The thing I love about sewing is that you can create anything you want if you have enough patience, time, and resources. Combine all three and you’re a force to be reckoned with! Sometimes, though, finding the right project can be tough, especially when you want your nerd flag to fly. But, again, if you’ve got the time, the dime, and the patience, then all of your nerdy dreams can come true.
During my time behind the wheel of a sewing machine (yes, sewing machines have wheels), I’ve found super easy projects that I could modify to fit my nerdy lifestyle. While you can make just about anything nerdy, for people who are just starting out, these are excellent projects to get you going. So, here are my top 5 favorite sewing projects that are easy to make, and ready to be nerdy.
Perhaps the easiest project a beginner can make, pillows are infinitely customizable–from the shape, size, material, and adornments you can use. Pillow are great because they’re super comfy, and can tie a room’s decor together just by tossing one into the mix. Plus, you can use any nerdy fabric or shape your heart desires.
Need inspiration? Take a look at my Star Trek pillows!
2.) Tie-front Headbands
Besides pillows, these headbands are supremely simple to make, and even easier to make nerdy. Make one for each of your favorite fandoms, coordinate them with your outfits, and use them as a stylish accessory or a functional hair tie. My favorite pattern is this one by Sew Caroline. But, you can draft your own pattern if you’re not too jazzed about this shape. I’ve made so many in different fabrics and patterns that I have a whole collection at my disposal, including holiday-themed ones!
When you get a little more comfortable with your sewing skills, you can make your very own pair of nerd leggings! My favorite pattern to use is actually the pattern that came with my Batgirl costume set, but there are tons of other patterns and hacks you can utilize to create your very own. The one hitch to this project, though, is that your fabric must be a stretchy fabric. Luckily, though, there are dozens of resources online where you can acquire your perfect stretch fabric.
With multiple customization options, sizes, and prints to choose from, you can have your very own one-of-a-kind nerd shirt! I’ve used this pattern/tutorial from It’s Always Autumn, and I’ve had some spectacular results. Similar to the leggings, this piece works best if you use stretch knit fabrics.
5.) Neckties & Bowties
With a similar construction to the headband project, ties are easy to whip up in any nerdy print of your choice. Make it luxurious by backing your necktie with satin, or add some funky contrast stitching for the bowtie. For all the dapper nerds out there, you’re sure to get a lot of use out of this project!
Now it’s time to take the DIY World by storm! Which sewing project speaks to you the most? If you’ve been wondering where to start your sewing endeavors, this is is a good jumping-off point. No matter which project you choose, though, you’ll be adding a touch of nerdy flare into your everyday life, and a fun way to kill some time.
Let me know if you attempt any of these projects, make sure you share them with me on social media! And Happy Sewing!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?