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200+ DIY Sewing Projects for Beginners

Updated November 15, 2018
200 DIY Sewing Projects for Beginners

We asked our readers recently how they like to find their projects and one of the top reasons sewists pick their next DIY sewing projects is by how long these projects take. Time is money and more often than not, our sewists are busy little bees who need to find time to sew during a busy schedule.

That means they want to find quick sewing projects that they complete in shorter amounts of time. Carving out just 15 minutes to sew during the day can yield fantastic results. The problem is that sometimes you can end up spending ALL of that time combing through DIY sewing projects and sewing project ideas instead of actually sewing. This is why we have compiled this long list of easy sewing projects and quick sewing projects for beginners into one place!

All you need to do is figure out how much time you want to spend on your next project then scroll down to find your idea! 200+ DIY Sewing Projects for Beginners by the minute has projects you can complete in five minutes and projects you can finish in a day. So, no matter how much time you have saved up for your next sewing endeavor, we have the sewing project ideas for you.
 
This list of DIY sewing projects is also helpful for readers who are brand new to sewing. In general, quick sewing projects are simple sewing projects. The ideas below that take less than an hour to make are sewing projects for beginners. In general, the longer a project takes the more complicated the work can be. Long term sewing projects like quilts, intricate dresses, or other how to make clothing patterns will be a bit harder while one hour projects like the One Hour Bag are much simpler. If you are looking for projects to start with, try the quick and easy sewing projects at the top of the list. Then when you are comfortable to try something that takes a bit more skill, we have one afternoon and long term sewing projects for you to dive into.

5 Minute Quick Sewing Projects

5 Minute Quick Sewing Projects

These free sewing patterns will be done in a blink of an eye. Only taking five minutes to create, these easy sewing projects are the perfect way to take a quick break to create. Enjoy these sewing project ideas with your morning coffee or just before bed.

Pictured: 5 Minute Scrap Fabric Birds.

More 5 Minute Sewing Projects

 

You can make this sewn pillow pattern during commercial breaks, while you're waiting for your coffee to brew, or even when you are on hold. 

One of three easy yoga headbands you can sew in like five minutes!

Quilters looking to make a quilt made up of half-squares should head to this tutorial and never look back. 

If you've never thought to make a baby bib from denim, explore this idea. 

These no-sew Super Fast Super Hero Capes are an easy do it yourself project that the kids will adore. 

10 Minute Easy Sewing Projects

10 Minute Easy Sewing Projects

Did you know you can create DIY sewing projects while you cook your dinner or during commercial breaks of your favorite television show? These ten minute sewing projects are quick and easy sewing projects that can be made in a flash.
 
Pictured: 10 Minute Tea Towel Apron

More 10 Minute Sewing Projects

 

Turn an old tee into a brand new summer top with this insanely fast and easy no-sew project. All you need for this wonderful tee is an old t-shirt, scissors, a pen, and just ten short minutes. 

Have ten minutes to spare and an adorable dish towel? If you do, you could have a brand new, adorable, and practical apron in no time. 

If you are looking for easy aprons to sew, this Ten Minute Pillowcase Apron is for you. All you need to create free apron patterns that are cheap as they are cute is ten minutes, your machine, and an old pillowcase.

This budget-friendly and time-saving sewing project is great if you're short on time and is the best way to make adorable DIY holiday napkins.

15 Minute Fast Sewing Projects

15 Minute Fast Sewing Projects

The perfect power nap lasts exactly fifteen minutes, but why nap when you can create? Give your brain a creative way to recharge by creating one of these 15 minute fast sewing projects. These sewing projects for beginners can be finished in just fifteen minutes. They make a great good morning wakeup or a fabulous way to wind down after a busy day.

Pictured: Easiest Flannel Infinity Scarf Tutorial

More 15 Minute Sewing Projects

If you want a new piece in your wardrobe and have a half-hour to spare, there's no reason not to try this Simple 15 Minute Skirt. 

This apron, from start to finish, is only 5 short steps. You can go from heap of fabric to cute apron in no time. Pick any fabric for a fantastic and customized look. 

This easy sewing tutorial makes for the perfect personalized handmade DIY baby shower gift for your new granddaughte or grandson. 

