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Free Craft Patterns for Knitting, Crochet, Sewing and More

Updated on July 10, 2018

Free Patterns

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Free Patterns-Dolls

Making a doll with your own two hands can be such a rewarding experience. These handmade dolls are not only fun to create but make much appreciated gifts that will be cherished by anyone. There's just nothing to compare with the warmth of a handmade doll created by loving hands.

I want to make you aware of a very special place that you will find a wealth of free patterns to make dolls, doll clothes, toys, plus accessories for doll houses and more.

These include; free doll clothing patterns for American Girl, Barbie, porcelain and china dolls, cloth and other miscellaneous dolls.

You will also find free patterns to make the actual doll itself. There are many to choose from; "Country Angel Doll", "Hankerchief Doll" and "Cupid Doll" just to name a few. There's even a free pattern for a life sized baby doll.

Each pattern is complete with a list of required materials, the instructions and pictures of the finished item. Add your own special touches to create a one of a kind doll, toy or outfit.

You will find a link at the bottom of this page that will take you to the site that offers these free doll patterns.

Free Patterns-Crochet

 I have found a wonderful place to obtain free crochet patterns. It is a directory that  list sites across the Internet which offer free crochet patterns. There are patterns for afghans, angels, animals, baby items, bags, totes, purses, Barbie, bedroom, boxes, containers, broomstick lace, cases, caddies, Christmas, neck warmers, doilies, dolls, doll clothes, Easter, edgings, filet crochet, flowers, hairpin lace, hair accessories, Halloween, hats, hearts, home décor, jewelry, kids clothing, kitchen items, mittens and gloves, pets, pillows, pin cushions, ponchos, religious, rugs, shawls, slippers and socks, St. Patrick's Day, table cloths, teddy bears, Thanksgiving, toys, Valentine's Day, weddings and many more.

   This directory is broken down into about 400 categories, which have many sub-categories.  For example; when you click on a category such as dolls and doll clothes, you will then be taken to another page which will direct you to hundreds  of  free crochet patterns for everything pertaining to dolls, which include free crochet patterns for many of the dolls themselves, such as bed dolls, Geisha dolls, yo-yo Santa, gnome doll, Christmas bride doll, baby dolls, Humpty Dumpty and many more. 

    You will also find many free crochet patterns for clothing and accessories, some are for dolls such as American Girl while others just list the dress, clothes or accessories  in sizes such as 9 1/2" doll dress, 18" doll poncho or 12 " baby outfit.

    The free crochet patterns not only include the pattern directions and instructions  but include pictures of the finished work.. New patterns are added twice weekly on Wednesday and Saturday, so check back often for new projects. There's always something new, interesting and 100% free at Crochet Pattern Central. There is a link provided at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

Free Patterns-Knitting

I have found a wonderful site that offers hundreds of free knitting patterns. There are many free pattern categories, such as free patterns for babies, kids and adult clothing, shrugs, boleros, ponchos, sweaters, vests, hats, socks, slippers, mittens, shawls, wraps, scarves, handbags, afghans, dolls, toys, pet patterns, holiday patterns and many more. Each category has many free knitting patterns for you to choose from and best of all there are no limits as to how many you're allowed. Choose one or choose a hundred.

For example; the babies category of free knitting patterns include the following;

Baby blankets, baby booties, baby hats, baby sweaters and miscellaneous baby patterns which all have sub-categories with hundreds of free knitting patterns.

A sampling of the baby blanket patterns includes;

Color Block Blanket

Diagonal Rectangle Afghan

Diagonal Square Afghan

Easy Eyelets Blanket

Garter Stitch Blanket

Interlocked Hearts Afghan

Heart Blanket

Lace Baby Blanket

Loop Blanket

.Moon And Stars Baby Blanket

Reversible Baby Blanket

Slip Stitch Baby Blanket

Striped Ridges Baby Blanket

Teddy Bear Baby Blanket

Two Way Striped Baby Blanket

The free knitting patterns are complete with easy to understand directions, instructions and also include pictures of the finished work. There are also specialty knitting patterns such as the one for a Chemo Cap.

If you love to knit, and you're looking for free knitting patterns, you can not find a better place than Knitting on the Net.

How to Make an Apron in an Hour or Less

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning up afterwards and let me tell you , sometimes it can be a real job, especially if I'm in one of my let's experiment moods , which is pretty often. :) I came to know a long time ago that an apron was the best choice on days like this.

I prefer to use 100% cotton for my aprons and always wash and dry the fabric before starting. Get your fabric ready and in about an hour , you'll have a great little apron that's cute and can be worn as a barrier to keep soils and stains away from your good clothes.

Another great thing about these aprons is that they make excellent gifts. When I give one of these as a gift, I usually stuff something into the pockets that the person can use such as, a little battery-operated book-light if they're an avid reader. A craftier would get a bag of beads or jewels or maybe a measuring tape, scissors , something relevant to their craft.

