Sew Cute Patterns

Sewing patterns to create stuffed animals, plush toys and aprons

Free Patterns

Printable Letters to Santa

Free PatternsDiana Cison

It’s that time of year to start thinking about those wish lists and sending them off to Santa! Click on any of the images below to download a free letter to Santa template.

Free Turkey Pattern

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Gobble gobble! Time to make the turkey!

Make an adorable felt turkey centerpiece for the holiday table. No sewing machine required for this cutie! The turkey is sewn by hand using a whipstitch. Simply download the free turkey template and follow the instructions below.

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Free turkey template

Supplies needed:

  • Yellow, Orange, Green and Brown Felt Fabric

  • Turkey Pattern Pieces (Click here to download)

  • Glue (Hot Glue Gun Recommended)

  • 1 pair of plastic Google Eyes

  • Polyester Stuffing

  • Embroidery needle

  • Embroidery Floss (yellow, orange, green and brown)

  • Scissors

  • Pins or marker

Instructions:

  1. Cut pattern pieces from pattern pages.

  2. Pin large feathers pattern on two layers of orange felt fabric and cut one.

  3. Pin medium feathers pattern on two layers of yellow felt fabric and cut one.

  4. Pin small feathers pattern on two layers of green felt fabric and cut one.

  5. Pin body pattern on two layers of brown felt fabric and cut one.

  6. Whipstitch each set of feathers and body together using needle and matching colored embroidery floss leaving about 2 inches open in order to stuff (see illustration of whipstitch technique below).

  7. Stuff each set of feathers and body with polyester stuffing and finish stitching. Tie to secure.

  8. Glue the google eyes to the turkey’s face.

  9. Cut a small triangle from yellow felt fabric for the beak and a waddle from orange felt fabric. Glue the waddle to the beak. Glue the beak to the turkey’s face.

  10. Pin turkey’s feet pattern to one layer of brown felt and glue to the bottom of turkey body.

  11. Hot glue the large feathers to the medium feathers making sure they line up along the bottom.

  12. Hot glue the small feathers to the medium feathers making sure they line up along the bottom.

  13. Hot glue the body to the small feathers lining up the bottom of the body with the bottom of the feathers.

Whipstitch

Click on the image for a whipstitch tutorial.

Free Elephant Pattern

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Download the sewing pattern pages and follow the instructions to make an adorable elephant pillow! Then download the adoption certificate to make it official.

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DIY Elephant Pillow

Free elephant template

Sewing skill level

Beginner, basic sewing skills needed

Size

14” wide when finished.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard fabric for body and ears (fleece or flannel cotton fabric is recommended because of it’s softness but any fabric type will work)

  • polyester stuffing

  • black and white felt fabric for eyes

  • 5 large pompoms for tail

  • hot glue gun or fusible web

  • pattern pages

  • sewing machine and basic sewing tools

Pattern pages

Click here to download the pattern pages. The pattern pieces print on multiple pages so they need to be cut and taped together. Match up the letters and use them as a guide to taping the pieces together. Tape along the dashed lines.

Instructions

Pin the body pattern to double layered fabric and cut one.

The seams where the ears will be inserted need to be cut open. One ear will be placed on the front and one on the back. Place the paper pattern on top of one of the body pieces, poke a hole with a tip of a pencil at the start and end of the ear and make a mark onto the fabric.

Cut a slash for the ear on both body fabric pieces.

Pin the ear pattern to double layered fabric and cut two.

With fabric right sides together, stitch the ear around the curved edges leaving the straight edge open.

Reverse ears right side out.

From the right side, insert the straight edge of the ear into the seam, aligning the raw edges. Pin together and re-stitch the seam to close with ear attached.

Repeat to attach the second ear.

Cut two eye patterns from single layered white felt fabric. Cut two pupils from single layered black felt fabric.

Hot glue the pupils to the eye and hot glue the eyes to each body fabric. Use could also use fusible web and iron on the eyes and pupils.

With fabric right sides together, pin the body, tucking in the ears away from the seam where you will be stitching. Stitch the fabric pieces together, leaving an opening to reverse and stuff.

Clip the inward seams between the legs and around the trunk,

Reverse right side out through the opening.

Stuff with polyester stuffing.

Stitch the opening closed by hand using a ladder stitch.

To make the tail, string together 5 large pompoms with a needle and thread and stitch to the back of the elephant.

Adoption Certificate

Click here to print your elephant adoption certificate!

