50 Sewing Projects for Beginners

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!

New to sewing and need help to start? Join us at one of our free Sew Simple » classes in store where we’ll teach you how to set up and start using your machine, or check out our step-by-step sewing videos on YouTube ».


How to Sew a Pencil Case Using VELCRO® Brand Tape on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Make a Gathered Skirt by Elena Rosa Brown »

Add a classic staple to your wardrobe with this simple gathered skirt. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use a few measurements to create your own skirt, perfect for spring days. 


How to Make a Spring Succulent Wall Hanging on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Sew a Canvas Eco-Friendly Tote Bag by Handmadiya »

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


How to Make Icecream Purses on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


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!


How to Make a Jam Jar Topper on the Hobbycraft blog »

Jam jars have sported fabric caps for years, and you will love this new twist on an old favorite 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.


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.


How to Make a Tassel Cushion on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Make Fabric Birds on the Hobbycraft blog »

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!


How to Make a Door Stop on the Hobbycraft blog »

Doors that swing shut can be super annoying! Here’s one way to solve this problem. Follow the above tutorial on the Hobbycraft blog to find out how you can make your own using our fabrics and fat quarters, and embellish using felt!


How to Quilt a Pinboard on the Hobbycraft blog »

Make this beautiful pin board 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!


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.


How to Make a Cute Bunny Pennant on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Make a Bear Handwarmer on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Sew a Lavender Keepsake on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


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!


How to Sew a Keyring Phone Case on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


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!


How to Make a Fabric Napkin on the Hobbycraft blog »

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!


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.


How to Sew Puffy Heart Bunting on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Make Russian Doll Cushions on the Hobbycraft blog »

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!


How to Make Applique Patches on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


How to Make a Patchwork Quilted Place Mat on the Hobbycraft blog »

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!



How to Make a Felt Llama Keyring on the Hobbycraft blog »

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! 


How to Make Three Embroidery Heart Hoops on the Hobbycraft blog »

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! 


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.


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.


How to Make an Alligator Zip Pouch on the Hobbycraft blog »

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



How to Sew a Simple DIY Flannel Blanket on The Creative Spark »

The above tutorial shows you how easy it is to enhance a throw by sewing on bright pom pom trimming. It’s the perfect fusion of traditional and modern – and we think they look fantastic!


How to Make a Floral Felt Brooch on the Hobbycraft blog »

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 jewelry in the form of a brooch. This would make the perfect gift! What colours would you use for your felt brooch?


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!


How to Make Embroidered Patches on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


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!


How to Make a P.E. Kit Drawstring Bag on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.


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!


How to Make a Felt Cactus Brooch on the Hobbycraft blog »

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.



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.


How to Make a Fabric Placemat on the Hobbycraft blog »

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!


How to Make a Modern Apron by The Creative Spark »

This project is a great way to practice sewing clean lines with precision, and by using modern textiles such as linen, you can create something that looks straight off the rack!


How to Sew Flowers Using Fat Quarters on the Hobbycraft blog »

This tutorial by Kate Haxell shows how you can turn your leftover fabric into something equally as beautiful. If you’ve not got any scraps of fabric lying around the house, our fat quarters come in all different patterns, colours and weights so you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to picking your fabric!


DIY: Gathered Fabric Camera Strap by Farm Fresh Therapy »

Create a colourful and comfortable neck strap for your camera by following the above tutorial. Choose from our selection of fabrics and fat quarters, and attach to your camera using swivel clips!


How to Make an Embroidery Hoop Sewing Tidy on the Hobbycraft blog »

Create this effective craft tidy by following the above tutorial. Embroidery hoop’s are an effective base for sewing projects, and look very effective when hung up. The perfect balance of form and function!


How to Sew a Fabric Dragonfly on the Hobbycraft blog »

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!



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!


How to Make a Laptop Bag on the Hobbycraft blog »

This laptop bag is a great on-the-go project as you can fit everything you need into a bag. It would make a great gift or maybe as a little something for yourself!


How to Make an Elephant Cushion on the Hobbycraft blog »

New to sewing? Have a go at this sweet little elephant cushion – you can draw your own pattern from your head or download an outline shape and use that, but it will help work on your pattern making skills. Just remember to include the seam allowance!


How to Make Fabric Storage Baskets on the Hobbycraft blog »

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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3 responses to “50 Sewing Projects for Beginners”

  1. Some great little projects there! I think I may have to attempt a few of them!

  2. Lia Griffith says:

    Hi, just noticed my zipper bag on here! Thank you for featuring this – I’m honoured 🙂

  3. Amy Friend Wolek says:

    Am I missing something? The post says 50 projects, but I only count 25.

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