15 Easy Sewing Projects to Make in an Afternoon!


Don’t you just love those easy sewing projects that you can start and finish the same day? They are especially awesome because you fan fit projects like these in when you need to take a break from a longer project.

Or when you need a last minute gift!

So here are my 15 favorite free sewing tutorials (and patterns) that can be sewn up in an afternoon:

These Small Drawstring Bags are just the right size for a few packets of hot cocoa – or any other little treasure. I especially love them for those last minute gifts I mentioned.

These pretty and smart dishtowels don’t fall off the bar! Plus they are fat quarter friendly.

Speaking of fat quarters, that’s exactly what I used for my Patchwork Shower Curtain tutorial.

Organize a whole bunch of toys and make a soft bean bag chair with this Bean Bag Toy Storage Pattern.

Your next beautiful bag is just a couple hours (and one yard of fabric) away using the Sew Easy Big Tote Bag Tutorial

Make game night fun for everyone with the Card Kitty!

Cute Bunny Treat Bags are a hit anytime, but especially springtime.

This DIY Hanging Organizer Pattern is great for any room in the house.

Pack your shoes (or anything else) safely and stay organized with these Lay Flat Storage Bags. So perfect for travel!

These Mini Fold Up Baskets are so easy and make perfect gift baskets or drawer organizers.

Make someone’s day with this Easy Drawstring Backpack with an optional zipper pocket!

Or sew yourself a Pretty Lanyard to hold your work ID or your next event badge.

Every car needs a Car Diddy Bag!

Pack a healthy lunch in this Easy Peasy (and insulated) DIY Lunch Bag.


Last of all, don’t miss my Designer Zipper Bags video course. It’s free to sign up and has step by step videos all along the way!

So which one of these easy and free sewing tutorials is your favorite? Tell me in the comments so I can write more like it!

And as always, I love to see what you make using my free patterns. Please tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe or #sewcanshe so I can take a look!


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