Sew Very Merry | 18 Free Sewing Patterns that Make Great Gifts!

18 Free sewing patterns that make perfect Christmas and Birthday gifts

I love budgeting…I have no idea why, but numbers and budgets really get me going. Unfortunately, when Christmas season comes around, no matter how much we set aside throughout the year, we quickly realize that we didn’t budget nearly as much as we would have liked for Christmas gifts. So, this year, I’ve compiled a fantastic list for people like you and me! I’ve gathered 18 of the best FREE sewing patterns I could find. Many of these can be created using the endless piles of scrap fabric that you have tucked away. Between the free pattern and little-to-no investment needed for fabric and supplies, our Christmas budget is looking quite a bit healthier this year! I hope that this list will inspire you to create one of these patterns for your loved ones this year, or maybe it gave you the push you needed to make something totally original!

For the Little Ones

Scrap Bunny Softie

This adorable bunny is perfect for little guys or gals! A great project to use up scrap fabrics & quick enough to create a whole herd of little bunnies…I think my nieces and nephews might have a few of these cuties peeking out of their stockings this year! Get the free pattern at Inspiration Made Simple.

A Crown for Kings & Queens

This sweet little crown is perfect for playtime and would make a great companion to the Mermaid Tail that I’ll show you below! Get your free pattern from Creative Green Living!

For Little Guys

An Apron for the Aspiring Chef

This apron pattern would be perfect for any little one who loves to play chef or bake! Coffee With Us 3 has this pattern online for free.

PJs for Him

Made by Marzipan has a fantastic tutorial for pajama pants—perfect for Christmas PJs. You could even make a matching pillow case for the perfect set.

My free Perfect Pillowcase pattern is a great add-on for a pajama gift, child’s quilt, or even the mermaid tail below!

For Little Girls

For Your Little Mermaid

DIY mermaid tails have been blowing up Pinterest lately—get your free pattern from Dukes and Dutchesses for this simple and sweet mermaid tail!

For Your (Really) Little Mermaid 


You’ve seen knotted onesies all over Pinterest—here’s my simple (and free!) pattern on how to make your own. Just grab a onesie and some stretch fabric & you’ll be on your way. Download your free pattern here!

A Lovely Ladies Apron

Between the ruffles and frills on this apron, your little gal is going to love it! Whether she’s cinderella or a world-class chef, her imagination will soar when she opens up her hand made apron. Get the pattern for free from Coffee With Us 3.


A Computer or Tablet Cover

Sometimes teens can be really tough to get gifts for, let alone hand-made gifts! This free tablet cover tutorial from Dukes and Dutchesses is just the thing for that hard-to-please-teen! It would also be lovely in cork fabric!

For Guys

The Perfect Beanie

Guys are just as tough as teens when it comes to gift-giving. This awesome beanie pattern from Toby K Patterns will solve all your problems this Christmas & it’s free when you join their Facebook group!

For Ladies

A One-of-a-Kind Tote

Every time I’m in the antique store I dig through piles of vintage tea towels, gaze at how lovely they are, and wonder what in the world I could do with them…now I have my answer! These awesome totes are easy to make, eco friendly, and easy to personalize for each and every recipient. Get your free pattern at DIY Candy.

DIY Infinity Scarf

I whipped up a bunch of infinity scarves out of minky fabric a few Christmases ago & have to say it may be the best gift I’ve ever given! You can’t go wrong with a beyond-soft scarf! Go to Creative Green Living to get your free tutorial.

DIY Winter Decor

When you don’t know what else to give, it’s usually safe to give a Christmas Decor gift! These awesome trees are made from vintage sewing patterns! I love the idea—I’m seeing some mini tree ornaments in my future… You can get the full tutorial over at the Country Chic Cottage.

For Anyone

Simple Four Patch Coasters

These coasters are adorable and are the perfect stocking stuffer for the person in your life that has a new apartment or maybe received a quilt from you in the past! Use up those scraps to create matching coasters. Crafty Staci will give you the full tutorial on making these easy four-patch coasters.

For Pet-Lovers & Their Pets

If you know a cat lover or dog lover, this gift is sure to please! Maggie Rocket Patterns gives you this free cat and dog bowtie pattern when you join their Facebook Group!

The Perfect Package


No gift is complete without the perfect packaging! Use fabric scraps to dress up any old tin & wow your family this year. Vicki Myers will show you this simple scrap-buster on her blog!

Easy Fabric Bracelets

These simple bracelets are perfect for those of us with a big ol’ scrap pile! The options are endless! Make sure to head on over to Crafty Staci & get started on this free tutorial!

Home Made Oven Mitts

A great free pattern for anyone who has recently renovated their kitchen, moved, or just loves to cook! Get your free oven mitt pattern from DIY Candy.

There’s so many more fabulous free patterns out there to choose from—It was hard to narrow it down to 18! What are you creating for your friends and family this year? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below:

Need A Stocking For Your Christmas Mantle?

Get The Sashay Stocking Pattern here!

A new Christmas stocking will get any room ready for Christmas! My Reversible Christmas Stocking Pattern is perfect for all ages! Pair with any ribbon or trim for a custom look.


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