The Best Sewing Projects For Beginners + Win $50 from Fat Quarter Shop

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Ready to get creative and start sewing Here are 6 quick and easy sewing projects, perfect for beginners that can be made in one hour or less from Hello Creative Family
The sound of my mother’s sewing machine, chugging through project after project, is one of the noises in the soundtrack of my childhood. Both of my parents were creatives– My mom sewing, drawing, helping with kids craft projects at my elementary school, baking & experimenting with recipes for our dinner. My dad a builder, building custom homes by day, tinkering in his wood shop by  night and weekend. Whenever I hear the whir of an electric saw or catch a whiff of sawdust I think of my dad.

I have no doubt that the reason I am creative today, is because I was raised by creative parents.

I was 10 years old when I got my first sewing machine, an antique singer sewing machine, collected from under a pile of nicknacks at a school rummage sale. For Christmas that year my parents had my sewing machine refurbished for me, and the following summer I took sewing classes for kids at a local sewing machine shop.  My daughter still uses the pillowcase we made in that class! 

When I became a teenager my sewing table became my makeup table and my creative passion turned from sewing into acting. My sewing days were over until about a year after the birth of my daughter. At some point between my teens and my late 20’s I had lost myself creatively and I was seeking to find my creative self.

My in-laws loaned me a long unused sewing machine and I started sewing again. First for my daughter, then for neighborhood friends and eventually selling in my very own Etsy store. When I started my blog, Sew Creative, I thought that the site would have a lot more sewing on it, it turns out that the site opened the door for me to express myself creatively in a multitude of ways, not just sewing.

Through the last two years of writing Sew Creative, one thought kept coming to me over and over and over again– Creative parents raise creative kids, but sometimes adults lose their creative self once they get married and have kids.  

That’s the driving force behind our new site, Hello Creative Family. We want to help inspire you and assist you in finding your creative spark so that you can raise your children in a homemade, handmade, heart-made home. 

If you’ve been tempted to dabble in sewing I encourage you not to wait! Read on for the best sewing projects for beginners that I’ve published on Sew Creative over the past 2 years. They are quick, easy and I’m never more than an email away ( if you need some help!

The Best Sewing Projects For Beginners

5 Minute Kleenex Holder

This 5 Minute Tissue:Kleenex Holder is a simple sewing projects for beginners. Whip them up for your kids, teachers and friends during cold and flu season. Perfect for stocking stuffers. 
This 5 Minute Tissue:Kleenex Holder is a simple sewing projects for beginners. Whip them up for your kids, teachers and friends during cold and flu season. Perfect for stocking stuffers. I was inspired to make this project after spending time making a similar project on a Babylock serger at SNAP 2014. 

Oh Sew Easy 10 Minute Easy Fabric Flower- No Sewing Machine Required

 Not only are these flowers “Oh Sew Easy” they’re also “Oh Sew Cute”! I wear a lot of black and I love throwing one of these flowers on to add a punch of color to my outfit. They also make a great last minute hostess gift. The Oh Sew Easy 10 Minute Fabric Flower is a great project to have in your sewing repertoire plus you don’t even need a sewing machine!

 15 Minute Baby Bib

This 15 Minute Baby Bib Sewing Tutorial uses bibs you have at home as a template. It's the perfect beginner project and makes a great shower gift.
Bibs were one of the very first projects that I started to sew when I returned to sewing as an adult. This 15 Minute Baby Bib Sewing Tutorial uses bibs that you already have as a pattern to trace. It’s quick, easy and would make a lovely baby shower gift. Both of my babies were droolers (just check out the drool on his chin in the picture above) so I made piles and piles and piles of these bibs for my little ones. 

15 Minute Kid’s Infinity Scarf and 30 Minute Adult Infinity Scarf

15 minute kid's infinity scarf sewing tutorial and 30 minute adult infinity scarf tutorial from Hello Creative Family. Great sewing projects that take less than an hour for beginners.
By far, our most viewed project on the site is our 30 Minute Infinity Scarf Sewing Tutorial, it’s been featured everywhere from The Fat Quarter Shop to I Heart Naptime. We followed up our popular adult scarf with a kids scarf that takes half the amount of time. The mini version, our 15 Minute Kid’s Infinity Scarf Tutorial  uses just 1/3 of a yard of fabric! Try out this sewing tutorial and whip yourself (or your kids) up one of the hottest fashion accessories around!  

