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100 Free Sewing Tutorials: DIY Organizers, Patterns for Women's Dresses & More

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French Desk Set Basket LineAll year long we've provided different kinds of sewing projects, tutorials, and ideas. Now we've rounded them all up to determine the most loved ideas of the year. Here are the projects readers like you chose as the top sewing tutorials of 2012. Discover or revisit the best projects of the year and stick with us; you'll love what we have in store for 2013!



Easy Sewing Projects

100 Free Sewing Tutorials: DIY Organizers, Patterns for Women's Dresses & More
Table of Contents

  1. DIY Organizers

  2. Patterns for Women's Dresses & Skirts

  3. Free Purse Sewing Patterns

  4. Sewing for Kids

  5. Inexpensive Handmade Gifts

  6. Kitchen Projects & DIY Home Decor Ideas

  7. Miscellaneous Projects

DIY Organizers

Fabric Storage BoxesMail Organizer Tutorial

We can't think of a better time to get organized than right at the start of a new year. Start off 2013 the right way by creating some of these DIY organizers. Keep all of your craft supplies in order with these simple DIY craft organization ideas. Let these tutorials show you how to make a fabric box that's perfect for storing the kids' small toys and books. These handy DIY organizers will truly help you transform your living space from cluttered to tidy.

  1. Fabric Storage Boxes
  2. Door Organizer
  3. Gathered Round Basket
  4. Denim Organizer
  5. Hanging Jewelry Holder
  6. Fabric Basket Tutorial
  7. French Desk Set Basket Liner
  8. Mail Organizer Tutorial
  9. Car Book Holder DIY
  10. DIY Sunglasses Holder

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Patterns for Women's Dresses & Skirts

Golden Goddess GownAnthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

In 2012 we added several new dress patterns to the site. These free dress patterns and skirts received a lot of attention and rightfully so! Our free dress patterns make for a simple and lovely outfit choice, no matter what the occasion. Explore our patterns for women's dresses and learn how to sew dresses and skirts that are comfortable and pretty.

  1. Golden Goddess Gown
  2. A 15 Minute Girly Big Sister Skirt
  3. Grecian Sundress
  4. Impossibly Easy Maxi Dress
  5. The Pinwheel Skirt
  6. How to Make a Cute Summer Sundress
  7. Polka Dot Skirt
  8. Effortless Caftan Dress
  9. Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial
  10. Coral Dress
  11. 30 Minute Sheath Dress
  12. Super Easy Summer Dress
  13. 30 Minutes a Day at the Park Dress
  14. 15 Minute Tuxedo Skirt


Free Purse Sewing Patterns

One Hour BagDiverse Drawstring Bag

Some of the most popular projects of the year had to be bags and purses. The free purse sewing patterns we offer on the site deliver fun and simple ideas sewists of all skill levels can complete. Once you know how to sew your own purse, you won't be able to stop! Whether you're a fan of free purse sewing patterns, free tote bag patterns, or anything in-between, you're sure to find something you love within our bags and purses selection. Here are the top ideas of the year.

  1. One Hour Bag
  2. Gathered Clutch
  3. Summer Fruit DIY Grocery Bag
  4. Rope Handbag
  5. A Handibag From a Pillowcase
  6. Patchwork Tote
  7. Arabesque Bag
  8. Big and Beauitful Betty Bag
  9. Sweater Weather Bonfire Bag
  10. Twenty Minute Tote
  11. 5 Step Market Tote
  12. Totes Big and Small
  13. Basic Purse Organizer
  14. Diverse Drawstring Sack
  15. Ramen Noodle Zippered Coin Purse
  16. Cute Japanese Coin Purse
  17. The Day Trip Purse
  18. Buttercup Bag
  19. Blossom Shoulder Bag
  20. Hobo Dance Bag
  21. Large Tote With Rounded Opening
  22. Not Just Another Pretty Purse
  23. Always a Bridesmaid's Clutch
  24. Hanging Trash Bag
  25. Quick Trip Diaper Bag
  26. EZ Grocery Bag Tutorial

100+ Sewing Projects by the Yard


Find more free patterns and tutorials in our collection of 100+ Sewing Projects by the Yard.


