Sewing doesn't have to be intricate or complicated; even inexperienced sewers can complete quick and fun projects for use as gifts, home and holiday decorating, or personal use. Whether it's an entirely original item or an embellishment to an existing item, small sewing projects develop sewing skills you'll continue to use in the future.
You don't have to create an entirely new item to improve your skills or indulge your sewing habit. Embellishing an existing item is a quick and easy way to create a unique piece. Start with a piece of clothing or a blanket or towel and choose some coordinating fabric. Cut shapes such as flowers, snowflakes or filigree out of the embellishment fabric and sew or serge the pieces onto the existing item. Add beads, rhinestones, buttons or sequins to add a three-dimensional element.
Small stuffed items such as pillows or cushions are simple and customizable. Choose medium thickness fabrics in coordinating colors and medium weight fill. Cut two pieces of fabric to the same size, about 2 to 3 inches wider than the size of the finished pillow to allow for expansion when filled. Face the front sides of the fabric against one another and sew a hem around all but the final edge. Turn the pillow inside out and stuff it with the fill. Sew the opening closed by machine or hand.
Creating something functional lends a sense of purpose to your sewing projects, so consider creating custom table linens or microwaveable rice or bean bags for soothing sore muscles. Measure your dining table or an existing set of linens, cut two pieces of decorator fabric to size and stitch or serge together back to back for a double sided tablecloth, napkins or placemats. Sew two pieces of fabric into 12-by-6 inch rectangles, place back to back and sew around three edges. Fill the bags with beans or rice and herbs, then sew the last end closed. Advise happy gift recipients to microwave for one minute, then place on sore muscles for instant relief.