50+ Quick and Easy Sewing Projects
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Love to sew but short on time? You won't believe how little time it takes to make these simple but professional-looking simple sewing projects. Beginner-friendly, easy, and quick, this collection of sewing tutorials will have your friends jealous of your sewing skill in no time!
From country home decor to sleek organizational tools to high-fashion statement pieces, this list of easy sewing patterns has everything you could dream of sewing. You've never truly understood how relaxing sewing could be until you've tried out some of these DIY designs.
If you're a last-minute gift-giver, you'll find the perfect present for everyone from bookworms to film lovers to fashionistas that can be whipped up in less than an hour! No one will guess that you didn't spend a fortune on being so thoughtful.
You don't even have to give away these sewn marvels for them to be worth your (very short) while. Sew a bundle of decorative pillows for every cozy cushion in the house or give your wardrobe a vogue update with budget-friendly refashioning projects. Regardless of how you choose to treat yourself, there's no surer way to stitch some happiness into your day than by trying out some of these beginner sewing patterns.
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Quick DIY Home Decor
These quick and easy sewing projects will transform your home from drab to fab in no time! Whether your living room needs an organizational overhaul or if your lackluster sofa needs a brilliant color embellishment, you'll find a pattern for it in among these home decor sewing patterns. It doesn't even matter what style of decor you're looking for; this handy collection can fit with anything from sleek modern to homey country furnishings.
Go big on style without spending a lot of time--all you need are these free sewing patterns and a few minutes. Even the DIY Remote Caddy Tutorial (shown) is a cinch to make! Your home decor can look professional and stylish no matter how hectic your life is.
- Patterned Pillow Cover in Minutes
Avoid the retail cost of home decorating with sewing projects like this Patterned Pillow Cover in Minutes.
- 5 Minute Pillows
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.
- How to Make Cloth Napkins
This How to Make Cloth Napkins tutorial shows you exactly how to sew some stylish and cute cloth napkins for your next dinner party.
- Add Pompoms to a Cushion or Pillow
This quick, easy-peasy technique will put a put a playful pop of color into any project, especially a handmade pillow like the one pictured here.
- No Sew Pillow Cover Video
Learn how to make a pillow cover that's quick, easy, and low-maintenance.
- Ruffled Lamp Shade
If you know how to sew ruffles, you know how to make this Ruffled Lamp Shade!
- 10 Minute Little Pillow
In just ten minutes, you can decorate and sew up this fancy, little piece and place it in your home. The 10 Minute Little Pillow is a great gift for the mom who loves knickknacks.
- Upcycled Sweater Pillowcase
This DIY project will show you how to take your old cozy sweater and transform it into a unique pillowcase.
- Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains
These Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains look great in a kitchen or hanging from a bedroom window to add some quirky flair to your sleeping space.
- Simple Lace and Burlap Table Runner
If you want to learn how to make a table runner, sewing with burlap is a good way to add some character to your dining room table.
- DIY Repurposed Sweater Knot Pillow
This unique project is a charming way to add a pop of color and unique shapes to your space. While this looks complicated, it's actually easy to create.
- Pom Pom Blanket
This simple sewn blanket pattern is a great way to keep warm during cold winter months while still staying effortlessly stylish.
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Easy Sewing Ideas for Beginners
Just because you're a sewing novice doesn't mean you can't make professional-looking products! If you're new to sewing and have been searching for the perfect project to start with, then you'll love this list of simple sewing projects. Designed for those new to sewing, these quick DIY ideas are fantastic ways to practice improving your sewing skills without causing unneeded stress like other patterns might.
You'll be walked through these tutorials step-by-step so that you can sew patterns that look as good as their pictures! We're not kidding when we say that even a beginner sewist can make a designer-level DIY throw pillow that looks as fun, floral, and phenomenal as the One Hour Sunflower Pillow (shown).
- 5 Minute Bread Bag
Make a simple bag to keep bread in or to use as a gift bag with this easy beginner sewing project. The 5 minute bread bag really does take only 5 minutes!