If you have a plain black or white formal skirt hanging in your closet and collecting dust, carve just fifteen minutes out of your life to create this simple and stunning DIY skirt. 

For small pets or even just children's stuffed animals, the 15 Minute Pet Bed Tutorial makes a quick and easy sewing project.

20 Minute Sewing Project Ideas

20 Minute Sewing Project Ideas

If you have just twenty minutes to make something, these easy sewing projects will do the trick. You will be surprised at the kind of sewing projects you can finish in just twenty minutes. If you really concentrate and dedicate twenty minutes to a project, you can have a brand new bag!

  Pictured: Delicate Vintage-Inspired Tote

More 20 Minute Sewing Projects

 

You can carry anything in the Twenty Minute Tote, and you can make a dozen of them since it sews up so quickly! Use this sewing tutorial to learn how to sew your own purse in whatever fabric you want.

Learn how to use up old scraps from jeans and make free pincushion patterns at the same time when you create this insanely clever and unexpected free sewing pattern.

Everyone loves to change things up around the home, but that can get pricey. Avoid the retail cost of home decorating with sewing projects like this Patterned Pillow Cover in Minutes.

This summer, say goodbye to searching through sales racks to find the perfect cover up! If you have a few minutes and some stretch fabric, you'll be ready to hit the beach in no time. 

Some fabric, a hairband, and ten minutes are all you'll need to create an accessory you will absolutely love. Check out this tutorial to learn how to make an Easy Headband in Minutes. 

Stop saving up your fat quarters and put them to good use with this Fat Quarter Fabric Basket that's a great way to keep your sewing room organized. 

Half Hour Sewing Projects

Half Hour Sewing Projects

The average American sitcom is about a half hour long, but we know our sewists would rather be creating. Trade in the blue light of your TV for the much more soothing buzz of your sewing machine when you learn how to sew something new in just thirty minutes. You will love these half hour easy sewing projects.

  Pictured: Lovely Lace Upcycled Sweater

More Half Hour Sewing Projects

 

Add a great new piece to your wardrobe with this 30 Minute Sheath Dress. This jersey dress can be worn during the day with a blazer for some office style or all alone out on the town. 

Making your own seamless panties is so much easier than most people realize. In under an hour, you could be on your way to a whole new underwear drawer and save a TON of money along the way! 

Learn how to sew a baby blanket pattern for your little one in less than an hour with this sewing for baby project idea. This adorable free blanket pattern makes an amazing DIY baby shower gift and takes no time at all. 

Yes, you can make a skirt in half an hour. This free skirt pattern is so quick and easy that you are going to be impressed with yourself when you finish it. 

 Put your refashioning cap on and shop your closet for your materials. You already have everything you need to make this cute dress.

Learn how to sew a baby blanket that you will never want to leave at home. Both you and your baby will appreciate baby blanket ideas like this. 

Using only 2 yards of fabric, you can create an incredibly warm and fabulous cape that keeps you looking fashionable and cozy with this easy sewing tutorial. 

One Hour Quick Sewing Projects

One Hour Quick Sewing Projects

Easy sewing projects that only take an hour to make are the ideal sewing project ideas. Our readers absolutely love one hour wonders and that is no big surprise. One hour is just enough time to make substantial sewing project ideas like purses or bags, but not so long that you find yourself frustrated or exhausted.

  Pictured: Friendly Little Mice Sewing Pattern

More One Hour Sewing Projects

 

Choose your favorite fall color in real or faux leather and create a roomy and trendy bag that looks expensive but doesn't make you break the bank.

Whether you are rushing to make a last-minute DIY gift idea or just want to find easy sewing projects to start out your sewing adventures, this One Hour Free Apron Pattern is going to be a joy to create.
 

Learn how to make pajama pants and a comfy top out of old adult tees with this cheap and comfy pajama idea for kids. 

Want to look chic while being environmentally friendly? Try this Quick Fix Grocery Bag on for size! Use these free purse patterns to sew an incredibly simple bag to carry your groceries in. 

This skirt tutorial includes sizes for newborns all the way up to women's XXL, which means you can make a DIY circle skirt for everyone you know. 

You will not be able to believe how easy it is to learn how to make a blanket scarf. This Simply Cozy DIY Blanket Scarf is not only simple, but it is also fun to create.