People love hand-made gifts and who couldn't use an apron for one reason or another ; cooking or outdoor grilling, cleaning, painting, crafting and more.

Below, you will learn how to make an apron from start to finish, in an hour or less. There's no need to buy a pattern, simply follow the direction below.

Things You'll Need:

1 yard fabric of your preferably cotton or cotton blend.(pre-washed)



Sewing Machine

small inexpensive gifts (optional)


Instructions- 10 Easy Steps

Step 1. Lay fabric flat and cut a 8" piece off the top, set aside.

Step 2. Zig zag all edges, then turn under 1/2" hem on two longest sides and top. press, then stitch with straight stitch.

Step 3. Fold 7 " of bottom under, press.

Step 4. Turn 6" of the bottom fold back up to front side. Turn under 1" bottom , press and hem with straight stitch.

Step 5. Next make 3 pockets by dividing bottom into 3 equal parts and stitch the 6" fold up to the highest point where fabric has been turned up on front of apron. At this point you can add embellishments such as buttons, lace rick rack etc. if desired. Make a tack stitch at the top center of each pocket.

Step 6. At top, make a long straight stitch, gather to about 18". Sew again with a locking stitch.

Step 7. Next, take the 8" piece you cut off top at beginning and cut into two equal pieces, lengthwise. Sew both pieces together lengthwise. Fold under 1/2" hem on both pieces, press. in half, lengthwise , press again.

Step 8. Center the apron sash over the top of apron and sew at bottom edge. Then sew at top edge of sash at waist.

Step 9. Make sure you have the edges of sash even and sew the rest of length on each side of apron.

Step 10. Turn under ends of sash and hand sew closed. Press.

NOTE: If giving the apron as a gift you might like to put something in the pockets. For example; for the crafters, you can slip a measuring tape, pair of scissors, a package of straight pins, beads, glue gun etc. into the pockets. Someone that loves to read, a battery operated portable reading light, bookmarks or a magnifying glass. Someone that is a great cook, measuring spoons or cup, a candy thermometer, turkey baster etc. Get creative, have fun and use your imagination.

How to Make a Dress Form with Duct Tape

12 Free Patterns & Tutorials:Pillowcases {Sewing}

Retro Flower Power Pillowcase-Web Bonus pattern for pillowcase by Janice Liljenquist. I love this one, it gives complete instructions and some full size pattern pieces to create this adorable retro style pillow case. 
Linda Mae Pillowcase Tutorial, gives step by step instructions with pictures that show you how to create these adorable, functional pillows. They are an excellent choice for those that have small children and teens.  The pillows have covers that are removable for easy cleaning.
Verna's Pillow cases-This is a great one. I love the fact that it gives measurements for standard, queen or king size pillows and for two pillowcases, plus has options for adding ruffles if desired.
Pretty quick pillowcase tutorial (& bonus french seam instructions) This is a great one; it shows you how to use french seams so there aren’t any exposed raw edges. This tutorial has instructions with pictures to guide you. These pillowcases are durable and fun to make.
To get these free patterns and more visit "12 Free Patterns-Pillowcases" the link is provided at the  of this Hub.

Free Patterns-Quilts

  I am happy to let you know about a remarkable place that I happened across while searching for new quilt ideas one cold, rainy afternoon. I had hoped to find a new quilt pattern to try out, but was amazed to find an exciting place that offers over a hundred free quilt patterns, each with complete detailed, step by step instructions and lovely color illustrations.

   There are so many beautiful free quilt patterns to choose from such as;  the Birds Nest, Double Nine, Five Patch Chain, Framed Friendship, Wishing Ring, Broken Dishes, Autumn Leaves, Holiday Ribbons, Jewel Box,  Philadelphia Pavement and  King's crown just to name a few.

   Many of the patterns are perfect for beginners. The instructions and details are simple to understand and will show you,  just how easy it is to make these charming quilts.  

  The finished quilts are beautiful. The color photos are in gallery format; just click on the picture for a larger, more detailed view.

   You may also want to subscribe to Janet's free newsletter while visiting, so that you will be informed of new patterns as they are published. There are new free quilt  patterns added each week.

    Be sure to check out  these wonderful, free quilt patterns for your next quilt project. A link is provided at the bottom of this Hub.

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  • Talullah profile image


    6 years ago from SW France

    Loads of lovely information here with some great links. Thanks for sharing!

  • sweetguide profile image


    6 years ago from River side

    Very informative piece and well written too. Excellent. Bless you

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Hi Karla, I'll look through my stash and see what I can find that's simple to make, then post it. Thanks

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    6 years ago

    Becky, I took Home-Ec in school ,so not a lot of sewing exp. My mom and grandmother made everything like quilts , crochet knitting , my clothes, coats you name it.I want to make my granddaughter some barbie and baby doll clothes. I am in need of simple patterns and tips . Thanks Karla Broadway. Columbia, tn .

