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20+ Beginner Sewing Projects

A big list of beginner sewing projects that are fun and easy to make! Simple sewing tutorials with pictures to help along the way, there is a beginner sewing project for everyone on this list!

I taught myself to sew when I was pregnant with our first child, after a few prior failed attempts. I could’ve really used a list of beginner sewing projects! Trying to work from paper patterns that assumed I had a knowledge base that I didn’t, I first tried to sew a roll-up grocery bag, from a thick upholstery weight fabric. In retrospect, common sense would’ve told me that it was going to turn out like a giant wad of burlap. After a few weeks, I tried again, attempting to sew letter pillows that were much more nuanced than my skill level. I finally had success with a simple pouf, which was the first handmade project I was actually proud of! I’m sharing a big list of beginner sewing projects shared by bloggers I trust to have correct measurements; several of these would be great teen or tween sewing projects too!

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If you don’t like looking back and forth from a screen while following directions, you can always download a free “print to PDF” software and then print off the tutorial. If a book is more your style, I have written reviews for two books that are great for beginners! “Sewing In A Straight Line” which is geared towards adults and Sewing School which is geared towards kids.

A big list of beginner sewing projects that are fun and easy to make! Simple sewing tutorials with pictures to help along the way, there is a beginner sewing project for everyone on this list!

Ready to check out the projects? Let me know if there is a category or project that you loved as a beginner and I’ll add it!

1- Easy Doorstop here at Swoodson Says

2- Fox purse from I Heart Crafty Things

3- Grocery bag holder from Easy Sewing for Beginners

4- DIY sensory toy from Moms and Crafters

5- Neckwarmer from Applegreen Cottage

4 free headband sewing tutorials - all tested and compared!These are great knit fabric scrap busters and a fun, quick thing to sew for women. There is a pattern that uses FOE and woven fabric, and three different patterns that use knit fabric.

6- Fabric headbands – any of the ones I sewed in my review post here at Swoodson Says!

7- Hen softie from Coloured Buttons

8- Simple tote from The Inspired Wren

9- Felt flower ring from Red Ted Art

10- Felt Kitty here at Swoodson Says

11- Animal pillows from Hattifant

12- Simple headbands from Family, Food, and Faith

13- Sheep softie here at Swoodson Says

14- Simple envelope-back pillow from Fleece Fun

15- Sewn paper blank book from Incredibusy

16- Fast placemats from Raegun Ramblings

17- Scrappy bookmark here at Swoodson Says

18- PJ Bottoms from SewCanShe

19- Pretty potholders from Radiant Home Studio

20- Upcycled skirt from Make It Love It

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