Art And Craft

Crafting with a Sewing Machine

Whenever I am talking about crafting to somebody new, there are a lot of people that tell me it is something that they have no talent for. I always reply by telling them that it doesn’t matter if the finished product is perfect, as long as they have fun when they are making it.

With this in mind I have listed a number of simple projects that can be completed with a sewing machine. If you find you enjoy making these, then you may feel more prepared to take on something bigger.

Velcro Pencil Case

Whether you have children that go to school or not, there is a chance that you know someone who would benefit from having somewhere to keep their pens and pencils organized.

The Velcro closing on a fabric pencil case helps to ensure that none of the contents fall out and get lost. Sewing the Velcro strip onto the case can be a little tricky, especially if you are new to using a sewing machine, but it is a useful skill to learn. Pencil cases such as these can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and so you can create something that is ideal for your needs.

Tote Bag

This is one of the easiest projects that you can make on a sewing machine. You will need two fabrics that look good together. These fabrics will be the outer and inner of the bag. Remember to put aside some extra fabric to make the straps. There are many places online where you can find patterns for these bags.

One of the best things about making a tote bag is that you have a lot of freedom in terms of the design because you can use any fabric. It is really easy to design something that reflects your personality and you will know that there is nobody else out there with a bag the same as yours.

Change Purse

If you have had a go at making the tote bag, then you also may want to try making a change purse to go with it. This is a little more difficult because you will need to attach the clasp, but again there are plenty of easy to follow patterns online.

You can match the fabric used for the bag to also make the purse, or you can choose a different fabric that complements the design of the bag. For me, one of the best things about making your own products is that they can all be a design that you really love.

Sunglasses Case

If you keep your sunglasses in your bag, then there is a good chance they will become scratched by other items such as your keys. One way to prevent this from happening is to make yourself a sunglasses case.

My personal preference for this would be a fabric with a really summery design, but the choice is completely up to you. These cases are really easy to make because you only need two pieces of fabric and a small length of elastic. For more ideas and info you can check out