Two Hour Sewing Projects

Two Hour Sewing Projects

Two hour sewing projects are the perfect ideas to create when you want to spend some time on a lazy afternoon creating, but do not want to get too invested. Two hours of sewing projects yields fantastic results without exhausting their creator.

  Pictured: Zipper Back Top Sewing Pattern

More 2 Hour Sewing Projects

This Summery Free T-Shirt Pattern comes with a downloadable PDF that allows you to make a t-shirt in sizes XS-XL, making it the perfect fit for any body shape. 

A comfy pair of leggings can really make or break your day. Leggings are an amazing trend because they let you wear skirts whenever you want while still avoiding the cold.

When the sun and temperatures beckon you and your little ones to the market, you'll be glad to have A Fine Day T-Shirt Tote. Store your fresh fruits and veggies in this DIY tote, made from old t-shirts.

Say hello to spring and summer by learning how to make potholders that celebrate the joys of summer eating. These super sweet and fresh strawberries are going to look absolutely adorable in your kitchen.

One Afternoon Sewing Project Ideas

One Afternoon Sewing Project Ideas

There is nothing better than spending the afternoon on a date with your best friend – your sewing machine! These one afternoon sewing project ideas will take you three to four hours to create and are totally worth the effort. From easy sewing projects to more intermediate ideas, these DIY sewing projects are all stunning, stylish, and fun.

Pictured: Dog Bed Sewing Pattern

One Afternoon Sewing Projects

Flowing, glowing maxi dress pattern for beginners to try with oceanic color stripes, a tiny halter strap, and shirred chest. Perfect for fun beach days.

This 3 Hour Kimono Pattern is a great project to finish on a lazy Sunday or a free afternoon. The adorable final project makes an amazing light summer jacket.

With this one yard wonder, you can make a versatile dress that looks charming with pretty sandals or flats during the day and looks chic and flirty with wedges for an evening look. 
 

You're just a few short hours away from owning your new favorite everyday bag! 

Shatter the illusion that Monday is the worst day of the week with this Monday Afternoon Pincushion Pattern. 

Weekend Projects

Weekend Projects

These weekend sewing projects can be created in one weekend (or over the course of a few weeks). Some of them are more difficult than others, but they are all worth the extra effort. Expert sewists or newbies who just want to try to sew for a long time will love these ideas for sewing.

  Pictured: Heart of Art Quilt Pattern

More Weekend Sewing Projects

 

This unique design creates a modest v-neckline and frames the face, hanging loose from the bust to emphasize a smaller waist.

Add a beautiful, charming piece of DIY home decor to your living room with this Coffee Table Quilt. This tutorial shows you how to make a quilt that is just the right size to decorate a coffee table or end table. 

Snuggle up and be swept away on the wings of a warm spring breeze to a flowery meadow when you make this darling quilt. 

From these simple instructions, you can set sail on a sewing adventure to create this Boat Tote Bag. 

Long Term Sewing Projects

Long Term Sewing Projects

These long term sewing project ideas are going to take you a long time to create. These are not the type of sewing projects that you can complete in one sitting. Make something you will be truly proud of and take the commitment plunge with these intermediate sewing projects. Most of these are not easy and they certainly are not quick sewing projects, but they are worth it!

  Pictured: The Notebook-Inspired Vintage Dress

More Long Term Sewing Projects
 

With the hem falling just below the knee and the cinched waist emphasizing your hourglass shape, you feel confident in this classic silhouette. 

This swishing and flowing free maxi dress pattern is the perfect piece to wear out on the town or to throw over your bathing suit during a day at the beach. 

This funky rectangle quilt would be a great gift for a family member. You could make this quilt to add some new spark to your bedroom, as well. 

The Batik Braid Quilt features a beautiful design and is a great project for displaying your favorite fabrics. 

Not for your average DIYer, this Sew Your Own Boat tutorial is a DIY wonder you have to see to believe. 

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Time is so precious, and so much of it gets wasted on mindless activities, that it is nice to find a way to make the most of any free time we have. Sewing projects is a great way to destress and use our brains all at the same time. It is great to have a reference such as this one with timed projects. I look forward to finding projects that will be fulfiling.

Whoa, so many ideas. Pinning this so that I can remember such a great resource when I need it. Thanks!

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