If you’re all brand new to sewing and you're on the hunt for a starter sewing kit to boost your stash, we’re here to help. In this article, we'll talk you through a few of our favourite sewing kits out there – with everything from small sewing kits to stock up on basic sewing supplies, through to full project kits to help you sew your own clothes, homewares, needlecraft projects and toys.


We know that when you're just starting out, you may not want to invest in a full sewing room before you've practised your skills and are ready to commit. So the beauty of the starter sewing kits in this article is that someone else has taken the hard work out of selecting what supplies you need to get going – whether you're looking to make simple alterations to your wardrobe or sew a completely new one from scratch!

Read on as we share our favourite places to shop online for sewing kits for beginners. We've also included a range of levels in this round-up – from little toy softie sewing kits or embroidery kits if you want to try a spot of hand stitching (no sewing machine needed), through to some confident beginner projects to try new techniques if you're looking to develop your sewing skills.

You will need a sewing machine to make some of the project kits in this round up. If you don't have one and want to treat yourself, take a look at our best sewing machines round up, or if dressmaking is your thing and you're keen to start sewing your own clothes, you might also enjoy our round-up of the best sewing patterns for beginners.

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This round-up of the best sewing kits for beginners includes:

  1. Sewing starter kits – stock up on small sewing kits filled with the basics
  2. Sew your own wardrobe kits – simple garments and sewing project kits for beginners
  3. Toy sewing kits – for grown ups and children to make
  4. Needlecraft sewing kits – try embroidery and needlework with these starter kits
  5. Home sewing kits for beginners – make simple cushions and home furnishings
Sewing kits for beginners

Best sewing starter kits – stock up on the basics

These small sewing kits and bumper stash boosters will get you all set with essential supplies that you'll use again and again for years to come.

1. Retro wooden sewing starter kit

We can geek out for hours about the beauty of vintage sewing boxes (seriously, you should hear us), and now you can give your stash the look of a vintage sewing basket but filled with the latest supplies.

This wooden sewing basket is filled with handy compartments and includes sewing thread, hand needles, a metal needle threader, pincushion, tape measure, seam ripper, scissors and buttons.

Wooden Sewing Box Beginner Sewing Kit

2. John Lewis & Partners Floral Bumblebee zipped Sewing Kit

John Lewis & Partners Floral Bumblebee zipped Sewing Kit

Ideal for sewing on the go, this handy sewing kit has everything you'll need to make basic sewing alterations.

Crafted from cotton, this zipped kit includes 12 thread reels, embroidery scissors, tape measure, safety pins, seam ripper, buttons and needles. Choose from a variety of designs, from florals to fox print.

3. Portable sewing machine starter kit

Portable Beginner Sewing kit

If you really want a complete introduction to sewing and to try out new skills, this 12 stitch sewing machine kit by Magicfly is a good value beginner kit that will show you the ropes.

This mini sewing machine won't replace a full scale model from the bigger brands but it's a good place to start.

It comes with 12 built-in stitches, three different sewing feet, scissors, a seam ripper, extension table buttons, zips, bobbins and a tape measure.

4. Sturme Starter Sewing Kit

Sewing Kit for beginners basics

Sometimes in life you just need an portable sewing kit with the basics for emergencies, and this zip-up case comes packed with all the essentials.

It comes ready-stocked with needles, thread, tape measure, buttons, snap-fasteners, clips, a seam Ripper, marking pencil, thimble, scissors, safety pins, needle threader and a magnifying glass.

5. Handi Stitch Embroidery floss starter kit

Handi Stitch Embroidery starter kit

If you're new to needlework, or are looking for a complete starter kit, treat yourself to this bumper embroidery floss set with 187 threads and notions to kickstart your stash.

This complete embroidery starter kit comes with a transparent storage box, 150 threads, 30 needles, 4 needle threaders, a thread snipper and a thimble.

Just look at the beautiful rainbow shades! Be still our beating hearts.

6. Crafterly Embroidery starter kit

Embroidery starter kit for beginners

We're including a second embroidery kit in this round up so you can pick your favourite! This one comes with instructions, an organiser box, 96 Colour Threads, 5 embroidery hoops, 4 pieces of aida fabric, some digital patterns to get you started plus cross stitch supplies for beginners.

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7. Patchwork starter kit for beginners

Quilting starter kit

If you're looking to grow your patchwork and quilting skills, this is the kit for you. It comes with all sorts of handy specialist tools that will up your quilt-making game.

Give your stash an instant boost with rotary cutters, a cutting mat (these will change your sewing life forever), a quilting ruler, rotary cutter starter set, 45mm rotary cutter (5 extra cutter blades), a quilting ruler plus pins and binding clips.

