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If you’ve ever wanted to get started sewing but are afraid to begin, these easy sewing projects for beginners area the perfect place to start.

Below, I’ve outlined the basic tools (with shoppable links!) you’ll need to begin sewing as well as over 30 easy to follow projects with step by step instructions to guide your through each tutorial.

I hope these easy sewing projects for beginners inspire you to finally begin your sewig journey or increase your skills to finally create the handmade closet you’re really excited about!

Easy Sewing Projects For Beginners Basic Supplies:

Each tutorial comes with a list of supplies, but it may be helpful to outline to basic tools you’ll want to have on hand to get started.

Easy Sewing Projects For Beginners Tutorials:

1. DIY BASIC WALLET TUTORIAL

DIY faux leather Business Card Holder Wallet tutorial with printable pdf pattern..

Regardless of if you own your own business or just have a vacation coming up you don’t want to haul your clunky wallet around for, this tutorial is for you! This super simple DIY basic wallet is the perfect project if you are a beginner at sewing and even comes with a FREE printable pattern! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

2. HOW TO SEW A SKIRT BEGINNER TUTORIAL

how to sew a diy floor length maxi skirt with slit..

If you’re just getting started, learning how to sew a skirt can be intimidating. Rest assured, this tutorial will walk you through how to make a simple maxi skirt in no time.

This skirt is soooooo easy to make. You are actually only going to be sewing a single seam! What this means for you is that this project truly is super-fast to make (you could whip it up today during an hour-long nap time) and is absolutely perfect for the beginner. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

3. MAKE A DIY KIMONO IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS

how to make an easy DIY kimono sew ..

In this tutorial, we’re going to be making this super- cute, super simple DIY kimono. It’s even easier to make than my long, boho DIY kimono from a few months ago, and a lot faster to whip up. Depending on the fabric you choose, this could be as quick as a ten minute project! 

I love the versatility of a good kimono. They are the greatest thing to throw over a basic tank and jeans and suddenly, you’re more put together. Really though, have you ever seen a girl wearing a kimono and thought, “wow, she looks terrible?” A DIY kimono is also one of the most versatile things you’ll bring on a beach vacation. You could literally wear it to the airport, or on the beach as a swimsuit cover-up. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

4. EASY TOTE BAG PATTERN W/ VIDEO TUTORIAL

There are few things as versatile as a classic tote. Stock it with towels and sunscreen for a beach day, carry it to your next farmers market, or even create the perfect carry-on for your next vacation. In this simple sewing tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to make a classic tote with a printable easy tote bag pattern! GET THE PATTERN HERE.

3 DIY tote bag patterns

5. DIY TASSEL BEACH TOWEL

You will be amazed at how simple this project is. In less than an hour, you could even make matching ones for the kiddos. Imagine the vacation photos! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

6. HOW TO MAKE DIY POM POM SHORTS

make your own pom pom shorts with this simple tutorial

I absolutely love the comfortable-chic look of Pom Pom Shorts lately. They’re surprisingly versatile and easy to style. Wear them as a beach cover-up or with gladiator sandals and a simple t-shirt on a casual day. It feels like cheating to slip out of your pjs and into these comfy little things. Today I’m excited to share this DIY pom pom shorts tutorial so you can make your own! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

7. MAKE A CASUAL DRAPED TOP

This casual draped top is actually made from just a basic square. The draped look comes from where you place the neck, armholes, and bottom hemline. Are you ready? SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

make This Draped Shirt from a basic square

8. MAKE A DIY MESSENGER BAG FROM SCRATCH!

This messenger bag tutorial can be switched up to make large bags, small bags, laptop bags, tall and skinny passport holders…… you name it. This DIY messenger bag is completely customizable to suit whatever you can think of. Don’t you just love that? For this tutorial, I opted for a boho/ western vibe since I’m on a fringe bag kick lately and made it out of a buttery faux suede. SEE THE STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL HERE.

9. EASY DIY SWEATER TUTORIAL

This sweater is perfect for a cold, winter day and I love styling it with lace bralettes (see the tutorial for my DIY bralette HERE) and distressed jeans. It’s perfectly casual, totally comfortable, and really cozy. GET THE FREE PRINTABLE AND INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

How to make your own DIY sweater from scratch easy beginner sewing tutorial..

10. SWING DRESS PATTERN + EASY SEWING TUTORIAL

This simple dress pattern by It’sAlwaysAutumn walks you through how to make this casual dress in a single afternoon. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

How to sew a swing dress using a free pattern. Easy sewing tutorial.

11. SIMPLE DIY TUBE DRESS WITH VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to make a simple summer DIY Tube Dress or Top tutorial with video instructions

Have you ever noticed how often the most polished, chic clothes are also the simplest? While window shopping at a high-end boutique, I passed a dress similar to this one and was instantly drawn to it. The only thing I wasn’t drawn to was the high price tag. So, in this tutorial, we’ll be making the easiest DIY Tube Dress you’ve ever seen. Seriously! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL AND VIDEO HERE.

