Free Pattern Feature

Free Pattern Features: Summer Dresses + Winner

Do you end up doing more sewing for other people than yourself? Take some time this summer to whip up one of these cute dresses just for you!

Shabby Apple Dress by Suburbs Mama

Infinity Dress by Sew Like My Mom

This tank top dress from Talk 2 the Trees looks fast and comfortable for those really hot days! And its a great way to use up an old shirt or tank top that’s too short.

Tank Dress by Talk 2 the Trees

And lastly, for any expectant readers, this grecian maternity maxi dress from DIY Maternity looks cool, comfortable, and cute. Exactly what a pregnant woman wants!

Grecian Maternity Dress from DIY Maternity


In other news, the winner of our Sewing Hope giveaway, chosen by, was comment #70 by Heather Nash! Congratulations Heather!

Online Sewing Class

Free Pattern Features: For the Car

Time in the car can be stressful enough with children, wildlife, construction and crazy drivers. It’s the last place you want to feel stressed out or disorganized! Here’s a few items to keep your car in order and add some personality to that neutral interior. All these items could be customized for sports fans, guys, moms, etc.! 

Sew 4 Home shares the pattern/tutorial for making this fun looking car seat caddy. You can attach it to the front or back of a car seat and the straps easily adjust to fit to any seat.

Car Seat Caddy from Sew 4 Home


This trash container from A Spoonful of Sugar uses a margarine tub to keep the top open and holds a plastic bag in place.

Car Trash Bag from A Spoonful of Sugar


MeganT on Instructables shares her pattern for make this customized visor CD organizer.

CD Organizer at Instructables

Free Pattern Feature: Aprons

Wearing an apron always makes me feel like I’m getting ready to do something special. As an added bonus, I can look extra cute and protect my clothes all at the same time! I’ve found the following apron patterns for both kids and adults that look like they’d make cooking or gardening even more fun.


Maureen Cracknell Handmade shares this beautiful apron. She used 5 coordinating fabrics and the final result is so flirty and colorful!

Fabric Lover's Apron from Maureen Cracknell Handmade


Making it Fun shows off this cute kid’s apron and chef hat with PDF patterns to download for each. The PDF also includes measurements for an adult apron. This is a nice, basic apron pattern so you could even update it for a guy.

Kid's Apron and Chef Hat at Making it Fun


This fun and functional garden apron at Make it Do would make a great gift and could be perfect for some small tools or craft supplies too.

Garden Apron at Make it Do

Garden Apron at Make it Do

And lastly, if you’d like to try your hand at an authentic vintage apron, Tip Nut offers this pattern. It’s from a 1945 pattern booklet from The Spool Cotton Company and even includes a matching cap!

Vintage Apron and Cap at Tip Nut

Free Pattern Features: 4th of July

You still have a few weeks left before the 4th of July to work on those patriotic projects! Here’s our list of free patterns/tutorials for your stars and stripes inspiration.

Autie from ICandy Handmade shares her tutorial for this cute flag pillow over at the Crafting Chicks.

Flag Pillow by Autie at the Crafting Chicks

This child’s pillowcase dress from White Water Crafting is made from Hobby Lobby bandanas! Since the bandanas come pre-hemmed it’s a fast project.

Stars Pillowcase Dress from White Water Crafting

Sugar Bee Crafts used a MADE pattern for these flat front flag shorts with pockets.

Patriotic Flat Front Shorts at Sugar Bee Crafts

And this cute bunting from Surviving Motherhood will add a festive 4th feel wherever you hang it!

4th of July Bunting from Surviving Motherhood

4th of July Bunting from Surviving Motherhood

Free Pattern Features: Dads

With Father’s Day coming up on June 19 you’ve still got some time left to make a gift for that special guy or guys in your life. Here’s a few patterns for some inspiration!

First up, dress up the traditional gift of a tie by making one yourself with this pattern by Puking Pastilles.

Father's Day Tie by Puking Pastilles

If that special guy has a Kindle or e-book reader, make a custom cover to keep it safe and scratch free with this tutorial from Handmade Mommy.

E-book cover by Handmade Mommy

And lastly, Bandy Canyon shares this great pattern for a Driver’s Cap that would be perfect for summer when made from lightweight fabrics.

Driver's Cap by Bandy Canyon

Free Pattern Features: Gifts for Grads

It’s can be difficult to figure out gifts for students graduating from high school so here’s a few idea starters for you! I’ve chosen items that can all be customized for girls or guys depending on what fabric you choose. For guys, using pinstripe suit fabric is a fun idea.

 This card holder by The Crafty Cubpoard is perfect for a gift card. After the gift card is used it’s two interior pockets are just right for business cards.

Card Holder from The Crafty Cupboard

This messenger bag from Heart of Mary includes a zippered top and extra pockets. It would be great for a laptop or carrying around college books.  

Messenger Bag by Heart of Mary

And if that grad is moving into their own place, how about a housewarming pillow? This felt lattice pillow  from Persia Lou is so creative and the end result is amazing.  

Felt Lattice Pillow by Persia Lou

Or for a more guy-ish pillow, check out Lindsay’s tutorial on making a remote control pocket pillow!


Remote Control Pillow by Lindsay from Craft Buds


Free Pattern Features: Baby & Toddler

This week we’re featuring a few projects to make for babies and toddlers. First up is this “bapron“, the baby apron from Craftiness Is Not Optional. I love the idea of this apron rather than a bib. It offers better front coverage than a regular bib plus it’s harder than a velcro bib for baby to rip off and throw across the room (not that I have any personal experience with that…).
Update: This pattern is no longer free, but can be purchased here for $6.

Bapron from Craftiness is not Optional


If you haven’t discovered Grosgrain yet, they’re having a free pattern MONTH event going on right now. Today’s pattern is a cute baby/toddler hat designed by Prudent Baby you could easily customize for a boy or girl.

Sunhat from Prudent Baby/Grosgrain


And last but not least for this week, these adorable kimono baby shoes from HomeSpun-Threads! Make a pair to match the hat above or coordinate them with baby pants or a dress for a great gift set.

Kimono Baby Shoes from HomeSpun-Threads


Free Pattern Feature: Gathered Clutch

Hello readers, welcome to our newest Craft Buds feature! When I wrote up my post about the Buttercup Bag tutorial by “Made by Rae” a few weeks ago it got me thinking about all the existing tutorials out there in blogland. There are so many talented writers and pattern designers! To kick off the series I’m featuring Anna’s Gathered Clutch from her Noodlehead blog. I’ve seen this tutorial mentioned so many places that it seems to be nearly legendary.

This zippered clutch features the option for inner pockets for credit cards. I keep something like this in my diaper bag so I can easily grab my credit cards, cell phone and a few other necessities (lip gloss) when I don’t need the whole bag. It would also help you organize a large purse and make a great gift. Just click the link or image above to see the entire tutorial post over on the Noodlehead blog. This tutorial is for personal use only. If you want to sell it, you can purchase the pattern from Noodlehead here.

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