8. Leather starter kit

Leather working tools starter kit

Sewing leather is a great sewing skill to have but it does take a bit more specialist kit than dressmaking or home sewing with lightweight, cotton and upholstery fabrics.

If it's something you want to get into, this complete set of leather working tools is worth a look. It includes 44 tools to grow your leather sewing skills, from stitching to stamping and saddle making.

Best sewing kits for beginners – sew your own wardrobe

1. DIY Mini Leather Tote bag kit

Craft Your Own Leather Small Bag

If you're a confident beginner who wants to grow your skills, this DIY leather bag comes with the leather and tools you need to make your own mini leather tote.

It's probably one of the more challenging projects in this round-up but this starter sewing kit takes the hard work of choosing the materials and this could be your next sewing goal.

The kit includes pre-cut punched leather pieces (choose the leather shade you prefer), two binder clips, handmade waxed thread, two leather stitching needles, three canvas cloths, 1 silver keyring loop, and an illustrated learner guide booklet.

2. Sew your own zip purse kit

Sew your own zip purse sewing kit

If you're looking for first-time sewing project, or want to try out some zip skills, this all-in-one kit could be the one for you.

It's a great introduction to using zips within your sewing and comes with the fabric you need to make two purses, pre-cut to size, two zips, a basic sewing kit with needle, thread and pins plus instructions.

We especially like that you can choose which fabrics and zip colours you would like in your kit when you order.

3. Strawberry Frankie Dress Complete Dressmaking Kit, Tessuti

Strawberry Frankie Dress Complete Dressmaking Kit, Tessuti

Create a charming tunic dress adorned with a vibrant strawberry print from Finnish designer PaaPii using this dressmaking kit.

Embracing the Tessuti Frankie pattern, this kit highlights the stunning print with its flared hemline, set-in sleeves, and a secure stitched-down back facing for a refined neckline.

This kit equips you with everything you need, including clear elastic sew-in tape, a guide to using Maraflex elastic thread, pattern, instructions, and the option to create a short dress with long sleeves, tailored to advanced beginners in sizes XXS-XL (AUS).

4. Learn to sew a scrunchie kit

Learn to sew a scrunchie sewing kit

Scrunchies are enjoying a huge comeback after they first became popular in the 1990s, and now you can make your own with this quick and easy starter sewing kit.

It comes with fabric, thread, pins, needle, elastic and a safety pin, plus instructions with full colour photos which show you how to get to grips with straight sewing, using elastic and top-stitching

5. Dungarees sewing kit

Dungarees sewing kit

If you're feeling primed and ready to give dressmaking a go, this stylish sewing kit comes with everything you need to make your own classic denim Harlene Dungarees from Merchant & Mills. This project will be the best fit if you've got a bit of sewing experience already under your belt but want to learn new skills.

You'll learn how to make a traditional pair of easy fitting dungarees, with classic detailing and optional top stitching.

Each kit comes with either dark blue or black 7oz denim (you choose which), plus Liberty Tana Lawn lining, Merchant & Mills hardware kit including buttons, dungaree clips and sliders, thread, the pattern and instructions. It comes with enough fabric to make dungarees up to a UK size 18.

6. Make your own Girl's Skater Skirt Kit

Make your own girls skater skirt sewing kit

This sweet sewing kit comes with everything you need (minus the sewing machine!) to make an easy girl's skirt for ages 3 to 4 years or 5 to 6 years. The finished garment is a half circle skirt with an elasticated waist in a bubble gum pink denim print with daisy motifs printed at the hem.

This kit includes a printed fabric panel, organic thread, elastic and easy to follow instructions all packaged in a Fair-trade cotton tote bag.

7. Elsie Trousers sewing kit

Elsie Trousers sewing kit

Craft a comfortable pair of loose-fitting, wide-legged trousers featuring practical side pockets, an elasticated back waistband, and optional tie belt.

Ideal for adventurous beginners with some sewing experience, this kit provides the pattern (sizes 8-20) including large format templates, step-by-step photo instructions, 2.2m of fabric for sizes up to 22 and both cropped or long lengths, elastic, interfacing, and a Sewgirl label, all thoughtfully packaged in an eco-friendly kraft bag.

Choose from a range of linen hues or 8oz washed denim in medium or dark blue indigo to bring your sewing project to life.

8. Knickers Sewing Kit

Trixiesews knickers kit

A fantastic beginner knicker making kit from Etsy seller TrixieSews, the kit contains everything you need to stitch a pair of frilly knickers. It includes a fat quarter of fabric, 2 metres of knicker elastic, gusset fabric, a label and instructions how to make your knickers.