Sewing for Kids

Pretty Baby DIY Peasant TopCentral Park Swing Coat

Explore the simple sewing projects for kids everyone loved the most this year. Knowing how to sew is such a valuable skill for parents because sewing for kids is more affordable than purchasing new clothes. Not to mention, some of these sewing ideas for kids include games and toys. Keep the kids happy and your wallet full with these simple sewing projects for kids.

  1. Pretty Baby DIY Peasant Top
  2. Bibs and Burp Cloths
  3. 30 Minute Diaper and Wipes Cover
  4. Pretty Woman Dress
  5. Make a Bedside Organizer
  6. Fleece Pants Pattern
  7. Pinkalicious Baby Blanket
  8. Sweater Hair Clippies
  9. Butterfly Garden Quilt
  10. Jolly Holiday Dress Pattern

Inexpensive Handmade Gifts

Granny Chic SlippersBoo Boo Rice Bags

The best gifts to give and receive are the ones that truly come from the heart. Nothing says thoughtful like gifts that are handmade! If you're creating a gift for a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor or a family member, check out these inexpensive handmade gifts. Not only will you save money, you'll give them something unique and special.

  1. Granny Chic Slippers
  2. How to Make Slippers From Jeans
  3. Baby Gift Zippered Pouch
  4. Sewing Caddy
  5. Boo Boo Rice Bags
  6. Lace Angel
  7. Pattern Weights
  8. Coffee Cozy with Button
  9. Casual T-Shirt Scarf
  10. Winter Warmers
  11. How to Make a Gathered Fabric Flower
  12. Christmas Angel Pattern
  13. Cozy Slippers Tutorial
  14. Ruffled Kindle Case
  15. Hot Piping
  16. How to Sew a Wine Tote
  17. Easy and Cheap Apron for Hostess
  18. Scrappy Make Up Pouch


Kitchen Projects & Do It Yourself Home Decor Ideas

Scrappy Hot PadQuilted Oven Mitts

One of the best things about having sewing skills is your ability to make home accessories yourself! All of our DIY home decor ideas are simple and easy to make. They'll help you spruce up your living space without having to spend a lot of money on expensive decor. We've also rounded-up the top kitchen projects of the year including oven mitts, aprons and more.

  1. Recycled Denim Oven Mitt
  2. Scrappy Hot Pad
  3. Quilted Oven Mitts
  4. Pottery Barn Inspired Pillow
  5. Minky Ultimate Couch Blanket
  6. The Happy Couple Blanket
  7. How to Make a Jean Apron
  8. Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains
  9. Placemats and Napkins for Kids
  10. Chair Slipcovers
  11. Rolled Kitchen Towels

Pillowcase Ruffle Dress

If you love these free sewing patterns, check out our 75 Dress Patterns for Sewing and our other easy sewing projects.


Miscellaneous Projects


Dollar Shirts Never Looked So GoodHow to Make a Beginners Quilt

  1. Dollar Shirts Never Looked so Good
  2. Fabric Labels Tutorial
  3. Grandpa Cardigan
  4. H&M Knock-Off Cowgirl Dress
  5. 30 Minute Caftan Top
  6. Tory Burch Sequin T-Shirt Knockoff
  7. Cleavage Cover
  8. How to Make a Quilt: A Beginner's Tutorial
  9. Greeter Deterrent
  10. Hexie Caddy Pincushion
  11. Meow Oven Mitts Pattern
  12. Non-Stick Pan Protectors

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The patterns available to use are creative and have a wide range of variety. I have sewn the one hour bag and it is quick and simple. I would sew a lining in the next one I make for more durability. If you need a quick bag for everyday use, this is a bag I would suggest making.

Hi! I sell patterns online for people who like doing DIY stuffs. You donwload the pattern who many times you want at the material of your choice (most common are textiles and paperies) and then DIY your project. I would love to introduce you to my website, send me an e-mail at, because I don't want to make spans! Hope to see you soon! Claire

I'm looking for a pattern to make a large fabric case with dividers to hold essential oil bottles (30-48 bottles)


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