One of the ways I've been able to get the exact look and feel I want in my home on a budget is by taking on a few easy sewing projects. - And by easy I mean, if you can sew a straight line, you can make beautiful and really custom decor for your home!
That's right. Never again will you have to deal with curtains that are the wrong length, or toss pillows in a print that are "good enough." Nope.
There are so many amazing fabrics out there just waiting for you to make something for your home, so I rounded up my best sewing projects for beginners, in hopes that you take one on and create something new and fresh for your own home.
A few sewing tips for beginners
- If you're new to sewing, definitely start with a fabric that isn't too thick. It will make your job easier. Something like a light weight home decor fabric will be perfect. Just avoid any fabric with texture.
- Be sure to set up your sewing area properly. Using a clear table is a must. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to sew something on a small spot on my table. It's frustrating and doesn't make it very fun. So do yourself a favor, clear a table and have all your supplies within reach.
- I also like to have a good amount of space on the floor right next to my sewing table. This makes it easy to move your project to the floor and use your cutting mat down there since when you're sewing home decor, you're often dealing with a lot of large pieces of fabric. There will be times you need to have everything laid out smooth for pinning and things and having a big floor space is key.
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DIY Sewing Projects For Your Home
All of the projects below are perfect beginner sewing projects and only require you to sew a straight line. I basically taught myself how to sew, so I don't get too technical or fancy with my sewing terms or my projects. If I can learn to sew and make these, you can too!
How to sew an envelope pillow cover
When it comes to beginner sewing projects, it doesn't get easier than an envelope pillow cover because once you have your fabric cut out (which will probably be the hardest part, you are simply sewing two pieces of fabric together.
I love making new pillow covers for worn out toss pillows. It's a great way to refresh the toss pillows you already have without having to go out and buy new ones.
How to make a twin duvet cover
I've made 3 of these to date and they're so ridiculously easy. The hardest part is finding a spot on the floor big enough to lay everything out when pinning but the fact that I can pick really fun prints for my kid's bedding makes dealing with the giant piece of fabric worth it! - And being able to take the duvet cover off and wash it on occasion has been great.
To save money, I use a flat sheet for the back side of the duvet cover and I even have a way to keep the duvet insert in place.
How to make grommet top curtains
This project was one of those that began with spotting a shower curtain I loved and immediately knowing that I wanted to make curtains for my family room with the same bold stripe.
But I couldn't find a fabric similar at a decent price so I bought a few of the shower curtains and turned them into DIY grommet top curtains!
I even figured out an easy way to make the top of the curtains stiff so they don't sag and that same easy step made spacing the holes for my snap-on grommets a breeze! - Yes, I said "snap-on." You won't believe how easy this is.
DIY outdoor curtains from drop cloths
This is one of my favorite projects to date because of the BIG impact they have on the look and fee of our outdoor living room. - And did you know this project landed me in the pages of Better Homes And Gardens Magazine? Crazy.
Anyway, I simply took measurements of how high I wanted my outdoor curtains to be, found drop cloths that were at least a little longer than the required length, an sewed some hems (including one to put weights in so the wind doesn't blow them all over the place.) Then I spray painted bold stripes on them. - Who even knew you could spray paint fabric?
Once they were dry I hung them from my patio cover from a DIY outdoor curtain rod.
DIY bench seat cushion
Have you ever priced out a custom upholstery job? It can be crazy expensive and sometimes totally necessary, like when I had the chairs in my front room reupholstered in a beautiful blue velvet. That was far beyond my skill level.
But even simple jobs can be expensive so when I can DIY a project, I do and I save a lot of money. That's exactly what I did when I finished our built-ins with a bench seat. The bench seat (obviously) needed a cushion so I made one myself with foam I found on Amazon and a beautiful fabric that ties everything in the room together perfectly.
How to make a zippered pillow cover
Don't be afraid of zippers! Seriously, I made a zippered pillow cover before I ever made an envelope pillow cover and my first one wasn't perfect, but it worked - and no one but me could spot the mistakes.
I discovered a really easy way to install a zipper when making a pillow cover and it really just involves stopping your sewing machine, pulling the zipper past, and continuing on.
Make these! They are so much fun and make you feel like you could really be a "REAL sewer" - is that a word?
DIY slip covered ottoman
This project tutorial pretty much confesses that I'm one of those people who grab free furniture, that someone's getting rid of, off the curb on occasion.
But I'm not sorry I did in this case! This ottoman is still alive and kicking in our loft and since it's the main area my kids play, and jump, and act crazy, it's seen a ton of action.
The best part is that I figured out a way to have the slip cover attach underneath with hook & loop so it looks sleek, but it's easy to remove for the occasional washing.
DIY toy storage bags
It's crazy to think these Peek-A-Boo Toy Storage Bags were one of the first sewing tutorials I shared here! - You'll notice the name on some of these photos are different because I changed my blog name in 2015.
So many people have made these over the years and they make keeping small toys organized and easy for the kids to grab - and even clean up when they're done!
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