A quick make that will leave you excited to make more! The multi-size pattern is size small, medium, and large and has full instructions to complete the project.

9. Cloth Kits 1979 Satchel & Pencil Case Sewing Kit

Satchel & Pencil Case Sewing Kit

Satchel bags are one of the most versatile items you can make for your wardrobe, so we're loving this sewing kit from Clothkits.

First seen in the Winter of 1979, this satchel kit is back with a bang, and comes ready to go with the pattern, hardware and fabrics you need to sew up a bag that you'll use again and again.

Sewing kits for toys and children

1. Nanuq the Fishing Eskimo Toy sewing kit

Nanuuk the Fishing Eskimo sewing kit

Who doesn't want to make a huggable, home-sewn Eskimo toy? This starter sewing project is suitable for ages 7 and up so a great first sewing project for mini makers.

It can be stitched using a sewing machine or by hand and is printed on thick 100% cotton with simple lines ready to cut out. Choose whether to add stuffing or supply your own when you buy.

2. Sausage Dog Softie Toy sewing kit

Sausage Dog Softie Sewing Kit

Cute alert! Make your own sausage dog softie toy and learn how to sew at the same time!

This complete kit comes with all you need (apart from scissors) to make this toy – including hand cut felt squares, embroidery thread a needle, needle threader, small bag of stuffing, woven label, printed pattern sheet and basic instructions.

3. The Crafty Kit Company – 3 Felt Kitties Sewing Kit

Felt Kittens cat sewing kit

Create super cute little felt kittens with this starter sewing kit including enough felt, stuffing and thread to make three kittens, each with its own collar and bell.

4. Buttonbag Sewing Kit for Beginners

Button bag sewing kit for beginners

One of a series of sweet Buttonbag kits available from John Lewis's online craft store, this fun-filled kit includes scissors, needles, pins, thread and colourful fabric, plus instructions to help you make four easy beginner sewing projects. This is the perfect kit for complete beginners or younger makers.

5. Diy Fox fabric doll sewing kit

Diy Fox fabric doll sewing kit

Craft a delightful fox rag doll with this all-inclusive sewing kit, perfect as a heartfelt gift for craft lovers or to make for children. This machine washable creation stands ready for cuddles and playtime, featuring removable clothes for added fun.

The kit comes complete with fabrics, embroidery thread, patterns, and step-by-step instructions, guiding you through the creation of a 14-inch (35 cm) high rag doll.

6. Clara and Macy Robin sewing kit

Felt robin beginners sewing kit

Create your own festive robin with this sweet starter kit including everything you need to sew your own felt bird, including luxurious wool felt, fleece fabric, cotton on tiny spools, stuffing, a needle, pattern, and full instructions. You just need a pair of scissors and you're good to go!

7. Crafty Kit Company Pretty Flamingo Sewing Kit

Crafty Kit Company Flamingo

Yes, yes there is an animal theme to the toys section of our favourite sewing kits for beginners round-up! And we're not sorry.

If avocado cats arent' your thing, how about this easy flamingo sewing kit? As with the other kits in this round up it comes fully stocked with all the supplies you need.

8. Baker Ross Unicorn Cushion Sewing Kit

Unicorn Cushion Sewing Kit

This bright unicorn cushion kit is perfect for children interested in crafts, the felt fabric comes pre-punched with needle holes so it’s simply a matter of threading the needle through the holes.

It's like a dot-to-dot for sewing. Bonus points for being able to make two cushions from the supplies included!

Best needlecraft sewing kits for beginners

1. Be Kind embroidery kit

Be kind sewing kit

The power of stitching to spread good vibes is a concept we are 100% behind. Give it a go with this lovely starter embroidery kit, including fabric, needles, a wooden hoop, thread and a heat erasable pen.

2. Sew your own cat embroidery tote bag

Cat embroidery sewing kit

Create a cute kitty embroidered tote using just two embroidery stitches, making this suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced stitchers who just, well, love cats!

It takes between 1 and 4 hours to stitch so you can make in an evening or weekend, and the tote is 100% natural cotton with the pattern pre-printed on.

3. Hannah Bass Alphabet Tapestry Kit

Alphabet tapestry kits

Tapestry, along with needlecraft in general, is enjoying a huge resurgence this year, and this colour-popping kit is the perfect way to try the trend with a modern twist.

These alphabet tapestry kits are stitched on to plain plastic canvas, with basic half cross stitch, so they really are perfect for beginners, plus a handy size to fit in your bag!

4. Sashiko stitching kit

Sashiko sewing kit for beginners

Sashiko is a beautiful type of embroidery and now you can try it at home easily with this complete starter set.

It features Yokota Sashiko thread, needles and a template, along with instructions, a thimble and fabric to stitch on.

