The Best Easy Sewing Patterns and Tutorials
When you are just starting to sew it can feel so intimidating. I wanted to put together a list of all the best easy sewing patterns that you can find right here on Sew What Alicia. I focus on projects that are easy for all levels but some are tailored (see what I did there) for super newbies! Here are all the best easy sewing patterns and tutorials.
The Best Easy Sewing Patterns and Tutorials
If you are brand spanking new to sewing then I want you to start here. This Sewing 101 course will get you ready to use that sewing machine that you have sitting in your closet unopened. Come learn everything you need to know about your machine and then you can start using all the tutorials below.
The posts below will explain all your basics. You will learn the sewing terms that you need to know for the most basic tutorials. Things like back stitch and top-stitch. These are also the posts where I have gone over the different supplies that you will need to get started sewing, including the best sewing machines. These are the building blocks to becoming a great sewer (or sewist as I like to say.)
Sewing Terms for Beginners – These basic terms are great for following along with online sewing tutorials.
What is a Fabric Precut – Working with precut fabrics is one of the best ways to dip your toe into sewing. You can make tons of projects without actually cutting any fabric. This post will tell you all about the different precuts that are available and how to use them.
How to Press the Right Way – There is definitely a right and a wrong way to press when it comes to sewing. These tips will have you pressing the correct way in no time. Pressing is a large part of sewing, which you might not realize if you are new to sewing.
Must Have Supplies for Beginners – There are certain supplies that you just can’t sew without. Make sure you have all these supplies on hand before you get started.
There are several categories of people who start sewing. There are those who want to learn to make things for themselves and there are those who want to make things for their kids. And there are also those who want to learn how to quilt and make beautiful works of fabric art. (There are more but those are the categories that I focus on.) I have collected a large group of tutorials that are perfect for learning and placed them in the few categories that I listed. Lots of these projects also have a companion video that will walk you through the project step by step. I created these videos live and so I was able to answer lots of great questions and give lots of tips.
If you want to learn to make things for babies then these are the best tutorials to learn! These are tutorials for babies that are all easy and quick to create. They are great for learning the basics while also creating beautiful and fun things. I have lots of other great baby tutorials here on Sew What Alicia but these are the ones that I want you to focus on if you are a beginner.
Easy Burp Cloth – This is a really great tutorial for making a baby shower gift. This tutorial is easy to follow and quick to make.
15 Minute Baby Blanket – This is one of the most popular posts on my site. This blanket is really really simple to make and once you have made on you will be addicted!
Making things for you kids can be so much fun. I love to let my kids pick their fabrics and then make them something really special. My kids love their handmade toys and gifts and it makes me so happy that I am giving them something that they will always remember.
Quilts and Quilt Blocks:
Creating a quilt is one of my absolute favorite things to do. You can use a purchased pattern or come up with your own. Either way you will want to learn the basics of quilting. These are the posts that I think will be beneficial for learning how to create quilts and blocks. There are lots of options here so take your time and work through them one at a time. These are meant for beginners and newbies and I know you can do it!
How to Paper Piece – Paper piecing is one method for quilting. You print a pattern on paper and then sew directly on the paper. This is an easy method for beginners and this tutorial will walk you through the basics and get you started paper piecing in no time.
Cheater Rag Quilt – This cheater rag quilt is a new take on your traditional rag quilt. It is very simple to make and uses just straight stitches. This rag quilt comes together in no time and is great for practicing sewing straight lines while also making a fun quilt. Plus you don’t have to cut any fabric, which is always a plus.
Whole Cloth Quilt – This is a great follow up to the cheater rag quilt. You use one large piece of fabric but then you will learn to basics of quilting like binding and free motion quilting.
Awesome Ocean Quilt Along – Video Tutorial Series – This is another live sew along series. This series has several videos walking you through this paper pattern. If you have never quilted this is a great series to get started with. Plus with links to the Facebook videos you can still ask questions as you follow along and I will be able to answer and work with you while creating this project.
Bags, Totes, and Zippers:
Zipper pouches and totes are my favorite things to create. So I have more than a few tutorials for easy sewing patterns and projects like these. I could make zipper pouches for days. When I started sewing I was totally intimidated by the zipper. But with my 30 days of zipper live sewing series on Facebook I know you can master the zipper and create your own projects in no time.
15 Minute Lined Tote: – This tote has faux leather handles and is lined which makes it reversible. These make great gifts and it is the perfect easy sewing project for newbies and those who don’t want to spend a ton of time sewing.
30 Days of Zippers – This is a live series with 30 videos for 30 different zipper projects! This is a must if you want to learn to sew a zipper. I promise they aren’t scary.
10 Minute Tote Bag – This is the quickest and easiest tote bag that you will ever create. If you are wanting to learn how to create bags this is the best place to start.
Drawstring Backpack – This backpack combines paper piecing and bag creating. This is the perfect project for combining your new skills.
Easy Sewing Patterns For the Home:
Creating things for your home is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your new sewing skills. I love to change things out with the season and for holidays. Here are some easy sewing patterns and basic tutorials that are perfect for learning and also creating new decor for your home. Make these for yourself or for your friends and family and your sewing skills will be amazing in no time at all!
Make Your Own Pillow Form – First learn to sew a pillow form and then you can create any size pillow and pillow cover that you want. You are going to be filling your bed and couch with custom pillows in no time.
Still need more easy sewing patterns? What are you looking for? Comment below and I can work on creating a project for you.