- No Sew DIY Ironing Board
Tired of dragging your bulky ironing board into your sewing room just to press a few seams? Say hello to this No Sew DIY Ironing Board.
- Framed Ruffly Heart
Put your fabric on your walls this Valentine's Day with this free, easy holiday craft. Make a Framed Ruffly Heart to hang up and decorate your home for the holiday, or all year round.
- 2 Yard Ruffle Pillow Sham
Using only 2 yards of fabric, you can give your bedding an instant upgrade with this easy sewing tutorial.
- One Step No-Sew Quilting Gloves
What no one tells you when you first start machine quilting is just how tired your hands can get. Make your life just a little easier with these One Step No-Sew Quilting Gloves.
- Vintage Sheet Shower Curtain
Forget boring shower curtains from the dollar store and have fun transforming a pretty patterned sheet into a fully functional shower curtain.
- Star Folk Ornaments
Simple and sweet, these little stars make a darling addition to any Christmas tree. The could be nursery decor, too!
No Brainer Easy Refashioning Projects
For years, the mantra of every conscious citizen has been "reduce, reuse, and recycle." Who knew that you could apply these planet-saving concepts to your personal fashion?
Reusing, repurposing, recycling, upcycling, and refashioning are the new eco-friendly ways to help the environment and look like a fashion model while doing it! All of these DIY upcycling projects are quick, easy, and oh-so-clever.
Dust off the pieces that have been sitting in the back of your closet for years, and turn them into couture items your friends will be jealous of! Simple embellishment tutorials, like the 20 Minute Spring Sweater Redo (shown), will make any bland garment turn heads.
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! After one or two projects, you'll wonder why you haven't thought of these brilliant techniques before.
- Skirt From Men's Button Down
This Skirt From Men's Button Down Idea shows you how to make a skirt for nothing at all. You are going to love this money-saving idea.
- Reusable T-Shirt Bag
Easy bags to make can be both affordable and space-saving, especially with this tutorial.
- Comfortably Bold Shirt Refashion Pattern
This free sewing pattern only takes about an hour to complete and is one of those great projects that only requires 1 yard of fabric.
- Ten Minute Pillowcase Apron
Learn how to make an apron that looks just like the vintage sewing patterns of old by simply creating this easy apron pattern out of an old-school print.
- 30 Minute Jeans Mending Tutorial
There's nothing worse than a rip in your favorite jeans. Save yourself the headache and the price tag with this 30 Minute Jeans Mending Tutorial.
- How to Make a Shirt Lacy
Learn how to upcycle that shirt to make it even more chic with this how to sew a shirt idea.
- Lengthen a Too Short Top
This tutorial to Lengthen a Too Short Top is a quick, simple and stylish solution that takes under 30 minutes. Go on, resurrect that cropped tee!
- Mom's Vintage Vendor Apron
Add some serious style to your next bake sale or garage sale with this easy tutorial for Mom's Vintage Vendor Apron.
- Denim Fabric Basket Tutorial
Sturdy, durable denim makes this basket an organizational tool that can bear anything you put in it! From sewing notions to bathroom toiletries, this Denim Fabric Basket Tutorial can hold whatever you need it to.
Fast Clothing Patterns to Wear
Forget about wasting time waiting in the line at your nearest department store. These quick and easy sewing projects are twice as fast as buying clothing and they look twice as good!
You can look stylish and unique in as little as 5 minutes with these sewing patterns and tutorials. You can even sew a skirt that you'll wear everywhere from date night to the office in a quarter of an hour when you make a Simple 15 Minute Skirt (shown). Just follow the simple directions and you'll be able to dress yourself from head to toe in personalized, tailored, and trendy fashion while still having enough time to do everything else on your list!
- Elastic Waistband Skirt
Make your own high-waisted skirt with this Elastic Waistband Skirt tutorial!
- 5 Minute Skirt
Whether you're in a hurry to get somewhere or you don't have time for a huge project, the 5 Minute Skirt is the perfect solution for you.
- Easiest DIY Maxi Skirt
The Easiest DIY Maxi Skirt tutorial is so easy to make that even a beginner could tackle this project.
