26 Sewing Projects for Teens

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Get teenagers excited to sew with these sewing projects for teens! These beginners sewing projects make sewing fun and easy!

Do you have a teen wanting to learn to sew? Learning the basics with these fun and easy sewing projects can be a great way to learn and improve their sewing!

I’ve put a big list of easy beginner sewing projects that are great for teenagers. It’s never to late to learn, and there’s something fun and interesting for everyone on this list!

25 Sewing Projects for Teens

What makes a sewing project good for teens?

Look for sewing projects with lots of straight lines. Straight lines are the easiest seam to sew, and it’s good for beginners to practice.

Look for sewing projects that use either quilting cotton, the best beginner sewing woven fabric, or cotton spandex jersey, the best beginner sewing knit fabric. Fleece fabric is another great fabric for beginners to work with.

Look for sewing projects that use a smaller amount of fabric since less fabric means smaller seams.

DIY Fleece Blanket: 6 Different Ways

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

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Do you like fun and easy sewing projects? Check out these great ideas:

Sewing Projects for Teens

refashion scarf skirt

How to Make a Skirt from a Scarf

Learn how to make a skirt from a scarf. Use an infinity scarf, rectangle scarf, or a square scarf to make children’s skirts. I love upcyling to make something amazing like turning a skarf into a skirt. I reuse the hems of the scarves to make the sewing project even faster. I wanted to make

how to sew diy hand warmers

How to Sew DIY Hand Warmers

Learn how to sew DIY hand warmers with flannel fabric. It’s easy to make several, fill them up with rice, and give them as handmade gifts. It’s starting to get cold, and my kids are starting to complain about cold hands and feet. I needed small reusable hand warmers for my kids to use whenever

DIY Fleece Blanket: 6 Different Ways

DIY Fleece Blanket: 6 Different Ways

Learn how to make a DIY fleece blanket six different ways. Each version is a finish for the sides and is either a sew or no-sew tutorial. One of my favorite things in the winter is to curl up with a warm blanket and a good book or a movie. All of my kids have

sew a pillowcase

Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

Learn how to make a pillowcase with the burrito method. This is a great beginner sewing project, and it makes a great gift for kids! Involving my kids in the sewing process can be really enjoyable. I haven’t taught them how to sew on their own yet, but I love letting them pick fabrics when

Heart Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Heart Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Learn how to make a heart zipper pouch with this easy sewing tutorial. This beginner sewing project is a great handmade gift idea. Make a cute heart zipper pouch with a free sewing pattern. It’s a great size for pens, hair stuff, or treats. This is a great project for Valentine’s day or for back

Easy Bookmarks to Sew with a Free Pattern

Easy Bookmarks to Sew with a Free Pattern

Check out these easy bookmarks to sew with a free sewing pattern. These four bookmarks use scraps of fabric for a quick beginner sewing project! Have your kids been reading this summer? Are your kids read for back to school with some new bookmarks to start the school year? Make a cool bookmark to encourage

free chapstick holder keychain pattern

Free Chapstick Holder Keychain Pattern

With this free chapstick holder keychain pattern, make a cute keychain to hold your lip balm or chapstick to clip onto your purse or backpack. I live in a cold area and during the winter my lips always get chapped. It’s either the harsh wind and cold temperature outside or the dry heat inside. My

free kid slipper sewing pattern

Free Slipper Sewing Pattern for Kids

Learn how to make slippers for kids with a free PDF sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for using up fleece fabric scraps! My kids always complain about cold feet, and when I tell them to put socks on they won’t. They see me wearing my slippers and begged to have their own

Free Headband Sewing Patterns

Free Headband Sewing Patterns

Learn how to make a headband with one of these free headband PDF sewing patterns. This beginner sewing project comes in five styles and five sizes! Make one of these fun headbands in all the sizes: baby, toddler, child, teen, and adult. I love making headbands for gifts like for babies and girls. There are

free cat zipper pouch pattern

Free Cat Zipper Pouch Pattern

Make a cute cat shaped, mini zipper pouch with this free cat zipper pouch pattern. It’s perfect for Halloween or as a handmade gift for anyone who loves cats! I have fallen in love with making small little pouches for organizing and keeping things safe. My kids need specific things tools at school and need

