21 Free Sewing Patterns for Beginners

Did you buy a sewing machine that is now sitting in a closet? Dust it off for the new year and try these cute free sewing patterns!

Easy dog ​​bandana

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Dog bandanas are the best beginner sewing project because they're easy and fun and your fur baby will think it's perfect no matter what! Check out this free dog bandana sewing pattern that includes 3 sizes: small, medium and large.

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1 meter apron sewing pattern

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I've seen a LOT of free apron patterns, but by far the simplest and most popular is my Magic 1 Yard Free Apron Pattern. You will sew aprons for all your friends (well, as many friends as you have meters of fabric!).

Super Easy Shopping Cart Template

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Sew a quick and easy fabric basket, also reversible. Make a basket with 10-inch layer cake squares or from leftover fabric and some iron-on stabilizer. This free pattern requires simple straight line sewing, making it a perfect beginner project. Who doesn't need a few reversible fabric baskets to use on your desk or near your sewing machine?

Easy One Yard Pillowcase Pattern

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Learn how to sew a pillowcase with exactly one meter of fabric and without waste! This super simple pillowcase tutorial is perfect for beginners or charity sewing because it's the quickest pillowcase pattern you'll ever see.

Cozies Microwavable Soup Bowl

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Everyone loves using cozy soup bowls, and lucky for us, they are so easy to sew! My free cozy bowl tutorial includes three different sizes. Have fun making this awesome gift for everyone you know.

Simple cloth dolls

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Learn how to sew the cutest fabric dolls! When I came across some ragdoll fabric panels by South Korean artist Jae Sun, I had to make a whole litter of stuffed cats. This easy sewing project is perfect for teaching kids how to sew.

Easy lanyard

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This cute double-sided cord is an easy sewing project. You can use two matching fabrics to make this cord twice as pretty. Start sewing strips of fabric with straight and zigzag seams. You'll also learn how to topstitch and backstitch in this free sewing tutorial.

Super Simple Tote Bag

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This is the simplest tote bag pattern you can find! It has simple straight seams and requires no fancy materials other than fabric and thread.

Easy drawstring backpack design

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Every sewing beginner must try making this easy to make drawstring backpack. From envelopes to buckles to drawstrings, this backpack is an all-fabric pattern that you can make with just one fabric or several if you have a lot.

Folded Fabric Coasters and Potholders

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

Pet Cage Quilt Tutorial

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Animal shelters and veterinary clinics would love to have cage comforters sewn from your scraps! Or make one for your own adorable pet. This blanket will provide a soft bed and a sense of security for any pet. A pillowcase could serve as the basis for this project. Try a piece of fleece or flannel for batting. A napkin could also serve as a garnish. Sew cage quilts today.

Small DIY Quilt Magnets

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Measuring less than 2 inches tall, this little DIY quilt magnet is a fun, easy, and quick sewing and crafting project. Beginners often avoid small projects, but you'll want to try these little half-square triangles. Even beginner seamstresses quickly acquire a few perfect scraps for these little gems. Stick them on your refrigerator, dishwasher, bulletin board or anywhere else and see how decorative they are. Make some for your friends while you're at it.

Learn how to sew a pet leash

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Here is a wonderful project for sewers who have pets at home. Sewing this leash made from quilt scraps is a good way to practice basic sewing skills. You'll love how quickly you'll improve your straight line sewing skills. You can also complete this in less than an hour. Expand your pet's wardrobe by sewing a matching collar.

Children's pajama pants

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Learn how to sew cute kids' pajama pants with my free and easy pattern! It has an elastic waist and guess what? No hem! You can use quilting cotton, knitted fabric, flannel, or even fleece with this pattern that only uses one pattern piece. When my kids were little, I used it to sew all their Christmas pajamas!

Easy-to-journal bookmark and pen holder

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This DIY journal bookmark with a pencil holder is the perfect gift for young writers. Prepare them quickly using jelly roll strips. They can be embellished with embroidery or beads. Add a button for another fun embellishment. This new tutorial is practical and so simple and quick to make.

Simple Zipper Pouch Pattern

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Look no further for a free and easy zipper pouch pattern perfect for holding cash and credit cards, school supplies, cosmetics and more! This pattern includes free templates for creating pouches in 2 different sizes, plus a step-by-step zipper tutorial that anyone can follow.

DIY infinity scarf

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This DIY Infinity Scarf uses just half a yard of fabric. I made mine in voile but you can use any light to medium weight cotton like linen or chambray. A jersey or double knit would also be a good fabric choice. It's a fashion accessory that you can wear everywhere. Sewing French seams and a ¼” hem can be really easy after all. This tutorial is a great way to start your sewing journey!

Small Pouch Tutorial

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Sew a simple little pouch with a snap, perfect for saying “thank you” or paying it forward with a little kindness. This easy sewing project will make you not want to stop until you have 100!


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Scrunchies were one of the first things I sewed! They have been the go-to ponytail holders for many of us over the years. And they are back. Learn how to make easy scrunchies with a pretty tie.

Easy Tie Patchwork Quilt Tutorial

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Do you have 5 minutes to make a baby quilt? Okay, you'll need more than 5 minutes, but this super easy baby quilt can easily be sewn in an afternoon. Nantucket Patchwork Plaid fabric has already done the patchwork for you! This is a good project to use easy straight line quilting.

Tea towels made from fat quarters of fabric

The tutorial for these easy fat quarter tea towels is a perfect sewing pattern for beginners. With just two fat quarters and some pearl cotton, you can make this lovely towel in just a few minutes. Use brightly colored fabrics to brighten up your kitchen. Add decorative trim like rickracks to dress them up a bit. Attractive dish towels are not only accessories for your kitchen decoration, but you will also use them.

DIY Rice Bag Heating Pad Tutorial

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Turn your hugs into a gift with this DIY heating pad. Microwaved for 1-2 minutes, it gives the right warmth to the neck or shoulders. It helps relieve stress by relaxing tired muscles and easing tension. The clear, step-by-step instructions will guide you through this project. It's as simple as any beginner sewing pattern.

Canvas book bags

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This canvas book bag is perfect for your stash of on-the-go reading materials. It also has small pockets on the sides so you can carry other important items. With this tutorial, mixing inexpensive natural cotton duck fabric with colorful fabric prints is fun and easy.

Hexi Log Cabin Potholders

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This hexagon potholder pattern has step-by-step instructions and helpful photos so you can see how to make it all. Hexi Log Cabin Potholders make great gifts that anyone would be happy to receive. They will also look great in your own kitchen.

DIY Fabric Covered Art Journal

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If you love doodling, drawing, journaling, or other art, this cute fabric covered art journal is for you. Check out this fun and easy bookmaking idea.

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