When it comes to sewing, sometimes starting small is the best idea. Other times, going with a large project can be better for your learning potential. This is why choosing designs based on simplicity rather than upon their size is extremely important when learning how to sew. This distinction serves to provide more realistic expectations for both present and future projects.
Simple sewing projects can be extremely varied in composition. One thing they all have in common however, is a low number of different stitches being used for their creation. They also often have fewer pieces of fabric, less complicated cuts, and can be completed in one setting. These projects are usually not going to be the most amazing in the world, but they will provide a great basis for going deeper into the sewing world.
On the small side, simple stuffed animals are an extremely easy project for sewing. Simply trace the shape of the animal on two different pieces of fabric and then cut around leaving an extra inch all the way around. Putting the fabrics inside out, sew around the edges until there is an inch that is not sewn. At this point, flip the fabric the right way, fill with stuffing, close it up, and sew on eyes with buttons.
Going up a small amount in size, an apron can be an easy pattern as well. Cutting a piece of fabric either to the size of a pattern or to personal choice is the first step. After this, cutting a strip of fabric that goes all the way around the stomach twice needs to be done. Both of these shout be cut large enough to hem on both sides. Finally, sewing the string onto the middle of the apron, adding any pockets if desired, and trying on the apron can be completed. A quick apron may take less than 30 minutes to make on a sewing machine.
On the large side of things, a blanket can be a simple sewing project. For a single layer blanket, tucking the ends and sides of by half and inch and hemming can be enough to make a blanket. For a two layer blanket, sewing both sides together by the edges and then going across the middle in several different areas is also effective. Both of these will produce a useable blanket and fun can be had with the middle stitching to make it more decorative.
No matter what the simple sewing projects are, choosing to begin with sewing is a fun way to get started in the crafting world. Once simple projects have been mastered, it is easy to move on towards much more complicated projects. The basic skills that come from sewing smaller projects transfer directly across to make each learning experience apply directly towards the next. With a small array of tools, thread, and possibly a sewing machine, anyone can learn to make high quality items in a small amount of time.