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Printable elephant adoption certificate

Free Witch Template

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Decorating for the holidays is so much fun. Add this awesome wooden party witch to the front lawn or hang her on the front door! She’s made from plywood so you’ll need a jigsaw to cut the template. But you can also make her out of poster board. Below you’ll find instructions to make both!

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The template includes four masks to choose from. Choose your favorite or make all four!

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Witch Templates

Click here to download the templates.

Wooden Witch

Supplies:

  • Plywood Sandpaper

  • Black marker

  • Jigsaw

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for wood

  • Hot glue gun or wood glue

  • Latex paint (black for hat, dress, shoes, stockings & broom, orange for hair & stockings, green for face & hands)

  • Paint brush

  • Hook to create a door hanger

  • Conduit and conduit strap to create a lawn decoration

Directions:

  1. First, cut all pattern pieces from pattern pages. Witch pattern prints on multiple pages and will need to be taped together. Match up the letters and use as a guide when taping together. Tape along the dotted lines.

  2. Trace the witch and broom patterns on the plywood using a black marker.

  3. With a jigsaw, cut around the design.

  4. Using sandpaper, smooth out the wood around the entire edge of the design.

  5. Paint the witch and broom using latex paint. (We used black for hat, dress, shoes, stockings & broom, orange for hair & stockings, green for face and hands.) Let dry completely.

  6. Spray with adhesive spray for wood and using various colors, sprinkle with glitter as desired. (We used blue for boots, orange for stockings & hat, purple for dress, green for face, red for hat, gold for hat band and silver for broom.) Let dry completely.

  7. Choose which style glasses you would like for your witch. Trace the glasses pattern on the plywood and with a jigsaw, cut around the design. You will not need to cut out the hole in the middle of glasses. With sandpaper, smooth out the edges.

  8. Paint the glasses with latex paint in whatever color desired.

  9. To decorate the glasses with glitter, lay the paper mask pattern on the wooden glasses. The eye holes should be cut out of the paper pattern. Spray the eye holes with adhesive spray. Remove paper pattern and sprinkle with glitter in whatever color desired. Let dry completely. Spray the rest of the glasses with adhesive spray. Sprinkle with glitter in whatever color desired. Let dry completely.

  10. Using wood glue or a hot glue gun, glue the glasses to the witch’s face.

Door Hanger -

To create a door hanger, screw a hook into the top of the witch’s head and hang to the door with a nail and hammer.

Lawn Decor -

To create a lawn decoration, hammer a 4 foot conduit into the ground, sinking about 6 inches into the ground. Attach the back of the witch to the conduit with a conduit strap.

Paper Witch

Supplies:

  • Black poster board

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for paper

  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Tacky glue

  • Ribbon to create a hook to hang

Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, lightly trace the witch and broom patterns on white poster board and cut.

  2. Using a pencil, lightly trace the glasses pattern on white poster board. You don’t need to cut out the holes in the glasses. You will cover these areas with glitter.

  3. Using acrylic paints, paint the witch and broom as desired. Let dry completely.

  4. Decorate with glitter. Spray the area you’d like to cover on the witch and broom with adhesive spray. Sprinkle with glitter. Spray and cover remaining areas until finished. Let dry completely.

  5. To decorate the masks with glitter , place the paper pattern on top of the mask. Your eye holes should be cut out of the paper pattern. Carefully spray the eye hole area with adhesive spray and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry completely. Next, spray the area around the eye holes with adhesive spray and cover with glitter. Let dry completely.

  6. Glue the masks to the witch’s face.

  7. Glue the broom to the witch's body.

  8. Loop a 4 inch ribbon to the back of the top of the witches hat to create a hook to hang.

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Halloween Patterns

Create a spooky attack cat, spider or owl for the holidays

Free Pillow Pattern: Bow Pillow

Free PatternsDiana Cison

Choose the perfect fabric in the perfect color and follow the DIY bow pillow tutorial below for lovely home decor or a fabulous gift for any occasion!  Give your bed a touch of cuteness!

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Use adorable Valentine fabric for Valentines Day, snowman or Santa fabric for Christmas or spooky spider or ghost fabric for Halloween.  Pick a fabric that matches your bedroom colors for an adorable decorative pillow for your bed!

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Your bow pillow will be approximately 19″ wide x 11″ tall at each end when finished.

Sewing skill level: beginner

Supplies:

  • 100% Polyester Fabric*
    48″ x 12″ for the pillow
    13″ x 6 1/2″ for the tie

  • Polyester stuffing

  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

* Any fabric type is appropriate for this DIY bow pillow.  100% polyester fabric is recommended because it’s soft and stretchy, perfect for a pillow.  Flannel cotton and fleece are very soft as well, perfect for children’s pillows. 

