These quick and easy sewing projects are perfect for sewing beginners or experts. You can keep these handy, easy DIY projects around your home or use them as the perfect homemade gift to give a hostess or your loved ones. Either way, these sewing tutorials are useful for everything from nifty storage ideas to DIY home decor.
27 Sewing Projects You Can Make in 5 Minutes
Whether you’re a sewing beginner or a DIY project tackler extraordinaire, these sewing ideas will be a breeze and only take a couple minutes of your time!
1. 5 Minute Bread Bag
Next time you’re invited to a party bring some homemade banana bread dressed up in this beautiful DIY bread bag.
2. 5 Minute Pillow
DIY pillows don’t have to be complicated. All you need is the right fabrics and a little know-how to create an easy homemade pillow in 5 minutes flat!
3. Five Minute Fabric Flowers
Liven up your DIY home decor or your other sewing projects with these adorable fabric flowers.
4. 5 Minute Kleenex Holder
Don’t waste your money on tiny Kleenex packs. Make your own with this easy sewing tutorial!
5. 5 Minute Toddler Leggings
If you’re a fan of upcycling and DIY kids clothing, this sewing tutorial is the perfect project for you to tackle. And the best news it’ll be ready for the kids to wear in just 5 minutes!
This 15 minutes sewing project is going to rock your socks off! Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY Makeup Bag (which would also make the cutest envelope purse). This is an easy Cricut Maker sewing project that is perfect for beginners.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
My sewing machine and Cricut Maker are best buddies. Both of them have a permanent spot on my craft room table and I find myself using them hand in hand on a consistent basis. I’ve always been a bit rogue when it comes to sewing. I’ve never been able to understand paper sewing patterns and instead prefer to figure out how to make something on my own. You’ll often find me turning things made with fabric inside out, examining the seams and trying to figure out how it’s made. I love designing my own projects and putting my own unique fingerprint on what I make. When I found out that the Cricut Maker was going to have a rotary blade as part of the adaptive tool set it opened a whole new world for me! Suddenly I had a way to design my own patterns through Cricut Design Space that I could quickly and easily cut again and again AND be able to share the pattern with all of my readers.
I LOVE cutting fabric with myCricut Maker. I haven’t found a type of fabric yet that the Rotary Blade doesn’t cut through like butter. I’ve cut leather, quilting cotton, felt, canvas, denim and more (the rotary blade can cut through over 100 types of material) and I love how I get clean, professional cut lines every single time. I also love how nicely all of my pattern pieces lay now. All of the edges always line up which wasn’t the case when I was cutting by hand. I always had the hardest time getting precise results when cutting with scissors or with a rotary cutter and straight edge. The precision with which the Cricut Maker and rotary blade cuts my fabric has taken my sewing up a level. My sewing results are so much more consistent which is great for whether I’m sewing items for my family, as gifts or to sell!
The rotary blade can also be used to cut crepe paper which is next on my “crafting bucket list”. I’ve seen some incredible crepe paper flowers made using the Cricut Maker.
There are hundreds of sewing and quilting projects available in Cricut Design Space (see some of my favorites here) and today I’m going to give you one more project to make! My 15 minute DIY Makeup Bag Pattern! This was actually one of the very first sewing patterns that I created in Design Space. It’s a pattern that I had been cutting by hand for quite a few years (I love giving this adorable bag as a handmade gift). Every time I would make it I would have to pull out a compass to create my cut lines for the rounded top of the bag, which was such a pain in the butt. Now, I get to lay a bit of fabric on a cutting mat, click make, hit a button and sit back and enjoy a cup of tea while my fabric cuts out for me! Pretty awesome right?
This project is so quick and easy to sew up. You are going to LOVE it! It’s just about as cute as can be, and fits a ton of makeup. I think it would also make a really beautiful envelope purse (especially in the Yes Please fabric I used in this project). If you plan on using this for a purse I might suggest cutting one more pattern piece that’s the same as the other two, out of fusible fleece to give the bag a bit more structure.
For more info about why the Cricut Maker with the Rotary Blade is so awesome check out my post How The Cricut Maker Will Take Your Sewing To The Next Level + 30 Cricut Sewing Projects.
