Free Patterns: Sewing Accessories and Gift Ideas

Large list of  sewing and quilting patterns, links and tutorials for your accessories for your  sewing room, gifts for friends and family, and wonderful ideas for sewing bee or retreat gifts!

My sewing room includes many accessories that I have designed and created, myself. I love general sewing as much as I love quilting. So, whether I am sewing with my bigger Viking Sapphire 870 Quilt... or my much tinier ...Singer Featherweight...every one in our family gets new 'clothes', accessories, and fun craft and quilting supplies!

Singer Featherweight: Sewing Accessories (small mat and a snippets bag) Tutorial

I've made my own sewing machine pocket mats, magnetic wrist pincushions and wrist protectors, pincushions, pattern weights, snippets threadcatchers, roll-up scissors holders and many different sized tote bags for quilting supplies.

I love collecting, sharing, and using so many fun patterns that I am sharing my collection with you as my 'Frugal Friday' exchange. My free patterns lists to-date includes free patterns for pincushions, scrapcatchers, needlecases, scissor holders, sewing bags, sewing machine covers, chair covers, traveling iron bags, armchair caddys, wall organizers, clothes hangers and computer monitor covers.

Like my 2,500 Free Quilt Patterns links, you must come back often, as the list will be continually updated!

And if you have tutorials on your own site, just link this post on your site and I will become aware of your blog and add your links to mine, plus give you free advertising for your blog!

Free Pincushion, Pincushion/Thread Catcher,Armrest Pincushion Caddy Patterns:

Anna Marie Horner Wild Flower Pincushion

Make these pincushions: from BHG
Apple Pin CushionBlossom pin cushion patternBottle Cap Pincushion
Chicken Pin Cushion from
Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests


Children Can Make this Needlecase from Nini!


Cupcake pincushion by Crativity Amongst Chaos
Doughnut Pincushion Tutorial by Fave Crafts
Sea Dreaming:Crazy Quilted with Beads and Shells Pincushion

Dragonfly Pincushion (and Needlecase)

Embroidered Pincushion Heart(for the multi-talented)
Fantasy Mushroom Pincushion
Flower Pincushion from Love to Crochet & Knit
Flower Pin Cushion (&Scissor Holder) from

Lady bug Pincushion with goody-goody
Strawberry: You may remember seeing charming strawberry pincushions like these in your grandmother’s sewing box.

Fabric Tomatoes: Free pdf template to download.
4-Squares Patchwork: This pincushion is a simple patchworked number, four squares on each side, with a button detail in the centre. Easy Peasy.

From Quilt Story and Moda Bakeshop: Pea Pod Wrist Pincushion!

Patchwork: Bold fabric, zany buttons, and quirky ribbons elevate the practical pincushion to new heights of style.
Miniature: Each one is like a tiny version of a larger quilt, but they are a lot quicker to make.
Doily: Either make doilies yourself, or buy them at a thrift store, garage sale, or anywhere else you can find them cheap. The doilies used here are around 4″ diameter.
Cupcake: Sweet design sewn with fabric and trimmed with ric-rac.
Easy Patchwork: These are fairly easy, take about an hour, and it’s a great way to use up little scrap pieces.
Hex: Trimmed with fabric binding, includes a template to download.
Tea Cup Flower: You’ll need enough scraps of fabric for 10 tea cup circles.

  Tomato Pincushion
 click image!

Pincushion Tutorial: click image above!


Chicken Pincushions with Thread Caddy Nests
Berry: The use of woollen yarns and simple stitches make this a quick and easy project to create. Free pdf pattern download.
Simply Geometric: It is made up of circles, squares and triangles. Simply geometric!
Mushroom: Fairly simple project that requires a bit of sewing and a hot glue gun.
Giant: These are super simple to make and adorable! They come in handy around your sewing room and work as great gifts for sewing friends.
Dainty: Create a bouquet of cute little flower pincushions, made with pretty fabric, fusible interfacing and oval kraft paper box.
Moda Love: This pattern makes two pincushions, so you can share the love!
Button Center: With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.
Homegrown Tomato: Stitch a robust heirloom variety in loosely woven linen or cherry tomatoes in dainty gingham.
Bari J. Pincushion: Free pdf download available.
Adorable Pumpkin: It’s a basic design that we’ve seen before but embellished with a colorful green leaf and curling grossgrain ribbon, make sure to use some bright orange patterned fabric and voila! you have a sweet pumpkin.

Download pdf pdf (2.15 MB)
Yo-Yo: Make yo-yo’s from scratch or with a yo-yo maker for these cuties.
Teacup: Made with vintage teacups.
Pod Flower: Sweet little cushions made with felt.
DIY Owl: An owl shape is made out of modeling clay and then a small fabric pincushion placed in the center.
Wraparound: A wraparound pincushion that fastens onto your sewing machine keeps pins in place and at your finger tips.

