Last Updated on June 6, 2023
Discover 10 Cool Sewing Projects for High School Students: Sewing has come back in recent years, with more and more people realizing the benefits of creating their own clothing, accessories, and home decor.
High school students and teens, in particular, can benefit greatly from learning how to sew. Not only is it a practical skill, but it also helps to improve focus, patience, and creativity.
Sewing projects for high school students or teen
If you’re interested in learning how to sew, plenty of projects are perfect for beginners. From simple clothing alterations to easy-to-follow patterns, there’s something for everyone.
Here, we’ll explore some sewing projects that are perfect for high school students or teens looking to get started with this fantastic hobby.
1. Wristlets and Key Chains Using Scrap Fabric
These small accessories are practical and make great personalized gifts or stylish additions to your collection. You can create unique and functional items with just a few materials and simple sewing techniques. So let’s dive into this exciting sewing project!
Before we begin, gather the following materials:
- Fabric scraps (For wristlet: 12″ x 4″ fabric and interfacing, For keychain: 6″ x 4″ fabric and interfacing)
- Medium-weight interfacing
- Key fob hardware (1-inch size)
- Sewing machine
- Pressing cloth
- Step 1: Prepare the Fabric: Start by cutting your fabric and interfacing it according to the abovementioned sizes. Remember, you can customize the sizes based on your preferences. Place the rough side of the interfacing facing down on the fabric, and use a pressing cloth to iron them together.
- Step 2: Fold and Iron: For the wristlet, fold the fabric in half lengthwise and iron to create a crease. Then, fold one end over on the crease, followed by the other end. Iron each fold to create a neat shape. Repeat this process for the keychain, folding it in half lengthwise and then folding the sides over.
- Step 3: Sewing: Using a sewing machine, stitch a straight line with a 1/8 inch seam allowance along all four sides of both the wristlet and keychain. This will secure the folds and give a finished look to the edges.
- Step 4: Attaching the Key Fob Hardware: To attach the key fob hardware, open the hardware and insert it into the folded end of the fabric. Ensure that the fabric is centered and aligned properly. Press the hardware closed to secure it in place using pliers specifically designed for this purpose or needle-nose pliers. Repeat this step for the remaining wristlet and keychain.
- Step 5: Final Touches: Now that you have attached the key fob hardware, your wristlet, and keychain are ready for use! Slip the wristlet around your wrist or attach the keychain to your keys for a stylish and functional accessory.
Video: How To Make Wristlets and Key Chains Using Scrap Fabric
2. Corner Fabric Bookmark
- Gather your desired materials: three squares of your favorite fabric and SF 101 interfacing.
- Cut the fabric squares to 4 inches and the interfacing to 3.5 inches square.
- Cut one of the interfacing squares diagonally to get a triangle.
Next, fold the fabric square that you want to be the pocket in half diagonally, wrong sides together. Place the interfacing triangle along the fold, aligning the edges, and fold the fabric back over it. Apply heat with an iron to fuse the interfacing to the fabric.
Now, take the remaining two fabric squares and place the interfacing on the wrong side of each fabric square. Apply heat to fuse the interfacing to the fabric. You now have all your fabric pieces ready.
To assemble the bookmark:
- Place the backside fabric square right side up.
- Place the pocket in the middle, aligning the fold with the diagonal.
- Place the top fabric square right side down on top of the pocket.
You have your bookmark sandwich ready. Sew around all four sides of the bookmark, leaving a small gap on one side to turn it right. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to secure it. Trim the corners and any loose threads. Optional: Press the seam open with an iron for a neater finish.
Carefully turn the bookmark right side out through the gap. Use a point-turner or similar tool to push out the corners for a crisp look. If desired, stitch along two of the sides to secure the layers, leaving the other two sides open.
To make the bookmark flat, apply heat and place a heavy object, such as a clapper or a heavy book, on top while it cools.
