25 Sewing Patterns For an Absolute Beginner: All Free!


Check out these easy sewing tutorials for baskets, organizing caddies, pretty machine covers, and more! Use your sewing machine to make something that will help and inspire others. Sewing is not only a passion… it’s also an essential skill.

Are you tired of sewing patterns for things that nobody will want to use? Here is a list of things to sew that will have the opposite effect! And your friends will always think of you when they use these thoughtful gifts that you made for them.

Organizing Bins that are Just the Right Size for Diapers

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This fold up basket pattern makes an organizing bin for the changing table that is the perfect size to hold baby diapers (or sewing patterns!). Fill it with baby care items and it’s a darling gift basket.

One Yard Magic Messenger Bag

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Yup! Just one yard of fabric and an hour of sewing will get you this adorable messenger bag with an easy fold-over top to keep your things inside. See how to make this One Yard Magic Messenger Bag.

Folded Fabric Coasters

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Sew up some cute DIY coasters to protect your furniture and use up fabric scraps! This free sewing tutorial also includes a matching potholder pattern. This project is easy for any beginner and makes great gifts.

Easy Card Wallet

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A cute handmade wallet makes a great gift for kids and adults! This easy and slim wallet pattern is perfect for holding cash and credit cards. This article includes free templates to make 2 different wallet sizes, plus a step-by-step tutorial.

Infinity Scarf

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A DIY infinity scarf made with just a yard of soft cotton fabric is an easy accessory that you can wear anywhere. Learn how to sew easy French seams and a neat 1/4” hem. Lovely!

Japanese Inspired Boxy Bag Pattern

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This is my favorite bag for taking books back to the library! It’s the perfect size for so many other things too, and so easy to sew. Learn how to make this Japanese-Inspired Boxy Bag Pattern now.

Microwave Bowl Cozies

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This clever sewing project will help you microwave soup and leftovers or make ramen noodles without burning your hands. It’s also wonderful if a bowl of ice cream on your lap makes you chilly. You can never have too much fabric – or soup bowl cozies.

Free Oven Mitt Pattern

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Sew a quilted oven mitt! This easy sewing project makes a thoughtful gift for someone who loves to cook or someone (like me) who tends to get burned when they use regular pot holders.

Drawstring Backpack

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My little boys, teenagers, and young adult sons all love to use drawstring backpacks. Good thing they are so easy to sew! Check out this free drawstring backpack pattern.

Pajama Pants

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Pajama pants are everyone’s favorite thing to wear and believe it or not, they are super easy to make! Sew4Home has an easy tutorial to help you make pajama pants in any size.

Kids Pajama Pants with a Free Pattern

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This P.J. Bottoms and Shorts Pattern is one of my most popular free pdf patterns. Kids’ sizes 12 months to 7/8 are included in the downloadable file.

Mug Caddy

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Sew up a Mug Caddy to organize your desk or tabletop. It’s super easy and only takes one or two fat quarters of fabric!

Fabric Basket

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You’ll adore this beautiful fabric basket! It’s a different take to the conventional woven, plastic, or metal basket. It makes a darling Easter basket, too.

Mesh Wash Bag

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Keep your little things, such as lingerie, bathing suits, and bras, together in this DIY wash bag!

Pocket Size Tissue Pack Cover

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This easy DIY sewing project makes a thoughtful gift! My DIY Tissue Pack Covers have a hanging loop and are awesome for keeping in your purse, car, bedroom, office, bathroom, or anywhere you would need a tissue.

Christmas Tree Potholder or Trivet

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Be ready for the holidays with a Christmas Tree Potholder that will enliven up your kitchen or make the perfect gift for all the cooks on your list!

Kids Bike Messenger Bag

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Sew a cute messenger bag that fits on the front of a bike – it’s perfect for kids or kids-at-heart! This free sewing pattern is fast and easy – and fat quarter friendly too.

Pretty DIY Mousepad

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Decorate your office with this easy DIY mouse pad with your favorite fabric. It would make a great back to school project or a great gift idea!

Kitchenaid Mixer Cover

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Your stand mixer definitely needs this clever cover! It’s a pretty addition to your kitchen counter, and another fun part is that it has cute little pockets for your small baking tools or your recipe book. The mixer cover pattern also makes a great dust cover for a small sewing machine.

BBQ Apron

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Grilling season is coming, and you’ll definitely need one of these full-coverage BBQ aprons! It’s an easy apron to sew and has a hanging loop for your tongs.

Rice Heating Pad for Neck and Shoulders

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If you keep having tired neck and shoulders or aching feet and back, this rice heat wrap is what you need! A great sewing project to make your sore body happy!

