Want to start sewing but not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’re more experienced but want a simple, stress-free project that wont have you pulling your hair out? Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking for easy sewing projects, you’re in the right place! As long as you know the basics of using a sewing machine*, you should be able to dive into any of the projects on this list. And if you’re more into videos, be sure to stick around for the second half of the list, which is all YouTube tutorials. Enjoy!
*By the way, if you’re looking for a machine, I strongly recommend this one from Brother. It’s versatile without being too complicated and a great choice for almost any project.
This 15 minute placemat project is definitely one of the simplest tutorials on this list, and it’s something literally everyone can put to use in their home. This project is essentially sewing two rectangular pieces of fabric together (which means straight lines! Woohoo!) – but along the way you’ll learn the importance of trimming corners, turning something right side out, and topstitching. If you’re looking for your very first project, this would be a great choice.
Here’s another great beginner-friendly tutorial that requires just a couple pieces of fabric. In fact, it’s so simple you might spend more time thinking about cute fabric combinations than actually sewing! And like the placemats above, this is something that everyone can use in their home. Check it out on MADE EVERYDAY.
If you’re more interested in sewing clothes than home decor projects, then this 15 minute DIY skirt tutorial from Flamingo Toes is for you. It’s a great entry point to the world of apparel sewing. You will have to work with elastic for the waistband, which might seem intimidating, but don’t worry – it’s easier than you might think!
If you’re ready to make a dress, check out this tutorial from It’s Always Autumn. While it’s not the easiest project on this list, it is certainly one of the most rewarding. And with a little patience, it’s definitely doable for a beginner. It includes a free printable pattern and clear, step-by-step directions with pictures to make the process as painless as possible.
Love sewing for the little ones in your life but hate that they are always losing everything? AppleGreen Cottage has the solution with this beginner-friendly baby scarf tutorial! The brilliant little strap on the underside of this scarf will help your chances of keeping it around your child’s neck rather than on the ground.
Constantly scratching and breaking your sunglasses? Finally do something about it (and save yourself some cash!) with this super simple sunglasses case tutorial from Sew DIY. This is one of the smallest projects on the list, so it’s great if you have a little extra fabric laying around.
Here’s another awesome tutorial if you’ve got some leftover scrap fabric at home. Just add some elastic and you have a simple and comfortable girl’s headband. This tutorial comes with a handy template, and it can be finished in under 30 minutes!
I have a soft spot for this zipper pouch tutorial – it was the first sewing project I ever made, and I used the pouch until it fell apart. It (obviously) has a zipper, which some beginners seem to have an irrational fear of, but I promise it’s not that difficult to make. If I did it, you can too!
If you’re tired of digging through your purse or bag for chapstick, or just leaving it at home, this sewing tutorial is perfect for you. It’s the smallest project on this list, and all it requires is a small scrap of fabric and a keychain ring. Super easy! This is another great option if you’re looking for your first ever sewing project.
Here’s a super simple project for your kitchen that also makes a great gift! Included in the tutorial is a free printable pattern piece for the mitt. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also check out Gingercake’s piped pot holders tutorial and make a matching set.
This puff baby quilt tutorial is a little bit more complex than most of the projects on this list, but it’s so unique and beautiful that I had to include it. It’s definitely still doable for a beginner, but you’ll probably want to finish up a couple smaller projects before tackling this.
If you have a fear of zippers you’re wanting to overcome, this is a great pillow tutorial designed for total beginners. It does an amazing job of explaining how to use your zipper foot and includes step-by-step photos of the entire process – and even a video at the end!
13. DIY Easy Summer Shorts by withwendy
If you’re new to sewing and haven’t discovered withwendy’s YouTube channel, well… you’re welcome! She has a ton of unique tutorials that are usually a bit more on-trend compared to a lot of other projects you’ll find online. These shorts are perfect for beginners since they have no zipper, elastic, or buttons.
14. Circle Skirt by Anita by Design
The circle skirt is a really common first project for beginners, so I had to include one in my list. This tutorial is actually the first project in a beginner’s sewing course, so it’s super detailed and goes over all the basics in detail. Perfect for a complete newbie!
15. Simple Tote Bag by Debbie Shore
Making a tote bag is another common first project for newbie seamstresses. Debbie’s tutorial does a great job of adding a bit of flair to the tote without making it too complicated – and her teaching is extremely in-depth, carefully taking you through every single step.
16. Easy Kimono by The Polkadotter
I’ve never made (or even worn) a kimono, but this one looks so cool and comfy that I had to include it. This isn’t as detailed as some other videos and includes text instead of narration, but it definitely looks doable for a beginner, especially since you’ll just be working with one piece of fabric.
17. DIY Earphone Holder by Tanner Bell
If you’re like me, you probably just throw your earphones in a bag, get frustrated when they end up tangled in a ball, but never really do anything about it. Finally fix that with this simple tutorial!
18. Easy Pullover Shirt by Crafsty
Shirts can be a little tricky, and this tutorial isn’t ultra-detailed, but it’s still a good project for beginners if you have just a little bit of experience and are looking for a challenge. If you give it a go, try not to get too frustrated with the neckline or sleeves!
19. T-Shirt Swing Dress
This t-shirt dress is similar to the swing dress earlier in list by It’s Always Autumn, but in this tutorial you use your own t-shirt as a guide. Since swing dresses are supposed to be relatively loose, this is a pretty forgiving style to give a try.
20. Octopus Fancy Plush by Flying Mio
Simple stuffed animals are also great projects for beginners, and these have to be some of the cutest that I’ve ever seen. I never thought I would have the realization that I needed a stuffed octopus with a mustache and top-hat in my life.
21. Box Bag by Auntie Em
This tutorial is similar to the zipper pouch above at #8, but its box shape gives it some structure – it stands up on its own and makes a perfect makeup bag. Use a more traditionally masculine fabric and you can turn this into a men’s travel or ‘dopp’ kit.
22. Fabric Bookmark by Whitney Sews
These fabric bookmarks make awesome gifts for bibliophiles. While they are small enough that you can just throw together some complementary remnant pieces, you could also go the extra mile and get some literature-inspired fabric like this beautiful Alice in Wonderland cotton/linen blend.
23. DIY Apron by SEW ALDO
Over the past couple years, DIY aprons have become my go-to gifts. They are just so simple to make, and I know so many foodies that I am sure they will be put to good use. Like I mentioned above for the box bags, you can use something like a waxed cotton fabric if you want a more manly apron for the pit master in your life.
24. Easiest Baby Blanket Ever by Melanie Ham
If the puff baby quilt above caught your eye but you thought it looked a little too time-consuming, then this project is a great alternative. Sew the cutest fabric you can find to the softest fabric you can find, and that’s pretty much it!
25. Triangle Zipper Pouch by TheCraftyGemini
Last but not least are these cute little triangular zip pouches. I know I’ve already included a couple different kinds of zipper pouches, but these are so unique I had to add them. It’s always cool to have an accessory that most other people don’t have, and it’s even better if you can make it yourself!
I hope I was able to provide you with a little sewing inspiration and open your eyes to all the project possibilities for beginners. Just because you’re new to sewing doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to boring projects. And I’m a firm believer that once you have the basics down, you can really take on any project with enough patience, assuming you have some clear directions to follow.
Tell me in the comments below if I missed any beginner tutorials that you love. Or if you have a great project for newbies on your blog or YouTube, let me know and I would be happy to link it!