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

From dress making tutorials to DIY organizers, you won't want to miss these 100 free sewing projects!

By: Editors, AllFreeSewing.com
100 Free Sewing Tutorials DIY Organizers Patterns for Womens Dresses  More

All 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!




Plus, don't miss our video on how to make an easy sewing organizer from guest blogger Mary Beth Temple!









 

DIY Organizers

Divided Basket and Changing Pad Pattern

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.

  • Divided Basket and Changing Pad PatternMade with a 1/2 yard of main fabric and lining, this free baby sewing pattern is perfect for new moms and is a quick and easy DIY gift for your next baby shower.
  • Fabric Storage BoxesThis fabric box pattern is cute and useful!
  • Door OrganizerThis free easy sewing pattern is so simple to make and will save you a ton of hassle in the future.
  • Gathered Round BasketGrab some of your favorite leftover fabric and create a Gathered Round Basket or several.
  • Denim OrganizerUse the pant legs of old jeans for this cute, recycling sewing project to keep your teen neat and organized.
  • Hanging Jewelry HolderThe Hanging Jewelry Holder is great for home and if you're looking for how to make a travel jewelry case, it's easily transportable!
  • Fabric Basket TutorialNeed a way to organize your kids' rooms? Learn how to sew a basket with this Fabric Basket Tutorial. They make great baby shower gifts!
  • French Desk Set Basket LinerInstead of letting magazines and table books clutter your home, make this lovely French Desk Set Table Liner and neatly organize your reading materials and other belongings.
  • Mail Organizer TutorialKeep all your mail organized in a stylish way with this wonderful sewn project.
  • Car Book Holder DIYThis car organizer sewing pattern is perfect way to entertain kids and unruly passengers on long car trips.
  • DIY Sunglasses HolderThis easy sewing project has room for all your sunglasses and your future pairs!

Free Skirt Patterns

Simple Gathered Skirt Tutorial

One of the best types of sewing projects for beginners are simple skirt patterns, since they're quick and easy to make. These sewing tutorials for women's clothes features skirts for every occasion and are great projects to instantly update your wardrobe.

  • Simple Gathered Skirt TutorialTreat your daughter to a lightweight and comfortable skirt that's perfect for warm spring weather with this Simple Gathered Skirt Tutorial.
  • The Pinwheel SkirtSkip spending too much money on a designer duds instead impress everyone with your sewing skills and make this beautiful skirt yourself.
  • Polka Dot SkirtThis stylish skirt sewing pattern is flowly, sits higher on the waist and is belted with a bow.
  • The Anthropologie Ruffled Skirt Tutorial is a beautiful project that will look good on any body type.
  • 15 Minute Tuxedo SkirtThis 15 Minute Tuxedo Skirt is sleek and modern. It is the perfect look for an interview or important office meeting.

DIY Dress Patterns

Striped Summer Dress Tutorial

In 2012 we added several new dress patterns to the site. These free dress patterns 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 that are comfortable and pretty.

  • Striped Summer Dress TutorialThis sleeveless dress has a v-neckline in the front and back, an elastic waistband, and very useful front pockets.
  • Golden Goddess GownLearn how to sew a dress that you can use for any occasion, and no one will ever know it's the same dress.
  • Grecian SundressGathered at the neck, this flowy sundress sewing pattern is super easy to make.
  • Impossibly Easy Maxi DressIf you've ever searched for a maxi dress with just the right pattern or length, search no more.
  • How to Sew a Cute Summer Sun DressThis adorable sundress pattern will make you look and feel fabulous all summer.
  • Effortless Caftan DressPerfect for summer, this breezy dress transitions well from day to night.
  • Coral DressCan you believe this adorable dress can be made with a $3 top and some cotton knit fabric?
  • 30 Minute Sheath DressThis jersey dress can be worn during the day with a blazer for some office style or all alone out on the town.
  • Super Easy Summer DressRequiring little time to put together, you can transform your jersey into a cool and comfortable maxi dress just in time for dinner or a backyard barbeque.
  • The SoHo Maxi Dress TutorialThis free long dress pattern delivers an outfit perfect for summertime parties and outings.

Free Purse Sewing Patterns

Spring DIY Basket Tote Pattern

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!

