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50 Sewing Projects for Beginners
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50 Sewing Projects for Beginners

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £30+
Time 1 hr +

It’s never been easier to learn how to sew! We’ve selected 50 sewing projects that are ideal for beginner sewers who wish to improve their sewing skills, or for those with a little more experience that are looking to sew something spectacular!

Whether you’re looking to sew cushions, master the art of hand embroidery, or create fabric storage boxes, there’s something for everyone. Regardless of your sewing background, you’re bound to discover something new and exciting with the projects below.

This is the perfect opportunity to sew a handmade gift for a loved one using scrap fabric or by transforming your favourite fat quarters into keepsakes that you can display and cherish forever.

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50 Sewing Projects for Beginners

How to Sew a Pencil Case Using VELCRO® Brand Tape 

Be the envy of the classroom by having a go at sewing your own pencil case using VELCRO® brand tape! Follow this fantastic tutorial below by Miss Libby Rose to find out how it’s done. We have a huge range of fabrics and fat quarters  available – there’s something for everyone! Use VELCRO® Brand tape as a secure fastening for all your pens and pencils.

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How to Make a Spring Succulent Wall Hanging 

Create this welcoming spring succulent embroidery hoop wall hanging by forming your own succulents using felt. Our Haberdashery expert, Kathi, has provided a handy downloadable guide that will show you exactly how to form each different type of succulent.

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How to Make Ice cream Purses 

Check out the above tutorial by Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries. They wanted to make a little purse to keep their ice cream change in! Take your pick from our selection of fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft.

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How to Sew a Ruffled Ribbon Make Up Bag 

Put those pretty scraps of ribbon you have lying around to good use, and show them off finally with a pretty ruffled ribbon effect makeup bag. This is a fab project for beginners, as you only need to do some straight line stitching, and it also helps teach you the basics of how to create ruffles and gathers using your machine! For this project, you’ll need grosgrain ribbon and a zip!

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How to Make a Jam Jar Topper 

Jam jars have sported fabric caps for years, and you will love this new twist on an old favourite fabric jam jar topper that uses pom pom trimming as a flourish around the edge! Follow the tutorial to find out how to make your own.

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How to Make a Tassel Cushion 

Tassels are a great way of brightening up anything from the bottom of curtains to key chains, there’s nothing a tassel can’t embellish! If you’ve got an old cushion cover that you want to reinvigorate or want to make a new cushion to add to your collection, this tassel cushion is the perfect weekend craft project. You can use embroidery threads to make the tassels, or you could use yarn for a chunkier look.

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How to Make Fabric Birds 

These sweet little fabric birds by designer Helen Philipps make a wonderful springtime gift. You can machine- or hand-sew them from fat quarters, making this the perfect project for children to try. Just cut out your templates and sew!

 

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How to Quilt a Pinboard 

Make this beautiful pinboard to showcase your patchwork and quilting skills. This project is most effective if you keep to using just two different fabrics, creating the star pattern. This project also uses polyester wadding to give the board a puffier look!

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How to Make a Cute Bunny Pennant 

Add something sweet to your spring decorating with this adorable bunny pennant! Perfect for your Easter egg hunts or to give as a gift for a baby shower or christening.

 

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How to Make a Bear Handwarmer 

This calming bear hand warmer is simple to stitch together, either on the machine or by hand. Fill with rice, pop in the microwave and have toasty tips all winter long! Take a look at the tutorial to find out how to make your own.

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How to Sew a Lavender Keepsake

Make a sophisticated lavender-filled version of the classic patchwork ball to lightly scent your wardrobe or drawers. These pretty bedroom adornments are quick and easy to sew and make the ideal homemade gift. Take your pick from our selection of fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft.

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How to Sew a Keyring Phone Case 

Sew this beautiful and functional keyring phone case, and keep your valuables safe in style! Sewing expert Miss Libby Rose has created the above tutorial to tell you exactly what you’ll need to create this eye catching craft! We have a huge range of fabrics and fat quarters available – there’s something for everyone! Use VELCRO® brand tape » to easily make a secure fastening.

 

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How to Make a Fabric Napkin 

You can whip up a pretty fabric napkin in no time, and refresh your dinner table or impress your guests. All you need are some fat quarters, bias binding and a button to make something wonderful!

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How to Sew Puffy Heart Bunting 

Miss Libby Rose brings you another fab project to practice your sewing skills – puffy heart bunting! Fantastic for beginners, this fun bunting includes a bit of a 3D element to really stand out from the crowd.