Video: How to Make a Fabric Corner Bookmark
3. Emoji keychain with felt fabric
Sewing projects are a great way to unleash your creativity and develop your sewing skills. If you’re a high school student looking for a fun and engaging sewing project, why not try making Emoji Keyrings with fabric?
These adorable keyrings make great accessories for your keys or backpacks and allow you to experiment with different stitches and embellishments. Here’s a short guide to help you get started:
- Assorted fabric scraps in different colors
- Embroidery floss or sewing thread in coordinating colors
- Keyring or keychain hardware
- Fabric markers or pens
- Stuffing material (polyester fiberfill or cotton batting)
- Embellishments (optional): sequins, beads, or buttons
- Step 1: Choose Emoji Designs: Start by selecting the emoji designs you want to recreate as keyrings. You can find inspiration online or sketch your own designs on paper. Keep the designs relatively simple, considering the size of your keyrings.
- Step 2: Cut Fabric and Transfer Design: Using your fabric markers or pens, trace and transfer the chosen emoji designs onto your fabric scraps. Make sure to include seam allowances around the design for sewing.
- Step 3: Cut Out Fabric Pieces: Carefully cut out the fabric pieces, following the traced lines. For each emoji keyring, you’ll need two identical fabric pieces that will be sewn together.
- Step 4: Embroider Facial Features: Add facial features to your emoji designs using embroidery floss or sewing thread. This can include eyes, mouths, and any other distinguishing features. You can use different embroidery stitches, such as satin stitch, backstitch, or French knots, to bring your emoji to life.
- Step 5: Sew Fabric Pieces: Together Place the two fabric pieces with the embroidered sides facing each other (right sides together). Pin them in place to prevent shifting. Starting at one end, carefully sew around the edges using a basic running stitch or your preferred sewing stitch. Leave a small opening for turning and stuffing.
- Step 6: Turn and Stuff: Gently turn the fabric right side out through the opening. Use a chopstick or blunt object to push out the corners and ensure smooth edges. Stuff the emoji keyring with polyester fiberfill or cotton batting to achieve a plump and cushioned look. Adjust the stuffing level to your preference.
- Step 7: Close the Opening: After stuffing, neatly hand sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch or slip stitch. Make sure the stitches are secure to prevent the stuffing from coming out.
- Step 8: Add Embellishments (optional): If desired, you can further enhance your emoji keyring by adding embellishments. Sew on sequins, beads, or buttons to create unique accents or details on your design.
- Step 9: Attach Keyring Hardware: Finish off your emoji keyring by attaching a keyring or keychain hardware to the top. You can sew it directly onto the fabric or use a small jump ring for added durability.
4. Sunglasses Case
This project is suitable for high school students and requires basic sewing skills. The case will provide a protective and stylish storage solution for your sunglasses.
- Two 10-inch by 10-inch squares of fabric (cotton or similar material)
- One rectangle of inner form plus measuring 8 inches by 7 inches
- Sewing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Rotary cutter
- Pins or clips
- Chopstick (optional)
- 2-inch by 4-inch strip of fabric for the tab
Step 1: Cutting
- Trim down the fabric squares to measure 8 inches by 9 inches.
- Stack the fabric squares on top of each other and cut them simultaneously.
Step 2: Fusible Interfacing
- Place one fabric piece with the pretty side facing down.
- Center the inner form plus a rectangle on top of the fabric, leaving approximately 1/2 inch seam allowance on all four sides.
- Fuse the inner form plus to the fabric by pressing with an iron.
- Place the other fabric piece on top of the fused fabric, aligning the pretty sides together.
Step 3: Sewing
- Pin or clip the fabric layers together.
- Leave an opening on one of the short sides (start and stop about an inch or an inch and a quarter from the edge).
- Using a sewing machine, stitch around all four sides with a quarter-inch seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. Avoid stitching through the inner form plus.
Step 4: Trimming and Flipping
- Trim away the corners of the fabric to reduce bulk, ensuring not to cut into the stitches.
