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50+ Quick and Easy Sewing Projects


Updated December 30, 2016
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Love to sew but short on time? Try one of these quick and easy sewing projects. Make clothing and home decor accents quickly and easily with these beginner sewing projects. The subscribers of our free email newsletter, Sewing It Up, loved our 5 Minute Sewing Projects issue, like the 5 Minute Skirt, 5 Minute Halter Top, and 5 Minute Bread Bag, so we decided to put together a quick and easy sewing guide. Sew one or all of these quick projects; you'll have enough time for as many as you want!


Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

50+ Quick and Easy Sewing Projects: Beginner Sewing Projects
Table of Contents

Quick Home Accents
Refashion and Recycle in a Jiffy
Fast Patterns to Wear

Dress Your Child in a Flash
More Quick and Easy Sewing Projects
BONUS! Best New Pattern


Preview of Simple Sewing Projects: 16 Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

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Quick Home Accents

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

These quick and easy sewing projects will transform your home from drab to fab in no time! Go big on style without spending a lot of time--all you need are these free sewing patterns and a few minutes. Your home decor can look professional and stylish no matter how hectic your life is.


  1. Patterned Pillow Cover in Minutes - Learn how to make a pillow in just a few minutes with this easy sewing pattern.

  2. Framed Ruffly Pillow - This free pillow pattern is fancier than other fast sewing projects. It comes with ruffles!

  3. 5 Minute Bread Bag - Never let your bread go stale again with this sewing project idea.

  4. Ruffled Lamp Shade - DIY home decor has never been so simple!

  5. 5 Minute Pillows - Create quick and easy pillow patterns with this quick sewing project.


Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners 


  1. 10 Minute Little Pillow - Turn ten minutes into one of the easiest DIY sewing projects you have ever created.

  2. How to Make Cloth Napkins - Easy sewing patterns for the kitchen can transform your cooking and eating space.

  3. Upcycled Sweater Pillowcase - Hello, cuddles! This pillow is one of our coziest ideas.

  4. No Sew DIY Ironing Board - Every sewist needs an ironing board. Luckily for you, you can make your own.

  5. Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains - Make curtains that are easier than you think.

  6. Add Pom Poms to a Cushion or Pillow - Learn how to embellish pillows and other sewing project ideas with this tutorial.

  7. Simple Lace and Burlap Table Runner - Table runner patterns quickly add style to a boring table.

  8. No-Sew Pillow Cover - When it comes to quick and easy sewing projects, it simply doesn't get better than this. No needles needed!

  9. 2 Yard Ruffle Pillow Sham - Transform a regular bed into the sleeping quarters of urban royalty with easy beginner sewing projects like this one.

Refashion and Recycle in a Jiffy

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

Reusing, repurposing, recycling, upcycling, and refashioning are all quick, easy, and eco-friendly. Turn trash to treasure with one of these quick and easy sewing projects. Since you're working with pre-made items, half the work is already done for you!

  1. 10 Minute Pillowcase Apron - Learn how to make an apron out of an old pillowcase.

  2. 20 Minute Spring Sweater Redo - Spring cleaning doesn't always been trashing! Transform an old sweater into something you will actually wear.

  3. Skirt from Men's Button Down - Steal a shirt for your man to try out this easy sewing project.

  4. 30 Minute Jeans Mending Tutorial - No need to toss old jeans when you can learn how to fix jeans!


Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners 


  1. One Step No-Sew Quilting Gloves - Quilters are totally obsessed with this idea.

  2. 10 Minute Free Apron Pattern - Our readers love free apron patterns and this easy sewing pattern is no exception.

  3. Reusable T-Shirt Bag - T-shirt totes are a popular project. This one is especially easy breezy.

  4. How to Make a Shirt Lacy - Have a boring shirt? Why not add some lace?

  5. Chicken Feed Bag Tutorial - You won't believe this trash to treasure transformation.

  6. Lengthen a Too Short Top - Take a shirt you shrunk and learn how to make a shirt you can wear again!

  7. Comfortably Bold Shirt Refashion - Go from drab to fab in a matter of minutes with this quick and easy sewing pattern.

  8. NEW! Bootcut to Skinny Jeans Tutorial - Makeover your old bootcut jeans into a pair of skinnies that look brand new.

  9. NEW! Vintage Sheet Shower Curtain - Upcycle an old vintage sheet into an adorable new shower curtain.

  10. NEW! Mom's Vintage Vendor Apron - Goodbye old pillowcase and hello brand new mini apron.

Fast Patterns to Wear

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners

These quick and easy sewing projects are faster than buying clothing from a store! You can look stylish and unique in as little as 5 minutes with these sewing patterns and tutorials. Just follow the simple directions and dress yourself from head to toe. You'll still have enough time to do everything else on your list!

