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One Yard Wonders: 26+ One Yard Fabric Sewing Projects

Wondering what to make with one yard of fabric? This collection is just what you need!

By: Nichole Pientka, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated July 03, 2019
One Yard Wonders 26 One Yard Fabric Sewing Projects

If you don't like going to the fabric store every time you want to sew something, you'll love these One Yard Wonders: 26+ One Yard Fabric Sewing Projects. You'll only need one yard of fabric to make any of these sewing projects! You know you have at least one yard of fabric at home waiting to made into something.

There are sewing patterns for clothes, DIY bags, sew for baby patterns, sew for kids patterns, and sewing projects for the home that can be made with only one yard of fabric. This is why we call them "One Yard Wonders" because not many sewists know that these easy sewing projects exist.

You'll be amazed by how many one yard free sewing patterns that are out there just waiting for you to find them. Perhaps you'll never go back to those sewing projects that require more than one yard of fabric because these made your life so much easier.

One Yard Clothing Patterns for Women

Who knew you could make clothes from just one yard of fabric? We did! There are DIY skirts, tops, and dresses that you can make from only one yard of fabric that you might discover in your sewing stash. Hand-sewn clothes that you can make easily can supplement your wardrobe any time of the year.

  • Head-Turning Simple Shirt Pattern

    Feel confident about yourself again with this Head-Turning Simple Shirt Pattern. Your friends won’t believe you got into refashioning clothes when you tell them.

  • Vintage DIY Skirt

    Make your friends jealous at your next lunch date by wearing this adorable Vintage DIY Skirt. You’ll feel so flirty and fun that wearing this skirt will instantly brighten your mood.

  • Hello Sunshine DIY Blouse

    Greet the day in your new Hello Sunshine DIY Blouse made from an old button-up shirt. It’s so much fun to sew a blouse that uses material from your existing wardrobe.

  • Victoria's Secret Inspired DIY Skirt

    Victoria's Secret has such cute items, but their prices are not so great. This Victoria's Secret Inspired DIY Skirt has all of the cuteness without shelling out for full-priced clothes.

One Yard Clothing Patterns for Kids

A lot of clothes for kids tends to be under a yard because you're making them in smaller sizes. The free one yard patterns below feature a few of our favorites. Make a dress, pants, or pajamas for your little one using only a small amount of fabric.

  • Harem Pants Pattern

    Create a fashion uproar on the playground by making trendy harem pants. Quick and easy to make, comfortable to wear. This one yard fabric project has step by step picture tutorial for you to follow.

  • Quick and Easy Dress Tutorial

    When you get the itch to try something new, you can use free dress patterns like this Quick and Easy Dress Tutorial. This dress making tutorial also includes a shirring tutorial to give the dress’ fabric some unique texture.

  • Flowy Free Toddler Dress

    This Flowy Free Toddler Dress is the best of both worlds. It's a simple dress that's ultra comfortable yet has a girly flair that will make her look super adorable whether she's at school or playing in the yard.

  • One Hour Kids' Pajama Pattern

    Learn how to make pajama pants and a comfy top out of old adult tees. The One Hour Kids' Pajama Pattern shows you how to transform scrappy old tees into brand new sleepy gear that your kids will love.

One Yard Wonder Baby Clothes Patterns

Baby clothes are super small because babies are tiny, so it only makes sense that you can sew a lot of things for any baby with just one yard of fabric. These one yard wonders may not blow your mind, but they'll make you say "awww!"

  • Upcycled Toddler Bloomers

    Turn adult socks into baby and toddler bloomers or shorts in around 15 minutes. Super stretchy, the same pair of bloomers can fit a baby and a toddler, and are really cute and functional.

  • Dapper Boy DIY Baby Clothes

    These Dapper Boy DIY Baby Clothes are super cute and will make your precious little boy look (almost) like a little man. Let your child make his own statement with this adorable outfit.

  • Sunhat From Placemats

    This refashioned baby hat pattern shows how to turn a fabric placemat into a sunhat for a baby or toddler. Why a placemat? Because so many of them are beautifully embroidered!

  • One Yard Baby Tunic

    Baby clothes patterns are easy and quick sewing projects that never take up too much fabric. Skip buying baby duds at the store and make the One Yard Baby Tunic. This adorable little top is too cute to pass up.

  • Bandana Bib Tutorial

    BONUS! This Bandana Bib Tutorial will show you how to make baby bibs from microfleece-backed cotton or cotton jersey. They'll absorb any dribble while keeping the clothes (and baby) underneath dry.