- Reach into the opening and flip the entire case right side out. Use a chopstick or your fingers to push out the corners gently.
Step 5: Pressing
- Use an iron to press the case, ensuring the seam allowance rolls inside the opening.
- Press the entire case to fuse the fabric together.
Step 6: Adding the Tab
- Cut a 2-inch by 4-inch strip of fabric for the tab.
- Fold the strip in half, press to create a crease, then open it up.
- Bring the edges towards the center crease, press again, and fold on the initial fold.
- Topstitch down the folded side of the strip to secure it.
Step 7: Assembling the Case
- Decide which side of the case you want to be the lining.
- Flip the loop so that the raw edges are facing outward.
- Orient the rectangle horizontally, with the longer side in front of you.
- Fold the rectangle across the vertical fold, matching the raw edges.
- Align the loop with the top edge of the case, about an inch or an inch and a quarter from the top.
- Pin or clip the sides and bottom of the case together, ensuring the loop is tucked inside.
- Stitch the sides and bottom of the case, backstitching at the beginning and end. Take care when sewing through the bulky layers.
Step 8: Final Steps
- Reach into the opening and flip the case right side out.
- Use an iron to press the case again for a neat finish.
- Your sunglasses case is now ready to use!
Video: How to Sew Sunglasses Case
5. Pleated Headband
It's a great accessory to add a touch of flair to your outfits. Let's get started!
- Fabric of your choice (satin, cotton, or any fabric you prefer)
- UHU glue
- Thread and needle (matching color)
- Measuring tape
- Alice band (headband)
- Glue gun (optional)
- Sewing machine (for neat finishing)
- Step 1: Cutting the Fabric: Cut out the required fabric pieces. You’ll need two pieces for the ruffles and one piece to wrap around the headband. Cut a piece measuring 7 inches wide by 60 inches long for the ruffles. For the headband wrap, the width can be around 3 inches, but you can adjust it based on your preference.
- Step 2: Sewing the Headband: Wrap Fold the fabric for the headband wrap in half with the right side facing up. Sew along the open edges using a quarter-inch seam allowance. This will create a tube. Use a safety pin to turn the fabric’s right side out, hiding the seams inside for a neat finish.
- Step 3: Wrapping the Headband: Wrapping the fabric tube around the Alice band (headband). You can use glue to secure it in place, ensuring it covers the upper part of the headband. Trim any excess fabric and use glue to secure the end, ensuring it ends on the upper part of the band.
- Step 4: Sewing the Ruffles: Fold the fabric for the ruffles in half lengthwise, with the right side facing up. Sew along the open edges, leaving an opening at one end. This will form a long tube. Use the opening to turn the fabric right side out.
- Step 5: Creating the Pleats: Bring the seam to one side of the tube once the fabric is right side out. You can lightly iron the fabric to make it easier to work with, but be careful not to make it too flat, especially if you’re using lightweight fabric. Starting from one end, sew stitches across the width of the fabric, creating pleats as you go. Adjust the gathers to achieve the desired length for your headband.
- Step 6: Attaching the Ruffles: Stack the pleated fabric on top of the headband, making sure the pleats face outward. Use glue or hand-sewing to attach the ruffled fabric to the headband, starting from one end and securing it along the length of the headband.
- Step 7: Finishing Touches: Once the ruffled fabric is attached, trim any excess fabric and secure the end with glue or hand-sewing. Check if the length and appearance of the ruffles are to your liking.
And there you have it! Your very own pleated headband. This project allows you to explore your creativity with different fabrics and create a stylish accessory that reflects your personal style.
Video: Handmade Ruffle Headband
6. Handmade Rag Doll
The tutorial is beginner-friendly and perfect for high school students who want to enhance their sewing skills while creating a delightful keepsake.
Follow along with the video to learn how to cut and sew the doll's body, attach the limbs, embroider the facial features, and add clothing and accessories. It's a fun and rewarding project that lets you personalize your rag doll and let your creativity shine.
