3 Beginner-friendly home sewing projects

by Carolyn Andrews 01/21/2024

If you’re a budding DIY enthusiast wanting to create custom home decor, home sewing projects are an excellent way to begin. There are plenty of beginner-friendly and inexpensive home decor sewing projects to choose from and stretch your creativity.

With a basic sewing machine and a quick trip to the fabric store, you have everything you need to start your sewing project and craft unique home decor. Here are some of the best sewing projects to start with:


Window treatments can completely transform any room of your home while also providing valuable functionality. Curtains also happen to be one of the simplest home decor sewing projects you could ask for, and only requires a few supplies.

Once you’ve chosen your favorite fabric, measure and cut it to size. By folding over a large hem on one side of the fabric, you can create a tube for the curtain rod. All you need to do is make a single long stitch to complete the fold, and your curtains are ready to hang. Use this home decor sewing project for any size of window.

Pillow covers

Decorative throw pillows are a trusted standby when it comes to home decor. However, for those who like to change their style frequently, buying new pillows every time can be costly. Instead, consider sewing your own pillow covers.

There are a few different ways to sew the pillowcases, and the amount of fabric you need will depend on the size of the pillow you choose. You can use the same fabric for both sides of the pillow, or choose complementary front-and-back fabrics to give yourself more style options.

Now you have the freedom to choose any interesting pattern or color combination for your home decor without busting your budget on new pillows.

Fabric bags

A DIY fabric bag is the perfect example of a beginner-friendly sewing project to use for your own home or to create as gifts. You can make a simple fabric tote bag with any kind of sturdy fabric like cotton, canvas or denim.

Tote bags only require a few materials and basic stitching, but can be embellished with features like lining or pockets if you prefer.

You can also create fabric totes in a variety of styles depending on their intended function - think grocery bags, picnic bags or even laundry bags.

Curtains, pillowcases and tote bags are the absolute best home decor sewing projects for beginners. Even if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can still make your own DIY decor using fabric tape.

Are you ready to start sewing? By starting with a great beginner sewing project, you’ll never know what you’ll be inspired to create next with your favorite fabrics.

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.