The craft world is full of wonderful, free patterns and tutorials. Here are some of our reader favorites. Do you have anything new to add to the list? Write a comment and we’ll check with the author to see if we can include it in our compilation. We’re starting with softies and other fun things to make. Check back soon for our compilation of favorite sewing techniques, links to help with quilting and favorite bag tutorials. Now go explore and sew!

Wee Bunny

Wee Bunny

Hillary Lang from Wee Wonderfuls has many fun, easy patterns available on her site. We love the Wee Bunny and all of the variations we’ve seen. After downloading the pattern head over to the Wee Bunny group on Flickr for some more inspiration.

Felt Monsters

Felt Monster

Nina created this Flickr tutorial for making stuffed Felt Monsters. Her blog Informationi Inutili features more of her creations and illustrations (it helps a little if you understand Italian!).

Design Your Own Softie

Design a Softie

Michal of Yarn and Coffee created a Flickr softie tutorial to help people with the steps as you design Your Own Softies.

Owly Tutorial

Greco Owly

Sophia was seven when she created this Owly, and she worked with her mother to create a tutorial. Her mother Lizette’s work is really the product of family collaboration; for more you can visit Lizette’s site.

Luggage Tag

Luggage Tag

Colleen at Not Quite Vintage shared this Luggage Tag tutorial after creating over twenty of them to give away! They’re addictive. You can see many of her tags in
her Flickr photo stream.

Soft Tree

Soft Trees

Soft trees took the crafty blogger world by storm when Stephanie Barnes at Little Birds Handmade first posted her handy tutorial. Download the PDF pattern for Soft Trees here, and then go look at the Little Birds Handmade site for some more ideas. If you really want to be inspired you should check out the Soft Trees group on Flickr!

Girl’s Headband


Heather Bailey of HELLOmynameisHeather has beautiful pictures and clear, step-by-step instructions in her patterns and tutorials. This Girl’s Headband pattern is a favorite with lots of crafters (and recipients too!). You might even want to use some fabric from Heather’s amazing fabric line in your project!

Smocket (smock with a pocket!)

Smocket 1

Smocket Back

After readers of her blog begged, Alicia at The Mayfly kindly created this free pattern for a Smocket. The pattern is based on a vintage pattern Amy from Happythings shared with Alicia. Isn’t that nice how it all worked out for us?

Ruffle Apron

Ruffle Apron

Morgan at One More Moore created this fantastically ruffly Ruffle Apron. Once you finish you’ll find yourself wanting to make one more!

Yo-Yo Tutorial

Yo Yos

Heather Bailey of HELLOmynameisHeather does it again! Once you see how easy these Yo-Yos are you’ll dream of how to incorporate them into everything you create. You might even want to use some fabric from Heather’s amazing fabric line in your project!

Cloth Baby Shoes

Cloth Baby Shoes

Joanna at Stardust Shoes worked hard to create this beautiful pattern for Cloth Baby Shoes. They’re a treasured “Welcome to the World” gift.

All photos used with permission.

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