Transform Your Home With These DIY Sewing Projects

Sewing projects can be a great way to add personality and style to your home. Plus, they’re much cheaper than buying new pieces from fancy stores! 

Whether you’re looking for a new headboard or just want to add some flair to your window treatments, we’ve got plenty of ideas for sewing projects that will transform your home for less than $50.

10 easy sewing projects compilation! ( Scrap fabric friendly too)
1. Learn the basics of sewing before starting a project, including different types of stitches and how to sew a straight line.
2. If you’re new to quilting, start with our ultimate guide that covers everything from fabric selection to finishing techniques.
3. Save time and frustration with helpful sewing hacks that simplify even complex projects.
4. Achieve perfectly sewn projects with expert tips on choosing the appropriate stitches and tension.
5. Let your creativity shine by exploring DIY jewelry making, from basic techniques to advanced skills.
6. Explore more home decor sewing projects on resources like Sew Can She,, and AppleGreen Cottage.
7. Choose durable and easy to care for fabrics like cotton, linen, and cotton-linen blends for home decor projects.
8. Many home decor projects can be completed with a standard sewing machine and basic tools like scissors, a rotary cutter, and cutting mat.
9. Find free patterns and inspiration for home decor projects on sewing blogs, websites, and Pinterest.
10. Select fabrics and colors that complement your existing decor and achieve the look and mood you want to create.

Nailhead Trimmed Headboard

You can make a headboard from any fabric you like. You can use any type of fabric you like, such as velvet, linen or even silk if you want to go all out. 

The same goes for the material that the headboard is made out of; use wood, metal or stone if you prefer something different.

As far as technique goes, there are many ways that a DIYer could choose to make their headboard – sewing it by hand or machine; using traditional quilting techniques or even incorporating beads into the design! The possibilities really are endless!

A successful sewing project begins with the basics. Learn more about different types of stitches and how to sew a straight line in our guide on Sewing for Beginners.

Lush Ottoman

Take a piece of fabric that you absolutely love, and wrap it around the ottoman. Then attach the fabric to the bottom of the ottoman with staples. Now pile up some pillows and enjoy!

You can use this same method on an ottoman or pouf to make a footstool, or even use it to cover a sofa cushion if you want to freshen up your space without having to buy new furniture. If you’re brave enough, try using this technique on something bigger like an entire couch!

Ruffled Shower Curtain


Shower curtain liner, solid color or patterned with a place to hang it. Make sure the curtain is longer than your tub/shower so you can hang it below the lip of the tub/shower and have it fall over the edge.

Fabric scissors or rotary cutter (if you have one)


Cut your fabric into rectangles about 15″ wide by 26″ long, or whatever length is appropriate for your window or shower curtain rod or shower head if you want to maximize coverage of those areas.

Fold each rectangle in half lengthwise and sew two sides together using a straight stitch with no allowance for stretch (called “seam allowance”). 

Be careful not to sew yourself into a corner! Leave some extra space at each end so that you will be able to pull out any excess fabric later when making ruffles and pleats; otherwise they might get twisted inside-out during assembly.

Tip – If possible try matching up colors on both sides so that there are no noticeable seams when finished!

Tip – For more detailed instructions on how to make ruffles check out this tutorial from Sew Much Ado!

Quilting can be a daunting task, but with our guide on The Ultimate Guide to Quilting, you’ll be able to tackle any project with confidence. From fabric selection to finishing techniques, our comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to become a master quilter.

Roman Shades

Making Roman shades is a great way to add personality to your home while keeping it cool and dark. It’s also the perfect project if you’ve got some leftover fabric from another project (and who doesn’t?) 

Here’s how to make a Roman shade:

Lay out the fabric on a flat surface. Measure the width of your window and add 1″ for seam allowances and hemming. 

Cut two pieces of fabric that are at least 4 inches longer than this measurement. You’ll want these extra inches so that when you hang your shade, it will fall down over the sides of the window frame without touching them or showing behind it—this will keep it looking clean and professional.

Fold one piece of fabric in half lengthwise (so it looks like there are two layers), then fold each end toward the center until they meet up with each other along their lengthwise creases; press them flat so they stay put until you’re ready for assembly! 

Repeat this process with your other piece of material as well (i’m assuming here that both pieces will be identical).

Save time and frustration with these ten helpful Sewing Hacks that will simplify even the most complex projects. From cutting and measuring to storage and organization, our tips and tricks will take your sewing skills to the next level.

