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Five places to find free sewing resources

Monday, 18 January 2021

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I’ve mentioned sewing a few times on here, but not too often. It’s a hobby I really got into last year, though not so much in lockdown as you would probably expect. Last year I had university things to do, so this is the year, the lockdown I have decided to use to bring my sewing to the next level. One of the problems with sewing though, is like any hobby the costs can quickly add up even after you’ve bought some of the necessary equipment the extras can quickly add up. With material, patterns and the wishes to purchase everything available in haberdasheries to make the most beautiful garments, a sewer can quickly find themselves out of pocket. In light of this, today I thought I would share some of the best places to find free sewing resources.

Puffin embroidery from Hawthorn Handmade

Embroidery hoop patterns

Now embroidery is something I’m still learning as I think it could really add a little cottagecore aesthetic to homemade pieces, plus embroidery designs really make the most beautiful pieces of home décor. If you’re just starting out then I really recommend getting an embroidery kit since they come with the hoop and threads included as well as the design printed on the material. Searching for patterns though, I came across Jessica’s blog post with her own embroiderydesigns, all you need to do is just print off the pattern and get to work! If you have a little money to spare though I have found some great kits on Hawthorn Handmade. If you are feeling a little more political, then I recommend checking out the amazing kits on hellotreacle, both embroidery and cross stitch. 

mood fabric pattern

Mood Fabrics

Sadly, due to customs charges the fabrics on moodfabrics are kind of pricey for those of us that live in the UK. That doesn’t stop me from singing the praises of this site though, especially since they are one of the best resources for free dressmaking patterns. From cosplay to cloaks, there are a wealth of designs to choose from! All you need to do is input your email into the design you wish and a PDF is sent across straight away, all the designs even come with a handy guide of how to tape the papers together once you print all the pieces of the pattern out. The patterns all range in difficulty so you can pick and choose what you fancy trying, coming with a handy tutorial on the site as well as a guide of what sorts of fabrics are best suited to your project.


Pinterest is a wealth of everything, sometimes a pain to navigate and also awkward to increase traffic on. (At least in my experience) For sewing though, the site is fantastic. There are countless resources on the site, both free and paid for so it depends on what your after. I’ve created a board dedicated to sewing, both patterns and tricks to improve my garments. It’s also brilliant for looking at older patterns that may not necessarily be available since they’re vintage, you can study the images available to possibly draft your own patterns. On my board I’ve also created a smaller sub-board (no idea if this is their technical names) too where I have started collecting my sewing resources that are specifically free or blog posts created by others that could build my own skills.

The Victoria and Albert museum

The V and A museum is one of my favourite museums to visit when I’m in the city, their cast collection is phenomenal as is their fashion gallery. Second only to the costume museum in Bath, the V and A is the place to go if you want to lose yourself looking at fashion through time. This is why I was so excited to find sewing patterns inspired by a few pieces in their own collection on the make and do section of their site. Browsing the designs has me itching to use my sewing machine to make the Mary Quant inspired dress and to learn to knit so I can try to do the 1940s knitting patterns justice.


Nowadays youtube is the place for everything, honestly I think there are enough niches to definitely fill a lifetime of viewing content. Sewing youtube is my new obsession, to both switch off and to add to my own skillset. There are plenty of youtubers I could recommend for both entertainment and teaching, so much so they could be their own blog post. (Let me know if this is something you’d be interested in reading). For teaching though, I can promise you even the most niche sewing technique will have a video on it on the platform. Sometimes I find the video format is the best to learn as they can be the easiest to follow as you watch the person assembling the garment, just simply search whatever you are struggling with to find the free tutorials to discover on the site.

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