Stash-busting small sewing projects

Published on 22 April 2020 By Sophie Brown 5 min read

If you’re searching for a small sewing project for when you’re tight on time; you’ve got scraps in your stash that need using up; you need to make a great gift on a tiny budget or perhaps you're looking for the perfect small sewing project for a beginner – we’ve got heaps of gorgeous little DIY projects for you!

We’ve scoured the web for super easy small sewing projects, free sewing patterns and brilliant beginner sewing projects that are guaranteed to go down a treat. By the time you’ve got through a few of these projects, your stash will be looking sparse enough to treat yourself to some fab new fabrics! 

1. Lovely lavender sachets

This quick and easy sewing project makes a beautiful, affordable last-minute gift for a loved one that’s sure to be well-received! You can pop the little sachet inside wardrobes or cars for a burst of fresh fragrance, or even use it as a pin cushion. If you’ve got an abundance of fresh lavender, this is a great way to make use of it. Otherwise, readily available dried lavender will do the trick. If you’ve got 30 minutes and are lacking in the sewing skills department, Easy Peasy Creative’s tutorial will show you the ropes!

lavendar sachets

2. DIY hair scrunchies

Hair scrunchies are making a comeback and they’re popping up all over the place. If you’ve got a few scraps of fabulous fabric and some elastic, you can give the shops a run for their money! These luxurious velvet scrunchies are so easy to make with the free tutorial from The Jessica Life. You’ll have a scrunchie for every day of the week when you see how easy these are to make! They make a perfect present too.

3. Brilliant bookmarks

Calling all bookworms! This is the perfect project (or present) for someone who loves to read. This colourful bookmark only takes five minutes to make, making it perfect for a beginner sewist and a super quick last-minute gift idea. Find the tutorial over on Crazy Little Projects, and keep it saved in your computer’s bookmarks too – we think you’ll want to come back to it!

4. Simple sleep mask

This small sewing project has big results! Give the gift of a peaceful night’s sleep with this super simple sleep mask. Made using some small scraps from your stash and a length of elastic, all you need is the free pattern and a sewing machine to get started. Follow the step-by-step tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons to make a mask that’s guaranteed to please.

5. Practical cord keepers

Have you got tangled wires spilling out of drawers in your home? Or phone charger thieves on the loose? This simple sewing solution could be the answer to your problems! Made using the tiniest scraps of fabric, this is a small sewing project you’ll return to time and time again. These super useful cord keepers make the perfect present for tech lovers, but you’re sure to want to keep a few of these around your home too! Check out the tutorial and download the free pattern from Leafy Treetops blog.

6. Cool knotted headbands

Make knotted headbands for the whole family! With just ¼ yard of fabric and a small strip of elastic, this is a small sewing project that’s as simply as it is stylish. Thanks to the tie at the front, this free pattern from Sugar Bee Crafts can be stitched up for both adults and kids in no time at all.

7. Perfect zipper pouches

If you’ve got bits of make-up, coins, receipts and who-knows-what else scattered in the bottom of all your handbags – this is the small sewing project for you! A lovely little gift and an ideal travel bag, this zipper pouch from Melly Sews is a great beginner make. It’s also a good project to practice sewing in zips.

8. Knotted hair ties

If there are two things that we have in abundance – it’s old hair ties and scraps of fabric! Finally, we’ve found a project that can combine the two and put them to good use. These super cute knotted hair ties are so easy to make that they’d be great to get kids involved in. Check out the tutorial from Polka Dot Chair to find out how to make them.

9. Tiny quilt block pin cushions

If you’re a keen quilter, you might find that you’ve got lots of lovely leftover quilt blocks gathering in your stash. Put them to good use and make a pin cushion for your future quilting and sewing endeavours! Check out our super simple tutorial to make yours, and get some top tips for being an organised maker while you’re there!

10. Delicious snack bags

Want to save the planet, clear-out your stash and create stylish little snack bags? Coral and Co have got a fab tutorial to help you do all three! Perfect for sending to school with the kids or packing up picnics; you can wash and reuse them time-and-time again.

11. Perfect pound holders

Ever get to the supermarket and realise you’ve not got a pound for the trolly? Not anymore! Use the tiniest scraps of fabric to create a cute pound keyring that holds a pound. Use Sew Kate Sew’s quick and easy tutorial to see how it’s done.

12. Stylish cloth napkins

Ina from Crafty for Home has come up with a fantastic tutorial for making self-binding napkins. Cloth napkins are great for entertaining; making any dining table look stylish and sophisticated. Plus – they’re easy to make and you can match them to your decor!

13. Cute curling iron sleeve

Travel in style with a handmade sleeve for your curling iron or straighteners! This would make an oh-so-useful gift for any jet-setter in your life; and it’s so easy to make that you’ll be tempted to make one for yourself too! Find out how to make it on the Polkadot Chair blog.

14. Double knot baby hat

If you’ve got a new baby in the family or you’re heading to a baby shower and need a last-minute gift, this gorgeous double-knot baby hat by Sweet Red Poppy is an ideal choice! You can knock it up in no time using scraps in your stash, plus it’s absolutely adorable – a win-win!

15. Beautiful baby booties

Got some leftover fabric from the double knot hat above and want to make something else for Baby? These little booties are the perfect small sewing project. Get the free pattern and watch Homemade in the Heartland show you how to make them in a brilliant video tutorial.

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Sophie Brown

Sophie Brown is a Copywriter at LoveCrafts. Sophie works with the content team to create inspiring round-ups, exciting tutorials and must-read articles. Sophie has worked in crafty content for over 10 years, and is a keen cross stitcher and crocheter in her downtime.

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