30+ Free Easy Beginner Sewing Projects and Patterns for Adults and Kids

Looking for some free things to sew for beginners? This is where it’s at!

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Whether you’re looking for free beginner sewing patterns and projects for yourself or looking for something to teach your kids to sew, we have your back with a list of 30 free simple sewing projects for beginners.

As a beginner, you need to look for a project that is quick and easy so you can slowly develop your skills over time. Find something that really interests you; it will keep you motivated to keep going when the going gets tough.

Like learning any new skill, there will be some glitches and mistakes that take an extra bit of motivation to keep you sticking with it.  Trust me; once you have your completed project, it will feel so rewarding! 

You will gain a great amount of confidence in your sewing skills.

We have over 30 different easy sewing projects that are quick to make and come with step-by-step tutorials, many with videos, to make it even easier to get started.

It's always nice to sew something as a gift.Burp Cloth Tutorial

Need a baby shower gift?  Check out our easy bib and burp cloth projects.  Looking for a toy to give a child?  We have a link to a fun travel tic-tac-toe game to sew. A teacher gift?  How about the easy corner bookmark?

No matter which of our projects you decide to try first, remember to enjoy the process! 

Teaching Kids to Sew

If you already love to sew and want to get kids into beginner sewing, the projects on this page will interest them as well.

Everyone learns to sew by starting with simple beginner sewing projects. I learned to sew in 4-H starting at 8 years old. I remember joining 4-H and my Mom (who you also know from the videos), told me that I had to take a sewing project for two years.

If I didn't like it after the two years, I could quit. The first year I made a tote bag. The second year my project was a skirt with a zipper.

My mom was smart!  After two successful sewing projects I was hooked!

I participated in the 4-H Fashion Revue every year through my graduation from high school. In those years, I progressed through sewing; making dresses, prom gowns, and even a wool suit.

I have now taught my daughter to sew through 4-H; she has made dresses, skirts, jackets, and tops. Like me, she also participated in the 4-H Fashion Revue. Learn more about 4-H by clicking the link and looking for 4-H clubs in your area. 4-H is not just animal projects!

We have quick and easy sewing projects for your beginner, like simple fabric bookmarks, bags for stashing toys and trinkets, doll hats, and cute monsters made from gloves, to name just a few. The kiddos will love the simple projects for teaching kids to sew.

Fabric Bookmark Tutorial

If you love to sew, it is truly rewarding when your kids learn this art from you. Just remember that their attention spans are short when learning something that challenges them, so plan for short and fun sessions! Any of the prep-work that you can do ahead of time gives them more time to enjoy the process.

Browse through our simple sewing projects, watch our video tutorials, read our written instructions, and learn to sew or teach someone to sew, one project at a time.

If you have a question, go to the Youtube video page and post your question in the comments section. We try to reply to them all!

Get your sewing supplies ready.  The fun is about to begin!

30+ Free Easy Beginner Sewing Projects and Patterns for Adults and Kids

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Baby Bib

Every new mother needs bibs for the baby. Learn how to sew a simple reversible baby bib. These bibs make wonderful gifts. The project is simple enough even kids can learn to sew by making this project.

Burp Cloth - Contoured Burp Cloth

Learn how to sew a contoured baby burp cloth with our free pattern and tutorial. This is a cute, easy and quick beginner sewing project. Make for yourself or give away as a baby gift.

Cast Iron Handle Cover

Learn how to make a handle cover for a cast iron skillet. Keep your hands from getting burned when cooking with cast iron cookware by making quick and easy handle covers.

Cell Phone Case - Sock Cell Phone Case

Do you want to one-of-a-kind cell phone case for your cell phone? Do you need a cell phone case to protect your phone?

Watch this tutorial to learn a quick, inexpensive and fun way to protect your phone from getting scratched by making a sock cell phone cozy.

This is a good beginner sewing project.
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Cord Wrap

No more tangled wires around the house or while traveling. Grab some scrap fabric and sew up some fabric electric cord or charger cord wraps. Keep your cords organized and tidy. Watch this free beginner sewing project tutorial.

Denim Jeans Bag (Basket)

Stop throwing away old jeans! You can transform the old jeans into a useful denim bag (basket) with this tutorial.

Doll Fleece Hat

Learn how to sew a cute and easy fleece doll hat with fringe.

Drawstring Bag (Beginner Sewing Project)

Learn how to sew a super simple drawstring bag. Kids will love to choose fabrics and then create small drawstring pouches to put all their little treasures in. This DIY drawstring bag sews up in less than an hour and is a beginner sewing project for kids or adults.

Drawstring Travel Shoe Bag Tutorial

How to sew a fabric shoe bag. Shoe bags are handy when traveling. Shoe bags help keep clothing and luggage from getting dirty. Learn how to sew a quick, easy and handy shoe bag.
This project is so easy even someone learning to sew can make it.

Easy DIY Tote Bag with Flat Bottom

Learn how sew a simple tote bag with our video tutorial and also our step-by-step instructions. Everyone needs tote bags. My some for yourself or to give as gifts. No pattern necessary.

