Over the past years I’ve organized my best free sewing patterns and tutorials into categories for the ultimate sewing experience and to make them easier to find. There are projects here for all skill levels and most of them have a pdf download available. All of the blog posts include detailed instructions and printable templates if they are needed. Whether you love to quilt, sew for kids, or just sew for yourself, I hope you enjoy!
Free Sewing Patterns for Crafty Little Things to Sew
Stop looking and start sewing a new apron with an amazing free sewing pattern! Don’t keep searching through lists of so-so free apron patterns. Here are the 10 best apron patterns you will find on the internet. Whether you want a patchwork apron, jelly roll apron, half apron, or full coverage apron – you’ll find your favorite one here.
I have a 6 year old and a 10 year old (who I think qualifies as a ‘tween’ – she acts 17 sometimes) and they both love to wear headbands. A couple years ago I wrote a series of tutorials for making headbands with FOE (fold over elastic) and ribbon, but this time I wanted to use fabric.
Did you know that animal shelters often use small quilts or blankets (called cage comforters) in the animals’ cages to provide a soft bed and a sense of security? It’s a great way to use up leftover pieces of fabric and batting and make something to help our furry friends at the shelters. It’s kinda funny how I learned about this project…
You can sew a cute wrist strap key fob with my fast and easy sewing tutorial.
Of all the DIY projects I’ve sewn and gifted to people, wristlet keychain fobs are the ones that people ask for again and again! This year the assistant principal at my daughter’s elementary school was not very subtle when she repeated several times that the wrist lanyard I gifted her a couple years ago was getting old.
I love sewing projects that use pre-cut fabrics but I often have a handful of leftovers pieces that I’m not sure what to do with. That’s why I designed this easy basket that you can sew with 10’’ layer cake squares! It’s a fast and easy to sew fabric basket that’s reversible too.
What’s a tea towel? Can you use it in your messy real life kitchen? I think you should be able to. So last year I made my own version using some of my favorite fat quarters (only because they come pre-cut to the perfect size) and I love them! The two layers of cotton are not too thick, which I really like, plus the more I wash them the softer and more absorbent they become. Not to mention that I get to brighten up my kitchen with beautiful fabric!
Keep everything you need handy – and organized – in the car with this sweet little bag! Mine holds my phone (and the cords, lol), a couple pens, and anything else I want to toss in there quick while I’m driving. From the front you can see it has all the features that we noticed on this month’s Pinterest Un-Tutorial. But there’s more…
Patchwork is such an appealing and fun technique. You can make so many sewing projects from patchwork. It’s a great way to use up scraps (frugal!) and is visually interesting and seasonless. If you’re looking for free printable patterns for patchwork projects to sew I have compiled 18 below. Stitching up patchwork quilt blocks, bags, curtains, coasters, potholders, skirts, pillows and more is as easy as printing the pdf in my easy tutorials.
Show off your favorite fabrics (and your sweet zipper skills) with these fun little zipper pouches. They are just the right size for your smart phone and there’s a handy little pocket for your id and a couple cards. I love how the 2 sided zipper opens up to show off the lining. It’s perfect for coordinating prints… will you put your favorite fabric on the outside so everyone sees it right away or on the inside for a shocking surprise?
Sew a useful organizer for your car so you’ll have a spot to hold your purse, phone, sunglasses – and everything else you need to keep handy. Have you noticed that most new cars these days don’t build-in a spot for a bag or purse? It can be so frustrating – until now. My readers asked me to write them a sewing pattern for a spot to put all your stuff in your car – and here it is! This project uses easy to find (and inexpensive) mesh fabric that you can buy online or in stores. Let me show you how to make it!
Sew a small wallet to keep your vaccination card safe and easy to read. This easy sewing pattern for a snap pouch is the perfect size to hold the standard 3’’ x 4’’ COVID vaccination card. There is a vinyl window on the back so you can easily see the information on your vaccine record, plus a snap closure to keep the card from falling out. And it’s a great project to sew with your fabric scraps!
