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21 Free Sewing Patterns for Beginners

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Are you looking for a fun project to work on this weekend? Here are 21 free sewing patterns for beginners that you can start and finish in one or two sewing sessions. They come with step-by-step tutorials and free templates so that even total novices can complete them successfully. Start by picking some fabric that inspires you, choose any one of these free tutorials, and get ready to have some fun learning to sew.

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Sew a fast and easy fabric basket that’s reversible too. This basket with 10” squares-layer cake can be made from leftover pieces of fabrics. With this sewing pattern, you would only need to sew simple straight lines.

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With fabric scraps, you can make this easy quilt. These log cabin hexi potholders can be the perfect giveaway. In this free tutorial, learn how to make these cute potholders with partial seams. This sewing project will help you practice quilting.

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This pretty double sided lanyard is an easy sewing project. You can use two coordinating fabrics to make this lanyard twice as nice. Start sewing fabric strips with straight and zigzag seams. Get to learn how to topstitch and backstitch too in this free sewing tutorial.

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This cute little wallet on the fly is the perfect thank you gift to your love one. Made with fabric scraps, sewing this cute wallet is fast that you will be finished in no time. This free pattern comes with a little snap clip on the side to make it more handy and easy to hang.

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Surprise your favorite teacher with a powerful statement bag with this teacher tote bag. Sew this easy bag i a flash using canvas and cotton fabrics complete with a zipper top and a pretty quilting cotton straps. In this sewing pattern, there’s no lining required. It also makes the perfect machine embroidery project you must try.

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Every sewing newbie must try making this easy peasy drawstring backpack. From the casings to the loops to the drawstrings, this backpack is an all-fabric pattern that you can make with just one fabric or more if you have lots of them.

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Keep your supplies, cosmetics, or pens in this cute pochi pouch. In this free pattern and tutorial, learn how to make a japanese style zipper pouch with a flat bottom to help it stand up. This project will enhance you sewing skills even more with all the sewing techniques in this tutorial.

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Give your adorable pet additional comfort by sewing him this cage comforter. This blanket will provide a soft bed and a sense of security to him and to every animal. Making this will only take 5 minutes. You can also have this as a wonderful project to help those animals living in the shelters.

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Less than 2” tall, this DIY tiny quilt magnet is a fun, easy and quick sewing project. Making this is perfect especially if you have tiny little scraps of fabrics. Stick these on your fridge, dishwasher, bulletin board or everywhere else and see how decorative they are.

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Here’s a wonderful project for those who wanted to learn how to sew and for those who also have cute pets at home. Sewing this leash made from quilt scraps is a good practice to master the sewing skill. You can finish this in less than an hour too.

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This DIY journaling bookmark with a pencil holder is the perfect giveaway to young writers. With this sewing tutorial, learn how to embroider bookmarks or, if you don’t prefer embroidering them, how to make them with jelly roll strips. It’s super quick and easy to make.

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Another fun and easy to sew is this patchwork tote bag. This sewing pattern is the perfect scrap buster with all your leftover fabrics. It may look complicated, but it is done with just vertical and horizontal seams. Also, it is fast to make.

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This DIY infinity scarf uses just half a yard of fabric. It makes a fashionable accessory that you can wear anywhere. Sewing French seams and a ¼” hem can be super easy after all. Check out this tutorial and start your sewing journey.

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Spread a bit of kindness by handing over these bit o’kindness pouches filled with a little surprise. It is an easy sewing tutorial that you can do using just plain straight stitches or even with zigzags. Once you master sewing these, you might find yourself already making a hundred.

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Turn your plain, ordinary shirt to an extraordinary one. Design it with this cute applique with novelty fabric sewing tutorial. Appliques can be used in shirts, bags, dress, pouch and with anything else. It makes the cutest design.

Sew a small reusable lunchbag with wipe-clean fabric on the inside. It’s super easy with velcro instead of zippers.

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Beautiful and comforting, this tied summer blanket is super easy to make. Made with 9 patch blocks, the quilt top is pieced together with the flannel fabric at the back. After sewing the sides of every block, learn how to tie a square knot to keep the layers from separating.

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A perfect sewing project for newbies is making these easy fat quarter tea towels. With just two fat quarters and some pearl cotton, you can make this cute towels in just a few minutes. You can use vibrant colored fabrics to brighten up your kitchen.

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Turn your hugs into a gift with this DIY heating pad. When microwaved for 1-2 minutes, it gives the right warmth when perfectly wrapped around the neck or shoulders. It helps relax, relieve stress and ease tired muscles. Send it as a gift to someone you know who works a lot. It will definitely mean a lot to them.

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This canvas book bag is perfect for your ‘grab and go’ stash of reading materials. It also has small pockets on the sides so you can put other important items. With this tutorial, mixing inexpensive natural cotton duck fabric with colorful fabric prints is fun and exciting. The handles, on the other hand, are made of batting scraps.

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If you love doodling, sketching, journaling, or doing other arts, this lovely fabric covered art journal is for you. It can be a sketchbook for those who love to draw. Having one of these is really motivating and inspiring. Check out this fun sewing tutorial.

Happy Sewing!

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