12. MAKE THIS DIY MESSENGER BAG W/ PRINTABLE PDF SEWING PATTERN

finished messenger bag 2

The Boston Messeger Bag is a versatile, modern DIY messenger bag that is built to handle your day to day and keep you organized along the way. It is easy to sew and even comes with tips and tricks to make complete this project in heavy-duty vinyl, canvas, and even leather. This bag can also be made with or without the front flap, making The Boston Messenger Bag an adjustable-strap tote or a sleek messenger bag. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

13. HOW TO REFASHION A LONG SLEEVE TOP FROM BASIC LEGGINGS

How to make a long sleeve crop top shirt from a pair of basic old leggings before and after. An easy clothing refashion

In this simple tutorial, we’re going to refashion a long sleeve top from a pair of basic leggings. I’m so excited about this project because it legitimately takes less than 30 minutes to complete and looks awesome! I plan on wearing this shirt as an athletic top with high-waisted legging when the weather cools, as a layering top under bulky knits this winter, and under overalls or high-waisted shorts this fall. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

14. THE EASIEST SHIFT DRESS PATTERN W/ PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD

Easy Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Personally, I don’t think you can possibly have too many light, summer dresses. They are the perfect way to feel “put together” with minimal effort. Over the past few days, you can find me in a high bun with no makeup and giant sunglasses… yet still feeling put together in this shift dress pattern.

This shift dress comes with a super-simple printable pdf pattern and full tutorial that can be completed in about two hours. The waist sash defines your waist in a comfortable way that completely takes the guesswork out of sewing the perfect fit. You can also lengthen and shorten the hemline to create midi dresses, maxi dresses, and the mini dress pictured in this tutorial. That’s the joy in handmade clothes after all right? You get to add your own personality and hack the pattern to make it your own. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

15. DENIM DIY LACE SHORTS REFASHION TUTORIAL

Do you have a pair of shorts floating around that could use a little face-lift? Maybe even get a little longer? In this DIY, I’ll be showing you a quick and easy way to refashion your denim shorts with this simple DIY lace shorts refashion. In about ten minutes, you’ll have a brand new pair! CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE.

16. DIY SUNGLASSES CASE / SIMPLE CLUTCH

This DIY sunglasses case is the perfect little bag to keep your shades safe and scratch-free. You can also use it as a cute little pouch, or even a little clutch when you don’t want to carry much. I’ve included a free printable pattern and video tutorial for you RIGHT HERE.

17. DIY THIS EASY BOHO OFF SHOULDER TOP

How to make an easy DIY lace shirt with this simple fashion top clothing tutorial..

This simple draped top is crazy-simple to make (you can bust out this project in less than thirty minutes) and always garners compliments. That’s the best of both worlds right? I love the draped, feminine look of this lace top. You’ll be so surprised to learn just how quick it is to make! I loved making it out of a white lace because it added a gorgeous, delicate drape and texture to whatever you decide to wear it with.

Once you’ve made this off shoulder top once, you’ll probably want to make it out of plaid, jersey, and more! It’s such a versatile pattern and can be styled so many ways. If it’s made of a heavier fabric, it makes an excellent layering piece as fall rolls in as well. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

18. HOW TO SEW AN EASY SUMMER DIY CROP TOP

This DIY crop top is unique because it’s crazy-simple to make (the video tutorial is less than 3 minutes long!) and looks feminine when you’re done. This is the perfect project if you’re just barely getting started sewing and are scared to make your own patterns yet. I’ll hold your hand and walk you through every step of the way. SEE THE FULL WRITTEN POST HERE.

19. OLD SHIRT DIY LACE T-SHIRT REFASHION

diy refashion shirt tutorials with easy sew on lace embellishments

Got some basic t-shirts floating around that you’re totally bored with? Well then my friend, you are going to love this old shirt DIY refashion.

This project is perfect if you don’t consider yourself that creative or are just dipping your toes into the DIY fashion swimming pool. Within just a few minutes and a few basic tools, you can customize and personalize all of the uninspiring t-shirts you have lying around. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

20. DIY VICTORIA’S SECRET SEAMLESS PANTIES

This DIY should take less than an hour to complete the first time and even less when you are making more since your pattern will be ready to go. SEE THE FULL WRITTEN TUTORIAL HERE.