- Quick Change Corsage Necklace
Make a Quick Change Corsage Necklace using a fabric flower that you can sew yourself!
- 30 Minute J Crew Inspired Tank
It might seem impossible, but you really can learn how to sew a tank that looks just like a top from one of your favorite stores for less than half the price.
- Scrapbuster Hair Bow Tutorial
This free sewing tutorial teaches you how to make a hair bow out of small scraps of fabric so that you can dress up your bun whether you're going for a casual or dressy look.
- Simple Sewn Infinity Scarf
This infinity scarf pattern takes minutes to make and it is ideal for staying cozy warm. Make it in a solid color or go fall fab with a plaid print.
Quick Sewing Patterns for Kids
One frustrating thing about kids is that they grow out of their clothes so quickly. Every season seems to wreak havoc on your expenses when you find that last year's clothing just won't do. Now you can cut down on the astronomical costs of kiddie couture with these simple DIY children's clothing tutorials!
Not only are these darling patterns good on the wallet, but they're also a cinch to make. 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, like the tutorial on How to Make a Tutu Dress (shown), and you can dress your child in style without wasting your time.
- Quick Baby Bonnet
Make an adorable bonnet for your grandchild with this free sewing pattern. Decorative and heirloom stitches make this bonnet a great project for intermediate level crafters.
- No-Sew Aprons for Kids
This No-Sew Apron for Kids is your solution to your apron-less child dilemma.
- How to Make Baby Leggings
Want to know How to Make Baby Leggings? Here's a free, printable pattern and tutorial for these adorable drop crotch style baby leggings.
- Quick and Easy Two Tiered Skirt
Learn how to make a skirt in under an hour with this free girls skirt sewing pattern.
- Ruffle Butt Onesie
These baby sewing projects will show you all you need to know about sewing baby clothes so you can make a ruffle butt onesie.
- Bandana Bib Tutorial
These bibs are quick to make and can be made in as many fabrics and colors as you want.
- Toddler Bow Headband Sewing Pattern
Learn how to make a precious accessory for your little one with this Toddler Bow Headband Sewing Pattern.
Simple and Chic DIY Accessories
No outfit is complete without the correct accessories. Whether it's a scarf to bring out the colors of your blouse or a high-fashion tote to carry around all of your necessities, it's impossible to resist adorning your ensemble with a little something extra.
That's why we have this list of super-cute DIY accessories to sew!
One of the best types of quick sewing projects is DIY accessories because they're a fast and simple way to update your wardrobe in no time. From trendy tools, like the DIY Kate Spade Key Fob (shown), to beginner-friendly bags you can make in under an hour, give your wardrobe an easy makeover with these accessory sewing patterns.
- Chicken Feed Bag Tutorial
This Chicken Feed Bag Tutorial is super easy and takes less than an hour to make. If you're looking for recycled craft ideas, you'll love this simple bag.
- Pride and Prejudice Infinity Scarf Pattern
Take your all-time favorite, beloved classic with you wherever you go with this Pride and Prejudice Infinity Scarf Pattern.
- Denim Flower DIY Necklace
This Denim Flower DIY Necklace is a perfectly charming way to recycle old jeans, and it shows you how to create delicate denim blossoms that are a fabulous addition to your jewelry collection.
- Multi-Way Kita Scarf
The Multi-Way Kita Scarf is perfect for all occasions. You can wear it in so many different ways, and it will look like a new garment every time.
- Lightweight Infinity Scarf
If you want to learn how to sew a scarf that will stay in-season all year, check out this great fashion scarf pattern.
- One Hour Bag
Learn how to make a purse in one hour with this stunning free purse pattern for sewing.
- Simple Summer Tote
Learn how to sew your own purse with this tutorial, it's perfect for beginners!
- Hair Scrunchie Tutorial
All you need to make this darling hair accessory is a fat quarter, elastic, and matching thread.
Simple Sewing Crafts
Sewing doesn't have to be a big production. You don't always need yards upon yards of material and sewing notions splayed out across the table just to make something of worth. Enter: the simplest sewing crafts you've ever seen!
