51 Projects That Will Make You Bust Out the Sewing Machine
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51 Projects That Will Make You Bust Out the Sewing Machine

Sitting down at a sewing machine for the first time can seem like a scary task, but we promise it’s easy once you get the hang of it. Whether you’re just learning how to stitch a straight line or you’re already a pro at reading patterns, there are endless possibilities to what you can create. In honor of National Sewing Machine Day, we’re sharing a whopping 51 projects for you to tackle, no matter your sewing skill level.

EASY

1. Drawstring Bag: Consisting of simple straight lines and forgiving measurements, this bag is the perfect practical project for a beginner. (via Brit + Co)

2. Shoelaces: Jazz up your basic pair of tennis shoes with fun fabric laces, and you’ll be walking on air. (via Me Sew Crazy)

3. Oilcloth Tablecloth: Sure, you could go out and buy a tablecloth, but it wouldn’t be nearly as cute as this one. (via Momtastic)

4. Leather Tablet Case: Protect your precious tablet with a leather case that is way easier to make than you think. Another bonus: The entire project only costs $12. (via Brit + Co)

5. Pencil Case: Don’t be intimidated by the zipper. It really is simple, and conquering it will open a whole new world of sewing projects for you. (via Crazy Little Projects)

6. Seat Cushions: Is that chair making you go numb? Bring it back to life with an easy-to-make cushion in a festive print. (via Brit + Co)

7. Makeup Brush Roll: Perfect for traveling, this simple brush roll will keep you from digging through your luggage. And for the klutz in all of us, it wipes clean if you happen to drop your compact on it. (via Pattern Pile)

8. Basic Tote Bag: A great project to teach the kids how to sew, this bag is just a bunch of straight stitches. Cart around your groceries at the farmer’s market or stow your kiddo’s pajamas in it for a sleepover. (via Brit + Co)

9. Pocket Square: Have a wedding coming up? Or maybe your fella is hunting for a little extra pizzaz? This one is almost too easy. (via Brit + Co)

10. Envelope Pillow Cover: Give your couch a complete makeover in a matter of minutes. The envelope style makes the covers easy to wash, so you can actually enjoy them, instead of stressing out whenever they’re used. (via Delia Creates)

11. Cord Keeper: Never lose your charger or headphones again and keep them from getting tangled inside your purse. (via Momtastic)

12. DIY Laptop Case: This case is seriously bling-tastic, and it’ll keep your laptop safe and chic. (via Fabric Paper Glue)

13. Kimono: Here’s a great, lightweight way to jazz up your basic t-shirt and jeans or take your maxi-dress game to the next level. (via Brit + Co)

14. Cloth Napkins: Practice your stitches and do something good for the environment. This is one project that keeps on giving. (via Kirsty)

15. Dishtowel Aprons: What do you get when you combine a pretty dishtowel and 20 minutes? An adorable new apron. This would also make a great housewarming gift, if you can bear to part with it. (via Fynes Designs)

16. Eye Mask: Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and savor every minute of your precious beauty sleep with this soft eye mask. (via Wolf and Willow)

17. Double Wine Bottle Carrier: Grab a blank canvas bag from the craft store, sew one straight line and you’re done. Now you have an excuse to buy two bottles of wine at once (like you really needed one ;). (via Infarrantly Creative)

18. Turban Headband: Dreaded second-day hair is a thing of the past. Tame your flyaways, hide greasy roots and look totally chic while doing it. (via Brit + Co)

19. Blanket Pillow Cover: Grab that blanket that’s been sitting in your linen closest and give it new life as a pillow cover. (via Brit + Co)

INTERMEDIATE

20. Beach Cover Up: Summer means pool parties and prancing around on the beach, and now you can look adorable while doing it. Once you get the hang of adding the pom-pom trim, you’ll be scouring the house looking for more places to put it. (via Merrik’s Art)

21. Diaper + Wipes Holder: The perfect size for several diapers and a pack of wipes, this would make a great baby shower gift for your favorite mom-to-be. (via Crazy Little Projects)

22. Ballet Dress: Take a t-shirt that’s already hanging in your little girl’s closet and attach a strip of elastic and simple tule skirt. You might want to make two, because you’re going to have a hard time getting her to take it off. (via It’s Always Autumn)

23. Cactus Pillows: Succulents are all the rage right now, and even a brown thumb gardener can keep these babies alive. The free-form shapes are super forgiving and will give you a taste of sewing curved edges. (via Brit + Co)

24. Circle Skirt: Just try not to spin in this skirt, we double-dog dare you. (via Merrik’s Art)

25. Duvet Cover: Dying for a new duvet, but don’t want to drop a lot of cash? This one’s for you. By using printed fabric on one side and a spare white sheet for the other, you’ll be saving a ton. Bonus points for tie-dying it yourself. (via Tiny Sidekick)