Sew a darling mug caddy to store sewing notions, office tools, or art supplies with just one or 2 fat quarters of fabric! There are 5 pockets around the outside of the fabric mug cover, plus an inside layer to show off more pretty fabric. I know there are other mug caddy sewing patterns out there, but I think you’ll love mine the best. It’s patterned after my #10 Caddy Pattern, and as a special bonus to SewCanShe readers – I’m sharing this mug organizer pattern with you for free in the blog post below
I decided to sew myself a new little card wallet using all the same steps that I share in my free Designer Zipper Bags Video Course.
I also decided to use my serger machine for quilting and embellishing the sides of the pouch and for finishing the seams. A serger isn’t necessary for this project, but I had fun using it.
If you don’t use pattern weights, let me tell you why you should! To be honest, the first time I used pattern weights was was one of those Aha! moments for me. Then I thought ‘yup, people are right about these, they fix so many cutting problems!’ You can use any small, smooth object that has a little bit of weight to it for a pattern weight, but if you want to sew your own, I’m sharing a tutorial for that too.
Learn how to sew an easy wallet that’s great for kids or adults. This free sewing pattern for a Fold and Stitch Wallet has two card slots and a money pocket on the inside. It’s a great sewing project for small pieces of fabric, even scraps! This is a great beginner sewing project and you’ll learn how to use plastic snaps.
I can’t stop making these!!! My version of this Japanese pen case is so much fun. I gave myself the chance to use a bunch of different fabrics by adding a bound zipper that makes a cute snappy handle – it’s the cutest little case in the house. Well, they all are – and they are great for lots more than pens!
Is there anything cuter than a little handmade pouch? I have a hard time saying there is… I just love little pouches so much! Besides using them to organize my sewing supplies, makeup, pencils and pens, my purse, office, and even my kitchen (lol), I love giving them away as gifts with a little surprise tucked inside.
What is it about zipper pouches? I can never make enough! They are such a fun gift to give and receive. And they are so quick and easy to make. This year I made zipper pouches with pretty ribbon and clear vinyl for back-to-school teacher gifts.
If you are worried about sewing on the vinyl… don’t be! Seriously I worked it all out and by the time I was ready to write this tutorial I knew all the tricks. Now I’m going to share them with you. 🙂
Let’s sew some DIY Bookmarks! Last weekend I wanted to make a super-quick gift to make for some young women in our church and this is what I came up with. This easy sewing project is jelly roll friendly because it uses 2 1/2’’ strips. You can also personalize the pieces with machine embroidery before sewing them together.
Are you looking for a cute way to organize a messy drawer – or an instant handmade gift basket that’s just the right size for little goodies?
Sew up a cute Petit Four basket! This free sewing pattern from ByAnnie is great because it uses just a little bit of fabric and stabilizer (perfect for leftover 10” squares), it’s really fast, and it’s super easy.
Sew up a double sided wallet to hold your face masks, hand sanitizer, and all the essentials – this one pocketbook is all you need! There’s also a narrow wrist strap that connects with a d-ring tab. The face mask in the photos is one that I sewed using my Pleated Face Mask with a Filter Pocket Tutorial.
I’m so excited to share the Zippie Clippie pattern with you… this pouch has so many purposes that I’ll never be able to count them all. Clip one on a backpack with pencils and school supplies. Clip another to your bag to hold your phone. Then sew another to hold your hand sewing kit while on road trips!
This sewing tutorial for kitchen towels that won’t fall off the handle was just so tempting to me, that I dropped everything and made a couple to match the heart shaped potholder that I made last month. These are by far the most beautiful dish towels I have ever owned. And I won’t have to pick them up off the floor 100 times a day. I am in love.
