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Printable Sewing Practice Sheets to Perfect Your Stitches

It’s never too late to start sewing. It is never too early either. This hobby is one of those that aren’t just for feeding the soul, it also produces a lot of practical stuff for everyday use. You can learn how to sew on a sewing machine, using my free printable sewing practice sheets. They are great for kids and adults who would like to learn to sew. If you need a little help to sew curves, turn corners, keep a straight stitching line or would like to perfect your stitches, read on.

I’ll be showing you some tips and tricks that will help you improve your skills and boost your confidence enough to sew on a regular basis. Just download and print these useful sewing machine practice sheets, and sew on top of the lines as if you are working with fabric.

Yes, you will be doing some neat exercises on paper! Sew on paper? That’s right, sewing on paper without thread is the perfect way to gain some experience and improve your sewing skills. Let’s see how.

printable sewing worksheets #4 to #6

6 Free Printable Practice Sheets: Overview

This practice session will be made up of six sewing practice sheets. Each one is slightly more complex than the previous sheet, so you’ll gradually improve your skills. There’s no limit to how many times you can try completing a sheet. If you want to repeat some of them, just print them out and retry as many times you’d like.

All you need to start, is an entry level sewing machine, a printer and some paper.

Before you start, make sure to remove the thread from the machine. You’ll be stitching with just the needle without thread.

The download link is at the end of the post, but make sure you read the instructions before you start.

Sewing Practice Sheet #1 – Straight Lines

Straight lines are the basics, but they aren’t as simple as they seem. The secret to sewing straight is to watch the seam guide. Don’t mind the needle, just watch the seam guide.

This exercise is straightforward. Try to make a straight line along the marking. Start at the top and go down along the dashes. Once you can nail the entire length of the line, you’ll know you’re an absolute master of straight stitching.

Magnetic seam guides can help you with keeping the line straight. You can find them here, so check them out.

sewing practice sheets #1 - straight lines

Sewing Practice Sheet #2 – Pivoting and Turning Corners

This exercise is similar to the previous one, but with a slight difference. As you finish one line, you will need to pivot and keep sewing along the other line. To do that, stop with the needle down and then pivot the paper so that the next line is ahead of the seam. After that, just keep sewing along it.

sewing practice sheets #2 - pivoting and turning corners

Sewing Practice Sheet #3 – Curved Lines

Again, your objective is to keep the seam as close to the line as possible. The line is curved so you will need to curve the seam. Just go slowly and slightly move the paper to the side as you stitch. Don’t stop or tug the paper because then you won’t get a curve but a weird constellation line. This is one of those things you learn by repetition, once you get the feeling right and know how to move the paper properly.

sewing practice sheets #3 - curved lines

Sewing Practice Sheet #4 – Circles

It’s a curved stitch but curved all the way into a circle. Again, just do it over and over until you get the hang of it. This technique is important for sewing sleeves, necklines, hats, and similar.

sewing practice sheets #4 - circles

Sewing Practice Sheet #5 – Zig Zag Lines

We’re talking lines here, not zig-zag stitches, those two aren’t the same! Zig-zag stitch is used for sewing elastic seams.

This is just a practice that will help you upgrade your straight stitching skill to a level where you can zig-zag it.

sewing practice sheets #5 - zig zag lines

Sewing Practice Sheet #6 – Shapes

Out of all our printable sewing practice sheets, this one is the most complex. You won’t use this technique often but you still need to learn it. It’s important for adding decorations and applique to your sewing projects.

sewing practice sheets #6 - shapes

Sewing worksheets FAQ:

  • Who Should Use Sewing Practice Sheets?
    Everyone who needs some practice sessions in their hands. If you’re a beginner, these sheets are for you. They are also for you if you haven’t sewn in a long time, or if you aren’t confident in your skills yet.
  • What should I practice sewing on?
    On these printable practice sheets. Print out as many as you need to and knock yourself out.
  • Can you really practice sewing on paper?
    There’s no need to ruin and waste fabric on practice. Paper will do the trick perfectly. That’s why most people learn to sew pattern like this. If you want a more relaxed practice, remove the needle. Then sew as if the needle is there and see if you’re hitting the right spot.
  • What is the easiest thing to learn to sew?
    After you learn to sew printouts, you can start working with fabric. Go with something simple, like coasters. But first, do these sewing worksheets!

DOWNLOAD all 6 sheets: Sewing Practice Sheets (PDF file)

Conclusion + More sewing tutorials

It’s just a matter of time when you’ll ace these sewing machine practice sheets. After that, be sure to head on over to our website. We have a lot more beginner sewing projects and all kinds of fun tutorials. With our help, you’ll be making dresses in no time!

Did you like our practice sheets? Tell us what you think of them in the comment section below, we’d love to hear your feedback! Feel free to subscribe to our newsletter and Youtube channel to stay up to date and know when we put out new tutorials and videos. Don’t forget to have fun!


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Amy Jung - February 26, 2021

This is perfect for my daughter! Thanks! Linked up next to you at Imparting Grace!

Shelbee on the Edge - March 1, 2021

What a great idea to share these sewing practice sheets. I remember practicing on sheets like these years ago. Your posts are making me wish I had continued learning to sew and kept my sewing machine. Thanks for linking up!


Sarita - March 3, 2021

What a great idea! I’m going to save this to come back to for my daughters who are learning to sew as part of their homeschool. Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

Naush Samama - March 8, 2021

This is an excellent way to aide beginners like me to sew !
Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.
Have a wonderful week.
Much love

Karen I McQuiston - October 2, 2021

Teaching my granddaughter to sew. Love these. Thank you

Sheila - November 8, 2021

Helen, you continue to amaze me with great helps and patterns!
I am going to use it to hone my skills…getting back to basics and ensure I’m on track!
Thank you!

Jeretta Bliss - November 10, 2021

This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing.


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