6. Sew a tea cosy
Animal tea cosies are cute – this squirrel has so much personality, and the thick felt is great for keeping a teapot warm. This cosy should fit most one- to three-cup teapots.
>>How to sew a tea cosy
5. Sew a craft doll
A cross between a Russian babushka doll, a Japanese anime-style superhero and a cushion, these decorative toys are delightfully unique by nature as well as by name.
>>How to sew a craft doll
7. Sew a stylish throw blanket
Stitch this gorgeous linen throw that is sure to become a family favourite.
>>How to stitch a linen throw
Get back to basics with these 15 simply gorgeous sewing projects!
Photographer: Scott HawkinsStylist: Alexia Biggs
1. Sew a tote bag
The ideal tote is big enough to hold your towel, a book or two, water bottle, sunscreen and a hat, plus your wallet and keys and made from robust fabric that can handle wear and tear.
>>How to make a beach bagPhotographer: Scott HawkinsStylist: Alexia Biggs
4. Sew a silk scarf
There’s nothing like a soft-woven hat with a decent brim for keeping cool in the sun. Sewing a long, narrow silk scarf to tie around a favourite hat is a wonderful way to update your look.
>>How to sew a hat scarfPhotographer: Scott HawkinsStylist: Alexia Biggs
2. Sew a picnic bascket lining
Turn your favourite wicker basket into a picnic hamper with this simple lining.
>>How to sew a picnic basket liningPhotographer: Scott HawkinsStylist: Alexia Biggs
3. Sew a simple dress
A simple cover-all is a must for long summer days at the beach. Something you can throw over your bathers for the walk to the kiosk, or when you need a break from the sun’s rays. This easy-to-make shift looks great and can be made to fit almost any shape.
>>How to sew a beach dressPhotographer: Scott HawkinsStylist: Alexia Biggs
9. Sew bunting
Flag bunting adds an air of carnival to any celebration. Keep it simple for birthday celebrations, or dress it up with ornaments and baubles for Christmas.
>>How to sew bunting
10. Sew a headband
These headbands are a great way to use leftover fabric and are quick and easy for moderately experienced sewers.
>>How to sew a headband
14. Sew a wheat bag
Wheat bags are a wonderful way to soothe a headache or warm up your bed in winter. These colourful bags can be whipped up in a jiffy and are a great way to use off-cuts from the bigger projects.
>>How to sew a wheat bag
12. Sew a little dress
This dress is easy to make, lovely to wear, and grows with your little one. It can also be worn with a T-shirt or skivvy underneath in cooler weather, and as a tunic top with jeans the next year.
>>How to sew a little dress
13. Sew cotton shorts
This pattern is so versatile. Make it up in tough denim for the playground, linen for a smart look or cute cotton for playtime and bedtime.
>>How to sew shorts
11. Sew felt baby owls
The baby felt owl is adorable and a great project to include the kids in. They can help by cutting out the shapes you need – the eyes, beak, wings, feet and belly. To make this step easier and safer for little fingers, make the pattern bigger and thus easier to cut.
>>How to sew a baby felt owl