If you love crafting, then you don't want to miss these fast and budget-friendly DIY sewing crafts. Whether you make an adorable Watermelon DIY Potholder (shown) or a sleep mask that will have you feeling like you're at a spa, these minute-crafts will make people marvel at your sewing skill. Stop searching for what to sew and make one of these beginner-friendly craft ideas today!
- Ladylike Teacup DIY Pincushion
Made with a delicate and dainty teacup, this DIY pincushion is an easy no-sew project that you can make in under an hour and is the perfect DIY gift idea for any sewist.
- Easy Laminated Shower Cap
Made with laminated cotton, this beginner sewing project is great for those new to sewing and is a fantastic quick DIY gift idea or easy stocking stuffer.
- 2-for-1 Reversible Pouch
This free purse pattern is just the right size to carry easy-to-lose belongings like wallets and cell phones and adds a unique twist to any outfit.
- 30 Minute Sleep Mask Pattern
The sleeping mask sewing pattern and tutorial will take only 30 minutes to make! This is a great project when you have little time to sew and will give you untold hours of relaxation.
- 15 Minute DIY Coffee Cozy
Created by using materials you can easily find in your stash or at the dollar store, this 15 Minute DIY Coffee Cozy is easy to personalize and entirely unique.
- 5 Minute Kleenex Holder
This easy peasy sewn accessory takes just 10 minutes to make and uses barely any fabric in the process. Not only is this a great gift idea - it's also a great way to clear out some scraps from your sewing closet.
More Quick and Easy Sewing Projects
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.
Everyone can fall in love with spa-ready gear, like the fabulous Dreaming Diva Sleep Mask Sewing Pattern (shown), or bookmarks that will make any bookworm jump for joy. Whether you make these simple sewing patterns as a gift or for yourself, you won't regret a single stitch!
- Twenty Minute Tote
This tote bag pattern is one of our most popular projects and it is easy to see why!
- DIY Makeup Brush Roll
Keep your makeup brushes organized and clean with this simple sewing project that's the perfect gift idea for women, teens, and tweens.
- 5 Minute DIY Bookmark
If you need a quick gift for anyone, the 5 Minute DIY Bookmark is the perfect way to show someone you care without spending a ton of time or money on a gift.
- Coloring Book Caddy
The coloring book caddy tutorial uses 3 fat quarters and can fit 4-6 coloring books and pencils or pens. It's a great project for beginners and even to make with your kids!
- Travel Shave Kit Sewing Pattern
From New York to Tokyo, this free sewing pattern is the perfect sewn accessory to take with you on your travels. With a basic zipper, this project is super-easy to make, even if you're not the most experienced sewist.
- One Hour Softie
Spend the next hour making these adorable softies. With cute details, it's hard to believe you can make the One Hour Softie in such a short time.
- How to Make a Lanyard
These handy accessories are so cute and will save you from hours locked out of the car or the house.
- Ahoy DIY Baby Toys
The Ahoy DIY Baby Toys pattern shows you how to make easy and quick, DIY baby shower gifts in under an hour. Little hands are going to love playing with this nautical, free sewing for baby pattern.
- DIY Rustic Checkers Game
With this DIY Rustic Checkers Game, you can easily create and take old-school fun with you wherever you go - even outdoors!
- Easy No Binding Pot Holders
These simple square potholders make the perfect last-minute gift and can easily be created to match any kitchen.
BONUS! Best New Beginner Sewing Pattern
Spring weather means it's almost time for cookout season, so what better way to start off spring than by designing a gorgeous picnic blanket?
Perfect for beginners, this Patchwork Picnic Blanket Tutorial lets you transform 3 1/2 yards of bright spring fabric into a simple picnic blanket that's perfect for family trips or church cookouts. This picnic blanket tutorial shows you how to combine simple patchwork with a budget-friendly vinyl tablecloth so that your blanket is spill-proof and protected from the elements.
Pack away your complicated quilts and embrace a simple and stress-free project with this blanket tutorial.
Have you been on the hunt for the perfect all-purpose bag for ages but can't seem to find the one you want? You're sure to find it in this free, downloadable eBook, 12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns! 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. 12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns eBook
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