Getting into the sewing game is a nice way to spend your time. You’ve got a few simple tools and a blank canvas to spill your creativity on. The best part is that there’s a little utility thrown in there, to boot!

However, when you’re just starting out, it can be hard. The sheer number of possibilities might overwhelm you, or you might have no idea what’s doable. Fortunately, like any creative endeavour, you can make the baby steps approach and take it slow while you learn.

Here are a few beginner projects you can try. They’re designed to be simple, easy to pick up and give you an idea of what’s possible.

A gathered skirt is a staple in most women’s wardrobes. It’s also a simple project if you’re only starting out stitching and sewing. Apart from the obvious, you’ll need elastic tape, some pins, and fabric scissors.

Yes, there is such a thing as fabric scissors.

Another thing you can try is ice cream purses. These are little bags useful for holding coins and shaped like ice cream on a cone – thus the name. The primary challenge for these are the clasps, but these aren’t particularly difficult to work with.

A related project would be sunglasses cases. These are not that different from making a simple pouch, and the skills you pick up for this can help you make pouches later on.

Finally, little fabric figures are an excellent way to stretch your creativity and give away as gifts. From dolls to little birds, there are many options. You can try out some simpler designs first before moving on to the complicated stuff. Just be aware that these can be time-consuming to do.

There are a lot of projects that you can do without going too far. Starter projects can give you a sense of accomplishment at the end, but without making you learn advanced sewing techniques.

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