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Oklahoma

    RNMSN, i like to make aprons too. Glad you found this Hub useful. Thanks so much for voting :)

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Montee, Glad you liked the Hub. Thanks for voting.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Oklahoma

    witchee1014, I'm so glad you found this Hub helpful. Thanks so much for viewing and voting.

  • RNMSN profile image

    Barbara Bethard 

    6 years ago from Tucson, Az

    aprons are one of my favorite things to sew! these sites are fantastic!! voted up and across :)

  • montee profile image


    6 years ago from India

    This is really a wonderful.

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    Jen Baldwin 

    6 years ago from Joplin, MO

    my daughter is begging for a dress form for christmas. the video on the duct tape dress form is just what i needed. you are amazing

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    6 years ago

    Thank you very much for all patterns I love to make dolls look pretty, my granddoughters love all the things I make for them

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Oklahoma

    Hi Carlon Michelle, My grandma taught me to make dolls and doll clothes. I love the old patterns, they bring back a lot of memories. Thanks for reading my Hub and for commenting.

  • Carlon Michelle profile image

    Carlon Michelle 

    6 years ago from USA

    Reminded me of the doll clothes and dolls my mother used to make us girls.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Terri, That site has been removed so the link is no longer valid. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    7 years ago

    It's noted that there's a link for each category at the end of the Hub. Am I missing something? I REALLY want: FREE Vintage Sewing Patterns and Books and I don't see a link for it. HELP!

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Leighsue, glad you liked the hub. Thanks

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    dminformer, So glad you found this information helpful. Thanks for voting.

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    7 years ago

    This was very informative. I have trouble finding clothes in my size because I am really tall, so I took a sewing course. I hope to get back into sewing soon. Thanks.

  • Leighsue profile image


    7 years ago

    Thanks for the patterns, I love to do handiwork, it's fun.

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    Karl VanGuilder 

    7 years ago from North Eastern USA

    I feel like a minority in this area being a strait male , but my grandma's felt it a necessary skill to have ; along with other needle craft skills . as hes put it to me '' aint no women wants to do what you can learn too do for tour self ''

    I enjoy it and when i am board i have something to keep busy with . My girl friend is not well versed in these skills and some times makes fun of me , we go with it .

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    andrebreynolds amd tebo, Glad you found this hub useful. Thanks for commenting.

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    7 years ago from New Zealand

    You have done a wonderful job of tracking down these sites. I will bookmark this hub. Thanks for all the valuable information.

  • andrebreynolds profile image


    7 years ago

    Nice hub.I 've been looking for some patterns for my nieces. Thanks for sharing.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Hi Jacob, You're right; a home business using some of these is a great plan. There are a lot of ideas here to choose from. Thanks for mentioning that fact and for your comment.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Mrs. J.B., I'm glad you found this hub interesting and useful. Thanks so much for voting and for your thoughtful comments.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    RTalloni, Glad you like the ideas and information in this Hub. Thanks for voting and commenting. I would be happy to be linked to your Hub.

  • jacobsterling profile image


    7 years ago from New York

    nice hub..thanks for sharing..

    this could be a home business..haha ^_^

  • RTalloni profile image


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Lovely hub! Great stuff! Thanks so much for putting it together.

    Would like to link it to my first crochet hub. If you have any objection please let me know. Thanks!

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    Mrs. J. B. 

    7 years ago from Southern California

    I collect dolls. I still have the one my grandmother crocheted and she sits on a roll of toilet paper. I have the Betsy McCall doll etc. I cannot sew though, knit or crochet period. I am a better painter! I loved this hub though. Fabulous ideas, great instructions and a lot of fun. Great hub.

  • daviddwarren22 profile image


    7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, Great pattern.

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    7 years ago from dream land-mamamiya

    thank for's really helpful ........

  • StephenSMcmillan profile image


    7 years ago

    Nice pattern I love it.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    crystolite, thanks so much for viewing and commenting.

  • crystolite profile image


    7 years ago from Houston TX

    Excellent hub,thanks for sharing.

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    ajknight13, I'm so glad you like the hub. Thanks for your comment.

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    7 years ago from Rexburg, Idaho

    so awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Delores, Good luck on your rag doll project. I love to make things using vintage fabric too. Thanks for voting my hub up and for the nice comments.

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    Dolores Monet 

    7 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Voted up and awesome! I can't wait to check out some of these patterns. I often create my own patterns which takes a lot of time, error, and aggravation. I am thinking about making a small rag doll with a dress made of some very cool old striped fabric and matching checked apron.

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    7 years ago from United States

    Such an interesting lens

  • Becky Puetz profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Oklahoma

    Jill, I'm glad you you liked the Hub and that it has inspired you to start making homemade crafts again. I love to receive handmade gifts myself and I also enjoy making things by hand for myself and to give to others. Thanks for commenting.

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    jill of alltrades 

    7 years ago from Philippines

    Thanks for sharing these free patterns Becky.

    I used to do a lot of sewing, crocheting and knitting. However, I have practically forgotten about them when I got busy with teaching and later when I started my photography. Your hub as inspired me to maybe start taking them up again.


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