As Christmas is quickly approaching, I thought I would pass along some good free pattern/project sources to make handmade gifts. I’m a big fan of handmade gifts because they make for a nice personal touch and can be much cheaper than store bought. So, these are the websites I use the most when I’m looking for free patterns and gifts ideas.
Amy Butler Design has some great free sewing patterns, a lot of them are quilts, but there are also some cute cushion and wall hanging patterns. She also has some free paper craft patterns for cards and gift tags.
Jo-Ann has a whole project section with a large variety of craft projects. They are generally pretty simple and the quality ranges from ‘that s**t looks homesewn’ to pretty cute.
I think the point of About.com is to get money from advertising, but whenever I type in ‘free’ it’s the site that usually comes up on the first Google page. A lot of the projects are pretty common sense and the quality is generally ‘that s**t looks homesewn’; it’s really more of a ‘How To’ than a pattern, but it’s good if you are afraid, or don’t like to create your own pattern and want something simple like a basic bag, pot holder or apron. I’ve also gotten free cross stitch patterns and knitting patterns from About.com, so there are a lot of other free things you can find on the site.
I also use Burda Style, but last year they stopped offering free patterns and changed the format, so I don’t really like it any more. Nevertheless, it is a good source for patterns, there are very good tutorials and you can get a lot of great ideas from other user’s projects. There are still free patterns, but as they are submitted by the users, they aren’t always good.
If you knit but aren’t on Ravelry, Knitting Pattern Central is an excellent source for free knitting patterns.
Hopefully this helps with your gifting this holiday, especially if you’re uber cheap like me.