Discover some fun, easy sewing projects for beginners with free sewing templates available to download and print off at home. I find smaller sewing projects like these an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon while drinking a nice cup of tea.
These sewing projects are the perfect way to use up any small pieces of fabric you have in your stash.
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These sewing projects are always great to make with your kiddies or just for yourself after work to help you relax and wind down. Grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy an afternoon of sewing with me.
You will need a few simple sewing supplies to make these projects
- Sewing machine – I owned this brother sewing machine for years and loved it!
- Fabric shears – a good quality pair will last you years
- Fabric pins
Bow Tie Scrunchies
Scrunchies are the cutest to sew for your hair to match all your DIY outfits. I decided to spruce up the classic scrunchy style by adding a bow tie. You can download this pattern for free as mentioned above.
5-6 inches Thin elastic
Bow Tie Scrunchie template
Begin by cutting out the pattern. I love to use my rotary cutter for smaller projects because it’s quicker and a bit fun. If you would like to pick one up for yourself this is the one I enjoy using here. Follow the pattern instructions on each piece to work out many you will need cut out.
Right sides together, sew around the bow tie with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leaving a small opening to turn through the tie.
You will also want to cut some small nicks around the curved edges. Turn through to the right sides and press flat.
Fold the scrunchy in half lengthwise and pin. Sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn through to the right sides using a safety pin.
Thread the elastic through and tie off with a knot.
Fold over 1/2 inch on one end of the scrunchy and pop the other end inside this. Pin to close. Sew closed.
Tie the bow around the seam sewn on the scrunchy and your finished!
This project is a little bit sweet. Fabric book marks are so underrated in my opinion. What a fun way to use up pretty prints and then you get to admire them when you are reading.
Lace or ribbon
Cut out two rectangles any size you like that will work well for your books. Cut out interfacing to match the sizes of your rectangles.
Iron the interfacing onto the rectangles. Pin the lace or ribbon at one short end which will be a small tab. Sew in place.
Place the bookmark right sides together and sew around with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a small opening and turn it through to the right side. Press flat.
Edge stitch around the outside and add detail stitching if you want to, I did!
I would make these fabric buttons as a kid because I thought they were so pretty. I have noticed a lot of covered buttons coming back in on dresses and tops as a detailing so I thought this would be a great idea to share.
You could find really tiny buttons and make these to match a vintage dress pattern or top. Or you could pop them into a glass jar and on a shelf to remember all of the beautiful fabrics you have sewn with.
Fabric button kit – these are great.
Small bits of fabric
Start by cutting out small squares of fabric that are about 1/2 inch bigger than your button size all the way around. Trim off the corners to create a circle shape.
Place the fabric and top shell of the covered button into the button maker and place the backing on top. Use the button maker top piece to push in the backing. This will secure the fabric inside nice and tidily.
Pull the button out of the maker and you will have a beautiful covered button!
I have been so nostalgic with is episode of scrap fabric ideas because I used to make buntings all the time!!! I would hang them all over my bedroom walls as a kid.
Once you cut out the free pattern for this project you can cut out your fabric bunting pieces.
Find a lovely binding pre-made is easiest but you could make your own if you want to.
Place the bunting flag pieces wrong sides together and sew around the bunting flags together with a 1/2 inch seam. You could also bag these out but I wanted raw seams.
I cut around my bunting flag pieces and used my pinking sheers to create a pretty border.
Place the flags out on a table evenly spaced and cut your binding to the desired length. Pin the binding to the bunting flags. Edge stitch the binding to the flags.
You can now hang your new bunting up on display in your craft room, babies room or living room!
I hope you have been inspired by these easy sewing project ideas for beginners. It’s always great to use up small bits of fabric instead of throwing them away especially if you can make useful items.
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