How to Make a Silk Scrunchie

Free Scrunchie Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a DIY scrunchie with a free printable scrunchie PDF sewing pattern. Use cotton or silk for an easy sewing project! I feel like the scrunchies of today are the limes of Little Women. My daughter loves wearing several on her arm whenever she goes to school. How many can she fit

diy men shirt to skirt

How to Turn a Men’s Shirt to Skirt

Learn how to make a men’s shirt into a skirt. This upcycling project is quick and easy, and you keep the curved hem and button front! My husband got rid of this pink gingham men’s button up shirt, and all I could think about was how cute it would be as a skirt! It’s getting

upcycle jeans tote bag

How to Upcycle Jeans Into a Tote Bag

Learn how to upcycle jeans into a tote bag. This beginner sewing project is a quick and easy bag to sew, and it already has pockets!

upcycled t-shirt backpack

DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Backpack

Learn how to upcycle a t-shirt into a backpack. This is a great beginner sewing project to make a simple backpack!

free ear warmer sewing pattern

Free Ear Warmer Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a warm gift with this free ear warmer sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is comfortable because of the shaping.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ We got so much snow this week, it’s time to get out all our cold weather clothing like coats, hats, and boots. I dislike having cold ears when I’m out playing

How to Make a Tote Bag with Leather Handles // heatherhandmade.com

How to Make a Tote With Leather Handles

Learn how to make a tote bag with leather handles. This beginner sewing project looks great and is perfect for carrying your essentials! These tote bags with leather handles are perfect for any fun outings you’ll be going on. I love putting a couple of essentials in my tote bag when I take my kids

how to sew a zipper pouch

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

Learn how to sew a zipper pouch with a free sewing pattern. This easy sewing project is great for beginners and makes a great handmade gift! I love have little bags to organize my purse and tote bags. I also love having zipper pouches to grab when I’m on the go or even when I

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

DIY Bow Elastic Hair Ties

Learn how to make bow elastic hair ties with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a quick and easy handmade gift! Use up all your scraps of fabric to make the cutest hair bows. The great thing about these bows is that they get tied onto elastic hair ties. It makes them

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

Learn how to make fleece mittens with a free sewing pattern. It comes in children, teen, and adult sizes and is a great handmade gift! There’s something cute and special about mittens. Maybe that it reminds me of being a child or that they are the cutest curves. They definitely keep hands warmer than gloves

Free Fleece Hat Pattern

Free Fleece Hat Pattern

Learn how to make a winter fleece hat with a free sewing pattern. This pattern comes in child, teen, and adult sizes for the whole family. We’ve had a cold streak and needed warm fleece hats for the whole family. I really hate having cold ears, and I think my children have inherited that. I

small circle zipper pouch

Small Circle Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Learn how to sew a small circle zipper pouch with a free sewing pattern. This easy sewing project can clip onto a bag or keys! I love having tiny pouches to keep me organized. Sometimes I bring small essentials with me, and I worry about them falling out of my pocket. This small zipper pouch

make an infinity scarf

How to Make an Infinity Scarf

Learn how to make an infinity scarf with knit fabric. This beginner sewing project makes a great accessory and a great handmade gift! I love wearing a scarf in the winter to keep my neck warm. It’s so fun to have colorful and pretty scarves that work with my coats and jackets. Infinity scarves are

circle drawstring bag pattern

Free Circle Drawstring Bag Pattern

Learn how to make a circle drawstring bag with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for organizing toys or makeup! I love to make drawstring bags and pouches to organize all the little things, but sometimes I find it hard to reach in and get things out. Sometimes I want it

sew sunglasses case

Sew a Sunglasses Case with a Free Pattern

Learn how to sew a sunglasses case with a free sewing pattern! Keep your sunglasses case safe in your bag with a beginner sewing project! Whenever it’s really sunny, I have to wear sunglasses. I’ll start to get a headache if I don’t. My kids have broken so many of my sunglasses that I really

diy easy circle skirt free sewing pattern

Free Circle Skirt Pattern

Skirts are so easy to make. Use this easy circle skirt tutorial and free sewing pattern to make your own custom circle skirt! Whenever it starts to warm up I get an itch for a change in my wardrobe and especially for a fun Spring skirt. Maybe it’s the warm weather and flowers popping up

diy pencil pouch sewing

Easy DIY Pencil Pouch

Learn how to sew an easy DIY pencil pouch with scraps of fabric, a zipper, and a free sewing pattern. This is a great beginner sewing project! I’m always losing pens and pencils in my purse, and my kids fight over markers unless it’s clearly separated for each kid. I made an easy DIY pencil

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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