12 FREE Beginner-Friendly Sewing Patterns We Love

Learning to sew? These 12 FREE sewing patterns for beginners are perfect for you (psst … want to see free sewing classes?). These straight-forward projects teach key techniques, giving you the confidence to tackle the harder projects on your sewing bucket list! 

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Learn new techniques with these 12 free sewing patterns for beginners!

Find free patterns for your sewing room, baskets and trays, bags and totes and clothing. (Yes, there are great free clothing patterns!) Your next on-trend beginner project is in this list of 12 — did we mention they are all free?!

Sewing room flair

Start with one of these two sewing patterns for your sewing station. In a few hours, you will have a beautiful project you can use each time you sew!

Free Strawberry or Mouse Pin Cushion Pattern

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1. Mouse or Strawberry Pin Cushion

What could be cuter than a little mouse holding your pins while peeking up at you? This pin cushion is a fun and useful project made with scraps of felt. The only technique you need to know is how to sew a straight line! Make sure you fill the pin cushion well so it’s sturdy.

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FREE Hobby Apron Pattern - Get Sewing

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2. Hobby Apron

Keep threads off your jeans (or if we’re being honest, sweatpants) with this cute apron. Its simple design will be finished in no time, letting you get on with your next project. The customizable pockets allow you to fit your personal sewing items – or create the perfect hostess gift!

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Beautiful Baskets

Organizing your personal items is easy when you sew a basket to fit your needs. Even better, you can use the perfect fabric to match your decor!

FREE Sturdy Fabric Basket Pattern - Lillyella Stitchery

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3. Sturdy Fabric Basket

This Fat Quarter–friendly project can organize any space in your home. Fill it with stashed fabrics, linens, books or toys!

Sturdy interfacing helps this basket hold its shape beautifully. Batting or fusible fleece are good substitutes for interfacing if you don’t have any on hand. The handles are easier to create than they look — they are made with inexpensive thrifted leather belts — but you can leave them off for an even quicker project.

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Free Travel Tray Pattern - Angie's Bits 'n Pieces

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4. Travel Tray

Coral your “stuff” in these adorable fabric trays. They fold up small to fit in your suitcase, so they’re very travel friendly. At your destination, use them to keep your earrings and glasses from getting misplaced! These small trays would also be useful for keeping your makeup, or toiletries organized as well. Make a few for a hostess gift, or send some with your favorite grad as they decorate their dorm room.

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Totes, pouches and bags

Carry around a handmade project, and show off your skills! These beginner-friendly bags and pouches are perfect for your things, and for gifting to others!

Free Mini Tote Pattern - Shiny Happy World

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5. Mini Tote

The perfect tote for carrying small things around — a few books, your lunch, your child’s toys. Stretch your skills by sewing some embroidery, or choose your favorite piece of fabric to be the star. This mini tote would make a great gift bag for that hard-to-wrap small item.

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Double Zip Gemini Pouch - ChrisW Designs

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6. Double Zip “Gemini” Pouch

Repeat after me: “Zippers are not scary.” Sewing zippers is actually really fun, and you can learn how to insert one with this project. Use it for the perfect pencil pouch, make-up bag or place to stash your sewing supplies. Be bold and give it a try!

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The Hedgerow Book Bag Pattern - Red Rabbit Mercantile

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7. The Hedgerow Book Bag

Your books and laptop will finally have a gorgeous home! Sew your own Hedgerow Book Bag to carry them around in style. Learn how to insert a magnetic snap and sew waxed canvas, or substitute your favorite twill or heavier denim to make it sturdy. Be creative! What will you store in the outer pockets?

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Caroline Clutch Pattern - ithinksew

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8. Caroline Clutch

This tiny clutch is just waiting to be filled with your favorite things. The button closure is easy to sew, and allows you to choose the cutest button! It is only 6½” wide, so you can fit it into your purse full of snacks, hand-sewing supplies or other necessities. 

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Sew your own clothes

It’s not as hard as you might think! Many un-tailored patterns are very figure flattering, allowing for an easier fit. Try one of these (totally free patterns!) today.

Free Kimono Jacket Pattern - Sew Caroline

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9. Kimono Jacket

Take your wardrobe from summer to fall or winter to spring by adding this easy-to-sew (and easy-to-throw-on) piece to your wardrobe. It’s cute in lightweight cotton, but imagine it in a large buffalo check flannel or lightweight, neutral-colored wool. Make it your own by adding embellishments like lace or ribbon.

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Annie A-Line Skirt - Sew This Pattern

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10. Annie A-Line Skirt

A-Line skirts are so flattering! This one can be made in sizes 6 to 16. Find simple instructions for installing a back zipper and facing a waistline. Use a medium-weight twill or corduroy to help the skirt hold its shape. In the right fabric, this skirt is nice enough to wear to work!

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Free Tiered Summer Skirt Pattern - So Sew Easy

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11. Tiered and Gathered Skirt

The perfect casual gathered skirt — sure to become a staple in your wardrobe! Choose a light and airy fabric for summer, or a light twill or wool for fall. This skirt incorporates an easily sewn (and comfortable!) elastic waistband. Sizing is provided for a 34″ – 52″ hip. Plus, you only need 1½ yards of fabric to get started.

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Free PJ Pants Pattern - Nap-Time Creations

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12. Women’s Pajama or Lounge Pants

Sew your own comfy pants! This free pattern almost definitely comes in your size — featuring XXS – XXL sizing. There are so many options: Sew them in a warm flannel or a cool cotton. You could even sew them in a knit fabric for the ultimate stretchy lounge pant. 

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15 Responses to “12 FREE Beginner-Friendly Sewing Patterns We Love”
  1. LINDA

    Be nice if you had the patterns you were showing here; I would like to make the sturdy fabric basket but it doesn’t come up when I click on it. I paid for a membership & feel my membership should be extended due to so many patterns not being available since I signed up last December.

  2. Rocio

    Is there any way to add articles or classes to a wishlist? Maybe a Wish List or Favorites function could be added sometime soon please? Thanks!

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      Customer Service

      Hello Rocio, at this moment we do not have that feature. I will forward on your suggestions.

  3. lelitzik20576419

    I am a premium member but I cannot get the patterns. When I click on the links it only brings me to the Craftsy homepage. I am having trouble getting any of the free patterns in any of the articles.

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          Customer Service

          Hello Michelle,

          Thank you for your feedback. I have forwarded your comment to the proper department. We value your opinion, and it will help with the development of our online streaming community. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction. I apologize but we are still working on loading content onto the site. Once the pattern that you are looking for is uploaded there will be a button just below the description that says, “Make it” or “Get the Pattern”. I apologize for the inconvenience, please check the link again towards the end of the month.

          If you have any additional questions, please email or contact Customer Service at 888-891-7203.



          • Sharon Propp
            Sharon Propp

            What about our patterns we had BEFORE along with the forever classes? I can’t find mine at all.

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            Customer Service

            Hello Sharon.
            Thank you for contacting us about your previously purchased patterns. As of now, all patterns have been loaded onto customer’s accounts from the file we received from BluPrint. You will see your patterns on your Account Dashboard located under the “My Patterns” tab.
            If you have any other questions, please email or contact Customer Service at 888-891-7203.