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Chunky crocheted blankets can be expensive because they use an incredible amount of yarn. This version, however, is perfect for a beginner because it uses affordable chunky yarn, a big hook and a sewing needle. It’s so cozy too!
Fabric flowers can be used as decorating pieces on clothing, for hair bows or anything else you might like! With so many options in one spot, you’ll be sure to find one you can recreate, no matter what sewing skills you have.
Glass etching is an easy way to create a one-of-a-kind gift. Etching a glass dish makes a perfect wedding gift for a new couple and it’s actually easier than you’d expect – no sewing skills required.
Sure, you can buy fabric storage bins at any big box store. But that means you’re limited to what the have to offer in the store. Instead, use your sewing machine to create these storage boxes – the sewing pattern is so simple to follow!
Leggings are some of the simplest pieces of clothing to make and they’re perfect for both baby boys and girls. With just two pieces of fabric, these sewing projects only requires basic sewing skills.
These super simple bow hair clips use ribbon and a strip of non-slip shelf liner to help them stay in a little girl’s hair, even if she doesn’t have much of it! They just use ribbon, hair clips and a little hot glue – no hand sewing or seam ripper required.
Babies look so cute in little hats and they help keep them warm when they can’t quite regulate their temperature. These knit hats with a top knot will pull double duty and there’s a pattern template included!
These DIY fabric chapstick holders will ensure you’re never without an easily accessible lip balm! Whip one up in a few minutes!
Forget about tangled cords from your cell phone charger! This cell phone holder is made out of an old lotion bottle and covered in cute fabric. It fits any size cell phone and easily keeps cords out of the way.
If you have to take your new baby out in public, but want to protect them from germy hands and prying eyes, this stretchy fabric car seat cover is perfect. It also doubles as a nursing cover.
These simple fabric dolls can be personalized so they look like your own children! They’re easy to whip up and your kids will just adore them.
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This kids reversible tote bag is the perfect place to store their treasures! Fill it with tiny treats for a long car trip or make them as birthday party treat bags – they’re adorable!
A fabric tent is so trendy and so much fun for kids! This collapsible one makes it easy to set up and take down and because the fabric is removeable, you can even change up the style whenever you want.
Kids love puppets, but don’t spend your money on store bought hand puppets. Instead, make your own out of a little felt fabric with this free sewing pattern.
Parents of teething children know they can never have too many bibs! They get easily soaked with a drooling baby, but having plenty of bibs on hand ensures that your baby is always clean and dry.
Natural wood rings and some fabric bunny ears make this a really cute baby gift for a new mom. They take just minutes to make and also includes a free printable gift tag for easy gift giving.
Learning how to sew with vinyl isn’t as complicated as you might think! Once you’ve mastered basic sewing skills, try your hand at using vinyl instead of fabric.
Those plastic fishing toys you can buy at any toy store are so cute — that is until the plastic breaks and you have to throw the entire toy away. Instead, use this DIY wooden fishing pole and magnetic fabric fish for a toy that will last a long, long time.
You can never have too many tote bags, but one thing they’re usually lacking is a zippered closure. Keep everything inside with this DIY zippered tote bag tutorial.
These stroller hacks are truly life changing for a new mom. From snap on DIY cupholders, to using ankle weights as an anti-tip device, check them out and prepare to have your mind blown.
A pastry cloth is so versatile, but they can be expensive in a speciality kitchen goods store. Make your own out of some special fabric and a few basic sewing skills.
This simple drawstring bucket bag is perfect for little kids, but it’s so versatile, adults will want one too! It can be worn three different ways, as a cross body bag, a backpack or over one shoulder.
Keep babies warm at night with this wearable fleece blanket. It’s perfect for babies who have outgrown the swaddle stage, but aren’t quite ready for regular blankets.
This PDF sewing pattern comes with 6 pattern styles and 5 different sizes, so it’s possible to completely personalize it and add your own style. Check it out!
These no-sew zipper cases are the perfect way to repurpose old soda bottles and they make great storage cases for art supplies or even LEGOs.
This pineapple inspired drawstring bag is perfect for summer! Some yellow fabric and green leaves will have your dreaming of everything pineapple.
These Pottery Barn-inspired stuffed fabric turtles are just the cutest. They’re so soft and squishable, you’ll want to make an entire army of turtles.
Nothing is worse than changing out of a swimsuit and not having a place to put it. These wet swimsuit bags will keep everything contained
This DIY tissue box holder ensures you always have a box of tissues readily accessible in your car. It’s especially useful if you have kids or suffer from seasonal allergies and takes just 10 minutes to make!
If you’re like most sewers, you probably have a huge stash of fabric scraps. These 40 sewing projects can be done with just 1/4 of a yard of fabric or less.
A cute homemade rattle makes such an adorable baby gift. These bunny, cat and mouse rattle patterns can be made quickly with just a few basic sewing skills.
With hair bows this easy to make, there’s no reason not to have some to match every outfit! These DIY fabric knot hair bows are quick and simple.
