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diy sewing projects to help you learn to sew pinterest imageDo you want to learn to sew or maybe practice some of the basic skills that you already know? These tutorials are a perfect collection of projects that will help you do just that! They are simple enough for beginners and creative enough for anyone that knows or is learning to sew. Here are 25 DIY Sewing Projects to Help You Learn to Sew!

25 DIY Sewing Projects to Help You Learn to Sew

Easy Sewing Projects to help you learn to sew - 10 minute tooth fairy pouchMake this simple and cute Tooth Fairy Pouch from a sweater in just 10 minutes!

 

Easy Sewing projects to help you learn to sew - drawstring gift bag tutorial

These Drawstring Gift Bags are the perfect simple project for gift-giving all year long.

 

Easy Sewing Projects to help you learn to sew - Make your own pipingFollow this tutorial to make your own piping for cushions.

 

Easy Sewing Projects to help you learn to sew

Make your own back pillow with these instructions to save your back and neck and improve your posture.

 

Easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew- faux roman shadesAdd some pretty detail to your window coverings with these Faux Roman Shades.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sewSew inexpensive placemats to create this Snowman Flag.

 

Easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - no sew patio tablecloth

This Umbrella Ready Patio Tablecloth is actually a no sew project, but it is clever and worth reading!

 

Easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew -dog safety reflector bandana

Create a DIY Dog Safety Reflector Bandana with this simple tutorial and keep your buddy safer while walking in the dark.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - recover outdoor pillows

Recover Your Outdoor Pillows to add some fresh design to your patio.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - thumbprint envelope pillows

Make an envelope pillow with this unique and personal Thumbprint Pillow tutorial.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - made in usa star shirts

Stitch on decals with this Made in USA Star Shirts Tutorial.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - patriotic denim bunting tutorial

Sew bunting with this Patriotic Denim Bunting tutorial which repurposes old blue jeans.

 

Practice some basic skills to make these customized Kids Cloth Napkins.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - diy fabric coasters

Another great project to learn some basic skills is this DIY Fabric Coaster tutorial.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - pom pom placemat pillow tutorial

Add trim with this Pom Pom Placemat Pillow tutorial.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - gift basket liner

 Sew a Basket Liner with this laundry gift basket tutorial – bonus: it has a great detergent recipe too!

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - birch tree pillows

Discover another technique for sewing pillows by following this Birch Tree Pillows tutorial.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - napkin gift bags

Practice basic skills and sew up some of these Easy Napkin Gift Pouches for small gifts.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - recover butterfly chair

Learn how to Recover a Butterfly Chair and give it a new life for years to come.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - hidden storage under laundry sink hem curtain

See how to create Hidden Storage under your laundry room sink by hemming.

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - pouf ottoman tutorial

Discover how to sew this Pouf Ottoman – it’s easier than you think!

 

easy sewing projects to help you learn to sew - custom canvas tote using drop cloth canvas

Learn to sew this custom Canvas Tote using a drop cloth canvas.

 

Customize a tote bag with an old shirtUse some sewing skills to customize a Tote Bag with parts of an old shirt.

 

framed wall quilt

Practice quilting skills by making this beautiful and artistic Framed Wall Quilt.

 

make your own piping

Stop paying full price or searching for piping that matches and just Make Your own Piping from anything!

I hope you got some great inspiration from these projects and feel confident enough to pull out that machine for your next project! Share this post with anyone you think might benefit from it as well!

Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on FacebookPinterestInstagram and Twitter.

Read all of Sheri’s tutorials.

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It's inevitable your little ones will get bump or bruise. Make them a Boo-Boo Bear to sweeten those tough times by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It's inevitable your little ones will get bump or bruise. Make them a Boo-Boo Bear to sweeten those tough times by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Hello PHG readers! I’m coming over from my blog, Prodigal Pieces, to share with you a sweet DIY that is easy to whip up and will make everyone smile (not to mention it makes a perfect last-minute gift!).

Do you remember the days as a child when you would stumble and hurt your knee or have some bump that required a little TLC? As a mom to 6 wonderful kids, I know how precious those times can be, and that’s where Boo-Boo Bear (a rice ice and heat pack) can sweeten those troubled times.

Boo-Boo Bear is sweet little friend who serves as a comforting ice pack that is the perfect temperature for those bumps and bruises that come along, AND he can also be lightly warmed in the microwave to soothe aches and pains. Want to make one for a special little person in your life? Read more

DIY Octopus Pillow

diy anthropologie inspired octopus pillow

Hi there! It’s Melissa from The Happier Homemaker back again this month with a super easy knock off project today.