  • Spring DIY Basket Tote PatternTreat yourself to a gorgeous new tote bag that's perfect for spring or summer with this Spring DIY Basket Tote Pattern.
  • One Hour BagLearn how to make a purse in one hour with this stunning free purse pattern for sewing.
  • Gathered ClutchThis free purse sewing pattern is a new take on the traditional clutch.
  • Rope HandbagThis accessory is as perfect for a day of relaxation on the sandy beach as it is for a night on the boardwalk.
  • Arabesque BagThis bag looks absolutely stylish and would make a fantastic gift for a friend.
  • Big n Beautiful Betty BagIf you are looking for a free purse pattern that is practical, lovely, fashion-forward, and big enough to hold everything you might possibly need, this sewn bag pattern is going to be your new best friend.
  • Sweater Weather Bonfire BagCreate a stylish fall bag without spending a fortune by following this fun tutorial for this Sweater Weather Bonfire Bag.
  • Basic Purse OrganizerThis purse organizer pattern is easy to make and will show how to sew lining in a bag.
  • Ramen Noodle Zippered Coin PurseNo need to use spare change on buying a coin purse, learn how to make a coin purse from your soup wrapper!
  • Cute Japanese Coin PurseThe best sewing patterns are quick, easy, and adorable, and you will find that this coin purse has all three of these qualities.
  • The Day Trip PurseLearn how to sew a purse with this pretty pattern.
  • Buttercup BagThis purse is stylish and the perfect size for a day of shopping.
  • With multiple pockets in the main compartment and a sleek, stylish design, the Blossom Shoulder Bag is every girl's dream bag.
  • The Not Just Another Free Purse Pattern is a sewing tutorial that will show you exactly how to make an amazing new bag.
  • Always a Bridesmaid's ClutchCheck out this project to learn how to sew a fabric clutch all your bridesmaids will really love.

How to Make a Tote Bag

Twenty Minute Tote

Tote bags are great sewing projects for beginners because they're super simple to make and typically can be sewn in less than an hour. Whether you're headed to the beach, to the library, or just need some extra storage for a long road trip, these easy DIY tote bags are the projects you've been searching for.

  • Twenty Minute ToteThis tote bag pattern is one of our most popular projects and it is easy to see why! 
  • Summer Fruit DIY Grocery BagMaking your own DIY grocery bags for trips to the market is a must-make project that will stay with you from years to come.
  • A Handibag From A PillowcaseLearn how to make a tote bag perfect for running errands in just 5 easy steps!
  • Patchwork ToteThis is the perfect example of a lovely project that can be made from leftover materials.
  • 5 Step Market ToteLearn how to make a tote bag in just five easy steps when you explore this grocery bag pattern idea.
  • Totes Big and SmallTotes Big and Small is an easy peasy sewing project that you won't want to stop making.
  • Diverse Drawstring SackThis Diverse Drawstring Sack is a fun and cool way to make a backpack.
  • Hobo Dance BagThe Hobo Dance Bag can be decorated as seen here, or for a more adult version use a different logo or go without.
  • Large Tote with Rounded OpeningLearn how to make a tote bag for all types of travel with this tutorial for a Large Tote with Rounded Opening.
  • Hanging Trash BagWith this easy sewing project, your car will stay clean and tidy.
  • Quick Trip Diaper BagThis diaper bag tutorial will show you how to create a handy bag that makes carting around and organizing baby must-haves a breeze.
  • Follow the EZ Grocery Bag Tutorial to create reusable grocery bags that are cute and good for the environment.

Clothing Patterns for Kids

Snow White DIY Dress Up Apron

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.

  • Snow White DIY Dress Up ApronThis simple DIY princess costume is versatile, so that your children can easily wear this apron to play a quick game of dress up!
  • Pretty Baby DIY Peasant TopLet your little lady have some boho flair with this precious Pretty Baby DIY Peasant Top.
  • Fleece Pants PatternThis free printable sewing pattern comes in several sizes with a free pdf pattern for sizes all the way up to a child's size 7/8.
  • Jolly Holiday Dress PatternYou can make your daughter or granddaughter the perfect holiday dress that she'll love showing off with this stunningly pretty Jolly Holiday Dress Pattern.
  • Boys Free Tank TopHave active boys in your house? You need to make a few of these easy tank tops.
  • Baby Burp Cloth and Bib SetsCreate a lovely bib and burp cloth set by following these easy-to-understand instructions.
  • Pinkalicious Baby BlanketWith just a few bright fabrics, you can create a free quilt pattern that's girly and fun.

Doll and Toy Ideas for Kids

Sock Sloth Plushie Pattern

Parents know how expensive a trip to the toy store can be, so why not save your budget and create some thrifty homemade toys that you can easily personalize. These DIY toy projects are great for children of all ages and are the perfect way to say 'I love you'.

DIY Handmade Gifts

One Hour Mini Crib Sheets

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.

