I have been sewing on a machine since I was in middle school, by hand even longer. I used to make a lot of clothes, but now I have discovered the JOYS of non-clothing sewing. Woo-Doggy is it fun!
One of my most frequently sewn items are pillowcases. They are fast (45 minutes tops), they are at a beginner sewing level, and they are a great way to use that fun "novelty" fabric I find myself drawn to.
I use the instruction on the ConKerr Cancer website.
Here are 2 examples of pillowcases I have made:
These make great gifts for little kids, or if you don't have a kid in your life to sew for you can sew them and donate to ConKerr Cancer!