Giving a gift not only warms the heart of the recipient, but it also feels good for the giver, especially when the gift is handmade. And what’s better than a handmade gift? One that’s made with a free pattern! Here are 10 simple and free gift sewing patterns that stitch up fast.
10 easy, free handmade gift patterns
A word of warning: although I tried to avoid complex projects, some of the following patterns may not be labeled “absolute beginner.” They look easy, in my opinion, and you can always contact the indie designer through Bluprint if you have any sort of problem with them!
Tetris iPad & tablet case
I have a confession for you: I’ve sewn for more years than I would admit, but my only attempt with a quilt was a disaster. It had been on my UFO pile (UnFinished Objects) for a while, before landing into the trash bin… This one may be my second attempt with this technique: It’s the perfect size for me to finish before I get bored. Add that it’s the perfect scrap-buster project… I want one!
Get the Tetris iPad & Tablet case free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member SewCanShe
Felt Food Sushi
While this could be a perfect gift for a child, to be used as play food (for a Montessori approach), I can see it for the trendy friend too, to be displayed on her cool Japanese-style dining room.
Warning: Do not eat it — you might be tempted!
Get the Felt Food Sushi free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member Caroline Jane
Insulated Baby Bottle Cover
Obviously, an excellent present for a new mom, to keep baby feeding bottles warm but what if you sew it for water bottles? Including video instructions, it uses thermal lining fabric.
Get the Insulated Baby Bottle Cover free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member Deby Coles
Microwave Baked Potato Sack
This is a pretty cool gadget you can gift to anyone who owns a microwave. Just be sure you use 100 percent cotton fabric to avoid burning risks! The indie designer suggests to use it to cook potatoes, corn, vegetables, sweet potatoes, or to warm tortillas, taco shells and breads. It’s a really fast project and can be another excellent scrap-buster!
Get the Microwave Baked Potato Sack free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member Chelsea B
Small Travel Bag for Hand stitching
If you know someone who enjoys hand sewing on the go, this is the perfect gift. Fast and easy to put together, practical and extremely cute: it’s a winner!Get the Small Travel Bag for Hand stitching free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member Patchwork Posse
Upcycled Baby Shoes
This is a genius way to reuse pants hem for a half-hour project while making happy your friend who has a tiny little bundle of joy: baby shoes! If you have ever bought a pair of them, you know how much they cost: these are free!
Get the Upcycled Baby Shoes free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member feathersflights
Sturdy Fabric Basket
A cute, sturdy basket (maybe filled with goodies) can be an ideal gift for almost everyone on your gift list: choose the right fabric and you’re halfway to success!
This free pattern is designed to be fat quarter-friendly (or you can always re-use bed sheets for a more frugal version). It’s an easy project, fast to whip up. You have two options: sturdy or soft and achieve the store-bought look of a leather handle using a pre-loved leather belt.
Get the Sturdy fabric basket free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member lillyella
Potion Bottle Plush
Plushies are always a sure hit with kids, but what about a grown-up version? Think about sewing a few of these cuties, adding lavender to the filling, to be used as closet fresheners. No doubt, you’re going to get an “Oh!” or “Ah!” when you will say “I’ve made this for you!”
Get the Potion bottle plush free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member BeeZeeArt
Men’s Bow Tie
I know: finding the perfect handmade gift for a man can be daunting.
What if you sew one (or a whole set) bow tie, maybe using leftovers from your silk evening dress to match? You can sew this one in a really short time, you’ll never buy another bow tie again!
Get the Men’s Bow Tie free pattern here.
Photo via Bluprint member Sew Like My Mom
Insulated Car Seat Organizer
For your friend with kids who travels a lot by car, dealing with fuzzy kids who refuse to drink not-that-cold water! We’ve all been there, what’s better than preserving her mental health and sewing one of these life-savers? Match it with an Insulated Baby Bottle Cover (see above) for a coordinated set!
Get the Insulated Car Seat Organizer free pattern here
Photo via Bluprint member Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz
Handmade Clothing Care Tag
Whatever handmade gift free pattern you choose, don’t forget to add a tag to your handmade gift! Printing these charming vintage (and free) templates, provided by Bluprint (including washing and care instructions!)
Get the Handmade Clothing Care Tag free template here.
Photo via Bluprint Blog
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