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How to Make Clothes: 500+ Tutorials for Making Your Own Clothes

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Updated October 17, 2018
How to Make Clothes 500 Tutorials for Making Your Own Clothes

One of the main reasons sewists turn to this exciting and rewarding hobby is that they want to learn how to make clothes. When you learn how to make your own clothes, you have the kind of control over your wardrobe and style that no one else does.

While the rest of the world wears the skirts and dresses they bought at the same ten to twelve stores, you get to twirl in unique free dress patterns. Here at AllFreeSewing we have HUNDREDS of free sewing patterns for making your own clothes. You could easily learn how to make clothes to fill your entire wardrobe with these gorgeous ideas. How to Make Clothes: 500+ Tutorials for Making Your Own Clothes has any tutorial you will ever want.

But where will you start? Lucky for you, the editors have decided to round up all of our how to make clothing patterns into one magnificent list. Whether you need patterns for making your own clothes, want to know how to sew clothes for your baby, or even want a pair of pants for your man, we have the free sewing patterns you have been seeking out! Scroll down to find hundreds of collections and tutorials that will ensure that making your own clothes is easy, fun, and comes with fabulous results.


PLUS! We have a new video from Mary Beth Temple on how to adjust a shirt that's too large. Check out the helpful Men's Shirt to Women's Shirt Refashion video right below.

How to Make Clothes: Tops

We’re starting from the top (literally) with this massive list of how to make clothes tutorials. While DIY dress patterns are fun for special occasions or even day-to-day wear, sometimes you just want to wear separates. This list of our favorite shirt sewing collections contains everything from DIY hoodies for fall and winter to comfy and stylish tank tops and tees from warmer weather. When you are making your own clothes, these are some of the first free sewing patterns you are going to want to check out! Take a look at these gorgeous and easy how to sew clothes tutorials for DIY tops, tanks, sweatshirts, and more.

  • 24 DIY Sweatshirt Ideas: How to Make a Hoodie, Make Your Own Sweatshirt, and More

    Learn how to make a hoodie to keep you warm all winter and how to make sweatshirts that make great spring and fall jackets. You are going to love making your own clothes when they are this comfy.

  • 28+ Summer Tops Sewing Patterns

    Show off those arms with these how to sew shirts tutorials. Whether you're packing for a tropical getaway or sewing a date night top, this collection has a summer top for you! When the sun shines, you will be grateful that you have learned how to make clothes that show some skin.

  • 33 Free Shirt Patterns: Learn How to Sew a Shirt

    Find even more free shirt patterns in this collection of tops to sew. Look stunning in everything from bell sleeved beauties to terrific tank tops when you sew through this adorable collection. You will love wearing these!

How to Make Clothes: Pants and Shorts

In addition to making your own clothes with t-shirt and top patterns, you are going to want to learn how to sew bottoms, too! From summer shorts patterns that are perfect for hot weather to ways to sew and take in pants, these DIY bottom patterns are your solution to designing chic and fashion-forward shorts and pants. We've even thrown in a few kids' patterns as well! Learn how to make clothes like DIY pants and DIY shorts with these tutorials.

  • How to Sew Shorts: 40+ Free Shorts Patterns

    Make your own clothes for summer with these smart shorts ideas. Whether you are making the perfect pair of cut-offs or learning how to sew full patterns like Bermuda shorts, you will love these free shorts sewing patterns.

Making Your Own Clothes: Free Dress Patterns and Skirts

There's nothing as elegant as a beautifully fitted dress that makes you feel as confident as you look. Free skirt patterns and patterns for sewing dresses are some of our most popular sewing patterns. Our readers cannot get enough of learning how to make clothes that are feminine and fancy. Learn how to sew your own clothes for any event when you make one of these DIY skirts or DIY dresses. From summer maxi dress patterns to free skirt patterns that are perfect for the office or dinner out, these fashionable sewing patterns have classic, modern, and eclectic vibes, so that you can easily find a dress or skirt that matches your own personal style.

More How to Sew Clothes for Women Patterns

In addition to skirt and dress patterns, learning how to make your own clothes includes some other miscellaneous patterns. We've also compiled our list of stylish DIY maternity clothes for fashion-forward mommies-to-be, as well as our reader favorite list of figure-flattering sewing patterns, so that you can stylish no matter what you wear. Check out these how to sew clothes for women that you might need one day.

  • Sew Maternity Clothes: 23 Maternity Style Ideas

    If you are an expecting mommy, none of your old clothes are going to fit. Learn how to make your own clothes while you wait for your precious bundle of joy, and you can still be a trendsetter for all 9 months of your pregnancy.

