If you’re relatively new to sewing, have now mastered the basics and are ready to begin work on some simple sewing patterns for beginners, you need to know where to find the best resources. Whereas in the old days you actually had to buy patterns from stores, these days you can just go online to find a wealth of templates and tutorials that will inspire you and help you to create a beautiful finished product.
Whether you’re keen to try your hand at some simple clothing, some kids’ items or even a beginner’s quilt, you’ll find plenty of ideas online as well as free sewing patterns that will help you to get started. Here are some of the best resources on the internet today to begin your hunt for projects.
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So Sew Easy
The So Sew Easy website is a brilliant resource for all kinds of clothing and accessories sewing patterns. Whether you’re thinking of trying to make your own dress, pair of summer shorts or long line cardigan, you’ll find plenty of tutorials and guidance here, and there are even more unusual items to make like mini backpacks, wallets and gloves. As well as patterns there are also videos and project ideas as well as an online store stocking all kinds of essentials to get your project off the ground.
All Free Sewing
Like it says in its name, you can expect every pattern on this site to be available completely free of charge, giving you a wealth of projects to pick from. You can find an enormous range of ideas here, from home décor items to wearables for every member of the family. There are even patterns for sewn toys which make the perfect gift for a child in your life as well as free access videos, ebooks and tutorials.
Little House Living
If you’re looking for a few simple projects to get you off the ground, Little House Living is well worth a visit. With a great selection of beginners’ patterns for clothing for women and children as well as accessories for the home, this site has a simple feel and presentation and all of the projects are easy enough for even the complete novice to tackle.
The Sewing Directory
With projects collected by type, it couldn’t be easier to find inspiration for something completely different when you visit The Sewing Directory. Whether you already have an idea in mind and are just trying to find a pattern that is simple enough to achieve your vision or whether you haven’t got a clue what you want to make and are looking for some fresh ideas, this site has something for everyone. From simple seasonal projects to bags and accessories, and from gift ideas to simple quilting, this site is one of the most comprehensive and is a genuinely impressive resource. As an additional bonus, there are sections of this site dedicated to honing techniques so you can practice until you’re perfect.
Sew Can She
The well laid out and visually appealing Sew Can She site offers plenty of ideas that are easy enough for even a beginner to try out. There is a daily tutorial which is perfect for the newbie sewer as well as really basic projects that are suitable for children who are just starting out with sewing like Mother’s Day Cards. The blog is an interesting resource and there are also free giveaways and monthly mini quilt ideas to expand your skills and project range a little more.
Live About could be one of the most useful resources for anyone who wants to use their new sewing skills to improve their existing wardrobe. With helpful advice and tutorials guiding you step by step through the processes of carrying out a range of alterations, this site tells you how to mend torn seams, fix broken zippers, take up a skirt, and even make a dress larger or smaller. There are also plenty of free sewing patterns here for a wide variety of garments, from fashionable dresses to shirts and skirts. There is also advice about how to convert one garment into another without too much sewing. The guidance for turning a t shirt into a dress is especially helpful.
Crazy Little Projects
Although Crazy Little Projects isn’t solely dedicated to sewing, it is a wonderfully creative site that gives tons of ideas about how to keep yourself occupied. The sewing section of the website doesn’t just offer a range of exciting beginner patterns but it also offers tips, tutorials, and even basic help about how to get started. The projects suggested here are super simple, and are the ideal first step for anyone who has just picked up a needle and thread for the very first time.
Polka Dot Chair
If you’re thinking of teaching a child to sew with a simple beginner project or if you just want something incredibly easy for yourself to tackle, Polka Dot Chair has more than 50 super simple patterns to choose from. Although the projects here are simple, they’re all very pretty and look a lot more impressive than the effort that needs to be put in to making them, which makes this a great site for anyone who wants to impress but doesn’t want to have to spend too long working on their new found skills.
These are just some of the sites that you can visit to find a wealth of free resources, sewing patterns, tutorials and tips that will set you in good stead to improve your sewing skills. Some of the sites also feature more advanced projects too, so you can carry on moving onto more complicated projects once you’ve mastered the basic ones. With the help of all of these useful beginner sites, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and plenty of help to enable you to either get started or to progress with our sewing.
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