21. DIY WORKOUT TANK . LULU LEMON KNOCKOFF TUTORIAL

I know I’m not alone when I say, I absolutely love Lulu Lemon, but I hate paying the high price tag. In this refashion tutorial, we’ll be creating this Lulu Lemon knockoff via this DIY workout tank from a sports bra you already have. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

diy workout shirt tutorial . lulu lemon knockoff

22. EASY DIY CAFTAN DRESS TUTORIAL

This super simple project takes less than an hour to complete and doesn’t require a pattern whatsoever. The best part? I’ve even created an easy-to-follow video to walk you though each step! SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

how to make an easy diy caftan

23. DIY CHIFFON DRAPED TANK TOP REFASHION

Guys…. I am so in love with this DIY chiffon draped tank…. I want to wear it every day.

I love it so much more than the basic spaghetti strap this shirt was before. I would wear it as an undershirt or with my husbands pajama pants. Now it’s got some extra detail, a more comfortable shape, and an uber-chic drape. The best part about this little project is that you can refashion this SO easily from a tank you already have and an 18″ strip of inexpensive chiffon fabric. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Make This Chiffon Draped Tank with this easy T-Shirt Refashion

24. REFASHION T-SHIRTS INTO A DRESS FOR THE SUMMER

You can never have too many comfy, casual summer dresses right? In this sewing project for beginners, we’re going to refashion t-shirts into a dress for the warm weather ahead! This dress is the perfect casual dress or even a swimsuit cover-up. It’s just as comfortable as your basic t-shirt, can be worn with a regular bra, and can even be completed in an hour if you use a sewing machine or 15 minutes without. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Tshirt refashion into this sexy summer dress...

25. HOW TO MAKE A SILK DIY ASYMMETRICAL TOP

In this simple sewing tutorial we’ll be learning some tips and tricks in working with silk fabrics, how to hem your shirt, and how to care for it when it’s completed. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

How to make a silk asymmetrical blouse.. DIY new pattern shirt easy sewing tutorial..

26. EASY DIY NEOPRENE TOTE BAG W/ PRINTABLE PATTERN

Who doesn’t love the soft, buttery texture of neoprene? This easy neoprene tote bag is the perfect tutorial if you’re just getting started sewing, have never worked with neoprene before, or are simply in the mood for a quick project.

The large, exterior pocket is roomy enough to hold it’s own full size notebooks, a tablet, or folders. The inside is spacious enough to hold large binders, a full size laptop, and anything else you may need throughout the day. Above all, I think the best part about this little tote is it’s minimalist lines and streamlined design. SEE THE SEWING TUTORIAL HERE.

27. DIY BANDEAU BIKINI BEFORE YOUR NEXT VACATION

Believe it or not, this awesome DIY Bandeau Bikini is soooo easy to make! Plus, it will make you feel like a million bucks on your next vacation! The stretchy fabric is easy to work with and incredibly comfortable. That’s a total win-win. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Make a DIY Strapless Bikini Top Tutorial

28. HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MAXI DRESS 

Wanna learn how to make your own maxi dress? This DIY will show you exactly how in less than an hour without a pattern! Trust me. I’ll hold your hand the entire way and walk you through each step. It will be so much easier than you think!

This DIY maxi dress has a beautifully draped front and high neckline. The front drape makes this uber-comfortable silhouette still feminine and can be worn almost anywhere from a beach vacation to dinner dates. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL HERE.

Easy DIY Boho Chic Dresses You Can Totally make Yourself

29. MAKE THIS DIY RUFFLE SHIRT FROM AN OLD TSHIRT

Guys! I have been soooo excited to show you this Ruffle Shirt DIY. This tutorial is a more feminine, pretty take on your basic t-shirt refashion. Is it just me or often, do t-shirt refashions start to look a little unfinished and sloppy? With this DIY, I’ll walk you through each step to create a polished, more finished look you’ll be excited to wear every day. GET THE TUTORIAL HERE.

Make this 1 shoulder shirt from an old tshirt

30. MAKE THIS: CHIFFON LITTLE BLACK DIY DRESS

To make this dress you’ll need about 1- 1 1/2 hours of time.  You won’t need any fancy tools besides a basic sewing machine and even though I use my beloved serger during steps, I’ll be sure to give other alternatives that I know you’ll love just as much. So, without further ado, let’s get started! SEE THE REFASHION HERE.

Refashion ideas Little Black Dress Makeover. Make this DIY Chiffon Ruffled Party Dress

31. MAKE THIS DIY BANDAGE BIKINI TOP

You will be sooo surprised how simple it is to make this bandage bikini top. Seriously. You could even pair this bandage bikini with this swimsuit coverup and this bag for a complete beach look. MAKE YOUR OWN HERE.

How to make a sexy wrap swimsuit bikini top from scratch .

32. TURN A FLANNEL SHIRT INTO A DRESS!

This simple tutorial walks you through how to transform an old flannel shirt into a cute little dress. SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL BY ABEAUTIFULMESS HERE.

I hope these easy sewing projects for beginners inspired some new projects you can’t wait to get started on!

Lisa Mecham

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