Cricut Quick Links (Easy Links In One Place For Cricut Sewing Supplies)
Cricut Rotary Blade Replacement Kit (replace your rotary blade when you notice uncut threads or when the material settings in Design Space no longer seem accurate. )
Cricut EasyPress (I use this in place of an iron)
Read on for my 15 Minute Sewing Project- DIY Makeup Bag With Free Pattern and Instructions Using The Cricut Maker.
15 Minute Sewing Project- DIY Makeup Bag With Free Pattern and Instructions Using The Cricut Maker
–Cricut Rotary Blade (can only be used with the Cricut Maker. Is not compatible with the Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air 2)
-2 pieces of 12″x22″ fabric (I used Rose Gold Main Black for the outer part of my bag and Rose Gold Hearts Black for the liner from the Cricut Fabric Sampler Pack- Yes Please in Black. I love that the fabrics in the Cricut Fabric Sampler Packs are precut to 12″x26″ pieces that fit perfectly on my cutting mats.)
-Pins and pin cushion or Wonder Clips
-Iron or Cricut EasyPress
-Sewing Machine (this is the one I have)
-Thread in coordinating colors (this is one of my favorite brands)
-Snap press and coordinating snaps or velcro (I use Kam Snap Press Pliers and Snaps) Alternatively you can use velcro.
Step 1: Login to Cricut Design Space and then open the our Hello Creative Family 15 Minute Makeup Bag Cut File. Click “Make It” in the upper right hand corner.
Click “Continue” on the following screen. On the next screen select your Cricut Maker from the drop down menu. Then select the material that you are cutting.
Place your fabric on your cutting mat. I love using the Cricut Brayer at this point to really smooth my fabric down on the mat and make sure there is no shifting during cutting.
Load the fabric mat into your Cricut Maker and then press the cute flashing little Cricut C on your Cricut Maker to start cutting. Note: If using directional fabric make sure that you pay attention to the way the fabric is facing and how you want your finished project to look. Since the top rounded part folds over to close the bag, if using a directional fabric I usually cut the outside piece “upside down” so that the fabric is in the right direction when the straight edge is facing up instead of the curved edge.
Step 2: Lay your two pieces of fabric on top of each other so that the printed sides of the fabrics is sandwiched in the middle. Line up all your edges and pin or wonder clip in place.
Step 3: Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew up one side of the fabric, around the curve and back down the other side of the fabric, leaving the entire length of the bottom straight edge open.
Step 4: Flip your fabric so the design is right side out. Use your EasyPress or iron and press your fabric, making sure to push the push the seams out to get your bag nice and flat. I use a chopstick to push at the seams of the bag from the inside as I press.
Step 5: Take the bottom, open area of your bag (right hand side of the below photo) and fold the edges in by 1/2 inch, leaving a finished edge. Press in place with your iron and pin or wonder clip into place.
Step 6: Sew along this pressed seam to close the bottom of the bag, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step 7: We’re almost there! This is where your bag really comes to life! With the right side of the fabric facing out, fold the bottom part of your bag up so it lines up with where the curved part of the top of the bag starts. Pin or wonder clip into place.
Note: I designed this bag with the seams showing on the outer edges. Using coordinating thread, I think it’s a cute look. If you prefer to have your seams on the inside of the bag, simply follow the same instructions as above but have the liner of your bag facing out, then flip your bag right side out after step 8.)
Step 8: Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew up one side of the bag, around the curve, and down the other side of the bag.
Step 9: Now it’s time to finish the bag! Pick out coordinating snaps for your bag!
Use your snap pliers and add snaps to your bag so you are able to close it. Alternatively you can apply velcro to keep your bag closed.
Voila! you have a beautiful DIY makeup bag!
In just 15 minutes you’ve completed this awesome DIY Makeup Bag with no need to cut your fabric by hand! Pack your bag full of your makeup, travel essentials, or even use it as an envelope purse! These little bags make great gifts for the women in your life and would make lovely gifts for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Christmas, and bridal shower gifts!
Tell me… Do you own a Cricut Maker? Do you have one on your wish list? What is the first thing you would cut with your Cricut Maker Rotary Blade?
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Disclosure: Thank you to Cricut for working with me on this post. As with all articles on Hello Creative Family all thoughts and opinions are our own. We only share things we love, and we really love our Cricut Maker!