30 Minute Teapot Coasters

Fabric Scrap Teacup Coaster Tutorial. A great 30 minute project to use up your fabric scraps. Handmade Homemade Heartmade
We love this 30 Minute Fabric Scrap Teapot Coaster and how you can use up your fabric scraps to make colorful coasters for your teapot (or coffee pot). I have one that sits on my sewing studio desk so that a cup of tea is always within reach! The directions have variations for making smaller sizes for mug coasters too. 

60 Minute Laptop Sleeve 

This 60 Minute Laptop Sleeve Sewing Tutorial is customizable for any size of laptop from a Macbook Air to a HP Notebook. Perfect for beginner sewers
This 60 Minute Laptop Sleeve is 100% customizable for any sized laptop. Pick out your favorite fabric and you’ll have a one of a kind accessory for your laptop. It’s Etsy style but made at home! 

Want to get a start on these fabric sewing projects? Fat Quarter Shop is giving one of my readers a $50 Gift Certificate to their store! Enter below!


Here are a couple of fabrics I have my eye on!

Crystal from Hello Creative Family's Fat Quarter Shop Favorites for April
Top Left To Top Right: 

Festive Forest Ribbon Sweater Weather

Moon Shine Strawberry Forest Frivolity

 Moda Monkey Tales Lavendar Fairy Cute

Bottom Left To Bottom Right:

Black and White Typewriters

Birch Farm Sage Barn Owl

Up Parasol Loden Meadowlark 

Tell me… What fabric would you chose from Fat Quarter Shop and what would you make with it?

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  1. apple blossom says:

    I’m working on a patriotic quilt so maybe buy Red, White and Free fabric line

  2. I love FQS. I almost bought a bunch of half yard bundles on sale but I don’t really need them. I would buy some Tula Pink. I really like her fabric.

  3. Dawn Jones says:

    I would get the Feed Company Jelly Roll by Moda and make a quilt with it.

  4. Lori Morton says:

    I would get the ” The Makers” Fat Quarter Bundle!!!! LOOOVE IT! & would make a fun Throw for my Daughter”s Sewing Room!!

  5. Hi there! I would buy a Clementine jelly roll and make a summer table runner with it. It would brighten up my whole dining room!

  6. Sunshine H says:

    I really like some of the novelty patterns, like the gnomes, and unicorns, and woodland creatures, etc. DD would really like some bedding for her dolls, so I think that’s what I would likely make.

  7. I’d love to make something with the Star Wars Yellow Logo fabric. Maybe an infinity scarf!
    Love these easy projects, my mom just gave me some vintage Girl Scout material and I think there is enough to make a scarf – hello weekend project!!

  8. I’d buy a sand and surf stonehenge layer cake and make a dissapering pinwheel quilt using the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.

  9. I’d buy Vintage Farm Girl and take part in Lori Holt’s quilt along.

  10. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    Would buy Purple Reign Batavian Jewels Strip Set Wilmington Prints. I would make a purse out of it.

  11. I’d buy Sunrise Studio Cherry Engineered Flowers Yardage and make a skirt! I do not have a sewing machine, but i’ll find a way!

  12. Judy Cowan says:

    I might get the Winter All the Trimmings Fat Quarter Bundle to make a couple small projects for Christmas Presents.

  13. I think I’d pick up some of the Bonbon Bebe Kiwi Tonal Flower Vine Yardage fabric and i’d start by making some pillow covers – it’s nice to be able to change them with the seasons.

  14. That would be a hard choice! But I love the Wild & Free Half Yard Bundle by Maureen Cracknell for Limited Edition of Art Gallery Fabrics..

  15. Linda Brown says:

    I would buy the Candy All the Trimmings Fat Quarter Bundle…..

  16. i like the mocha artisan print bundle