I think the PERFECT beginner sewing project is a Pillowcase Dress - you learn straight stitching, even making a casing, and you get a super cute item when you're done (versus sewing a lame pillow or something). And if you mess it way up, what are you out, a $0.25 used pillowcase- worth the risk!
Snowman, Pumpkins, Ghost:
Did I mention my daughter got her own sewing machine for Christmas?? She's already made the customary lame pillow for her doll, so moving on, I put HER in charge of designing and sewing the Valentine's Pillowcase Dress. So it was all her - I think she did great.
Patched Jeans are a different fabric, but I still think they look cute with the whole outfit. And yes, you may have noticed in the sewing-in-action pictures, the girls are loving the Curly Hair Trick.
So now, look forward to the next seasonal pillowcase for March - actually, just kidding - what would it be, a big creepy leprechaun head?? I'll pass.