Steps:

Step 1.  Cut your fabric for the bow and the tie.  Below are the dimensions for both.

I prefer to create a paper pattern by cutting and taping pieces of paper together in the dimensions needed.  Then I pin the paper patter to the fabric and cut the fabric.  This is optional.  You can simply measure and cut without the paper pattern if you prefer.  I like the paper because it helps me cut more evenly.

For the bow pillow, cut a 48″ long x 12″ wide piece of double layered fabric.  This will include a 1/4″ seam.

For the tie in the middle, cut a 13″ x 6 1/2″ piece of single layered fabric.  This will also include a 1/4″ seam.

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Step 2. Fold the tie fabric lengthwise with fabric right sides together and stitch along the side of the seam.

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Step 3.  Still with right sides together, stitch along the seam on one side of the tie.

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Step 4. Reverse right side out through the opening.

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Step 5.  Stuff lightly with polyester stuffing so that the tie remains relatively flat.

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Step 6.  Stitch the opening closed by hand using a ladder stitch.  Ironing the fabric along the folded seam first will make it easier to stitch.

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Step 7.  With fabric right sides together, stitch along the seam on both sides of the pillow, leaving the ends open.

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Step 8. Still with fabric right sides together, stitch along one side of the opening of the pillow.

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Step 9.  Reverse right side out through the opening.  Iron the opening along the folded seams.

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Step 10.  Lay the pillow down and fold the left and right sides in so that they touch in the middle.  Mark the location of where the fabric will fold and the middle of the pillow with a pin.  Put the pin at the top of each fold.   You will want to avoid putting stuffing along these folds and the middle where the tie will go.

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Step 11.  Stuff with polyester stuffing avoiding the folds on both sides of the pillow as well as the middle where you marked with the pin.  Your pillow should remain flat after stuffing. You don’t want to over stuff or else it won’t fold correctly into a bow.

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Step 12. Test your stuffing by folding the pillow again and squeezing in the middle.  If need be, adjust the stuffing and add more/remove as needed.

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Step 13.  When finished stuffing, stitch the opening closed by hand with a ladder stitch.

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Step 14.  Remove the pins at the folds.  Fold the pillow, pin together and ladder stitch the ends together.

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Step 15.  Wrap the tie around the middle of the pillow, squeezing the pillow and pin the two ends of the tie together. Stitch the two ends of the tie together using a ladder stitch, like you would if you were stitching an opening closed.

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Free Pillow Pattern: DIY Paw Pillow

Free PatternsDiana Cison

This adorable paw pillow makes great decor for any bed or couch!  It’s made from soft fleece fabric to make it extra cozy.  Mix and match colors and patterns to make a whole colorful collection!

 Follow the easy steps below to make your own.

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Supplies you’ll need:

  • fleece fabric for the pillow (note 1)

  • felt fabric for the paw pad and toes (note 2)

  • polyester stuffing (note 3)

  • fusible web and iron or hot glue gun (note 4)

  • pattern pieces

 

Supply notes:

Note (1) Fleece fabric is recommended because it’s softness is perfect for pillows.  But you can substitute other fabric types as desired. 

Note (2) You will need a fabric types which does not fray around the edges to make the paw prints.  Felt is recommended.  You can also use fleece.

Note (3) Polyester stuffing is recommended. 

Note (4) Fusible web is used to iron on the paw prints to the pillow.  As an alternative, you can also glue the prints on using a hot glue gun and glue sticks.


Pattern Pieces

Click here to download your pattern pieces.

Step by step instructions:

Cut and tape the pattern pages

The pattern pieces print on multiple pages and need to be taped together.  Use the letters as a guide to taping the pieces together.  Match up the letters and tape along the dashed lines.

Cut the fabric pieces

Step 1. Pin the pillow pattern to double layered fabric and cut one.

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Step 2. Pin the sides pattern to double layered fabric and cut one.

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Step 3.  With fabric right sides together, stitch the ends of the two sides to make one long piece.

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Step 4. Pin the paw pads and all 4 toes pattern to single layered felt fabric and cut one of each.

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Iron the paw prints (or hot glue)

Step 5. Remove one side of the backing on the fusible web and attach the paw pad and four toes. Cut around the edges.