Gathered Bed Skirt

If you’re looking to add some feminine flare to your bedroom, but don’t have time for a full-on DIY project, this is the perfect sewing project for you. Bed skirts come in all shapes and sizes and can be made from a variety of fabrics. You’ll want to start by measuring out your bed skirt so that it fits properly. 

Once it’s cut and gathered, fill in any gaps with batting or foam if desired. Add trim or lace around each corner before adding buttons or Velcro closures so that it stays put when not in use.

Pencil Case

A pencil case can be made in any size, but I like to make mine small so that they fit easily into the pockets of my backpack. 

You can use a decorative fabric for the outside and a fun print for the inside, or vice versa. You can also add extra features like magnetic snaps or Velcro closure to keep your pens from falling out.

If you want to sew this project by hand, it will take some time but it is doable! If you’re looking for something more fast paced though, I recommend using your sewing machine instead! The only difference between hand and machine stitching is how much time it takes—and whether or not you have sore fingers afterward.

Say goodbye to wonky seams and learn the secret to perfectly sewn projects in our guide on The Secret to Perfectly Sewn Seams. Our expert tips on choosing the right stitches and tension for your project will help you achieve flawless results every time.

Quilted Pillow Cases And Shams

Use a quilting hoop. To ensure even stitching, use a large wooden or plastic quilting hoop to make sure the fabric doesn’t bunch up as you sew.

Quilt pillow cases and shams. If you’ve never done any quilting before, this is the easiest way to start! All you need is an embroidery needle and some thread in your favorite color(s). Sew through all layers of fabric at once with straight stitches about 3/4 inch apart (this will give it more dimension).

Finish edges with binding tape. When attaching binding tape (which can be purchased online or at local sewing stores), follow these steps:

Cut the length of ribbon needed for your project for example, 80 inches long if using standard 108-inch wide cotton material like what’s found on most bedsheets and pull both ends through each end of the machine so they come out on opposite sides of where they went in.

Make sure there are no wrinkles in either end by pulling them tight into place before tying them together with a simple knot.

18″PlasticF.A. Edmunds$14.99
22″WoodMorgan Products$23.99
36″WoodFrank A. Edmunds$49.99

Note: Prices are subject to change and may vary depending on the retailer and location. Choosing the right size hoop can depend on the size of your project, personal preference, and level of control.

Pouf Ottoman

If you’ve got a favorite loveseat, this pouf ottoman will make the perfect complement to it. The best part about this project is that it’s incredibly easy to customize. You can change the color of your fabric or add a contrasting zipper or button closure, depending on your mood and taste!


Fabric – 2 yards (or 1 yard if using a thick upholstery-weight fabric)

Fusible webbing interfacing – 1/2 yard (optional)

Coordinating thread (the same weight as your fabric)

Zipper feet/button sewing machine needle/bias tape maker (optional)

Basic sewing supplies such as scissors, pins, measuring tape etc.

Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with our guide on DIY Jewelry Making. From basic techniques to advanced skills, our tips and tricks will help you unleash your creativity and design stunning jewelry that’s as unique as you are.

Curtains With Pleats And Grommets

Pleated curtains are a classic way to add some style and sophistication to your home. They can also be made with just a few, simple sewing supplies. This project will take an afternoon of your time, but it’s worth the effort!

If you want to make pleated curtains yourself, here are some tips:

Use grommets instead of hooks or buttons. Grommets look nicer and give the curtains more structure than other types of closures. 

You can even customize them by adding different colored metal rings around your fabric rings (this is called “bullion trimming”). This type of detail really makes a difference in the finished product!

Use good quality fabric that won’t wrinkle easily or lose its shape after being washed many times over several years like twill weaved cotton denim – because this type is durable enough for everyday use yet soft enough on touch when touched against skin during sleep time hours especially if you plan on making these items as part of a whole bedroom set which might include pillowcases too made out from similar materials as well as sheets etcetera..

Window Seat Cushion

A window seat cushion is a great way to use up leftover fabric and create a place to sit or lay down. You can even make one using an old blanket, if you don’t have enough fabric lying around!

The easiest way to sew in a zipper is by hand. 

First, fold the zipper over the open seam allowance of your cushion cover with the wrong side facing out so that it aligns with one side of the opening (opposite from where you want it). 

Then sew along its edge using either machine or hand stitches depending on how thick your material is leaving about ½ inch unsewn at both ends for turning inside out later. Finally, topstitch around all four sides of each corner on top of those machine- or hand-sewn lines to close them off completely before flipping over onto its finished side now that everything else has been sewn!

