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My Beginner Sewing Projects

Rob bought me a sewing machine for Mother’s Day last year. I had such big plans – I wanted to learn to make so many things! But, I never even took the cover off of my machine for a few months. 

Even then I only did a few straight stitches, nothing special. But I’m determined to go from Beginner Sewing Amateur to a Sewing Novice {but only for personal hire}.  😉

Begginer Sewing: Coffee Cozy

Finally I decided to tackle my first project. I was having a fun, coffee-theme party for some friends and I wanted to make cute coffee cozies for them to take home. I jumped right in and was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out!

Begginer Sewing: Coffee Cozy

They were a big hit – and a successful beginner sewing project, but would you believe I hadn’t tried to make anything since!? 

There have been quite a few life moments between October and now… Christmas, Moreaya’s First Birthday, throwing a Baby Shower {and more}, but I’ve made squeezed in a tiny few extra hours in the day and have dusted off my machine and gotten back into it.

As soon as I saw April {one of my favorite bloggers since I started even reading blogs} post a tutorial on her blog of her new Tag a Long Bag, I knew I wanted to try. I was going to a craft store one day so I jotted down everything I needed. 

A couple of days later, I sat down to begin my first REAL sewing project, that included a zipper – eek.


Turns out, zippers are hard.  I had to rip mine out 3 times before I got it right. But I finally got it!


It took a bit longer than I’m sure it would a seasoned seamstress, but a few hours for me. I know that I still definitely need to work on slowing down and making sure my cuts are straight and perfect. I want to rush through that part and get straight to the project – to make something pretty!

After I finished my Tag a Long Bag, I realized that I definitely needed a pin cushion. I was using pins like crazy and just piling them up. They would fall, get pushed under things, so I knew I needed a solution.

I had pinned a cute pin cushion tutorial awhile back so I decided to tackle that next – no sewing required. 

Pin Cushion

I had a ramekin that I hardly used so I stuffed it with batting and hot glued some cute material over it.


I had also seen a cute pin of a pin cushion attached to the sewing machine. I thought this would cut down on my always searching for that cute pin cushion I just made, so I wrapped some fabric around a stiff piece of cardboard.  Filled it with quilt batting and then hot glued it all to my machine!

Pin Cushion on Machine

It works pretty well and looks cute too!

I have a few other projects going right now and can’t wait to share more with you!

I shared some of my favorite Sewing Pins and Ideas with you – I’d love to see some of yours. 
Leave a comment with your favorite Beginner Sewing Tutorials, Pins, or Projects that you want to try or have done yourself!


Thursday 18th of November 2021

Where can I find the pattern for the coffee cup cozies? Can you post a link? Thanks

DIY Cloth Training Pants

Saturday 11th of February 2017

[…] I’m a beginning sewer so bear with me.  This isn’t a tutorial in which you’ll get patterns and measurements […]


Thursday 20th of March 2014

I'm just about to start my first ever sewing project, wish me luck!

Lindsey Galvez

Friday 21st of March 2014


DIY Cloth Training Pants

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

[…] I'm a beginning sewer so bear with me.  This isn't a tutorial in which you'll get patterns and measurements […]


Thursday 30th of May 2013

I just got a sewing machine for my birthday and am looking for some super easy projects. Is there a way to get to the tutorial for the coffee cozies? They are super cute!


Tuesday 4th of June 2013

Lindsay - I'm still learning myself, but if I whip up a few more, I'll be sure to take a few pics!!  :)