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What Should a Beginner Sew? – Beginner Sewing Projects

By Jessica Strohlson

If you’re somebody who is a novice when it comes to sewing, it’s important to note that being overly ambitious and taking on extensively complicated projects can be almost impossible for someone just beginning. Whether hand sewing or working with a machine, you’ll want to start slow.

This poses the question of what a beginner should sew to work with their skill level, as well as build and develop their skills as they improve. Luckily, being a beginner doesn’t mean you’re limited to sewing for the sake of it. 

How to Pick What to Sew as A Beginner

As a beginner looking to sew, there are some factors you’ll want to consider before diving into a project.

First, pick something with a simple pattern that you are comfortable with so that you can be happy with even your first product. Also choose a fabric that won’t cause a large hassle. One of the best types for any sewing project is cotton. Slippery fabrics, like silk, require quite a bit more skill.

If you’re using a sewing machine, make sure to purchase a high-quality one so that you’ll only have to purchase one for many years or ever. 

Here are some options that are excellent for beginners.

Lines

At first glance, sewing lines may seem a bit silly, but it can actually be quite beneficial to practice sewing straight and diagonal lines, as lines can be pretty challenging for beginners. Creating straight or perfectly diagonal lines requires ensuring that the fabric is flat. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you’re holding the fabric correctly as it slides and stretches throughout the sewing process to make sure that your stitches end up straight.

You may want to practice sewing straight lines on paper or fabric until you’re comfortable incorporating lines into projects. If you’re using a sewing machine, you may experience even more of a learning curve. Marking tools and rulers serve as excellent guides.

Admittedly, just sewing lines into fabric can quickly become a bit mundane, so you can incorporate lines into creating designs made up of straight and diagonal lines. Not only will this result in an attractive and interesting product, but you’ll also have built up some skills in maintaining a steady hand or keeping fabric straight in a machine.

Here are some tips for sewing straight lines: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/sewing-straight-lines-tips-and-tricks-2977525

Sewing Machine Cover

A sewing machine cover is great to have handy, as it will keep the exterior of your sewing machine clean, as well as ensure that the functionality of the internal pieces is not impaired. The cover will protect against things like dust, hair from any pets, sunlight, and dirt. Additionally, if you spill something, the cover will be there to minimize or entirely eliminate the amount of liquid that hits your machine.

A sewing machine cover is also an excellent choice for sewing as a beginner as it only requires the use of one type of fabric. You may not have the skills to do so write away, but it’s common for sewers to add embellishments and designs to their covers for aesthetic purposes. As a beginner, it may be better to stick to a plain fabric.

Here is a tutorial for creating a sewing machine cover: www.mygoldenthimble.com/easy-sewing-machine-cover-pattern-tutorial-beginners/

Headband

Headbands are a cute and simple option for a beginner. Creating one is not much of a challenge, as all you’ll need are two pieces of fabric that you will press and sew together. You will also need elastic to create the ability to stretch associated with headbands.

Here is a guide for sewing a headband: https://www.craftsy.com/post/how-to-sew-a-headband/# 

Shopping Bag

It’s very simple to create a lightweight bag with simple fabrics that will allow you to carry things when shopping or just going out. Virtually any type of fabric will work. Even if you only have thin fabric, you’re able to layer them to create one thicker piece of fabric.

Later on when you develop your skills, you may want to consider embroidery and sewing patterns so that you can improve the look of your bag and make it even more appealing.

Here is a resource for making a shopping bag: https://sewguide.com/shopping-bag-pattern/ 

Glasses Case

A case can prove to be very beneficial for anybody that wears glasses, keeping them free of debris and also simply as a way to store them. They can also be a fun project for those starting out with their sewing endeavors.

You’ll need a main piece of fabric, as well as another piece of fabric for lining.

Here’s a tutorial for sewing a beginner-friendly glasses case: https://www.sewsimplehome.com/2020/04/how-to-sew-a-glasses-case.html 

Cloth Napkins

Think of the fancy white napkins that are given at fancy restaurants. They’re actually not that difficult to create and you won’t have to waste much fabric. Additionally, you simply have to cut squares and sew a few straight lines. There’s no hem sewing required.

Consider creating them to have around your home, as well as to offer to guests when they visit.

If this is something you’d like to create, you’ll likely want to use this resource: https://www.cucicucicoo.com/2020/04/diy-fringe-cloth-napkins-beginner/ 

Drawstring Bag

Even as a beginner, you’ll likely be able to create a drawstring bag within one to two hours without much of a hassle.

The amount of fabric you use and the size will be entirely dependent on what you’re looking for. Smaller drawstring bags are great for little trinkets or coins. Additionally, if you’re looking to give out gifts, drawstring bags are great for placing them inside. Larger ones can be used as a backpack for whatever you do in your daily life.

Here’s a tutorial to create a drawstring bag: https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-sew-a-drawstring-bag-4685165 

Fabric Keychains

Keeping your keys around your wrist can often end up being a life-saving choice as you won’t accidentally drop and lose them. They also make carrying things overall significantly easier. Therefore, this is a very useful project.

As a beginner, it is very important to practice sewing straight lines, and creating a key chain requires a lot of straight lines. Therefore, not only will you end up significantly improving your skills, you’ll also end up with a cute product that will help you identify and carry your keys.

Use this tutorial to learn how to sew a key fob: https://www.woodberryway.com/2017/08/back-to-school-fabric-key-fob-tutorial.html 

A-Line Skirt

While sewing clothes may seem a bit challenging for beginners, an A-Line skirt is actually one of the most basic types of skirts that one can create and doesn’t require expert level skill. 

In fact, you can likely sew one of these types of skirts within an hour or two. Therefore, even if you don’t have much time to dedicate to practicing your craft, you’ll still be able to improve your skills and end up with a beautiful product.

Here’s a resource for creating an A-Line skirt: https://weallsew.com/sew-1-hour-line-skirt/ 

Felt Bookmark

It can be very frustrating to lose your place in a book you were reading. This is where bookmarks come into play, saving your spot for the next time you choose to pick up your book.

The beauty of sewing a felt bookmark is that it can be created by even just using scraps from other projects as it doesn’t require much material or sewing at all. Therefore, you likely won’t have to go out of your way to waste other material or go out and purchase new ones for this project.

Not only is it easy to create, this option is great for creating adorable designs that will put a smile on your face every time you decide to read.

If you’d like to create this addition to your book, use this link for more information and a tutorial: https://colorfulcraftcorner.com/diy-felt-embroidered-bookmark/

Bowl Cozy

A common issue when heating up food is a bowl is the resulting scorching temperatures making it difficult to pick up your bowl. Another prevalent issue is food quickly getting cold.

Therefore, you should consider sewing a bowl cozy, which will eliminate both of these issues at once. Not only will it keep your bowl warm, but the cover will make it possible for you to carry a hot bowl without burning yourself with the heat.

These are quick to make and a simple design, therefore, you’ll be able to make multiple quickly and potentially gift them to others.

Here’s a resource to make it simple: https://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/gifts/free-soup-bowl-cozy-pattern 

Conclusion

Not having much experience in sewing should not limit the amount of fun that you have when engaging in this beautiful craft. And you also shouldn’t have to create useless things.

Therefore, we’ve compiled some excellent options that are not only great for improving your skills, but will also keep you engaged and confident while resulting in products that are beautiful and you can use in your daily life.

Happy sewing!


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