  1. Quick Change Corsage Necklace - Make a flowery accessory that you will love.

  2. Elastic Waistband Skirt - WOW! You really can make this skirt in under an hour.

  3. 5 Minute Halter Top - Summer tops don't have to be a commitment.

  4. 5 Minute Skirt - This is one of the fastest and easy sewing project ideas you will ever discover.


Multi-Way Kita Scarf


  1. Multi-Way Kita Scarf - Learn how to make a scarf that is absurdly versatile.

  2. Simple 15 Minute Skirt - Free skirt patterns do not have to take hours to make!

  3. 30 Minute J Crew Inspired Tank - This knock-off idea sews up in under an hour. We promise.

  4. Easiest DIY Maxi Skirt - Hello, your new fave!

  5. Half Hour Free Skirt Pattern - 30 minutes makes one amazing skirt!

  6. Pride and Prejudice Infinity Scarf - Take one of the greatest love stories of all time with you wherever you go with this free sewing pattern. 

  7. NEW! Scrapbuster Hair Bow Tutorial: This easy tutorial is perfect for girls of all ages!

Quick Sewing Projects

Want even more fast finds? The check out our quick sewing projects tag for even more fast and easy sewing patterns.

Dress Your Child in a Flash

Quick and Easy Two Tiered Skirts

Even children can have a homemade wardrobe in a flash! In fact, children are even quicker and easier to sew for because their clothing is smaller. Make some of these adorable, quick and easy sewing projects to dress your child in style without wasting your time.

  1. Quick and Easy Two-Tiered Skirts - Adorable girls' skirt patterns always sew up in a jiff!

  2. Quick Baby Bonnet - Keep that baby out of the sun.

  3. Ruffle Butt Onesie - How to make a onesie that is hilariously precious with this free sewing pattern. 

  4. No-Sew Apron for Kids - You do not even have to sew this one!

  5. How to Make a Tutu Dress - This tutu tutorial is an easy sewing project that your girl will adore.

  6. Bandana Bib Tutorial - Make a bib for your baby!

  7. How to Make Baby Leggings - Baby leggings are a great way to keep baby warm on cooler days.

  8. Toddler Bow Headband Sewing Pattern - Believe us when we say your baby will be the best-looking one on the block easy beginner sewing projects like this one.


More Quick and Easy Sewing Projects

One Hour Softie

We know you can't get enough quick and easy sewing projects, so we're throwing in a bunch more! There are projects that are sewing for beginners, but even advanced sewists can appreciate these free sewing patterns.

  1. NEW! 30 Minute Sleep Mask Pattern - We love this solution to busting fabric scraps. 

  2. Twenty Minute Tote - Literally our most popular sewing pattern on Pinterest.

  3. One Hour Softie - One word: Adorable!

  4. NEW! Easy Laminated Shower Cap - Keep your hair looking great with this DIY shower cap!

  5. One Hour Bag - Another one of our reader faves!

  6. DIY Water Bottle Sling - Keep hydrated on a hot day with this easy sewing project.

Lightweight Infinity Scarf


  1. Simple Summer Tote - This easy sewing project idea makes a great beach bag.

  2. Super Easy Lanyard and Key Chain Wristlet - Never ever lose your keys again!

  3. 2-for-1 Reversible Pouch - This easy sewing project is an organizers dream.

  4. 15 Minute DIY Coffee Cozy - Friends who love coffee would appreicate this as a gift.

  5. Lightweight Infinity Scarf - Make an infinity scarf that you can wear during warm weather.

  6. Ahoy DIY Baby Toys - These precious baby toy patterns make great last-minute baby shower gift ideas.

  7. Coloring Book Caddy - Your kids need this before your next vacation.

  8. Dreaming Diva Sleep Mask  - Drift off to dreamland peacefully and in style with this quick and easy sewing pattern.

  9. DIY Rustic Checkers Game - Pack up this portable fun and head off into the wild blue yonder with this free sewing pattern for beginners.

  10. Travel Shave Kit Sewing Pattern - Your man will absolutely love this free, portable shaving kit. Trust us when we say he won't be able to thank you enough after his next trip!

