5 Sewing Project Ideas to Make in Under 10 Minutes

I think it's far too easy for us to throw away scrap fabric thinking it's not useful for anything and will just be accumulating it in baskets for years.

So I have put together 5 easy sewing project ideas that you can make in under 10 minutes. 

5 sewing projects to make in under 10 minutesThis tutorial idea sparked when thinking about Covid and how heaps of us are stuck at home right now or not able to get supplies.

I have a huge messy pile of scraps so grab yours and pick out some fun printsfabric scraps

MATERIALS AND TOOLS:

  • Scrap fabrics - non stretch fabrics work best
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic 
  • Lace
  • Rice (any type) 
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Matching threads
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring tape 
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins

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5 Sewing Project Ideas to Make in Under 10 Minutes

  • Hand Warmers or Wheat bags
  • Quilted Pin Cushion
  • Headphone Case
  • Scrunchies
  • Utensil Holder

HOW TO MAKE HAND WARMERS:

The first sewing project idea to make in under 10 minutes are hand warmers. These are perfect to pop into the microwave with a cup of water to heat up and take out with you on those colder mornings.

hand warmersIf you are wanting more of a wheat bag just cut your fabric bigger. Its the same concept! 

cutting out hand warmerCut out a square for the top at 10x10cm and use this as a template to cut out the bottom piece. 

sewing hand warmerSew around the edge with a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance leaving a small opening to put in the rice. 

turning out to the right sideTrim corners off and turn out to the right side and get the corners sitting nicely. Press if you want to. 

fill hand warmer with riceessential oilsFill the hand warmer about 3/4 fill with any rice you have. You can also add some essential oils at this point too. I decided to add some peppermint essential oils to get a really nice relaxing smell.

closing up hand warmerClose up the hole with an edge stitch.

HOW TO MAKE A QUILTED PIN CUSHION:

When you have those tiny scraps its so easy to throw them away but please don't. This is such a great way to sustainably use up your sewing room waste. 

I actually recommend getting a jar to put even the smallest bits into like what comes from your overlocking. You can use these bits for stuffing inside these pin cushions or door stops - a tutorial on that coming soon! 

quilted pin cushionMake yourself a few so you can have one at your sewing machine, the cutting table and in your sewing kit. These make really sweet gifts too. 

cutting out pin cushionCut out a small square, I cut mine 6x6cm. Use this as a template to cut out three more squares. Experiment with pattern and colours its so much fun! 

join squares togetherPin two squares right sides together and sew a 5mm or 1/4 inch seam. Repeat for other two squares and press seams open. 

join squares together

quilt pin cushionPin together the pair of quilt squares right sides together, matching up the seam allowances. Sew a 5mm or 1/4 inch seam. Press open. 

cutting out bottom quilt pin cushionUsing the top of pin cushion as a template cut out the bottom piece or repeat the quilting steps above to make another for the bottom. 

sew together pin cushionSew around the pin cushion with a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance leaving a small opening to put in the fabric scraps. Trim off the corners and turn the pin cushion to the right side.

stuffing with fabricGrab your scraps and stuff them inside the small opening until you can fit anymore in. It should be quite compact and firm so the pins won't come through the bottom side. 

closing up pin cushionClose up the opening with an edge stitch.  

HOW TO MAKE A HEAD PHONE CASE FOR YOUR BAG:

If I put my headphones into my handbag they always seem to get twisted and knotted up. So I have come up with a little headphone holder that you can use to store your headphones in before popping them into your handbag or gym bag.headphones case

fusing headphone cseYou will need to fuse your fabric before cutting out the case to add some extra stability unless your chosen fabric is a medium - heavy weight. 

cutting out headphone caseNow find something round like a tape roll or the bottom of a cup will work well. Trace around onto your fabric with chalk and add a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance. Cut this out. 

cut out half circles
Using the circle you just cut out as a template, fold in half and trace around it on the fabric. Add a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance on the straight edge. Cut out two of these pieces. 

fold over half circle seam allowancesFold in 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance to wrong side and press in place. 

edgestitch down seamEdge stitch down the folded seams on both pieces. 

pin both sides to back

sew all the way around headphone casePin both half circles to the back of head phone case, right sides together. Sew all the way around with a foot width seam allowance. 

turn out headphone caseTurn through to the right side and press flat. 

HOW TO MAKE SCRUNCHIES:

Scrunchies are always a fun mini project to make with your fabric scraps. If you haven't made them before be prepared to be making matching ones for your outfits from this point forward!!! 

scrunchies

cut out scrunchiesCut out a rectangle 12cm wide piece of fabric by about 30-40cm long. The longer the fabric the more gathered up your scrunchies will be. 

cut elastic 20cm longCut a piece of elastic 20cm long. 

iron seam downFold one end of the rectangle towards the wrong side about 1cm or 1/2 inch. Press in place. 

sew scrunchie
Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and pin in place. Make sure to keep the folded seam allowance in place. Sew the long side with a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

turn the scrunchie through

turning through scrunchie

tie up elasticUsing a safety pin turn the scrunchy through to the right side. Remove the safety pin and pop onto one end of elastic and thread through the scrunchy. Tie up elastic in a knot. 

closing scrunchie

stitch scrunchy closedClose up the end by placing the raw end inside the folded end. Pin in place and edge stitch down to close.  

HOW TO MAKE A UTENSIL / TOOL ROLL:  

Reducing our waste is so important, which is why I came up with this utensil holder. We don't need to be using plastic disposable knives and forks but I know it can be easy to forget to take your own. 

utensil holderBy having one of these ready to go in your car will mean you are less likely to forget your own cutlery meaning you won't need to use the single use plastic ones. 

cut out utensil wrap

cut out lining
Cut out a rectangle to fit your cutlery. I cut mine 28cm x 20cm. Use this as a pattern to trace out the lining. Cut lining out. 

cut out tiesYou will require some ties to wrap around and tie the utensil holder closed. You could use lace like me or make some ties. Cut two at 40cm long. 

attach tiesFold the front piece in half to find the centre point. Pin the ties on top of each other at this centre point. Sew to wrap with 5mm seam allowance. 

sewing together

edge stitch around holderPin the front and lining right sides together and sew around with a 1cm or 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a small opening about 2cm or 1 inch. Turn the wrap to the right sides and wiggle out the corners. Press flat. 

edge stitch wrapEdge stitch all the way around the utensil holder. 

fold wrap in half

sew lining top edgeFold in half and cut around 1cm out from the edges. Fold the top edge in 1cm and edge stitch in place. 

attach lining

sewing on pocketFold in 1cm seam allowances on other three edges and press in place. Pin to the lining on utensil holder. Edge stitch around. This will now look like a pocket.

sewing in pocket seperationsDivide up the utensil holder into 4 and mark the measurements onto the pocket. Sew along the lines to create dividers between the pocket. 

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