  • One Hour Mini Crib SheetsThis project is easily customizable: you can make these fitted sheets according to the measurements of the crib mattress!
  • Granny Chic SlippersWith a few girly additions, this easy sewing project can also make for a cheap gift.
  • How to Make Slippers From JeansIf you are looking for a great homemade gift idea, this homemade slipper pattern will do the trick.
  • Baby Gift Zipper PouchThe Baby Gift Zipper Pouch is great for toting around diapers and other small baby necessities.
  • Lace AngelsThese angels are thrifty to make and they are gorgeous decor for the holiday season.
  • Coffee Cozy With ButtonIf you are a caffeine-addict, an early-morning commuter, or just know someone who never puts the coffee down, this easy sewing project is the perfect project to make in an afternoon.
  • Casual T Shirt ScarfWith just a few stitches, you can turn a regular tee into your new favorite accessory for spring.
  • Winter WarmersYou can even make this easy winter craft from old flannel pajamas you already own.
  • Cozy Slippers TutorialNo one can ever have too many pairs of comfy slippers, and this easy tutorial is a great way to customize the slippers you make for yourself and gift to others.
  • Ruffled Kindle CaseLearn how to make a cover for a kindle that adds personality to any of those e-readers.
  • How to Sew a Wine ToteInsulated batting on the inside keeps the wine cold during transit and adds extra security you might not get with just one layer of fabric.
  • Easy and Cheap Apron for HostessIf you need to make a gift for your hostess in a pinch, the Easy and Cheap Apron for Hostess is your go-to project.

Quick and Easy Sewing Projects

One Hour Glamorous DIY Pillow

If there's one thing our readers love, it's quick and easy sewing projects. Whether you're short on time, cash, or fabric, these beginner sewing projects are the best way to spend your afternoon.

  • One Hour Glamorous DIY Pillow This cushion's simple shape paired with the splash of gold is the modern style statement that you've been looking for!
  • Scrappy Make up PouchGive your make up bag a bit of personality by adding a printed image on the front. With so many patterns to sew purses out there, this out stands out!
  • Hot PipingThese little bags are great for keeping hands and feet warm in the winter as well as soothing cramps, ear aches, and miscellaneous maladies.
  • Let this Christmas sewing project spread the holiday cheer in your home.
  • How to Make a Gathered Fabric FlowerMake fabric flowers for your hair, your clothes, or just to have around the house!
  • Pattern WeightsEvery sewist needs their own set of fabric or pattern weights, so why not make your own? These Pattern Weights are the perfect sewing accessory to make for yourself.
  • Sewing CaddyWith pockets for all your needles and scissors, this simple sewing project is a great way to stay organized.

Kitchen Sewing Patterns

Double Pot Holder with Pockets Tutorial

Pretty meets practicle with these DIY kitchen projects. From pot holder patterns to elegant napkin ideas, these kitchen sewing projects are quick and budget-friendly ways to add a touch of class to your favorite room.

  • Double Pot Holder with Pockets TutorialThis Double Pot Holder with Pockets Tutorial is the perfect DIY gift idea for the cooking enthusiast in your life, and shows you how to make handy double pot holders using floral printed cottons.
  • Recycled Denim Oven MittWant something crafty and trendy to use in your kitchen? The Recycled Denim Oven Mitt is an easy sewing project.
  • Scrappy Hot PadThis is one of the best ways to use up fabric scraps. It is practical, cute, and extra-stylish. Learn how to sew a pot holder when you make the Scrappy Hot Pad pattern.
  • Quilted Oven MittsIf you've always wanted to learn how to make quilted pot holders, let this easy to follow tutorial lead the way.
  • How to Make a Jean ApronLooking for what to make with old jeans? Re-purpose your old jeans with jean refashioning projects!
  • Vintage Button Kitchen CurtainsThese Vintage Button Kitchen Curtains look great in a kitchen or hanging from a bedroom window to add some quirky flair to your sleeping space.
  • Rolled Kitchen TowelsThe Rolled Kitchen Towels craft project uses kitchen towels to offer a green solution to keeping things dry and clean.

DIY Home Decor Ideas

Summer Cottage DIY Home Decor

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.

Beginner Sewing Patterns for Everyone

Frayed One Hour Infinity Scarf

If you're new to sewing and have been searching for the perfect project to get you started, then these beginner sewing patterns are exactly what you need. This list contains easy refashioning projects and practical gifts, so there's something for everyone.

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This such an awesome collection. I sewed a group of felt monsters for my friend once and they are still my favorite. I sort of wish I had kept them...

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 hceisen@hotmail.com, 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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