The best sewing books for beginners are tried and true to last the test of time as your sewing skills improve. Even advanced sewists look to these books for guidance and inspiration, making them the perfect investment in your sewing journey.
Don’t settle for a thin piece of foam to protect your knees when you can easily make your own garden kneeler pad. This one uses recycled materials as the stuffing for extra softness and support. This DIY kneeling pad is made with oilcloth so that it is easy to wipe clean, yet durable for kneeling on the rough ground.
Felt crafts spark imaginative play and are cheap and easy to make. Kids can cut and sew these projects themselves while learning a new life skill. They are so fun that adults love making them too!
Sometimes stitching by hand is necessary instead of using a sewing machine, and sometimes it is preferred. Whichever you choose, here are some common hand stitches, what they are used for, and easy instructions to master them yourself.
Halloween pencil toppers in the shape of not-so-scary bats will last much longer than candy. Made with felt, they are inexpensive and easy to stitch for little hands.
Make yourself an adorable baby chick popping out of an eggshell for Easter. They are so easy kids can make them too, and a free pattern download is included. Sewing with felt is perfect for beginners!
Make your own flannel handkerchiefs out of an old shirt. They are reusable (zero waste) and soft on the skin. A full sewing tutorial with photos are included.
Keep your fruits and vegetables fresh, tidy and accessible with a hanging mesh produce bag. Follow this easy sewing tutorial to make your own in small, medium and large.
A packing cube is a zippered mesh bag used to organize clothes within luggage. Sew your own packing cubes in three sizes with this easy pattern and photo tutorial.
Baby quilts check all the boxes for a beginner sewing project: easy, fast, beautiful and useful. All the baby quilt patterns on this list are also free!