I’m thinking of making these as party favors for Bean’s birthday party this summer.
They are the perfect “Mini Me” version of the 30 Minute Infinity Scarf Tutorial that I posted a couple of months ago but can be made in half the time and are great for beginner and advanced seamstresses alike. I’m really excited to share with you my 15 minute kid’s infinity scarf sewing tutorial. These make great handmade gifts for Christmas, back to school, birthdays or just because.
NOTE: If making this for an older child you may want to use the adult instructions and reduce the length and width by 1/4.
You Will Need:
- 1/3 yard of fabric
- Scissors or a rotary cutter (if using a rotary cutter you will also need a cutting mat)
- Ruler or seamstress tape
- Sewing machine
Step 1: Select your fabric. You will need 1/3 of a yard.
Step 2: Cut your fabric. You will want a piece that is 12 inches by 44 inches (or whatever the width of your fabric happens to be.) Leave the selvage edge on, this will be hidden in the seam of your scarf.
Step 3: Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, with the printed side on the INSIDE and pin your two cut edges flat against each other. Your piece will now measure 6 inches by 44 inches.
BECAUSE THIS PRINT IS SO BOLD IT LOOKS LIKE THE PRINTED SIDE IS ON THE OUTSIDE INSTEAD OF THE INSIDE. IT ISN’T. THE PRINTED SIDE IS ON THE INSIDE.
Step 4: Leaving a half inch seam allowance sew down the length of your scarf (The 44 inch side). Don’t sew the two ends. You should have one long tube.
Step 5: Using the tip of your iron, press open your seam.
Step 6: Flip your tube so the right side of the fabric is on the outside. I do this by sticking my arm through the hole, grabbing the other end and pulling it through.
Step 7: Find the seam on both ends of your fabric tube. Pinch the seams flat together (the printed side of the fabric will be sandwiched together) and pin.
Step 8: Starting at the seam that you just pinned start to sew around the circle of your scarf leaving a half inch seam allowance or more if your selvage edge happens to be bigger. I work slowly on this step, stopping to pinch the two pieces of fabric that I’m about to sew together to make sure that they are correctly lined up as I sew.
Step 9: When you get about half way around your scarf it’s going to get tough to keep going because your hole is getting smaller. I find the easiest way to continue is to flip the top part of my scarf inside out making a little pocket for the scarf. Keep sewing your seams together until you are about to hit the part of the scarf you have in the pocket. Backstitch, remove from sewing machine and pull scarf out of pocket.
You will be left with a little gaping mouth in your scarf.
Step 10: Pinch the mouth together.
Step 11: In my adult infinity scarf tutorial I had you hand sew the hole in the scarf closed. I’m terrible at hand sewing and realized that it knocks a bit of time off of each scarf if you just sew it closed with the machine. Your seam isn’t invisible this way but really that part of the scarf is usually hidden underneath at the back of your neck. I made my mom one with the invisible seam and one with the sewing machine seam… she never noticed the difference. If you want to hand sew it check here for instructions, otherwise take the scarf to your sewing machine and leaving an 1/8 of an inch seam allowance sew the hole shut.
The part you just sewed will look something like this (only probably neater because I kind of messed up.)
Final Step: Puff the scarf up, grab your kiddo and double loop it around their neck. It makes the cutest little fashion accessory for your fashionista!
I hope you enjoyed my 15 minute kid’s infinity scarf sewing tutorial!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out. If you make an infinity scarf for your little one I’d love to see pictures!
Want even more DIY Gift ideas? Check out these Homegrown & Healthy 12 Days of DIY Christmas ideas!
Needing some new home decor ideas that you can sew? Some of the most incredible and creative home decor ideas I have ever seen were homemade and hand sewn. There is just something about the look of handmade sewing projects that mass produced items will never capture. Home decor sewing projects are not just for the experts, either. Plenty of awesome sewing projects are perfect for beginners and can even be made pretty quickly. With a basic sewing machine and a trip or two to the fabric store plus a little hard work and ingenuity, you can make some the the best curtains, pillows, bedding, rugs, napkins and home decor. Craft ideas like these make super DIY gifts for friends and family, too – especially housewarming gifts! Check out these do it yourself ideas and tutorials for home accessories and decor you will be be proud to show off.