Envelope Pillow (Beginner Sewing Project)

How to make an envelope pillow cover with a back-flapped closure. This is a super easy beginner sewing project for kids or adults.

Fabric Book Marks

Learn how to make quick and easy fabric book marks. A gift-giving and stocking stuffer idea. Quilters Candy

Fabric Bookmark

A fabric bookmark is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids or adults. Learn how to make an adorable fabric bookmark by watching our video and reading our free pattern instructions. This is a kids can sew project.
Make them for any holiday, keep or give as a gift or use as a stocking stuffer.

Fabric Countdown Links

Kids will love using these fabric links to countdown to a special day; be it a birthday, holiday, or vacation. This is a fun visual reminder of an upcoming event. How Does She

Fabric Jar Toppers

This video will show how to make fabric mason jar covers. These quick and easy fabric jar toppers make mason jars gifts very attractive and cute..

Fabric Lanyard

Learn how to sew a fabric lanyard with this quick and easy video. Needlepointers Staff

Fabric Pocket Tissue Holder

Learn how to sew fabric tissue holders for travel size tissues. It is a quick and easy sewing craft that even a beginner can make.
Keep some on hand for last-minute gifts for teachers, Mother’s Day, stocking stuffers, hostess gift, friends or birthdays.
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Fabric Tic Tac Toe Game

Need something to keep your kids entertained while on road trips or sitting in waiting rooms? Whip up this fabric on the go tic tac toe game. A simple free sewing tutorial. Crazy Little Projects

Fabric Tray

How to make a simple fabric basket or tray with kam snaps holding the corners. These are quick, easy and decorative to make! No pattern necessary.

Fish Shaped Laundry Bag

With this easy sewing tutorial, you can sew up an adorable and useful drawstring laundry bag. Sew Can She

Glove Monsters

Ever wondered what to do with all those single gloves? Turn them into Glove Monster Softies! Craftaholics Anonymous

Hair Scrunchies

Learn how to sew a fabric hair scrunchies. By using different fabric you can make scrunchies for any occasion or fashion outfit.
Watch our video tutorial and read the our easy step-by-step picture tutorial to make scrunchies. Staff

Handlebar Bag

How to sew a handlebar bag for a kid's bike. Make It & Love It

Hanging Kitchen Towel (Easy Sewing Project)

This video will show you how to make a towel topper using a kitchen towel and a potholder. This is an great gift project. It is perfect for beginner sewers as it's an easy sewing project.

Kitchen Curtain

Don't buy kitchen curtains! If you can sew a straight line you can sew curtains. With this tutorial learn how easy it is to sew kitchen curtains that have a rod pocket and a ruffle at the top.

Oven Mitt Tutorial

Do you have leftover jelly roll strips from a project? Use them to make useful oven mitts. Easy free tutorial. Alanda Craft

Pencil Case with Zipper

Time to think about back to school! Time when kids are bored and don't know what to do!
Keep them busy for an afternoon by teaching them to make a back-to-school zippered pencil case.
This is a wonderful beginner sewing project for kids.

Pillowcase - Rolled Up Method (Beginner Sewing Project)

Grab some fun printed fabric and make a simple pillowcase with this tutorial. This pillowcase is so simple anyone can sew it, even kids. And the best part is the seams will not fray because you will learn how to make French seams.

Pocket Handbag

How to make a small, cute handbag using an old jeans or shorts pocket. This project only requires simple sewing skills so beginners and kids can sew this project.

Quick and Easy Table Runner (Easy Sewing Project)

Learn how to sew a super quick table runner with these detailed instructions. This would be a great beginner sewing project.
Make these table runners for Christmas, birthday or other holiday. These table runners would make great gifts too!
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Reversible Placemat (Beginner Sewing Project)

How to make super simple quilted reversible placemats. To make these placemats use fabric from you scrap stash or two fat quarters.

Sachet Bag - Fabric Sachet Bag (Simple Sewing Project)

How to make a fabric sachet bag. Fill the sachet bag with lavender or potpourri. These make nice gifts for friends, teachers, hostess, etc.

Scarf - How to Sew a Fleece Infinity Scarf

A video tutorial on how to make fleece infinity scarf. This is a perfect project for beginners. It is fast, easy and so much fun.

Scarf - How to Sew A Fleece Scarf with Fringe

How to sew a fleece scarf with fringe. Learn to sew with this simple sewing project.

T-Shirt PIllow

A video on how to sew a t-shirt pillow.

T-Shirt Tote

How to make a t-shirt tote bag by recycling an old tee shirt. This simple and quick tote bag can be made in less than a half hour and is so easy to make even someone learning to use can made it.

Towel Fabric Border

How to add a fabric band to the bottom of a towel.

Trick or Treat Bag

How to sew a lined trick or treat bag. Free pattern.

Valance (A Simple Valance)

This video by will explain how to sew a simple valance with rod pocket and ruffled top.

Wine Bottle Gift Bag

Learn how to sew a simple wine bottle gift bag.

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