Hello cheapskates, and welcome to my by-no-means-comprehensive list of free sewing patterns on the internet. Over the years every time I come across a free sewing pattern I save it, and it turns out I’ve accumulated quite a few.
As a general rule, these free sewing patterns are little advertisements for sewing companies, so you get to see how good their patterns are before you buy. But there are so many patterns out there by now that you could sew a whole new wardrobe one and a half times before running out of patterns.
I have not made most of these patterns, and so I cannot speak to their quality. However, the patterns I have used I will review. I will also note down important information, e.g. only comes in one size, no instructions. If you have used them and want to let me know how it went, send me a message! And if you know of any free patterns I’ve missed let me know.
Last tip, a lot of pattern companies will give out free patterns once a year or so, so it’s worth following pattern companies on social media, or signing up for their newsletter to take advantage of this.
Update March 2020: Unfortunately 2020 has been an awful year so far, but some people are wonderful. I have added a new category (Part 4: Sewing for a cause) which encompasses sewing patterns you can make for charity.
I have split this blog into several parts:
Part 1: Free pattern websites
These are websites which provide quite a few sewing patterns, and so I won’t be including their patterns in the main list (because then this list would be 10 times as long).
Part 2: Free patterns by type
These are individual patterns which I have split into type, e.g. tops, skirts, dresses.
Part 3: Sewing videos
These might not be sewing patterns, they are sewing tutorials, so you can still use them to make stuff.
Part 4: Sewing for a cause
These are patterns which you can make and donate to the original organising groups or similar charities.
And without further ado:
Part 1: Free pattern websites
Peppermint Magazine is an Australian magazine which looks at style and sustainability and which offers free patterns on it’s website. Peppermint Magazine collaborates with pattern designers to provide the patterns. I have made two patterns so far, the Spring Shorts and the Boxy top both of which were designed by Pattern Runway. While I had no issues with the instructions and pattern designs, I discovered that neither pattern is my style and I won’t be making these again. But I would definitely recommend trying them out.
However, since issue 30, pattern company In The Folds has since taken over the mantle. I have seen many sewers on Instagram making and loving these patterns, including Jasika Nicole with the Peppermint jumpsuit. And during the course of completing this post I made my own!
Mood is a famous fabric shop in New York, which you might recognise if you’ve ever watched Project Runway. They have been offering free sewing patterns for a few years now, and pump them out with prodigious regularity. When they first started producing them I had a look at quite a few. I thought that the instructions were quite sparse and definitely assumed a lot of prior knowledge.
The only pattern I have attempted is the Atlas Cosplay coat, based on Daenerys’ coat in season 7 of Game of Thrones. I started with practice fabric, and I spent about a week sewing, unpicking, resewing, wondering why it looked weird, and then unpicking again, before my dad suggested maybe this wasn’t the best coat to start with. The instructions are very sparse, and the pattern pieces didn’t have a lot of markings on them. I wouldn’t recommend this particular pattern to anyone looking to make a coat for the first time. However, I haven’t tried any of the other patterns and the instructions and patterns might have improved since then. Therefore I would hesitantly recommend these patterns to experienced sewers, and to make a toile first.
This is vintage sewing blog has produced a few for-sale patterns, and quite a few free patterns for styles from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Please note that not all patterns come with instructions, or in multiple sizes.
The free patterns include basic blocks, swimwear, corsets and miscellaneous patterns. I have not used this pattern designer, so I cannot comment on the designs. However, all patterns come in one size, and don’t have instructions. Therefore I would only recommend these patterns for an experienced sewer.
This website allows you to punch in your body measurements and produces a pattern which is perfectly tailored to your body, for free! It also has a lot of men’s patterns, which is great because there are so few sources of men’s patterns, yet alone free patterns.
Sew in Love focuses on easy patterns, hacks and Japanese patterns. To receive the free patterns you need to sign up to her newsletter.
Purl Soho is a shop selling fiber craft materials such as yarn and fabric. They have a great range of baby, homeware and women’s patterns for sewers, knitters and all sorts of makers.
This UK based sewing magazine requires you to register to access hundreds of sewing patterns with instructions. It also has free sewing patterns with instructions in the accompanying magazine, which you would have to buy. You may or may not need instructions depending on your sewing level, but it’s just something to remember.
This store offers free patterns for registered customers. The patterns look to be designed with the speciality of the store – linen- in mind.
Another sewing pattern company offering some free patterns. They have a few nice basics such as t-shirt patterns for men, women and children, as well as a few interesting items like this makeup brush carrying case.
This blog features free patterns, as well as round ups of free patterns or tutorials to make specific clothing types, e.g. 30+ Free Peplum Top Sewing Patterns. Apparently they have gathered thousands of patterns, so I’m wondering why I’m doing this, but we’re already here so I’ll keep going.
