Knit Sew Scary course.  We'll walk you through the steps of sewing with knit fabrics, even if you don't have a serger.

simple sewing projects for beginners
Drawstring Bag from Vicky Myers Creations
A simple drawstring bag can be used for gifting, organizing or cleaning your space.

bowl cozy tutorial
Keep those bowls warm and your hand cool with this fun cozy.

simple sewing projects for beginners
Easy Key Fob from Life Sew Savory
This key fob is the perfect addition to your key ring.

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Tea Towel Bag from Sum of Their Stories
Making a stylish bag was never so simple.

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Popsicle Holder from Sookee Designs
Keep those little fingers nice and warm while enjoying a yummy summer treat.

free sewing projects for beginners
Drawstring Backpack from Orange Bettie
A simple backpack like this makes a great overnight bag or fun weekend bag.

free sewing projects for beginners
Simple Curtains from Phat Quarters
Curtains don't have to be hard and making your own can save you money.

free sewing projects for beginners
Fabric Doorstop from Swoodson Says  
Making a doorstop is not only useful, but also a quick and easy sewing project idea.  You can use scrap fabrics too.  Which is great when you are first starting out.  No need to waste fabric.

free sewing projects for beginners
Peasant Play Dress from Sew Simple Home
If you really want your first sewing project to be a dress, a peasant dress is always a good starting point.  Peasant dresses are simple and fit any little one, even with a few tiny mistakes.

simple sewing patterns for beginners
Crayon Roll from Sew Simple Home
One of my favorite free sewing patterns for beginners is this crayon roll.  All you need to do is sew straight lines.  

My students always do really well on this project.  You also get to choose 3 contrasting fabrics which is great when you can't decide on a fabric.

basic sewing projects for beginners
Superhero Cape from Sew Simple Home
Make this fun superhero cape for your little one.  You'll get some practice sewing and they'll get a fun surprise they'll use over and over again.  This project includes a free pattern and free appliques for several different superheroes.

easy sewing projects for beginners
Baby bibs make great gifts and you can practice sewing a curved line.  This is a great beginner project.  Plus, you can gift it to all those new babies.

Looking for more sewing ideas for babies?  Check out this Giant List of Free Baby Sewing Projects that are great for beginners.

easy sewing projects for beginners
Baby Burp Cloths from Sew Simple Home
Or if you'd rather, make a baby burp cloth.  Heck, be brave and make them both!!  Baby projects are great because they require little fabric and anything tiny is always better.

fabric projects for beginners
One great way to get organized is to sew for your home.  Why not sew up a grocery bag holder and get organized and practice those sewing skills.

first sewing project for beginners
Another great organizing idea is to make drawstring tote bags for toys, games and books.  They are easy to sew and perfect for getting your house organized.  Tote bags are many of my students favorite projects.

Like sewing bags and pouches?  We've got a big list of some beautiful Bags, Pouches, Purses and Wallets

first sewing project for beginners
Easy Pot Holders from Cucicucicoo
How about making these cute kitchen pot holders!  Wouldn't this make a fun gift for the holidays?  These are great projects because they'll teach you to turn corners and sew rounded edges.

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A reusable snack bag is useful and only takes a little bit of time to make.  Plus, you'll learn to sew hook and loop tape!  You'll need to know how to sew with lots of different notions.

sewing ideas for beginners
Bunting is a great free sewing pattern for beginners .  You can make bunting for each holiday or season.  Or just some for everyday.

simple sewing projects for beginners

Pencil Pouch from Sew Simple Home
Zipper pouches might seem like a difficult project.  But with a little patience and a great tutorial like this one, you'll sew one up in no time.  Being able to sew a zipper is a HUGE accomplishment and you'll never be sorry you can do it.

simple sewing projects for beginners
Petal Hat from Sew Simple Home
This little hat is reversible and can be made in under and hour.  Plus, you'll keep the sun off that little person's head and spare them a sunburn.

basic sewing projects for beginners
Pillowcase Dress from Sew What Alicia
Pillowcase dresses are fast and adorable and easy for most beginners.  If you aren't sure you like the peasant dress, pillowcase dresses are just as quick with a different style.

basic sewing projects for beginners

We can all use a good book bag and this one is great for the beginner.  Kids and adults alike love a cute bookbag.

easy sewing projects for beginners
DIY Plastic Bag Holder from Sew Simple Home
Store those grocery bags the easy way with this super simple tutorial to make your own plastic bag holder.

Each of these free sewing patterns for beginners are great for kids, teens and adults. 

 I've used many of them myself as I've taught children, teens and adults to sew.  They have all been successful completing their projects and you will be too!  

Just take your time and feel free to email me if you have questions.

Great list of free and easy sewing projects for beginners including children, teens and adults.  These projects will help you learn to sew and be successful.

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