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 Step 6. Remove the backing from the other side of the fusible web and attach the pieces to the right side of one of the pillow pieces.  Make sure you are attaching to the RIGHT side of the pillow fabric.  Iron on.

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Stitch pieces together

Step 7. With fabric right sides together, stitch along the entire edge of the side fabric to the edge of one of the pillow pieces.

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Step 8.  With fabric right sides together, stitch the open ends of the sides pieces together.

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Step 9. With fabric right sides together, pin and stitch along the edges of the other side of the side fabric to the other pillow fabric, leaving an opening to reverse and stuff.

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Step 10. Reverse right side out.

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Step 11.  Stuff with polyester stuffing.

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Step 12.  Stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch. 

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Finished!

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The Witch's Closet - Witch Templates

Free PatternsDiana Cison
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What’s in your witch’s closet?

Free witch templates!

Download these fun witch templates to make awesome Halloween decor.  Spooky items you’d find in every witch’s closet!

  • floppy witch hat

  • fancy witch hat

  • witch’s boot

  • broom

  • cauldron

Click here to download the pattern pages and instructions.

Options for materials:

You have a variety of  materials to choose from for creating the items in your witch’s closet. You can choose from: fabric, wood or paper. Instructions are included for all three.

  • Fabric:
    You will whipstitch by hand a flat door hanger using felt fabric, embroidery floss and a needle.

  • Wood:
    Will require plywood and a jigsaw. Attach a hook at the top and create a door hanger.

  • Paper:
    The best options for creating a paper project are poster board or foam board. You will need a craft knife to cut the foam board.

Witch’s Boots

Cut the templates or pattern pieces:

First, cut all pattern pieces from the pattern pages. Patterns print on multiple pages and will need to be taped together. Match up the letters and use as a guide when taping together. Tape along the dotted lines. You will use the same template for all three options (fabric, wood or paper).

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Witch’s Fancy Hat

Felt Fabric Door Hanger

Supplies:

  • Black felt fabric

  • Black embroidery floss and needle

  • Pins

  • Scissors

  • Red felt fabric for bloody goo (cauldron only)

  • Plastic google eyes (for cauldron only)

  • Hot glue gun (for cauldron only)

  • Adhesive spray for fabric/paper

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired.
    desired.

Instructions:

  • Choose your pattern.

  • Pin the pattern on felt fabric and cut four pieces. Your door hanger will have four layers of fabric.

  • Using black embroidery floss and needle, whipstitch all four layers together.
    Visit Sewing Bee University for a quick whipstitch tutorial. Click here.

  • For the cauldron, cut the bloody goo out of red felt fabric and glue to the top of the cauldron using a hot glue gun. Glue google eyes to the red felt as desired.

  • Spray the fabric with adhesive spray and sprinkle with glitter as desired.

  • Create a loop at the top of the project so you can hang. Using a 4 inch piece of embroidery floss, feed the floss through the top of the project with a needle. Create a knot at the ends.

  • Hang.

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Witch’s Cauldron

Wooden Door Hanger

Supplies:

  • Plywood

  • Sandpaper

  • Black marker

  • Jigsaw

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for wood

  • Plastic google eyes and hot glue gun for cauldron only (optional)

  • Black acrylic paint

  • Red acrylic paint for cauldron only

  • Paint brush

  • Hook to create a door hanger

Directions:

  • Trace the pattern on the plywood using a black marker.

  • With a jigsaw, cut around the design.

  • Using sandpaper, smooth out the wood around the entire edge of the design.

  • Paint using black latex paint. Let dry completely.

  • For the cauldron, paint the red bloody goo using red latex paint.

  • Hot glue plastic google eyes to the red goo as desired.

  • To add glitter, spray the area with spray adhesive and carefully sprinkle on the glitter.

  • To create a door hanger, screw a hook into the top and hang to the door with a nail and hammer.

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Witch’s Hat

Paper Door Hanging

Supplies:

  • Black poster board or foam board

  • Craft knife (if using foam board)

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for paper

  • Plastic google eyes for cauldron only

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • 4” ribbon to hang

Directions:

  • Using a pencil, lightly trace the pattern on black poster or foam board.

  • Cut with scissors if using poster board. Cut with a craft knife if using foam board.

  • To decorate with glitter, spray the desired area with adhesive spray. Sprinkle with glitter in color desired. Let dry completely.

  • For the cauldron, spray the red goo area with adhesive spray and sprinkle with red glitter. Glue google eyes as desired.

  • Create a loop with a piece of ribbon and glue or tape to the back of your door hanging. Use to hang.