AllFreeSewing asked you on Facebook what your first sewing project was and the responses were incredible. From funny to sentimental, your first cracks at sewing clearly made a lasting impression. We were thrilled to see how much our sewing community had in common. Isn’t it amazing that so many of us started sewing by making cool, custom clothes for of our best friends – our dolls?
For others the journey began in an electives class where the requirement to pass was to sew together a sampler quilt.
Whatever you made, whatever age you started, we all began somewhere. To thank you for sharing all of your thoughts, we’ve rounded up some beginner sewing patterns for you to explore, try out, and share with your novice sewist friends. Enjoy this celebratory roundup of beginner patterns!
Beginner Doll’s Clothes Patterns
It’s already been mentioned, but dolls clothes are an enormous hit for beginner sewers. Usually this is due to the young age of the seamstress; naturally they want to share their talent with their loyal friend (in my case it was my American Girl doll, Molly). However, I’ve known older folks who decided to dive into sewing by undertaking doll’s clothes as their first project. This is a great idea. Why? Because you’re guaranteed not to waste a lot of fabric (unless your doll is unusually large) and you’re practicing a real pattern.
- Barbie Ball Gown (shown)
- Easy Doll Dress Tutorial
- Pretty Woman Dress
- Pretty Woman Hat
- 10 Minute Toy Sling
- American Girl Doll Clothes
Beginner quilts are another great pattern to start with, because they require repetitive stitching. True, the brand new seamstress may hate the sight of those pinwheel blocks after a few hours in, but creating quilts is a great way to nail down those essential sewing techniques. Think back to how good it felt when you finally finished that first quilt. 10 to 1 you still have it in your bedroom. I have all of mine!
- Piecing and Binding a Quilt
- Spin on the Pinwheel Block
- Doll Quilt
- Scrappy Flora Easy Quilt Tutorial
- Pinwheel Quilt Blocks Tutorial
Tried and True Tote Bag Patterns
My mother’s first sewing project was a quilted purse that all of the girls in our family have used. From her teens to ours that purse was proudly toted around town. There’s something so appealing to a beginner sewist about creating a project entirely to their taste that’s also functional. Did you create a bag as a beginner seamstress? Maybe it was actually a small pouch, but you were undoubtedly proud of your undertaking. Check out these beginner purse and bag patterns and see if any of them match your first attempt.
- Trendy Tote Bag for Beginners (shown)
- Diverse Drawstring Sack
- Green Earth Grocery Bags
- Kids Tee Shirt Bag
- 5 Minute Bread Bag