Sophisticated and beautiful coloring books are all the rage right now… have you seen Tula Pink’s? My daughter Chloe is only 10, but she LOVES the fancy new coloring books, and she loves to color them with colored pencils. Right now she keeps her pencils in the box they came in so I thought I’d stitch up something prettier as a last minute Christmas gift. What do you think?
Free Sewing Patterns for Bags and Totes
Here it is, my complete collection little bags and purses to sew and love with free patterns! Each one of these free tutorials features quick and easy to follow instructions that will help you start and finish your new purse in no time. My tutorials are designed to be very easy to follow and understand so you are sure to have fun while you’re sewing and success with your sewing project. Come see…
Sew a small purse in the cutest shape everyone wants right now – a Baguette Bag! This purse may be small but you can still pack it with everything you need. It will hold your phone, wallet, sunglasses, pens, lipstick, and still have room for all those receipts we are handed. My readers asked me to write them a free sewing pattern for a baguette shaped purse – and here it is! With step by step photo instructions and downloadable templates, you will be able to sew this purse in an afternoon.
I’m so excited about this amazing cross body bag… it’s my new favorite purse! My original sewing project idea was for a cross body tote only, but I usually carry my bags over one shoulder, so I made the strap convertible. I love the double- strap look! You don’t have to use clips like this or make the strap convertible… I’ll explain how to sew it both ways.
Sewing a cute and easy tote bag is twice as fast when you don’t have to make the handles! I think these rope handled totes are my favorite bags I’ve ever made. They are the perfect size – about 10” tall and 16” wide but they hold a LOT of stuff. Tonight I took one to a youth activity and I filled it with about 8 yards of fabric, scissors, a pincushion, pattern weights, 4 patterns, and an extra package of needles in the inside pocket. I didn’t want to bring my purse, so I also stuffed keys, sunglasses, and my phone in. No problem.
You can sew a see though bag with this easy and free sewing pattern. It’s a great way to use beautiful cotton fabric plus easy to find clear vinyl and make a one of a kind (and super useful) tote!
If this is your first time sewing with vinyl, be sure to check out my post Tips for Sewing with Vinyl.
When I first sketched these drawstring backpacks in my little notebook, I wanted to design them entirely out of fabric. Because sometimes I really want to make something without going to the store for special notions. The casings, loops, and drawstrings are all made of fabric. Of course you can substitute ribbon, twill tape, or grommets for the loops. And you could always use bias trim stitched together, ribbon, or rope for the drawstrings. But if you have plenty of fabric in your stash (like me), you will probably appreciate an all-fabric project too.
Learn how to sew patchwork tote bags that are so much fun to sew… I just can’t stop. Plus – sewing these easy tote bags with my free pattern is the perfect scrap buster. The smallest tote bag is perfect for taking snacks to school, crayons and paper to church, etc. I already gave the largest tote bag away to a friend. And I am keeping the medium sized patchwork bag for myself. Those are almost the last of my Cotton + Steel basics scraps and I am excited to show them off.
Sew up a roomy bag that’s perfect for carrying balls of yarn and your knitting or crochet projects too!
This half-barrel shaped bag has an easy to install eyelet (or grommet) on top through which you can draw out the yarn.
With your yarn ‘in the bag’ it will stay clean even when the bag is on the floor – perfect for using at home and in the car, at appointments, or at a friend’s house!
Be ready to travel handmade with a beautiful garment bag made by you! This sewing pattern for a fabric garment bag is easy to sew using techniques that I’ve shared in lots of my free bag patterns. There are lots of clever features that will make this your favorite piece of made-by-me luggage ever.
Learn how to sew an easy hobo bag using a free sewing pattern. This generously sized purse has easy access plus pockets inside. Leather or faux (vegan) leather fabric is a great choice for this bag, as well as cork fabric. Sewing it will be easier than you think, so let your creativity help you to make your favorite purse ever.
I’m so excited to share with you something that I have been working on all year… a video course!
I get ‘sew’ annoyed at most zipper bag tutorials because I end up with pinched corners at the top that never look right.