  • 35+ Figure Flattering Free Sewing Patterns

    One of the best things about making your own clothes is being able to make pieces that not only fit but look great too! Check out these figure-flattering free sewing patterns and how to make clothes tutorials that help you look your best.

Vintage Sewing Patterns

  • 11 Free Vintage Patterns: How to Sew Retro-Inspired Clothing for Ladies Free eBook

    If you love vintage sewing patterns, then there's no question: you need to download this free sewing eBook. You will look straight out of the Swinging Sixties when you learn how to make your own clothes with vintage ideas.

  • 15 Sewing Projects Inspired by the Victorian Era

    Lovely lace, delicate trims, faux fur, and elegant home decor make this collection of Victorian sewing projects irresistible for the vintage-loving sewist. Bring the sophistication of the 1800s to your clothing and home with these debonair patterns.

  • 1920s Fashion: 21+ Vintage-Inspired Sewing Patterns Coco Chanel Would Love

    The Roaring Twenties are a fashion era that has never lost its style. If you’re still obsessed with flapper dresses, sequins, feathers, and dapper male fashions, then you need to check out this classic collection!

  • 1930s Sewing Patterns: Sewing and the Great Depression

    The 1930s may be marked by the Great Depression, but there’s nothing depressing about these cozy, nostalgic, and budget-friendly sewing tutorial! Learn all about ‘30s fashion trends in the comprehensive guide historians adore.

  • 21 Sewing Tutorials Inspired by 1940's Fashion

    If you love vintage fashion, then you'll fall in love with this collection of DIY clothing inspired by the 1940s. Dress up in the clothes of Hollywood's Golden Age, as well as fun pin-up inspired looks and WWII military-style fashion.

  • 23 Sewing Projects Inspired by the 1970s

    Relaxed, far-out, and filled with flower power, the 1970s was an era of fashion every boho-lover wants to relive. Give your wardrobe an earthy, colorful, and playful update with these ‘70s-inspired sewing patterns. You’ll find everything from maxi dresses to bell sleeve tops in this collection.

  • 23 Vintage Sewing Projects and Patterns

    Whether you’re looking for a dress inspired by your favorite old-time romance or an apron that looks just like the one Grandma cooked with in the ‘50s, this collection of sewing patterns has everything you need to look stellar in any decade.

  • 54 Retro Free Vintage Sewing Patterns

    Are you a vintage vixen? Then you’ll adore this list of vintage sewing patterns! Deck yourself from head to toe in timeless patterns that will have you looking like a retro fashion model. You won’t have to spend hours thrifting for a classic look.

How to Make Clothes for Babies and Kids

Babies and kids need clothes too! If your little ones go through new clothes constantly, then you're in the right place. Learn how to make your own clothes for the whole family when you check out these free baby sewing patterns and how to sew clothes for kids ideas. We've included some fun and girly patterns that your little princess is guaranteed to love, as well as easy sewing projects for boys and babies. Kid’s clothing can be expensive. Save some money by making your own.

  • How to Make a Onesie: 11 Onesie Patterns for Babies

    Nothing is more important to a baby’s wardrobe than onesies. Comfortable, flexible, and snuggle-friendly, onesies fulfill all of your baby's needs while still keeping him cozy. Learn how to make a onesie with this adorable list.

  • 50+ Free Clothing Sewing Patterns for Girls

    Does your little girl like to pretend that she's a princess? If so, then she probably loves swirly twirly dresses, and this list of free clothing patterns for girls has plenty of those! From tank tops to tutus, this pattern list has everything.

  • Sewing for Boys: 17 DIY Clothing Ideas That He'll Love

    When you're looking to give your kids a closet update, don’t forget about your dapper little man! Learn how to sew clothes for the little dude in your life with this collection, and he'll be fashionable from the playground to Grandma's house.

  • Sewing for Baby: 18 DIY Baby Clothes

    Looking for even more DIY clothes ideas to keep your little bundle of joy bundled in joy? With free baby skirt patterns, sweater tutorials, and onesie walk-throughs, this list of baby clothes ideas has a piece to sew for each of your little ones.

Other How to Make Clothes Ideas

And we have even more! These collections of how to sew clothes tutorials show you how to make your own clothes in a variety of ways. From how to make underwear ideas (we have a ton!) to pajama patterns, these exciting and unique lists will help you fill in any gap you might have in your own wardrobe. We've also included lists of some hard to find patterns, such as DIY swimwear for the whole family, and special occasion sewing projects for prom and wedding season, so that no matter where you are, you'll always look good.

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Being able to make changes to the pattern so it is uniquely mine.

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