As a sewing instructor, I'm often asked "what is a good first project?" Pajama bottoms, a simple skirt, an apron, or a bag are all suitable projects for beginners. And, Simplicity "Learn to Sew" patterns are an excellent starting place. Because they are designed for beginners, they contain more detailed instructions, as well as a glossary of basic sewing terms.
If you're looking for a first project, take a look at my PJ Bottoms tutorial here on this blog. Purchase any "easy" pattern for pajama bottoms (I suggest Simplicity "Learn to Sew" pattern number 2290), some quilters cotton, or cotton flannel, and the appropriate notions listed on the back of the pattern. Follow along with me on my video tutorial, and you'll be showing off your new creation in no time.