 

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How to Make Russian Doll Cushions

Russian dolls are a classic children’s toy, and now you can learn how to make a Russian doll cushion to add some folky nostalgia to your home. Perfect for children’s bedrooms or a fun addition to your sofa! These English garden fat quarters are perfect for this project!

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How to Make Applique Patches

Applique patches are a brilliant way to disguise a hole in a garment, or even to turn into badges. 

 

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How to Make a Patchwork Quilted Place Mat 

Spruce up your dinner table for spring by making yourself some patchwork quilted placemats using our English garden fat quarters. This project uses Bosal fusible placemats to make it easier and quicker to complete the project – you can whip up a table load in no time!

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How to Make a Felt Llama Keyring 

Behold your favourite new accessory, a llama keyring! Felt is so easy to work with when sewing, that it’s ideal for beginners and you don’t even need a sewing machine to be able to make it. Create this cute little felt keyring to add some colour to your keys or make it as a perfect gift for the Llama Lover in your life!

 

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How to Make Three Embroidery Heart Hoops 

Embroidery is a huge crafting trend this year, so why not try your hand at these three gorgeous embroidery heart designs and make a great handmade gift for someone special in your life. Our Haberdashery expert, Kathi, has provided some tips and tricks on how to achieve different stitch patterns within your pieces, and has provided some handy downloadable patterns to follow! 

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How to Make an Alligator Zip Pouch 

This tutorial makes the most of your Sizzix machine by using it on fabric! Try your hand at printing your own shapes or if you don’t feel confident enough, use a patterned fabric such as these dinosaur fat quarters. 

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How to Make a Floral Felt Brooch

Who knew felt could be such a versatile crafting material? Follow the step by step instructions in the tutorial above by the fantastic Little Button Diaries to find out how to create your own piece of felt jewellery in the form of a brooch. This would make the perfect gift! What colours would you use for your felt brooch?

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How to Make Embroidered Patches 

Embroidered patches have a rich history, one that dates back thousands of years to the origin of thread stitched embellishments on clothing. In recent years there’s been a huge resurgence in the popularity of DIY embroidered patches, with designs often reflecting today’s popular culture and positive themes of empowerment. 

The tutorial will show you how easy it is to make your own embroidered patches for your canvas tote bag, with a downloadable template containing four designs available to get you started.

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How to Make a P.E. Kit Drawstring Bag 

It’s so easy to learn how to sew your own P.E. kit drawstring bag, and all the easier with this brilliant tutorial from sewing expert  Miss Libby Rose! Have a read to find out what you’ll need to complete this project – there’s a huge range of fabrics and fat quarters available in store and online.

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How to Make a Felt Cactus Brooch

Create this super cute felt cactus brooch – great as a gift or a quirky little present to yourself! 

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How to Make a Fabric Placemat 

A fabric placemat is a great project for beginner quilters who want to progress their skills. If you’ve already had a go at basic quilting and patchwork, this will teach you how to advance your skills, introducing techniques such as binding. Plus, they’re super useful!

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How to Sew a Fabric Dragonfly 

It’s always a great time to give your home a bit of a makeover with lots of crafty makes! These fabric dragonflies are a great make for beginner to intermediate sewers, and you can make them in all sorts of fabrics, you could even have a go at dying your own!

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How to Make Fabric Storage Baskets 

You can buy plastic containers for storing bathroom bits and bobs but a fabric storage basket is much more attractive and can be made in different sizes. It would also make a handy work basket for all your fabric scraps and sewing paraphernalia.

 

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How to Make a Kantha Cushion 

Made using traditional Bangladeshi techniques, this cushion has a contemporary feel that would suit most room schemes. 

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How to Sew a Mini Beanbag Pouf

There’s nothing more fun than a squishy little pouf to sit on and this one is perfect for little bottoms! Curl up with a good book or pop them down for extra guests as something comfy to sit on.

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How to Make a Moon and Star Moblie

Add a soft dreaminess to any room with this felt moon and star mobile. Perfect for kids to sew and for a nursery!

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How to Make Bunny Scrunchies

These fun colourful bunny ear scrunchies are a great scrap buster. Don’t waste any of your cute printed fat quarters. Make them plain, or add these cute bunny ears for an additional spring detail

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How to Make a Zip Free Cushion Cover 

If you’ve just purchased your very first sewing machine, you’ll be itching to get making and start creating!