I don’t know about you but I just love looking at stores and catalogs for my DIY inspiration.  I recently saw a gorgeous Anthropologie octopus pillow online but one look at the $168 price tag and I knew it would not be making an appearance in my living room! I knew right away that I could DIY my own version for significantly less and am in love with how it turned out!

Supplies:

  • Inexpensive Tea Towels (I bought mine from Walmart-2 for less than $5)
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • White Thread
  • Poly-Fil
  • Sewing Machine

Instructions:

If you feel comfortable drawing, use the inspiration picture to sketch out an octopus approximately 11″ wide.  If you need a little help in the art department you can download a scan of my sketch here. (You will need to tape the two scans together to get the full sized design.) Read more

striped euro shams

Every DIYer loves a little drop cloth project right?  Jaime from That’s My Letter here to share how to make striped euro shams.

Using drop cloth and acrylic craft paint, I made these grain sack inspired shams to finish off our new poster bed.

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I added piping to finish the edges. It wasn’t too hard, and it was worth the extra effort.  Brittany has a great piping tutorial here or you could always leave off the piping if you choose.

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I found my inspiration for these shams from a Country Living article in the June 2013 issue.  The master bedroom in the featured home had the perfect striped lumbar pillow and I knew I just had to have my own!

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Similar but different, these striped shams coordinate well with my Joseph’s Coat quilt.  Check out how easy it is to make your own shams:

Materials:

striped euro shams supplies

  • drop cloth (2 – 26″ x 26″ square piece per sham)
  • cotton cording (2 yards per sham)
  • 22″ zipper
  • painter’s tape
  • stencil paintbrush or stiff bristle brush
  • acrylic paint
  • pencil
  • clear quilting ruler
  • rotary cutter
  • self healing cutting mat
  • scissors
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • iron & ironing board

Instructions:

striped euro shams step 1

Step 1: Measure your sham inserts and add 1″ to each side.  (My inserts measured 25″ x 25″ therefore I cut the drop cloth at 26″ x 26″.)  Tape the corners of the drop cloth to a hard surface.  Slide a piece of cardboard under the drop cloth to protect your surface. Mark a 1/2″ wide stripe at the center and secure painter’s tape down either side of gap. Read more


Gift pouches are super easy to make. You can use fabric, cloth napkins, or even a pair of pajama pants or boxers* (see bottom of this post)!

I made pouches using fabric that I stenciled with Martha Stewart stencils and the roller top paint roller. As promised, here is how to sew a box bottom gift pouch:

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Ribbon or cord
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron (and ironing board)
  • Ruler

1. Start by cutting fabric into two 8″ x 12″ rectangles.

2. Pin right sides together and stitch along one length of the fabric (12″ side). Then press the seam open.

3. Fold over the top edge of the fabric 1/4″ then again about 1/2″. Press the folds with an iron. This will be the sleeve for the drawstring.

4. Fold in the sides about 1/4″ over. The fold should extend from the drawstring sleeve to about 3″ down the side to finish off the raw edge of the fabric.

5. Stitch this fold at the very top ( inside the drawstring sleeve) to hold it in place.

6. Sew the bottom folded edge of the drawstring sleeve. Stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Your pouch should look like this:

7. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise (right sides together). Start your stitches just below the drawstring sleeve. Sew along the open side of the pouch and across the bottom.

Your pouch should look like this:

8. Grab the center of both sides of the pouch and pull them away from each other. The seams should be in the middle now and the base of the pouch makes a triangle.

9. Pin about 2 inches up from the point of the triangle.

Repeat on the opposite side. (The further up you pin the bigger the box at the bottom of your bag will be.)

10. Stitch along the width of the pouch where you pinned.

Repeat for the opposite side.

11. Turn the pouch right sides out.

12. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to feed through the pouch top and to tie a bow. Attach a safety pin to the end of the ribbon and feed the safety pin through the sleeve at the top of the pouch. When the safety pin exits the other side, pull the ribbon until the ends are even. Remove the safety pin and snip the ends of the ribbon if needed.

That’s it! Now you know how to make a super easy box bottom gift pouch!

Put your gift inside and tie the ribbon. You now have instant gift wrap and a pouch that the receiver will love to keep!

*If you find a cute pair of boxers or pajama pants at Goodwill, buy them! You can use them to make gift pouches as well. After washing the pants (of course), cut the two legs apart by cutting up the front and back center seam.

Separate the pants into two pieces. If your pants have a drawstring, you can use it for your gift pouch string (but you may have to cut the stitching around the tag if it has been sewn in.)

Square off the bottom of the legs by cutting across at a 90 degree angle.  Follow the directions above to make two more box bottom gift pouches!What do you think? Easy right?! Would you know that those were pajama shorts in a past life? Don’t lie, you only know because I showed you ;-).