14 Sewing Crafting Patterns and Ideas That Anyone Can Do

If you are anything like me, the thought of sewing often pops into your mind, especially on a rainy day. The hard part is getting started. To build a little confidence and practice some of the basics on projects that are rewarding, it is important to start with sewing and crafting patterns for beginners. This is why the following article details several easy projects. 

Envelope Clutch Bag

An easy beginner project for starting small, but also a useful one. An envelope clutch is good because you are sewing in straight lines, and only using some of the most basic stitches. A lot of the time, it is possible to complete this project without the use of a machine although that will take longer. This can be kept in a travel bag to hold important items or just given as a thoughtful gift.


These are some of the most popular sewing and crafting patterns and thankfully, there are plenty to choose from. We like the detailed lists available and there is plenty of variety to pick from. This is another easy project that can help to develop skills and doesn’t require much in the way of prior knowledge. A lot of these patterns and ideas for aprons will help to practice the basics and are a good way of using a machine for one of your first projects.

Tote Bag

One of the most popular beginner projects because it is also one of the most practical. A tote bag is always going to come in handy, even if it is kept in the trunk of the car for when you need to pick up a few things from the store. Again expect a lot of straight lines to sew, and a range of fabrics to work with.

Pillow Cases

Again, start easy and work your way up, or just go for a project that you are actually going to get a lot of use out of. This gives you the chance to make bedding that you actually like, using fabrics with a design that you actually enjoy looking at. Pillowcases don’t take long to make and are great for kids’ rooms as well as adults. 

Pencil Case

Whether it is back to school or not, there is never a bad time for a kid to get a new pencil case. Making your own means you can get creative and make something out of materials featuring their favorite characters. Better still, it is often possible to repurpose an old t-shirt that they no longer wear. A pencil case is a small project that is rewarding and should last a long time.


If you have a celebration coming up, and some scrap material to make use of, bunting is a great sewing project. Not only does it liven a room up for a party, but it is decorative for when the fun is over and makes a bedroom look fun. They are relatively easy to make, using bias tape for the garland, and can be finished at your own pace. 


This is a great sewing craft as it is simple, easy, yet one that any reader can get a lot of use out of. With plenty of options for customization, it has to be up there with the best ideas for a beginner sewer.


That’s right when the sun is coming out and you want to make something that fits your child just right, making them a hat is easier than you might think. With hundreds of options out there, it can be difficult to settle on the right one, but some sites compile lists to make it easier. When the sun is blazing and you have the sunscreen at the ready, a homemade hat is always welcome too. 

Eye Mask

Trouble sleeping because of the light in the room? An eye mask may be just the thing to help you get a full night’s sleep. They are easy to make, soft of the eyes with the right materials, and can also be filled with lavender for some soothing vibes. Some can also be put in the freezer or microwave to provide some stress relief although the project itself should not be stressful.

Coffee Cup Cozy

Depending on how much you need that morning cup of Joe, this might be one of the most useful patterns on our list. Not only are they small crafts that can be made super quick but when personalizing them, they make excellent gifts. For a lot of people, using a machine will make light work of this project that can protect the hands but it is possible to make most of them without one.

Teddy Bear

Some are easier than others, but there are some simple designs for making a teddy bear. This is one of the best patterns for gifting although you should expect to spend a little longer finishing each bear. There are plenty of options out there, and if it is a gift, just make sure you can bear to part with it once it is finished. 

Felt Wine Bag

If you like to take your wine places, this project is an easy one that looks good when turning up to the picnic. They offer a sturdy way of transporting a bottle that looks a little special on arrival. Pair it with different colors for a fun look, or keep it natural and understated.

Sphere Pattern

You could be forgiven for wondering why a sphere is a good pattern but before you move on, there are plenty of ways it can be used. A larger project such as a bean bag is one option, but making sensory balls for young ones is a great gift for a newborn. This one might take a little more patience since there are more pars to sew together, but it is a good project for developing those sewing skills.

Tea Towel

Another useful pattern that anyone can complete. There isn’t a lot to this project but since you can never have enough tea towels, it is a useful one for a beginner.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.