Even little boys need a place to stash a few dollars. If your son of his friends need a wallet, make this bi-fold wallet quickly and easily.
Wool felt makes such cute little hair accessories for babies. The wool felt provides a sweet touch of softness that’s perfect for brand new little heads.
Little girls and boys will love being just like mom and dad with this doll ring sling carrier. Make it with a few basic sewing supplies, including your sewing machine.
These cute fabric pencil cases are perfect for back to school time. They’re more portable than the plastic pencil boxes found at the big box stores and because they’re made by you, there’s no question who’s pencil case is your little one’s.
A travel diaper and wipes case is perfect to keep in the car in case of ermergencies, but it’s also great to carry a into a store for those just in case moments when you don’t want to bring in an entire diaper bag.
Paper dolls are so much fun to play with, but they can also be a short term toy. After a few play sessions, the paper is sure to rip and then you have to throw the entire set away, which is no fun for your budget. This magnetic paper doll is a lot sturdier than the original and easily contained when you make a fabric cover for storage.
Everybunny loves carrots, especially at Easter time! These carrot treat bags are an adorable alternative to plastic Easter eggs and so easy to make with your sewing machine.
Butterflies are sweet. Little girls’ hair bows are sweet and you get the more darling butterfly hair bow when you combine them. These bows are so fun to make, you’ll want to make one to match every outfit.
Keep toys contained, but accessible with this clear toy storage made out of clear vinyl and a drawstring top! Your kids will love being able to see all their treasured items.
When you have a new baby, you know your older kids want to be just like mom and dad. This means carrying around a diaper bag! With bottle pockets and clothing storage inside, your little one will love it!
This fabric tissue box cover ensures that you’re able to have a hidden box of tissues in every room of your house.
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Bow ties upgrade any little boy’s outfit, but it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to wear a fancy litlle bow tie and suspenders. This uses interchangable bow ties with snaps so it’s easy to change up the look.
Turn any cute dolly into a mermaid with this removable mermaid tail! Your little one’s will love playing with their new and improved mermaid dolls!
Instead of paying lots of money for a toy snake at a gift shop, make your own! They’re so easy to make — you’ll never want to pay for theme park souveniers again!
Too many dolls don’t come with panties! Make your own with this easy to follow sewing pattern.
When you’re a parent, you can never have too many knit receiving blankets! These are so simple to make and personalize.
These two tone totes make great holiday gifts and it’s possible to personalize the fabrics to match your recipient’s personality!
This DIY journal is handmade from start to finish! It’s the perfect gift for both kids and adults.
Kids and babies sometimes need belts too! Whether your little one actually needs it, or you just like the looks of a belt, these are so cute and fun to make.
If your little one is too big for toddler flip flops, but struggles to keep regular ones on their feet, don’t worry! This little elastic strap is here for the rescue!
These simple seat belt covers are perfect if the seat belt rubs your little one’s neck raw. They’re made with soft fabric and washable, which makes them ideal for the car.
Twirling in a tutu is every little girl’s favorite activity, but don’t spend the money on a store bought tutu. They’re so easy to make and don’t even require any basic sewing skills or a sewing machine.
Plenty of little girls love carrying around a purse just like their moms. This version has a button closure, which means that you don’t need to worry about her treasures falling out when she carries it around.
Little ones will love this DIY tool belt! Whether they’re helping mom or dad with a fun project, or they’re working on their own project, your kids will have so much fun with this tool belt.
Zipper pouches are so much fun and one of the easiest things to make. Add an initial monogram and you have a great gift for friends and family.
Kids love walking stilts and they’re so easy to recreate at home! Some sturdy small sand molds and some decorative rope ribbon and a few minutes is all takes.
A shelf easily becomes a doll bed and adding a dowel easily creates a hanging wardrobe for doll clothes. The best part, it attaches to the wall so it won’t take up valuable floor space.
If you’re looking for a way to cover those smaller square tissue boxes, this project is the perfect one when you’re learning how to sew.
Whether your little one is having a first sleepover at Grandma’s or just camping out in the living room, you can’t forget their dolls! This sleeping bag sewing pattern fits all 18 inch dolls.
No need to spend money on an expensive bean bag or cornhole game! Instead, DIY your own bean bag games with your own personalized bean bags.
Little ones will love carrying their dolls around, just like mom and dad. These fabric doll carriers are similar to the portable car seats, but way cuter!
Little ones will love carrying their dolls around, just like mom and dad. These fabric doll carriers are similar to the portable car seats, but way cuter!
Baby sandals are so expensive, especially for kids who aren’t walking yet! Don’t spend the money on decorative baby shoes when you can easily make your own with your sewing machine and faux leather.
Kids on the move need a place to stash their treasures – even when on their bikes! Create a DIY bag that’s perfect for a special stuffy or a bottle of water.
Your phone sometimes needs a relaxing place to sit! If you need a place to prop up your phone while reading a recipe or watching a show, make this cute lawn chair holder with some fabric and popsicle sticks.
