Sew Your Way into 2024 with the 23 Most Popular Free Patterns from 2023

There’s something special about creating beautiful, useful things with your own two hands. That’s why these 23 free sewing patterns were so popular last year. This statistically compiled list contains home decor items, bags, quilts, and pouches.

The new year stretches out, full of promise. Make it a year of creating! Whatever you choose to make, sew it with love.

Soup Bowl Cozy

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A soup bowl cozy is the greatest invention since the microwave! It’s a cozy little cover for your bowl to help keep hands from being burned after heating soup, noodles, leftovers, or even cooking a potato. Learn how to make a bowl cozy step by step.

Sew a Quilt with Just 3 Yards of Fabric

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Are you looking for an “on-trend” quilt? Three-yard quilt patterns are fast and easy to sew. If you have 3 one-yard cuts of fabric in your stash and are feeling creative, make your next project a free three-yard quilt pattern.

1 Yard Magic Apron Pattern

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Sew an easy, beautiful apron with this free sewing pattern that only uses one yard of fabric! 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 link to a free template that I digitized for you.

Easy Baskets with 10″ Squares of Fabric

How to Sew Easy Baskets with 10″ Squares – Layer Cake Leftover Project!
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I love sewing projects that use pre-cut fabrics, but I often have a handful of leftover pieces I’m unsure 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.

Double Compartment Cross Body Bag Pattern

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This free crossbody bag pattern includes two main pockets, a slim third pocket, plus a zipper pocket on the back! Let me show you how to sew your own strap or use a pretty one that you can purchase online.

DIY KitchenAid Mixer Cover

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This free mixer cover pattern has beautifully rounded sides and three pockets and can be sewn with home decor weight fabric, pre-quilted fabric, or fabric that you quilt yourself with quilt batting, craft felt, or foam stabilizer in between two layers of material. Make this mixer cover.

1 Yard Magic Pillowcase Pattern with No Waste

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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 because it is the fastest pillowcase pattern you will ever see.

DIY Sewing Machine Cover

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This easy-to-sew sewing machine cover pattern uses cotton fabric and flexible foam stabilizer to make a cover that is as beautiful as it is functional. I’ll show you how to make 3 different pockets, and then you can decide how many pockets you want and where to put them. You can even choose no pockets at all if you want the fastest cover possible. Make a sewing machine cover now.

Tiny Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

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This free tiny bag is so fun to make. And because it’s so small, it’s really fast to sew, too. All your favorite fabric scraps are screaming to be sewn into a super cute tiny bag!  It could also be a little purse because it’s just the right size for a phone, keys, and a few cards (even a small wallet if you want). Get the Tiny Bag Sewing Pattern.

Scandinavian Gnome Pattern

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Decorate your home with gnomes. This easy gnome pattern uses felt, fleece, flannel, quilting cotton, minky, or home decor fabrics  – raid your scrap bin!

Rope Bowl Project

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Learn how to make a fabric-covered rope bowl in under an hour! This easy sewing project is perfect for using up scraps. Do you save long, skinny cotton fabric strips like I do? Do you have a stash of selvages? Use them to sew a rope bowl.

Learn How to Sew a Walker Caddy

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Help a friend carry everything they need on their walker! The amazing cup holder holds a cup of up to 20 oz. Use fabrics that the recipient will love so she or he will use them with pride! This free sewing pattern for a clever and functional walker caddy will work with any walker because the straps have generous strips of velcro to make them adjustable. 

Wristlet Key Fob

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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!

Fat Quarter Fancy Easy Quilt Pattern

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I know you have been searching for a fast and fun quilt pattern to use up your fat quarter stash… here it is! Sew up this beautiful throw quilt using 9 fat quarters plus a little more than a yard of background fabric.

Handy Purse Organizer

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This handy organizer has pockets all over and is perfect for holding all those little things in your purse that get jumbled together. When you’re ready to switch bags – you can take the organizer out (with all the things inside) and move them all to the new bag. Easy peasy! Keep all your bags organized with my free purse organizer sewing pattern.

1 Yard Magic Tote Bags

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This sweet bag design lets you make two tote bags from 1 yard of fabric! These DIY tote bags have zippers and a lining. The smaller one is just the right size for a purse. You’ll need just a few other supplies like nylon or metal zippers, fusible interfacing, and bag handles (or fabric to make them). Make 1-Yard Magic Bags now.

Chubby Lunch Tote Pattern

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Sew the perfect lunch box with this free lunch bag pattern. This fabric lunch box is made with insulated batting to keep your food warm or cold. Naturally, it isn’t just for lunch or snacks – it also makes a sweet little purse. Use it inside a suitcase for special items like makeup or toiletries. See the Chubby Lunch Tote Pattern.

DIY Rice Filled Heating Pad

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This cute heating pad is 24” long and 6” wide, just the perfect size and weight to wrap around your neck and shoulders. Heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, then relax, relieve stress, and ease your tired muscles. Sew a heating pad that is like a warm hug around the neck! 

Fat Quarter Fancy Star Quilt Pattern

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Grab 16 fat quarters and make an easy queen-size star quilt! This beginner-friendly and fat quarter-friendly free quilt pattern is what you’ve been looking for. It will brighten up your guest room, your family room, or any room in the house. Make the Fat Quarter Fancy Star Quilt Pattern.

Sew Easy Big Bag

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Sew a big quilted tote bag with beautiful details that are super easy to sew. This DIY bag pattern has an attached lining and simple French seams, so there are no raw edges on the inside.

Tote Bag With Many Pockets 

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This tote pattern will help you sew your next purse. It is just the right size to carry items you want to keep organized and grab quickly in the 6 (yes, six!) exterior pockets. Sew up this easy free bag pattern today.

DIY Fanny Pack or Sling Bag Pattern

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Sew your own fanny pack (a.k.a. hip bag, sling bag, waist wallet, belt bag) using your favorite fabric and easy sewing techniques. This free sewing pattern will show you how!

Cute Corners Cosmetic Pouch

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Sew your own DIY cosmetic case with just a few sewing supplies, including regular quilting cotton. The Cute Corners Pouch sewing pattern is very easy and has step-by-step photos to make each part as clear as possible.

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