Resources for the Broke and Crafty

Free Sewing Project Sites

Sewing 4 Free — a wide variety of free sewing patterns and tutorials here–clothing, bags, quilts, and more.  I seriously need to make one of these Sewing Machine Pedal Pads immediately.

The Sewing Loft — nicely organized free sewing patterns and tutorials for mostly clothing, gifts, etc.

Free Quilt Blocks, Craft Patterns, and Tutorials

Bugs and Fishes — Lots of cute little projects here, mostly felt.

Craftsy — TONS of free blocks and quilt patterns.  (OMG I just found all the free embroidery patterns, too–who knew there were “Walking Dead” embroidery patterns?!?)

Generations Quilt Patterns — I LOVE all the quilt blocks here–great instructions (even for us n00bs), most blocks have multiple size options, and many can be either paper-pieced or quick-pieced.  A fantastic resource that I’ve used many times while working on my RSC 2015 quilt.

Jacquelynne Steves — the source of the Cozy Afternoon Block of the Month quilt that I made, but the site also has other free quilt patterns and some free embroidery patterns at the bottom of this page.

Pat Sloan — blocks and whole quilts, some traditional, some scrappy, some applique, and she’s got a Mystery Quilt BOM that has some very cute blocks.

Quilt Addicts Anonymous — check out the Block of the Month link at the top of the page for the completed 2014 and 2015 BOMs, complete with instructions and video tutorials for each block.  The Tutorials link has info on basic quilting techniques.

Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow — tutorials on basic quilting skills, small quilted projects, and a few larger quilts.  See Blockalogue link for some quilt block tutorials.

Stitched in Color — basic tutorials, quilt blocks, and full quilt patterns.

The Free Motion Quilting Project — lots of resources here for learning to do free motion quilting; there are two Quilt Alongs (with free patterns) and a huge library of free motion designs with video tutorials.

The Sewing Loft 100+ Free Quilt Blocks — paper-pieced, scrappy, stars, etc.

Va-Voom Vintage Free Vintage Patterns–I haven’t looked at these closely yet, but looks promising.

Scrap-Busting Sites

Scrappy Girls Club — links to various small projects and quilt blocks to make with scraps.

So Scrappy — the home of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2015, a Block of the Month scrap quilt that I’m working on now.  There’s also an RSC 2014, and both RSC links include some links to quilt block tutorials elsewhere (including this link to my favorite Flying Geese method–no wasted fabric, no dealing with those pesky triangles!)  I have not had good results using her own block instructions (partly because she uses special rulers that I don’t own, partly because I think her instructions are aimed at more experienced quilters, not n00bs like me).

My Favorite Scrap (and Other) Projects

Adventurous Quilter Adventurous Stars BOM— very cool and modern-looking paper-pieced BOM intended for scraps (yeah, I know it’s labeled a 2016 BOM, but it appears to be underway now).

Bonjour Quilts Meadow Quilt — love all the colors on a green background.

Celtic Thistle Stitches Binocular Bag — I don’t care what you call it, this is a PURSE, with a nifty modern look.

Crazy Mom Quilts Dot Your I’s Quilt — brightly-colored dots hand appliqued onto lighter squares.  I could see this done with hexies or any other simple shape.  Cats?  Flowers?  Hand sewing bright flowers might be just the thing during the wintertime . . . .  Tutorial here for an easy method of doing orange peels or other shapes.

Elizabeth Hartman Cat Mini Quilt — a rainbow of floating cat heads!

Framed Hexies — English paper-pieced hexagons bordered with lace and framed.

No Time to Sew Messenger Bag–She really should be charging for this!  Very nice tutorial for a small-ish messenger bag with lots of nifty features that you usually don’t find on a free project (adjustable strap, you guys–that’s where it’s at).

Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch — I’ve tried several different methods for putting zippers in pouches and this is my favorite.  Nice clear tutorial.

Noodlehead Carkai Gatherer Cross-Body Bag — a cute little cross-body purse with a flap that’s great for showing off a scrap of a special fabric.

Nuno Life Cat Scarf — Love this–too cute and would make a great gift (for me!)

Red Ted Art Free Coloring Pages — in a moment of sheer brilliance (oh, shush, it was), I realized recently that all these cool coloring books I’m seeing everywhere are just collections of line drawings, and LINE DRAWINGS MEAN BACKSTITCH EMBROIDERY!  I can’t draw to save my life, but I need lots of nifty line drawings to embroider, and there they are!  Yes, I really am that excited about it!  LOTS of beautiful line drawings here to be turned into embroidery or applique projects–WHY don’t I have more hands?!?–and more can be found on Craftsy and also here at Made By Joel (love the cool modern look of these).  Folks that are into Tolkien, Dr. Who, or other geeky business should look here for appropriate coloring pages, too.

Seaside Stitches Fabric Boxes — quick to make, fun little quilted boxes that would make a great gift filled with candy or soaps or sewing notions or whatever.

So Sew Easy Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches — free pattern and tutorial.

Stitched in Color Ticker Tape Quilts — a really cute way to use up very small scraps, and can be done as QAYG (quilt as you go).  I’m currently saving up scraps to make her Bottled Rainbow Quilt (look here for links to specifics on the Ticker Tape method).

That Quirky Scrap Quilt Along — two versions–one a bit wild and scrappy-looking, one rainbow-striped–of an interesting scrap quilt.

The Sewing Loft 100+ Scrap Fabric Projects — lots of cute stuff here–home decor, gifts, accessories, etc.

The Sewing Loft Selvage Projects — I’ve always liked those little colorful dots on selvages and now I’ve got some ideas on what to do with them.

Tea Rose Home Pattern Weights — Cute little pyramid-shaped pattern weights to make.

V and Co. Rice Bag Feet Warmer — does this count as a scrap project if it takes fat quarters?  Whatever, it’s a nice project, would be excellent for a sewing n00b, and I hate cold feet.

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