Before starting the project, remember to gather the necessary materials mentioned in the video description. Take your time, follow the instructions carefully, and enjoy the process of bringing your unique rag doll to life.
Video: Cute Handmade Rag Doll Tutorial
7. Pillowcase Dress
One fun and beginner-friendly project to try is making a pillowcase dress. In this guide, we'll walk you through methods to create your very own dress using a thrifted pillowcase. Let's get started!
- Gather the Materials: You’ll need a thrifted pillowcase (preferably one with a fun pattern), an armhole pattern (provided in the link below), scissors, pins, and a sewing machine.
- Prepare the Pillowcase: Iron the pillowcase to remove any wrinkles and give it a neat look.
- Measure and Cut: Measure the desired length of the dress from the shoulder and add one inch. From the hem of the pillowcase, measure and cut across to obtain the desired length. Save the remaining fabric for later use.
- Create Armholes: Fold the pillowcase in half, aligning the hem at the bottom. Place the armhole pattern on the side opposite the fold, ensuring the straight part is against the edge of the fabric. Trace and cut out the armhole. Repeat for the other side.
- Sew the Armholes: Turn the pillowcase inside out. Fold and press the fabric about an eighth to a quarter of an inch along the curved edges of the armholes. Fold it once more to enclose the open edge and create a seam. Pin in place and sew along the edge of the arm opening. Repeat for the other armhole.
- Create the Drawstring Channel: Fold the top of the pillowcase half an inch and press. Fold it about an inch more to create a channel for the drawstring. Topstitch along the edge to secure the channel.
- Make the Straps: Cut two strips of fabric from the remaining pillowcase fabric, measuring 1.5 inches by 20 inches. Fold each strip into thirds and sew along the side to create the straps.
- Insert the Drawstring: Attach a safety pin to the end of one strap and thread it through the channel from one side to the other. Repeat with the second strap. Pin them in place once both ends reach the end of the channel. Gather the dress by cinching the drawstring, ensuring it fits your daughter’s chest measurement. Pin it in place.
- Finishing Touches: Sew a top stitch across the end stitches to secure the straps. Tie the straps together, and your pillowcase dress is complete!
Video: How to Sew A Pillowcase Dress
8. Friendship Bracelets
Making a lovely bracelet using fabric and beads. It's a fun and creative activity that high school students can enjoy. Let's dive into the step-by-step instructions and start creating your friendship bracelets.
- A strip of fabric (approximately 50 by 6.5 centimeters)
- 13 beads
- String (similar color to the fabric)
- Sewing machine
- Fold the fabric lengthwise and connect the edges with pins. This will create a long, folded strip of fabric.
- Use a sewing machine to sew along the edge of the fold, securing the fabric together. Begin and end with backward and forward stitches to ensure a strong hold.
- Carefully turn the fabric inside out, using a pencil or similar object to push it through and achieve the right side.
- Place the seam in the middle of the bracelet and fold the fabric inside, creating a neat finish.
- Sew the folded ends together to hold the fabric in place.
- On the other side of the bracelet, insert all 13 beads into the fabric.
- Sew the other end of the bracelet, making sure the beads are secure.
- Spread the beads out, placing one on each end and two on each side, with the remaining bead in the middle.
- Take a piece of string and tie a knot next to each bead on both sides to secure them. Double knots are recommended for added strength.
- Trim off any excess string.
- Repeat the process by grabbing the outer strands and placing them towards the middle, next to the central bead.
- Tie knots with string next to each bead to secure them.
- Continue this pattern until all the beads are in the middle of the bracelet.
- If one bead remains on the outer edge, connect it with a small piece of fabric in between.
- Adjust the size of the bracelet to fit your wrist comfortably.
- Voila! Your friendship bracelet is complete. Feel free to add more beads or experiment with different variations to make it your own.
Making friendship bracelets is a fantastic sewing project for high school students. It allows you to express your creativity, customize your design, and create meaningful gifts for friends and loved ones.
