3 Home sewing projects for beginners

by Jacqui Zuzgo 07/24/2022

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

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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