One Yard Bags to Sew

If you're a bags and purses addict, you'll want to check out these easy sewing projects that only use one yard of fabric. Just think: if you have five yards of fabric, you can have five new DIY bags! There are some great options from a homemade tote bag to a little zipper pouch.

  • Clear Zippered Pouch Tutorial

    If you need a better way to store your sewing supplies, then you need to see this Clear Zippered Pouch Tutorial. This pouch pattern is perfect for organizing those little tools and supplies that tend to get all mixed up.

  • Zip Top Messenger Bag

    Learn how to make a bag that's super practical with this Zip Top Messenger Bag sewing tutorial. It's made out of durable canvas that you can weather-proof and the zipper will keep your items dry within it. Win-win!

  • Around Town Tiny Tote

    This Around Town Tiny Tote is the perfect little purse to wear when you are out exploring. This small bag can hold your essentials without being a big burden or getting in the way.

  • One Yard Slouchy Bag Pattern

    Combine just one hour of sewing work and one yard of fabric to create this adorable free bag pattern. Absurdly simple and easy-to-sew, this free bag pattern is roomy and versatile.

  • Canvas Beach Bag

    Break out the sunscreen and sunglasses because it's almost summer! When you hit up the beach, you'll need a place to store all of your belongings while you're in the water.

  • Reversible Chevron Fat Quarter Tote

    Who says you can have too many bags in your closet? Certainly not us! Add this Reversible Chevron Fat Quarter Tote to your collection. You'll get not just one, but two totes!

Kid's Toy & Accessory One Yard Wonders Projects

Even if your kids are troublemakers, you still want to give them all you can afford and more. All you'll need for these sewing projects is one yard of fabric, which will hardly cost you time or money. They'll love playing with the dolls you make and wearing the DIY slippers. Sew for kids and you'll see their gratitude (sometimes, anyway).

  • No-Sew Aprons for Kids

    this No-Sew Apron for Kids is your solution to your apron-less child dilemma. This surprisingly simple and no-sew tutorial shows you how to make a simple apron pattern in just an hour.

  • Josephine Free Doll Pattern

    Whether you need a fun way to teach your girl how to sew or are on the lookout for DIY gift ideas, the Josephine Free Doll Pattern will teach you how to make a friend for just about any occasion.

  • Elf Slippers

    You're not going to see anything cuter than these Elf Slippers this holiday season. No matter what your age, the kid in just about all of us gets at least a little excited at the thought of prancing around in this fun holiday footwear.

  • Upcycled Denim Tic Tac Toe

    This Upcycled Denim Tic Tac Toe game has a super simple tutorial to make this fun game from scraps from an old pair of jeans. Make it in around an hour - only basic sewing skills needed, so it's great for beginners.

One Yard Sewing Projects for the Home

DIY home decor can be very complicated to make; however, these easy sewing projects only take one yard of fabric to sew! There are pillowcase patterns and DIY tea towels among other items you'd like to put in your house.

  • Fiesta Pot Holder Pattern

    These fun Fiesta Pot Holders would make great gifts for bakers or home cooks. This one yard pattern features a patchwork front pocket and is an entertaining project to showcase your retro prints.

  • Reusable Hanging Kitchen Towels

    After making these Reusable Hanging Kitchen Towels, you will never be able to use another store-bought dishcloth again. These DIY dish towels are easy to make and to use.

  • Springtime DIY Upholstery Chair

    Looking for a DIY home decor piece to absolutely pop in your kitchen or living room? This gorgeous Springtime DIY Upholstery Chair is absolutely adorable.

  • Chic Chevron Letter Organizer

    Avoid organizational faux pas by making a Chic Chevron Letter Organizer for your kitchen or office. With mail tucked safely into this, it will be easy to find when needed!

  • Simple Envelope Pillowcase Pattern

    Maybe it's time to replace those old pillowcases of yours. Luckily, making pillow covers like this Simple Envelope Pillowcase Pattern is much cheaper and easier than you might expect.

  • Fabric Tissue Box Cover

    Transform a boring tissue box into something that actually fits with your decor with this easy sewing project idea. The Fabric Tissue Box Cover is a simple and straightforward tutorial you'll appreciate.

  • Customized DIY Tea Towels

    BONUS! All you need to do to complete the Customized DIY Tea Towels is pick a favorite fabric and get to sewing. This idea can be used to create towels for any holiday, a hostess gift, or a housewarming present in a matter of minutes.

What's your favorite type of quick sewing project?
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