26. Fabric Bins: Corral loose toys, keep throw blankets out of sight, or use them to get your living room clean when the unexpected guest drops by. It’s almost impossible not to find a use for these fabric baskets. (via The Scrap Shoppe)

27. XOXO Pillows: Show your couch a little love with these cute pillows. Once you learn how to create your own shapes, the possibilities are endless. (via Brit +Co)

28. Dog Collar Bow Tie: It’s no secret that we love our four-legged friends here at Brit + Co. Now you can pamper yours and show the world how dapper he really is. (via G0od Dogs + Co)

29. Leggings: Make ’em for your tiny tot or for yourself. This tutorial will teach you how to make leggings in every size. (via Dana Made It)

30. Padded Lens Case: You spent a lot of money on that new lens, so you’d better protect your investment. A 1/4″ piece of foam will ensure your new baby is kept safe from harm. (via Polka Dot Chair)

31. Makeup Bag: You’ve mastered the sacred art of the zipper, so now you can work on perfecting your seams. This bag is the perfect size for your everyday essentials, or when you need to take a few products with you for a midday touchup. (via Say Yes to Hoboken)

32. Maxi Dress: No wardrobe is complete without a great maxi dress. Stop denying yourself and get stitching. (via Brit + Co)

33. Fabric Pouf Ottoman: Kick up your feet and take a load off. You deserve it after getting through this project. (via HGTV)

34. Rope Rug: Scour your local craft store’s scrap bin and make a new statement rug for any room. You’re going to need a little extra space for this project, so clear off the kitchen table. Mama’s got work to do. (via A Beautiful Mess)

35. Reusable Snack Sacks: Stop wasting all those ziplock bags and make something worthy of housing your snacks. Oilcloth fabric makes these easy to clean, and the velcro enclosure means they won’t spill in your purse. (via Brit + Co)

36. Canvas Laundry Bag: Dirty laundry might not be fun to look at, but this canvas bag sure is. Decorate it to match your room and make it as pretty as it is practical. (via Design Love Fest)

37. Thrifted Dress to Two-Piece: Did you find a great printed dress at the thrift store, but the fit is all wrong? Transform that drab dress into a killer two-piece. Wear them together, or don each separately. It’s like getting three new outfits for the price of one. (via Brit + Co)

ADVANCED

38. Stencil Dress: Expect to spend about a day and a half on this project. We promise, the final product is definitely worth all the hard work. (via Handmade Charlotte)

39. Beach Bag: Whip up this bag and keep it stocked with a towel, sunblock and a good book, and you’ll be able to hit the beach with your friends on a moment’s notice. (via All Free Sewing)

40. Bike Caddy: Let your kiddos ride in style and help keep their possessions close with a cute fabric bike basket. Stiff interfacing means you don’t have to worry about their stuff spilling in the street. (via Noodle Head)

41. Book Clutch: Rescue an old book from the trash and resuscitate it into a cute, kitschy clutch. (via A Beautiful Mess)

42. Fit-and-Flare Dress: Is your closet lacking a basic t-shirt dress? It won’t be for long. (via Merrik’s Art)

43. Hammock Chair: Make this chair with a quick trip to the hardware store and an hour at the sewing machine. Everyone will be fighting over the cool seat hanging out in the corner. (via A Beautiful Mess)

44. From Bootcut to Skinny Jeans: Have a closet full of bootcut jeans, but find that you’re more of a skinnies girl these days? Don’t drop a ton of cash on new jeans. Instead, add a zipper down each side and treat yourself to a spa day with the money you saved. (via Brit + Co)

45. Insulated Mason Jar Bag: Mason jars are taking over the world. Whether you’ve got a cool drink or a tasty salad inside them, now you can take them with you and keep their contents cool while you’re at it. (via Sew Mama Sew)

46. Moroccan Pouf: Give your feet a fancy place to rest and add a little glitz to any room. While this project may look intimidating, it’s all about staying organized and piecing together the puzzle. (via You Are My Happy)

47. Baby Shoes: Even though it may take a few tries to get your technique down, once you do, you’ll be cranking out shoes left and right. Who knows, maybe you’ll even be the newest Etsy sensation. (via Whistle and Ivy)

48. Skort: No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you… the skort is back! Make sure you stay on trend with this modern version. (via Brit +Co)

49. Drawstring Shorts: Lounging around the house doesn’t mean you have to wear your old, bleach-stained sweats. With this tutorial, cute and comfortable go hand in hand. (via Me Sew Crazy)

50. Wallet: Velcro wallets aren’t just for kids anymore. Make one to hold your snazzy new business cards or to finally keep your lip glosses from rolling around in the bottom of your bag. After you finish the first one, you’ll be looking for any excuse to make another. (via See Kate Sew)

51. Reupholstered Storage Ottoman: Does that ottoman have great bones, but horrible, outdated fabric? Don’t pass it up; patch it up! (via Brit + Co)

How will you exercise your sewing skills this month? Do you have a project we have to try? As always, we’d love to hear from you!