One-Yard Magic Pillowcase

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Learn how to sew a pillowcase with exactly one yard of fabric and no waste! This super easy pillowcase tutorial is perfect for beginners or for charity sewing. Make something beautiful and super useful in a snap. Log Cabin Hexi Potholders

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Who doesn’t need pot holders? They’re an absolute necessity in any kitchen. Learn how to sew colorful log cabin hexi potholders today!

Ironing Board Cover

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Does your ironing board cover need to retire? Is it already looking old and stained? Well, it might be the perfect time to have it replaced. Check out this easy tutorial and make your own ironing board cover.

Drawstring Bags

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These cute drawstring ditty bags could serve many different purposes. You can use them as a lunch bag, knitting bag, crochet bag, or even a nice gift bag! You can use them to store anything from make-up, shoes, socks, and anything that fits!

Stay-Put Dish Towels

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Are you tired of kitchen towels that keep falling off the bar? These simple stay-put kitchen towels are the solution! You’ll definitely love how they beautifully hang like cute little curtains. The ribbons and the ruffled ends are adorable, too! Check out how quickly you can sew one!

Kids Leggings

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Leggings are easy to sew! Make a cute basic pair of pants for a child size 2-12 using this easy leggings pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and include many step by step images showing an easy method to add the elastic waistband.

One Yard Magic Apron

free apron pattern
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Whether you are sewing for yourself or for a friend, an apron always comes in handy and makes a great gift. This free apron pattern includes a free template that I digitized for you and a step-by-step tutorial.

Key Fob Wristlets

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Here’s another easy and useful sewing project for you – wristlet keychain fobs! You can sew them in just 10-15 minutes, making them a great last-minute DIY gift for a loved one!

Rope Bowl using Fabric Scraps

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After you’ve sewn your first fabric covered rope bowl, you can use the technique to make trivets, baskets, pencil holders, placemats, table toppers, rugs, and more!

Peg Board Bins

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These cute little organizing baskets are such useful things to sew! They’re great for storing items like your sewing tools or supplies. You simply hang them, and they’re also a perfect functional home decor since they’re simply colorful and attractive.

Amazing A-Frame Organizer

The Amazing A-Frame Organizer with cut-out handles and pleated pockets will be your go-to bag to stay organized and ready for everything!

Twice as Nice Zippered Organizer

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Make a Twice as Nice Zippered Organizer case with your favorite things and get organized!

Rectangle Basket

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Get everything organized with this darling Perfect Rectangle Basket that is so sturdy it can stand up by itself!

Tiny Zipper Bags from Charm Squares

Colorful zipper bags
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These Tiny Zipper Bags are so fast and easy to make, and so handy!

Bedside Pockets Organizer

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Sew Bedside Pockets Organizer to keep extra things off your nightstand and organize your bedside!

Car Diddy Bag

Keep everything you need handy – and organized – in the car with this amazing Car Diddy Bag!

Simple Patchwork Quilt

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Learn to sew this simple patchwork quilt with easy-to-cut squares. This easy quilt pattern for beginners or expert quilters is the perfect way to use up extra fabric scraps like I did, or you can make a beautifully coordinated quilt with pre-cut 2 1/2’’ square fabric pieces that come in precut mini-charm packs.

Car Trash Bin

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This easy-to-sew car trash bin has an adjustable strap so it can be placed near the center console or around a headrest, or you can even loop it through a door handle. Plastic snaps hold a removable bag in place so you can keep everything clean and take out the trash easily!

Card Kitty

Sew The Card Kitty that makes it easy to see your cards and easy to play!

Easy Patchwork Baskets

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Make these adorable and Easy Baskets with 10″ Squares. It’s a layer cake leftover project!

Miracle Caddy

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Treat yourself to this incredible multi-purpose organizer, perfect for taking your favorite craft supplies, classroom items, or baby gear on the go. I call it the Miracle Caddy!

DIY Walker Caddy

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This free sewing pattern makes a clever and functional DIY Walker Caddy that easily carries everything you need on your walker!

One Yard Magic Hobo Bag

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You will LOVE the fabric origami that you get to do when sewing this unique bag with just one yard of fabric. It makes the bag look complicated even though it’s not. There’s no lining, but all of the seams are finished.  And it’s the perfect size (and holds just the right amount) for a shopping tote!

Easy Sling Bag Pattern

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Sew the easy purse that you’ve been dreaming of! The easy Sling Bag Pattern has an exterior zipper pocket, another zipper pocket, and two slip pockets inside.

Handy Purse Organizer

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The Handy Purse Organizer is perfect for keeping track of all those little items in your purse that get lost so easily!

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