5. Happy sloth embroidery kit

Happy sloth full embroidery kit

Curl up, relax and unwind with this snoozy sloth embroidery kit. It comes with everything you need, including an 18cm (7in) embroidery hoop.

6. The Modern Crafter Summer Swallows embroidery kit

Swallows beginner sewing kit embroidery

Stitch your own contemporary embroidery design with this modern kit for beginners by illustrator and print designer Siobhan Watt from The Modern Crafter.

You'll get to learn 3 basic stitches – satin stitch, back stitch and French Knots, and the design is screen printed on to organic cotton and comes with a 6in wooden embroidery hoop.

7. Embroider your own t-shirt kit

Embroider your own tshirt kit

Learn how to embroider clothes with this sustainably-made kit for beginners. Each kit includes all you need to make a personalised t-shirt, including a wooden embroidery hoop, 100% organic white cotton t-shirt (you pick the size to fit), embroidery needle and pins, thread and a selection of patterns.

8. Succulents embroidery kit

Succulents embroidery kit

Try beautiful botanical embroidery stitching with these lovely starter kits – the perfect introduction to hand stitching. Each kit comes with a 7in embroidery hoop plus materials and instructions.

9. Hawthorn Handmade Highland Heathers Embroidery Hoop

Hawthorne Embroidery Kit

Fancy a relaxing craft project? This modern embroidery kit from Hawthorne Handmade includes a 7inch embroidery hoop, an embroidery needle, an array of floral coloured DMC stranded cottons and full instructions to make stitching a breeze!

10. Personalised Christmas hand embroidery kit

Personalised Christmas hand embroidery kit

We couldn't resist adding a little festive kit into this round-up, as it's a little known fact that many stitchers get started pretty early on their Christmas crafts.

This kit shows you how to make your own personalised hand embroidered Christmas decoration. Hang it on your tree this year or decorate a door handle.

Home sewing kits for beginners

1. Patchwork star cushion kit

Diamond star cushion sewing kit

Discover the complete delight of hand-stitching patchwork with this English Paper Piecing project – this kit includes all you need to make a cushion cover by hand sewing diamonds together to piece this striking cushion cover, without needing any pro sewing skills!

2. LOVE cushion sewing kit

Love how to sew a cushion kit

Give a modern hand-made touch to your sofa with this DIY cushion kit, including all you need to make a beautiful cushion for your home or to give as a gift.

The kit itself would make a great gift for a first-time maker as it includes simple instructions to talk you through how to make your very own cushion, plus fabric, stuffing, needle and thread.

3. Rico Runner Star Wreath Embroidery Kit

Rico Runner Star Wreath Embroidery Kit

We're sneaking another Christmas kit in here (sorry not sorry) because we've fallen a bit in love with this design from Rico.

This lovely beginner sewing kit comes with all the materials you need to make your own classic table runner. The fabric is a blend of cotton and comes pre-stamped alongside stranded cotton, needle and instructions.

4. Lampshade Making Kit

Lampshade Making Kit

Lampshades are the perfect first fabric project as they don't actually need much sewing! We're including this lampshade sewing kit for beginners nonetheless as it's a lovely way to make a fabric item for your home.

Choose between several different vintage fabric options to make your own 20cm drum lampshade.

5. Janet Clare Sewing Kit

Janet Claire Sewing projects sewing kit

Play around with patchwork and make a lovely little set of items for your sewing stash – this Janet Clare kit comes with everything you need to make a matching needle case, pin cushion, scissor keep and fabric project bag.

To sew it up...

So there you have it—our roundup of the best sewing kits around! Whether you're a sewing newbie or a seasoned pro, these kits are always ready to help you stitch up something amazing. With patterns that pop and supplies that spark creativity, these sewing kits will help you to make DIY magic happen.


The best sewing machines for beginners

If you've sorted your sewing kit but are still searching for a machine to sew with, our roundup of the best sewing machines for beginners ought to help you out! Browse trusty models for reasonable prices in our comprehensive guide.

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Zoe WilliamsLaunch Editor, Gathered.how

Zoe is the launch Editor of Gathered.how. She has over a decade of craft publishing experience under her belt. She's a quilter and sewist who works with the UK’s best-selling craft magazines including Today’s Quilter, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Simply Sewing and The World of Cross Stitching. Zoe loves being immersed in Gathered’s quilting content, tweaking our tutorials and publishing new patterns. Zoe has previously written for radiotimes.com, Simply Knitting and The World of Cross Stitching and was previously Deputy Editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine. She has guest-lectured at Bath Spa University. She’s a keen quilter with 5 projects in progress at any one time and another 12 or so planned.

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