Another website which specialises in compiling free sewing patterns!
Elle Apparel makes tutorials for lots of pretty women’s clothes.
An indie pattern company which has produced many well-reviewed patterns. In the freebie section they also have a few free patterns, for things like shoulder-pads and resuable produce bags.
This pattern company specialises in maternity and matching mother and child patterns. Cute!
This pattern company has quite a few free patterns on their website, with everything from vintage dresses to pattern weights and cute pillows.
The Great British Sewing Bee is a competitive sewing television series (it’s a good watch). They’ve released a few books, but I can’t find too much info as to which book these patterns come from. These patterns don’t come with instructions.
This website offers free patterns for many different crafts including embroidery, knitting and quilting.
This website has a lot of children’s and quilting patterns, as well as a few fun crafty options, like applique.
This website has lots of children’s patterns as well as clothing patterns for dolls. You’ll need to join their Facebook group or subscribe to the newsletter.
AGF specialises in quilting fabrics, and so it has lots of free quilting patterns, but don’t worry, they also have lots of other free patterns, such as for bags and pillows!
This pattern website offers a lot of free and different patterns, such as pyjama pants (which in my opinion should be the first thing anyone sews), leggings and Christmas decorations.
Part 2: Free patterns by type
Hip pouch by Daisy Jane – This pattern is complex enough to be fun but not frustrating, and it doesn’t use much fabric!
The Madrid Tote by Victory Patterns – You’ll need to subscribe to their newsletter
Full Moon Bag by All Well Workshop – This pattern comes in two sizes, but you need to subscribe to the newsletter
Veronika skirt by Megan Nielsen – You’ll need to sign up to the newsletter.
Picnic Skirt by Gertie’s World – this is a video tutorial which doesn’t use a pattern, instead it is made to your measurements!
Laundry Day Tee by Love Notions Sewing Patterns, LLC – You need to join the Facebook group. There are also a few patterns for doll clothes and for children.
The Orla Dress by French Navy – I have made one Orla dress, and while it was quite simple to make, it wasn’t my style and I don’t have any photos.
Elliot Front Tie Top and Twisty Crop Top both by Cool Stitches
Cropped t-shirt by Little Pomegranate – Little Pomegranate also has some cute crochet animal patterns and a baby mobile on her blog!
Hot Coco Sweater by Dixie DIY – This pattern comes in one size
Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio – This pattern comes in one size and you need to subscribe to the newsletter.
Vera Knit Top by Forget Me Not Patterns
Acacia undies by Megan Nielsen – You’ll need to sign up for her newsletter
Peachy Undies by Cool Stitches – there is an option to pay-what-you-want for the pattern
Part 3: Sewing videos
I’ll just pop my favourite Youtuber up the top. Annika Victoria is Australian sewing Youtuber. I like her tutorials the best because she adds so much detail and explains techniques really well, and she’s also quite funny.
With Wendy is a Youtuber from Canada who started by making sewing tutorials but who has now branched out into Thrift Flips and DIY videos. Everything she makes is aesthetically pleasing and calming, and her tutorials are quite easy to follow.
Coolirpa is a sewing Youtuber from the US. She specialises in alterations and Thrifted Transformations, where she updates clothes from secondhand stores into modern wearable pieces. While her videos aren’t great for creating copies of what she’s made, she’s great for inspiration and a rough idea of what you could make.
I have linked here a playlist by Youtube channel Good Housekeeping which features a variety of sewing projects, including tutorials by Gertie (who is featured elsewhere in this list).
Part 4: Sewing for a cause
There are many, many, many face mask patterns out there now. Here are three versions.
Deaconess, an American hospital has developed and released a pattern for reusable fabric face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also created a database of places accepting donations. I have not made this mask.
This is the pattern that I have used the most. I prefer them with ties, rather than elastic as it makes it quite a tight fit around the face, something that I have come to find comforting. I have found that the fit for these masks aren’t so tight with elastics, and it tends to move down the face. However, if you wear the mask upside-down this eliminates the slippage.
Sewer Gwen Stella (@gwenstella.made) was where I first saw these masks, but Marie Koupparis (@stitchedodessy) made an English tutorial for this masks. These masks are more forgiving on different sized noses, encourage some fun fabric pattern combos and don’t tend to be as tight and restricting as the ‘cup-style’ face masks.
Australian Amy Kallissa started the Cool the Vollies Facebook page to provide cooling neckties for volunteers fighting bushfires. Special water crystals are required, which are available at gardening supply stores. However, I think they accept ties without crystals too.
This Facebook group provides many patterns which are used to help injured animals. For example, bird nests, joey pouches and bat wraps. They also provide a list of what they need.