Learning how to sew for beginners can seem overwhelming. But all you need are a few sewing projects for beginners to help you get started! Plus, it's a great skill to know and can help you save a ton of money!
Sewing isn't just a hobby that's fun and relaxing, it is also a very valuable skill that allows you to create or repair a lot of items you use every day. You can also alter, mend, and even make your own clothes.
If you have the proper equipment, willingness to learn, and a creative mind, you can work on plenty of different sewing projects in your home. Why should you buy things you can make yourself?
It’s time to ditch fast fashion for something more eco-friendly and sustainable.
Assemble your sewing kit
Before you can start working on any kind of sewing project, you must first make sure you have all of the essential equipment you'll be using.
Needle and Thread:
The basic component of any sewing kit is the good old trustworthy duo, a needle and a thread. When you begin to learn how to sew, you start by mastering simple techniques that are performed with just a needle and a thread.
Get a couple of different threads and needles, some shorter and thinner, others thicker and longer. Different fabrics need different needles, and you should be prepared to work with various materials.
Oh, and don't forget a thimble, it will make those first learning steps with needles much less painful!
Scissors, Chalk, and Tape Measure:
Since you'll be sewing fabrics together, you need to have tools that can shape that fabric as you please.
Sewing scissors and shears will do that for you. When cutting fabric, you must first measure and mark what you will be cutting. A tape measure and a tailor's chalk are used for that.
If you don't have a tailor's chalk, you can use old bars of soap instead. Let them dry off and they'll be as good as a chalk.
Pins and a Pincushion:
Pins are also a part of any essential sewing equipment kit. They help you keep pieces of fabric together before you stitch them and connect them for good.
Use a pin cushion to keep your pins neatly stored and avoid pricking your fingers on them accidentally when you reach for them.
Some projects don't require a sewing machine because they can be completed with just a needle and a thread. But you should definitely get a sewing machine as well if you want to handle bigger home projects.
Nothing fancy or expensive though, one of those machines is enough for sewing curtains and pillows. Having a sewing machine opens up much more possibilities for you because it makes working on more complex projects a breeze.
Seam Ripper and Lint Roller:
Lastly, you should have a seam ripper and a lint roller. A seam ripper will allow you to neatly remove any seams you dislike in a few seconds.
A lint roller helps you tidy up after finishing your work. You just roll it over any leftover bits of thread and they'll stick to it, leaving your work area clean. You can also use regular duct tape or scotch tape if you don't want to buy a lint roller.
There are more sewing tools out there, but these are the basic ones you need. If you have some additional tools, that's great too.
Now that we have all our supplies together, let's take a look at a few ideas for beginning sewing projects!
Sewing projects for Beginners
With an assembled sewing kit, you are officially ready to choose a project to work on. We'll start from the simpler ones and move to more demanding tasks.
Buttons can get torn off very easily, so you should be able to put on a new one when it happens. It's a simple task, you only need a button, a needle, and a matching thread.
Practice on a cloth before you start working on shirts and blouses. Here’s a few scrap fabric projects you can try as well before you take up more serious sewing.
Sewing Cloth Napkins
Paper napkins and towels are completely unnecessary and accumulate a lot of waste. Last year, I made the switch to cloth napkins and never looked back.
They are easy and fun to make, and you can let your creativity go wild with them. If you use a sewing machine, you can make them really fast and decorate them in various ways.
The best part? You don’t even have to buy fabric – you can use fabrics you already have in your house. Here’s my step-by-step cloth napkins tutorial.
Sewing Bags with Drawstrings
I can never get enough of these. They are so practical; anyone can wear them anywhere.
The best part about them is how easy to make they are. Just choose the right fabric and start up your sewing machine and you'll be finished before you know it. You can also try to do some embroidery on them and see how good you are at it.
Garment repairs and simple alterations
Elbows on your husband's sweater got worn out and they have a hole? Your skirt's waistband became too loose? Your jeans are a tad bit too long and shortening? Your kid pierced his hat on a branch?
Not to worry, you can patch that up!
Sewing can help you restore your garments to their former glory in less than an hour. Simple alterations such as hemming jeans take even less time and are good for the family’s budget.
Even though there are very difficult patterns out there, you can also start small in quilting. Plus, quilting is a skill you will never regret having in your arsenal!
With it you can make family heirlooms and pass them on to next generations. It's also a great way to make those cold winter days pass faster.
Rag quilts are a great way to break into the skill - they require know how to run a straight stitch on your sewing machine, and that's it! These make great baby gifts, or just a cozy gift for anyone!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Have you decided what your next sewing project will be? I'm sure you'll ace it no matter what!