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Easy Projects for Beginner Sewists

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Learning to sew is fun and rewarding, but without a doubt it requires you to be patient and work carefully. It can take years to master the art of sewing to a professional level, but luckily for the beginners among us it is entirely possible for a beginner to create some impressive projects without much experience. There are many different types of sewing you can use to make things such as hand stitching, machine sewing, cross stitch and embroidery.

Each type of stitching and sewing is used for different purposes to achieve different things. For example, machine sewing is generally used to attach pieces of fabric together whereas embroidery is used to apply a design on the surface of material. You will be able to use a variety of techniques to complete a range of beginner friendly projects.

Beginners can start with simple projects that will help them to grow in confidence, and by choosing these kinds of projects they will quickly build their skills to a point where they feel comfortable in taking on more complex projects. With time, you can work up to completing entire garments and beautiful homewares. 

Sew a pencil case

Sewing a simple flat pencil case can be a great beginner project, and you don’t necessarily need to store pencils inside. Depending on the size you make, you could create a pouch that is the perfect size for anything from makeup brushes to your sewing supplies. The trickiest part will be deciding how you want to close the pouch, and you can either use a zip, velcro, buttons or press studs. If you prefer, you can leave one side of the opening much longer than the other and use it as a wrap. 

Sew a cushion cover

Cushion covers are a good beginner project because they are constructed simply and involve straight lines that are much easier for beginners to grasp. They are a great way to practise sewing in a straight line and getting good control over your stitch length and tension. A cushion cover will be more hard wearing if it is made from heavier materials, but these can be more of a challenge for beginners to work with. As a compromise, choose a mid weight natural fibre with a tight weave for this kind of project. 

Sew a coin purse

Coin purses are a cute accessory that you can make easily using a Brother sewing machine or by using hand sewing methods. You can get creative with the size, shape and fabrics you use to make your coin purse, just be sure to use something durable enough to be stored in a handbag or pocket. Press studs are a good closure method for coin purses though clasps are traditional. 

Embroidered handkerchiefs

An embroidered handkerchief is a cute gift for anyone, and you can personalise them with any kind of design you like. Floral motifs and monograms are traditional, but whichever design you are applying just be sure to keep it small, and confine it to the corners to ensure the handkerchief can still be used. 

Sew a wheat bag

Wheat bags are perfect for snuggling on a cold day or for using heat to ease aches and pains. They are easy to sew and can be made in a range of shapes and sizes. A long wheat bag of about a foot in length is a good place to start. Sew cotton into the shape you want over three of the sides, then add your microwaveable wheat bag filling. You can use things like lavender to scent the contents for a relaxing treat when the bag is warmed. 

Sew some bunting

We love bunting in the UK and it is used as a decoration for all kinds of special occasions. It can even be used as an everyday household decoration if that fits your aesthetic. Bunting is so easy to make for yourself which means you can make it exactly how you want, in any colour, and with flags of any shape or size. You can even make stuffed bunting for a more 3D look. Instead of buying bunting for your next party, have a go at making your own using cute fabrics in colours you love.

Resources:

Sewing Machines - Coda

Fabrics - Diary.by

Haberdashery - Bear