  11. 5-Minute Kleenex Holder - Learn how to make a quick and easy sewing projects that will help you cure your sniffles in style with this pattern.

  12. 5 Minute DIY Bookmark - If you've got no time, you'll have quick gift that will take you less time than to wrap it with this DIY bookmark.



12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns eBook

Download the 12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns eBook: Find 12 free tote projects to create bags large enough for trips to the library, the gym or the beach. Also included are simple clutch ideas so you can make smaller bags ideal for nights out or quick day trips.


BONUS! Best New Pattern

Plaid DIY Backpack

Sew a bag from a lined men's flannel shirt with this Plaid DIY Backpack sewing tutorial. Whether you've thrifted this shirt or it doesn't fit your man anymore, you know making something old into something new is so satisfying.


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That plaid backpack looks perfect for school or just carrying around town!

Yes, I ran out of birthday wrapping paper, so I sewed up a gift bag from an old batiste curtain. I had a ribbon and used it for a tie. It wasn't very square, but it was pretty and it did the job.

No, but I had a student who constructed a dress to wear that evening with a hot glue gun!

Yes, I made a lace wrap for my daughter for picture day. Took less than 5 minutes for cutting a sewing!

Not yet, but I will this weekend! Can't find a blue skirt at goodwill, and my friend is actually having me make her a blue costume later this winter and has already gotten the fabric, so I'm going to make a quick pin-and-tuck skirt using all 4 yards of the fabric Should only take five minutes if I don't mess up.

NO! I WISH I could though!! Just think of the things you could make IF you could do projects within 5 minutes!

No, not a sewing project.

I grabbed leftover scraps snd made my daughter an infinity scarf for her costume. Whoa, crisis prevented!

Made a bandana for my granddaughter for her Halloween costume in about 5 minutes.

Yes - drawstring skirt for my daughter!

I repaired a bra in less than 5 minutes and made it to the job interview in time! And got the job!

I finished an infinity/nursing scarf in 5 min, but later decided to finish the initially 5 min, but with the edges later, probably more like 15.

YES! But it was a no-sew project that just involved a glue gun and burlap.

I don't ever remember doing a project in 5 minutes. But I do remember cutting out and sewing my daughter a swim suit in 45 minutes. I had been up all night and was waiting for my husband to load the car for our trip. I knew if I didn't do something I would fall asleep and would not want to get up. My daughter had to have a swim suit and I was not even sure where we would find one in time.

I don't think I've ever done a project in less than 10 minutes but I might have done a quick fix up or darning in less than 5 minutes.

Yes, i have made a cute bookmark in under 5 minutes and it doesnt fall out of the book!!! :-)

Not sure about 5 minutes, but I do remember my sister having a date and wanting to wear something new. Of course her date was to pick her up within the hour. So we got fabric from the stash, cut out, and sewed a pair of pants, with zipper before he got there. This was in the day when zigzag machines were new, where you sewed a seam, then zigzagged both sides, pressed open, then continued on.

No. My quickest project was a potholder in 15 min.

I agree with Beverly. Button sewing but not much else. I'm still a beginner so I try to take my time.

maybe sewing on a button....:)



I have not long found your site. I think it is great. my husband and I have been doing a lot of decorating in the house and I now have a room I can do craft and sewing in so I cannot wait to try some of these wonderful projects. !!

I've made several 5 minute projects. Pot holders, dog toys and a lot of repair work on my husbands jeans. Love projects that can be completed in a short amount of time!

Sewed pillow ticking for bed pillows.

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My wedding veil.

Pin cushions made with recycled cat food can bases, obi belts made with two ties, and felt christmas ornaments are my favorite less-than-5-minute projects. It's nice to have instant results once in a while. (I love the men's shirt to skirt pattern and will make some in flannel for winter.)

I enjoy making travel size pillow cases for baby gifts. They take about 5 minutes to stitch together, so yes I've done a project in 5 minutes.

I have children. I can't get everything I need out in less then ten minutes

Yes, I changed a long sleeve blouse into a short sleeve blouse.

5 minutes? You are joking! 5 days maybe. Can't wait to try the lanyard key chains. Even if it takes longer than 5min. This will be a great stocking stuffer. Thanks.

No, I never finished a project in 5 minutes.

Oh my gosh! I love the pillow case apron! I have some of my mom's pillow cases that don't match anything and since she passed away, I have been trying to figure out what to do with them. Problem solved! Thank you SO much!

There are some cool ideas here. And yes! I have a couple of incredibly quick projects I can whip up for gifts!


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