I have to admit that it bothered me so much I couldn’t sleep one night. I layed in bed trying to picture how to make a zipper pouch the had beautifully sewn top corners.
Your kids’ backpacks all come with laptop pockets built right in… why not your next tote bag? Last week when I sewed up the Garden on the Go Bag. I decided to add a laptop pocket to the interior so I could bring my laptop along to the soccer field.
Yes, I’ve been busy. It’s that time of year when teacher gifts are ‘due,’ lol.
Did you notice that my Bunny Applique blog post included a tote tutorial? Yes, it does, and that’s how I made these bags.
Of course, I left off the bunny applique for the teachers. And I added some interior pockets. The finished tote bag measures about 15” tall and 16” wide. It’s perfect for books and school supplies.
Free Holiday Sewing Projects
Cute Christmas decorations and things to sew can be fun and easy projects to do this time of year. Quilts, wall decor, ornaments, advent calendars, stockings and garlands make the holidays festive, and make sweet handmade gifts. Find free printable patterns with each tutorial to inspire your gift giving, sewing and decorating below.
Have you ever bought panel fabrics at the quilt store because they are so cute or beautiful and then you need ideas for sewing them into a quilt? Look no further! I fell for these darling Halloween fabrics that included a panel with rectangular images, and then I designed an Irish chain quilt that perfectly complimented the panel. Each panel image is framed to set it apart. This also gives you some flexibility in case your panel pieces are not the same size as these.
AND this free quilt pattern uses strip piecing for the small parts to help it go together super fast!
Can you believe it’s December already? I am so excited to share a mini quilt designed by Christopher Thompson (The Tatooed Quilter). He is so talented and so much fun to be around that I can’t wait to share his work with all of you.
Merry Christmas in July… This is my present to you (because I love my readers so much!) – a complete pattern for the Merry Stars Quilt! I designed this quilt a couple years ago and made a smaller version for my family. At the time, Christmas was fast approaching so I was forced to just give you a brief ‘how I did it’ cliff notes version of the pattern. Inspired by these adorable Christmas fabrics from Ink & Arrow, I decided to make a bigger and better Merry Stars Quilt and finally write a real pattern!
Sew these beautiful Christmas bird ornaments using scraps of fabric, ribbon, and lace.
I have eight (yes, eight!) siblings and now that we’re all grown, a bunch of us like to exchange ornaments at Christmas time. Well, lets just say that some of the sisters make ornaments for everybody else. So it is an exchange, of sorts. 🙂
Get crafty and sew up the most adorable gift bags ever! These gift bags are made out of felt along with some cotton fabric and wired ribbon to make the bag handles. They are a great size for small presents and gifts at 5’’ tall and 6’’wide (not including the handles). This blog tutorial includes free PDF templates for all of the pieces. I’m also sharing a .SVG file for Cricut and Silhouette users.
It’s been a beautiful fall week and I’ve been sewing for the holidays that are fast approaching! I just couldn’t resist this Joyful Christmas Pillow from Ali at Arabesque Scissors. The quilting technique she shares in this fast and sun tutorial is awesome…it makes the letters pop right off the pillow!
I probably should have given this quilt a better name. On the day I made it the design reminded me of Candy Corn! It’s a fall quilt for me, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m sure it would make an adorable Christmas quilt too.
Let me go re-make it on EQ8 and see…
I’ve been sewing a long time and I’ve received lots of wonderful birthday and Christmas presents. I’ve also received a lot of crummy ones (cheap sewing kits, anyone?). So I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite gifts… ideas for what you can give your sewing buddies. Or maybe something for you to share with others so they know what you get you, wink wink!
Keep the tradition of handmade Christmas stockings alive! Here are the best Christmas stocking patterns on the web and guess what… they are all free.
Whether you are looking to sew quilted stockings, felt stockings, paper pieced stockings, or mini stockings – I have found the best free patterns for you, all right here.
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