Cushions are a great beginner project for sewers, many people are put off by the thought of inserting an invisible zip, however, this cushion is completely zip-free with the fabric cover acting like an envelope for your cushion pad, easy-peasy!

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How to Sew a Draught Excluder

Sewing expert Miss Libby Rose has heard your big sewing questions, and is here to answer them! In this tutorial, learn how to create a fantastically fun draught excluder, sure to keep the chill out of any room.

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How to Make Seahorse Rattle

It can be a struggle to think of newborn gift ideas. This tutorial is for a cuddly seahorse rattle for babies. You can adapt it into the shape of any animal you like - as long as the shape can be depicted in a simple outline. If you can draw it, you can make it!

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How to Make an Alternative Valentines Day Wall Hanging

A perfect alternative Valentine’s day gift. Why not use a quote or wording that means something to you. Make it personal by adding their name or make in their favourite colours. 

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How to Make a Fabric Storage Box

Fabric storage boxes are ideal for storing all those little household items. Using a selection of fat quarters, you can make a fun set of coordinating or contrasting storage boxes for your home.

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How to Make a Bean Bag Chair

Make a giant bean bag chair for your home to enjoy a fun, cosy feature that everyone will love! Great for use in the garden or for a quiet corner inside, this bean bag project is easy to make and will be a wonderful challenge for beginner sewers.

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How to Make a Drawstring Coin Purse

Look stylish and keep your change in order with this drawstring coin purse made with Joules fat quarters. Sew the small purse as a lovely gift for a friend or a handy accessory for yourself.

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How to Embroider – Beginner Stitch Guide

A classic craft that's easily customised to suit your every idea, embroidery helps you create works of art one stitch at a time. From personalised patches for clothing and accessories to unique gifts and home decor, embroidered designs will add stunning decorative detail to anything you choose.

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How to Make a Fabric Bottle Bag

Make your next present extra special with this handmade bottle bag, made using stunning Joules fabric. This is a great way to create a reusable gift bag that’s personalised to suit your recipient.

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How to Make a Garland with Scrap Fabrics

Spruce up your home with a fun, festive fabric garland using this super-easy hand-sewn project. It makes a great alternative to tinsel on the Christmas tree! You can also make these squishy garlands for any occasion throughout the year.

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How to Make a Face Covering Pouch

If you’re looking for the perfect accessory to hold your masks or face coverings, why not create your own handy pouch? Keep your clean and dirty masks separated and safe with these embroidered pouches! You can even personalise with unique colour choices or by adding your name.

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How to Make a Pillow Floor Mat

Relax at home in style with this giant floor pillow! A surprisingly easy project despite its size, this chic floor mat is a great way to complement your home décor. Made with Joules fabric, it will add a beautiful feature to any room.

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How to Make a Garden Party Napkin

Make the most of your outdoor gatherings with handmade party details that everyone will love! With this project, customise cloth napkins using a coloured trim and enjoy vibrant details inspired by summer. They’re wonderful for adding fun flair to your garden parties, but these napkins could also be replicated to suit a wedding theme.

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How to Sew a Knot Headband

The twist knot headband is the accessory of the season, helping you transform any look in an instant! With this tutorial, you’ll be all set to create your own – with your pick of patterns and colours, ready to help you stand out from the crowd. You can even create a matching headband for every outfit.

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How to Sew a Patchwork Fan Purse

Create this fan purse using patterned fat quarters of your choice from our huge range online and in store at Hobbycraft! Attach a zip and perfectly functional pencil case, make up bag, or clutch!

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How to Make a Piped Cushion

Create a pattern clash cushion using fat quarters to really bring your home to life. This simple tutorial shows you how easy it is to create a piped cushion cover, designed to complement your décor and add effortless style to any sofa.

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How to Make a Rainbow Table Runner

Add colourful details to your table with this bold and bright rainbow table runner! Perfect for pride celebrations, especially during Pride Month, the rainbow flag-inspired decoration is sure to set a fun tone. Easy to make, it’ll effortlessly transform your table in no time.

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How to Make a Seat Pad Cover

Seat pad covers are great for upcycling a piece of furniture or adding a splash of colour to a plain chair. This easy to make seat cushion would make a great addition to your home office.

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How to Make a Sleep Mask

Why not enjoy a spa day in your own home? This eye mask set using Joules fat quarters is sure to help you relax. It’s a fantastic project for beginners and creates a lovely accessory that’s ideal for gifting.

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