9. Fabric Hair Bow
- Linen fabric
- Sewing machine
- Nylon headband or alligator clip
- Hot glue (for alligator clip)
- Measure and cut an 18-inch by 4-inch strip of linen fabric for the larger bow.
- Fold the fabric in half and then align the markings again.
- Prepare your sewing machine and thread.
- Fold the strip of fabric in half without using an iron, pressing it down with your fingers.
- Begin sewing at one end, starting from the folded edge and sewing down to the other.
- Leave a small gap (around 1 inch) at the end.
- Repeat the same steps for the smaller bow using a 13-inch by 3-inch strip of fabric.
- Fold the fabric in half lengthwise for the larger bow and push the corners inside, creating a loop.
- Steam-iron the edges to make them crisp and flat.
- Match the folded edges to create a perfect bow shape.
- Slide the nylon headband through the looped part of the bow.
- Tie the headband tightly, making sure everything is even.
- Adjust the bow and position it so that the flat side lays against the head when worn.
For the smaller bow (to be attached to an alligator clip)
- Apply a small amount of hot glue to the middle of the bow.
- Place the alligator clip on the flat side of the bow and press down firmly.
- Hold the clip in place for a few minutes until the glue sets.
- Make sure to use the appropriate amount of glue to avoid excess spreading.
- Allow the glue to cool and dry completely.
- Repeat the steps for making additional bows, experimenting with different sizes and fabric colors.
- If you prefer not to make the bows yourself, consider purchasing them from the author, who offers various colors and sizes on their website.
Creating fabric hair bows can be a fun and rewarding sewing project for high school students. With just a few materials and simple sewing techniques, you can craft stylish bows that can be attached to nylon headbands or alligator clips.
Whether you choose to make them for yourself or consider selling them, these fabric hair bows are a cute and versatile accessory that can add a touch of charm to any outfit. Enjoy your sewing journey, and let your creativity shine!
Video: Fabric Hair Bow Tutorial
10. Ribbon bookmark
This step-by-step tutorial is perfect for high school students who are new to sewing or looking for a fun and practical DIY project. Let's get started!
Before we begin, gather the following materials for this bookmark tutorial:
- Ribbon (choose a color and width of your preference)
- Button (pick a button that complements your ribbon)
- Elastic (thin elastic cord works well)
- Ladybug decoration (optional, for added embellishment)
- Measure and Cut the Ribbon: Start by measuring the desired length of your bookmark. Cut the ribbon to this length, ensuring it’s long enough to fit inside a book comfortably.
- Attach the Button: On one end of the ribbon, sew the button securely using a needle and thread. Choose a button that matches the width of your ribbon and complements its color.
- Add the Elastic: Measure and cut a piece of elastic that is slightly shorter than the length of the ribbon. Fold the elastic in half and attach it to the opposite end of the ribbon using a needle and thread. Sew it securely, ensuring it doesn’t come loose.
- Sew the Ladybug Decoration (Optional): If you have a ladybug decoration or any other embellishment you’d like to add, sew it onto the ribbon for a personalized touch. Be creative and choose decorations that reflect your style and interests.
- Test and Adjust: After completing the sewing, test the bookmark by sliding the elastic loop over the button. Adjust the length of the elastic if necessary to ensure a snug fit around your book.
You've successfully created your own adjustable ribbon bookmark. This simple sewing project is practical and allows you to add a touch of personality with your choice of ribbon, button, and decoration.
Now you can enjoy reading your favorite books while keeping your place in style. Have fun experimenting with different colors and designs to create a collection of unique bookmarks.
Video: Adjustable ribbon bookmark DIY
In conclusion, sewing projects are a fun and creative way for high school students and teens to express themselves and develop new skills. From fashion design to home decor, there's no limit to what you can create with a needle and thread. So why not give it a try? You might just discover a new passion and talent that could lead to a future career or hobby. Happy sewing!