8 Useful Sewing Projects to Make for the Home {Beginner Friendly}

Sewing for your home is rewarding and useful, here are 8 of my favourite beginner sewing projects to make for the home.

Try these sewing projects if you want something beginner-friendly and quicker than sewing a dress. If you’re just starting out, it’s a good idea to make smaller, less intimidating projects, like things for your home.

I can help you thread your sewing machine, wind the bobbin, or figure out what sewing equipment you may need. As a qualified fashion designer, I know all the ins and outs, how to avoid mistakes, and how to help you sew successfully. 

Why You Should Sew for Your Home

  • Handmade charm and character cannot be faked.
  • It’s fun and enjoyable to customise your homewares by making them in fabrics you love.
  • If you choose affordable fabric these projects will be so much cheaper than buying mass-produced products.
  • These will last longer and you will probably find yourself mending things you spent time making.

Pot Holders

I have never made anything more useful than these. You can use pot holders to remove hot pans from the oven or microwave. You can also use them to place under hot dishes on the counter. 

They’re easy to make and you can customize them to suit your style.

Three handmade pot holders in blue, yellow and red watercolour floral print. The back pot holder is light pink striped.


You need an apron when you’re deep frying or baking bread and don’t want flour all over your clothes. This is an easy reversible apron to sew, and I’ve created a free digital sewing pattern. 

Making an apron is a good beginner project because it doesn’t have to fit perfectly like a dress would. You have room to make mistakes and learn how to improve. You can even add ruffles to the bottom if you want to!

Makyla wearing handmade pink tartan apron. She is tieing it up around her waist

Fabric Napkins

Make your own fabric napkins as a beautiful touch to your table setting or as a nice addition to a Mother’s Day gift basket. For my kitchen, I like to sew linen napkins that can be used as handy wipes or as tea towels. 

They come in handy to wipe up spills if you’re clumsy like me!

Pink linen fabric napkins on vintage plate with silver fork and knife on top

Ruffle Pillowcases

Cottage country vibes all around, if you didn’t know already I’m a sucker for ruffles. These pillowcases are so sweet. 

A wide ruffle on each end of the pillowcase adds charm to any bed. This is an excellent way to practice sewing ruffles before trying on garments.

Ruffle pillowcases stacked on top of a wooden bentwood chair

Patchwork Coasters

Do you have lots of little scraps of fabric lying around? Make these! I love combining little offcuts of my favourite floral prints together in a patchwork. It’s simple, fun, and a little bit exciting to practice sewing patchwork together. 

These can be used around the house to protect tabletops or as gifts.

Pink floral patchwork coaster on coffee table with cup of tea sitting on top.


New curtains are expensive to buy so why not try making your own with this simple ruffle curtain tutorial. Curtains are so easy to make and it’s great to make them custom so they fit the window or door perfectly. 

I have made these using a painter’s drop cloth which adds a rustic touch to the finished look. You can bleach these if they are 100% cotton to get a white crisp finish.

Drop cloth farmhouse Inspired Curtains Hanging On Wall

Ruffle Cushion Covers

You can be sure that this will be the cutest cushion cover that you have ever seen. 

As there are no zips or buttons required, this is a perfect project for beginners. Featuring an envelope style back as well as ruffled edging, this cushion cover is certainly worth sewing.

Brown and lilac tartan handmade ruffle cushion on cosy couch.

Heat Pack

Do you get aching shoulder pain sometimes? As a result, I decided to make my own heat pack from scraps of linen fabric that I had lying around and the rice I had in my pantry. So simple! 

If you want to relax, then I would recommend adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils to the mix. My favourite is lavender.

linen heat pack close up with burning candle light behind

8 Sewing Projects to Make for the Home

Well, I hope you enjoyed all 8 of these Makyla Creates home sewing tutorials. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to get hooked on sewing. When you go shopping, you’ll start thinking you can save money and make it better. It’s fun seeing what you can make.

With sewing, you can make your vision come to life, and make a home unique and handmade!

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Comment below what your favourite home sewing project is?

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