This DIY elf on a shelf is so much cuter than the in the store. Make your own that will quickly turn into a beloved family favorite tradition.
This rustic wooden picture frame made out of scrap wood is perfect for Father’s Day or just to display in your home. Fill it with family photos and it makes a great present.
Bath salts in a tea bag gives your gift recipient the gift of relaxation without a mess to clean up at the end of a bath. What a win-win situation!
This fabric fishy will love to swim by your side. The purse is made out of lots of different fabric scraps so it’s the perfect way to destash your fabric closet.
There’s nothing cuter than a baby in a ruffled bum and this sewing project takes full advantage of that. Make these leggings with an attached skirt or a ruffled bum for maximum cuteness.
A box of fancy candy is a great neighbor gift around the holidays and you can dress it up with the cute snowman wrapping! Knit fabric scraps work great for this project.
Here’s another purse variation for your little one! Her only problem will be choosing which one to use!
These fabric bunny bags are easy to whip up and kids will love them. They perfect if you’re just learning how to sew.
These baby girl faux leather sandals are perfect for protecting little feet. You’ll want to make them in every color to match all her outfits.
These fabric crowns would be so cute at a first birthday photo shoot. They’re also reversible so it’s possible to repurpose them for everyday play for all the kids in yoru family.
There’s something about a toddler or baby in a tie – it’s the boy version of a little ruffly bum. Use this sewing project tutorial to to learn how to sew this sweet baby or toddler tie.
This three dimensional truck is an adorable stuffy for a little boy. It makes a great gift for a first birthday because it’s so soft and cuddly.
A pixie bonnet is a girly alternative to a regular stocking cap. It will help keep her warm and cozy, no matter what the weather’s like and because there’s a ribbon tie, it won’t blow off in blustery weather.
Toddlers and babies love to throw their sippy cups, but when you’re on the go, that can mean you have to top and find a place to clean it before you can return to your kiddo. This sippy cup leash sewing proect is new and improved.
Character slippers are cute, but it’s not uncommon for them to get a hole or two after just a couple wears. These DIY mouse slippers are adorable and because they’re made by you, they’ll last a long time.
Stamped clay jewelry makes a great Mother’s Day or classroom project. It’s incredibly affordable for a group project and safe for all ages since you don’t need sharp tools like a seam ripper or sewing needle.
Using a sewing machine on vinyl can be a little tricky, but it doesn’t have it be! This pencil case uses a zipper as the mouth – your little one will love watching the mini monster eat their pencils!
These DIY reversible wrap belts add the finishing touch to any outfit. You’ll be able to use your sewing basics and a few sewing skills to create these one-of-a-kind belts with just a little bit of practice and patience.
Everything is better with pom poms! This DIY swim cover-up uses gauze fabric, some bias tape, pom pom trim and a sewing machine to create this easy, breezy swim suit cover up.
If you’re going on a trip, it can be really hard to find your luggage if it’s similar to everyone else’s. Whip up these fun luggage, made with hand sewing and a running stitch.
Cloth blocks make such cute baby gifts! They’re soft and cuddly and perfect for baby’s first blocks! They’re easy to make with fabric scraps and your sewing machine.
This stroller bag doubles as a messenger bag when you’re ready to put the stroller away. The ingenious strap system is easy to do with your sewing machine. Because you make it yourself, you’ll be able to adjust the strap length to fit whatever you need.
A laminated apron uses special laminated fabric which makes it a great painting cover-up. It’s a great sewing project if you have artsy kids because you can simply wipe the apron down whenever it’s dirty!
This mail organizer will help even the busiest family stay organized! It’s attached to a heavy duty canvas frame and embroidered with a special sewing machine and makes a great housewarming gift for new homeowners.
These tooth fairy hanging pouches are brilliant because they have a long loop on them so they can be hung from a bed post or a door knob. No more fishing around under a pillow for a tooth and worrying about walking up your kiddo! Use a bit of felt, a little elastic cord, a button and fabric scraps to whip this up. The sewing pattern is here, or you can create your own.
Travelling with jewelry can be a pain! It’s super easy to tangle necklaces while travelling, but this fabric DIY travel jewelry clutch will keep everything in one place. You’ll love making this during your sewing journey – don’t forget to make extras for friends too!
Store bought baby towels look cute, but they’re so thin that there’s not much coziness to them! Instead, whip up these bear hooded towels that uses a real towel and a coordinating hand towel. This tutorial uses the whip stitch, so it’s a great way to practice a little hand sewing.
Fill up a mason jar with some candy, add a cute fabric hat and then a felt nose, plus button eyes and mouth for the fastest neighbor gift. You can leave the edges of the fabric unhemmed so there’s no sewing required.
These napkin rings use a sturdy cardboard tube and a DIY’d plaster of paris trinket that you make yourself as an embellishment. Add a set of napkins that you hemmed with your sewing machine and you have a perfect hostess gift.
Travel tissues are convenient, but aren’t any fun to carry around. Make your own travel tissue case by sewing some vinyl and you’ll have a great little case that can handle any sniffles.