24″ x 72″SunbrellaHigh-density foam$119.99
48″ x 20″Pottery BarnPolyester fiber$149.99
36″ x 16″IKEARecycled polyester$29.99
40″ x 15″JOANNFoam pad$39.99
60″ x 18″Fabric.comShredded memory foam$79.99

Note: Prices are subject to change and may vary depending on the retailer and location. Filling options may also vary based on personal preference and budget.

Custom-Fit Slipcovers For Furniture

A slipcover is an easy way to transform the look of your furniture, and they’re a great alternative to buying new pieces. They’re also a great option if you want to cover up worn or outdated upholstery.

The first step in making a slipcover is measuring the piece of furniture you want to cover. Use fabric that’s wide enough and long enough to cover all four sides of the piece, plus extra fabric for hemming around any openings like armrests or legs.

Once you have your measurements, cut out two pieces: one for each side of the object (or one for each part if it has multiple parts). Measurements should be taken from inside corners of each edge so that there will be no gaps between them when finished with seams.  

After cutting out these pattern pieces, use them as templates when creating identical patterns on your chosen material be sure not to make any mistakes here! 

You can use pins or chalk lines instead of tracing paper if necessary; just remember that anything left behind by chalk will fade away after washing fabrics several times over time due to contact with chemicals present in most detergents used for cleaning purposes.”

Bolster Pillow Cover With Hidden Zipper


  • 1 bolster pillow form
  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • heavy-duty sewing machine needle, 34/80 or 70/10 (I used a 75/11)

invisible zipper, 22in long with sliders and stop. This is a great place to get it if you don’t have any in your stash yet! I used this one from Etsy. 

If you have ever seen me sew, you know that I love purple thread on white fabric so much that I put it on everything. 

But really, if you’re not as crazy about purple as I am or even if you are! any color will work for this project. You just need something that contrasts well with the cream colored cotton duck fabric we’ll use for this project (the same stuff I’ve bought for years). 

Thread in contrasting color would be ideal but regular thread will do fine too so long as it’s strong enough to handle being stitched into a straight line over and over again through thick layers of cotton canvas fabric without breaking while still being flexible enough not cause problems during stitching like knots can sometimes do when working with heavier threads such as silk fibers because they’re smooth instead of having some sort of texture like cotton does which helps prevent tugging at times when sewing them together during projects.

Bolster Pillow Covers with Hidden Zippers

12″ x 18″AmazonBasics Brushed Percale Cotton$10.99
12″ x 28″IKEA HENRIKA$12.99
12″ x 36″West Elm Belgian Flax Linen$22.99
14″ x 20″Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen$29.99
14″ x 36″Casper Percale Cotton$34.99

Note: Prices are subject to change and may vary depending on the retailer and location.


Now that you’ve learned about some of the best diy projects to upgrade your home, it’s time to get started! These sewing projects are not only easy to learn, but they also won’t break the bank. Which DIY project will you try first?

Further reading

If you’re looking for more inspiration to sew for your home, check out the following resources:

Sew Can She: A Pinterest board filled with sewing projects for your home, from cushion covers to table linens. A collection of home decor sewing projects, including tutorials on sewing curtains, pillows, and other accessories that will give your home a cozy and personalized touch.

AppleGreen Cottage: A list of free sewing patterns for the home, from kitchen accessories to storage solutions.


What kind of sewing projects can I make for my home?

You can sew a wide range of projects for your home, including curtains, throw pillows, table runners, placemats, dish towels, and even furniture covers.

What are some good fabrics for home decor projects?

Cotton, linen, and cotton-linen blends are popular choices for home decor sewing projects, as they are durable, easy to care for, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Do I need special tools or equipment for home decor sewing projects?

While some projects may require specialized equipment like a serger or a larger sewing machine, many home decor projects can be completed with a standard sewing machine and basic sewing tools like scissors, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat.

Where can I find free sewing patterns for home decor projects?

Many sewing blogs and websites offer a variety of free sewing patterns for home decor projects. You can also find free patterns on Pinterest or by searching online for “free home decor sewing patterns.”

What are some tips for choosing fabrics and colors for home decor projects?

Consider the style of your home, the mood you want to create in a room, and the function of the item you’re sewing when choosing fabrics and colors. Look for fabrics that complement your existing decor and choose colors that will help you achieve the look you want.