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50 Sewing Projects for Beginners
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50 Sewing Projects for Beginners

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time 1 hr +

It’s never been easier to get sewing, with a whole host of projects online to keep you busy! We’ve selected a bucketful of projects that are perfect for beginners – from skirts, to gadget cases, to crafting storage hacks – there’s something for everyone!

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50 Sewing Projects

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 Sew a Canvas Eco-Friendly Tote Bag by Handmadiya

This tutorial shows you how to make a sturdy, eco-friendly tote bag, convenient for everyday shopping! 

 

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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 above to find out how to make your own.

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DIY Easy Drawstring Sunglasses Case by Sew DIY 

Use the above tutorial as a guide to create a little drawstring case that is just the right size for your pair of sunglasses! Take a look at the selection of fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft to find the right fabric for you.

 

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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 an Envelope Clutch Bag on See Kate Sew 

Follow the above tutorial to find out how to make your own envelope clutch bag. These bags are super chic, and perfect for a night out on the town! Take a look at our fabrics and fat quarters online and in store at Hobbycraft to find a fabric that strikes your fancy.

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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 linked above 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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Simple Sew Fabric Letters by Twin Talk 

This project is a great one for beginners, as the stitches are straight and simple. Create your own set of letters, suitable for wall adornments or toys for your child! Collect a variety of fabrics and fat quarters and get sewing!

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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 Gift Bag by Handmadiya 

This gift bag is super unique, and is not only an effective vessel but also reusable and therefore eco friendly! Take a look at our range of fabrics and fat quarters to select your perfect colour combination!

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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 Make a Tooth Fairy Pillow by Martha Stewart 

Tuck teeth awaiting pickup by the tooth fairy into this simple-to-sew pillow. This is an excellent project that creates a sentimental object that can be used over and over by your family. Follow the above tutorial to find out how to make your own.

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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. Follow the tutorial above from the Hobbycraft blog to find out how to make your own.

 

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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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DIY iPad Case by Oh So Lovely 

This tutorial will show you how to make a super on trend case for your gadgets, using felt and bright buttons of your choice! 

 

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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 a Circle Zip Earbud Pouch by Erin Erickson 

This tutorial is perfect if you’re looking for a small, simple gift idea. The keyring adds a handy loop to help you easily locate your headphones, and the zip makes the pouch extra secure! Follow the above tutorial to find out how to make your own.

 

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How to Sew a Five Minute Gift Bag by Loganberry Handmade 

These cute bags are super useful and very quick to make! Head on over to Loganberry Handmade in order to find out how easy it is.

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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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Vintage Peg Bag Tutorial by Stitch, Craft, Create 

This vintage peg bag sewing pattern is a great way to brighten up your laundry day! Use with bright fat quarters, such as the tropical palm tree fat quarters, or in laminated cloth for extra durability. Either way, it’ll look pretty posh!

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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 above 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 Sew a Chambray Brumby Skirt by Sew DIY 

Create this gorgeous skirt with deep, curved pockets, an exposed zip, and tall waistband. A fun and simple skirt to make and wear, and a sure stable for any wardrobe!

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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 Sew Reversible Storage Bins by A Beautiful Mess 

These storage solutions are perfect for corralling all the loose stuff in your home. Read the above tutorial to find out how you can make your own by embarking upon a great beginner sewing project that will productively fill an extra couple of hours in your day!

 

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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! Read the post above to find out how it’s done.

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30 Minute Baby Blanket by Becky for Patchwork Posse 

Using two different fabrics you can sew up this baby quilt in no time at all – perfect for when you are surprised with an invite to a baby shower. Our Peter Rabbit pre cut fabric would be great for such an occasion! Follow the above tutorial by Patchwork Posse to find out how to make your own.

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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 Sew a Denim Whale by Valaan Villapiata 

Look at this fantastic make by Valaan Villaipata! Use old denim to create this fun little guy – resourceful and cute!

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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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