Scisscors fob from West Michigan Quilter

following directions of friend, Barb Vis

Petit Strawberry: A simple yet pretty pincushion you can attach to scissor handles, a rotary cutter, whatever else you like.
Leather Bottom: Includes a pattern for the leather bottom piece.
Spring Hats embellished with embroidery floss and seed beads.
Ornate Frame Pincushion
Quick-pieced: Lovely square pincushion with a pieced top in colorful fabrics and a button center (one button on either side).
Whimsical Star: Coordinating fabrics cut in diamond shapes are pieced & sewn together, pom-pom trim is added at each point and a fabric covered button is sewn in the center.
Thread Caddy & Pin Holder: Six little pockets to hold thread, the center is stuffed and used as a pincushion. Tutorial available via free pdf download.
Ashley from Make it and Love It Pincushion

Fried Egg & other Pincushion Ideas

Handy Dandy Bottlecap Pincushion

Thimble pincushion

How to Sew a Jester Hat Threadcatcher

Molly's Sketchbook: From the Purl Bee: Miniature Patchwork Pincushions

Download this Project

Pansy Pincushion Pattern by Jean Wells
Patchwork Pincushion Tutorial
Pedestal Pincushions
Pin Box

Pear pincushion tutorial

Apple pincushion tutorial

Merriment :: Pincushion Thread Catcher free DIY tutorial and pattern by Kathy Beymer at
Pinchushion/Threatchatcher with straps

Pincushion/Thread catcher with lining
Pincushion and Fabric Threadbin
Threadcatcher/pincushion from Lauralynn

tutorial - shrink plastic toppers for sewing pins
Pretty Little Purse Pincushion Tutorial
Weighted pincusion, button on threadcatcher pdf download, detachable scrap bag on it
Free Pansy Pincushion Pattern by Jean Wells, Sisters OR
Pincushion sewing kit

Pincushion Tutorial from May Britt at Abyquilt
Ring Pincushion
Seminole Patchwork Hanging Heart Pincushion etc. from

Small Wonder Pin Blossom
Small Wonder Pincushion from Quiltmaker
Teacup and Saucer Pincushion
Monkeyroom threadnest pincushion

Homespun Hearts Pincushions Pattern
Homespun Hearts Pincushions Pattern
Free Pincushion Pattern

Beaded Stilleto (beautiful fabric guiding stick to push fabric along as you sew) Design by Mary Tosch, pdf from Bonnie Hunter/

Homespun Hearts Pincushion from Fat Quarter Shop
Pretty Trivet Pincushion from DIY
Small Wonder Pincushion from Quiltmaker
Tomato Pincusions from Martha Stewart
Tomato Pincushion put atop a jar!
Trivet Pincushion from DIY
Turn a Barette into a Pincusion from DIY
Walnut Shell Pincushion
Wool Crazy Pincushion Base
Lookie what she made: Needle organizer and scrap catcher
Tutorial: Make a thread catcher pincushion pdf download
Tutorial: Thread catcher fabric basket

Armrest pincushion/caddy from Maureen

Armchair sewing caddy from

Armchair sewing caddy from HugnKisses...
thanks to all pdf pattern pages on her linked site

Tutorial: Sewing caddy with removable pincushion

Tutorial: Remote control organizer for your couch

Wrist Pincushions Tutorial -both magnetic & regular options : from Michele ,this blog tute

Wrist Pincushion Tutorial sheet shown above

Instructables:wrist pincushion

Zombies, Cupcakes, and Turtles - Pincushions!
Needlebooks and Needlecases:
photo courtesy of Kaaren, below:
Huswif Needlecase Kaaren Johnson, The Painted below:
Dragonfly Needlecase (& Pincushion)
Needle Book Tutorial (small case with button closure)
Needlebook Instructions (padded cover with inside felt liner)
Little Woven Needlebook (2″ knitted weave cover with inside felt liner)
Felt Ladybug Needle Case Pattern
Strawberry Needlebook Pattern Download
Heart-shaped Needle Cases

Martha Stewart: Felt Sewing Book

Wool Crazy Pincushion Kaarne Johnson at The Painted Quilt, all in group:
Easy Needlebook
Pumpkin - Crazy Quilt Style

26 Free Tutorials For Needle Books & Cases

Vintage Needlecase Pattern – Flower Bouquet.

How To Make A Needlecase (quilted cover–pattern included, felt liner)

Crazy Quilt Needle Case
Free Pattern: Felt Needle Case (simple felt book, blanket stitched edge)
26 Free Tutorials For Needle Books & Cases
Needlecase Tutorial
Nifty Needle Case
Heart and Hand Needlecase from White Sewing
Quilted Needle Organizer from

Felt Needlecase
Crazy Patchwork Lesson - Needle Book

Rissa’s 6 Pocket Needlebook
SewPrim KrisNeedlecase Tutorial

Hussif Tutorial (beautiful, lots of room for your items)
Creative Needle Magazine: Needlecase Tutorial (book flap style with a few pages and a vinyl pocket)

Heart Needle Case (pdf download)
Needlecase Tutorial (padded, fold over snap, opens into a “felt blossom” with triangular pockets)

How to make a simple crosstitched needle case (fringed edge, felt liner)
Square Pair Crossstitched Needle Book (includes cross stitch chart)
Crosstitched Needlebook Tutorial (combo scissors pouch)
Crazy Patchwork Lesson – Needle Book
Rissa’s 6 Pocket Needlebook
Springberries Needlecase (pdf
Hussif Tutorial (beautiful, lots of room for your items

Needlecase Tutorial (padded, fold over snap, opens into a “felt blossom” with triangular pockets
Needle Book Tutorial (small case with button closure
Needlebook Instructions (padded cover with inside felt liner)
Little Woven Needlebook (2″ knitted weave cover with inside felt liner)
Strawberry Needlebook Pattern Download
Martha Stewart: Felt Sewing Book

How To Make A Needlecase (quilted cover–pattern included, felt liner)
Free Pattern: Felt Needle Case (simple felt book, blanket stitched edge)
Sweet & Spotty Needle Wallet
Little Letter Needle Book

Cross Stitch Covers – Needle Books
How to make a simple needle case (fringed edge, felt liner)
Square Pair Needle Book (includes cross stitch chart)
Needlebook Tutorial – This one is a combo scissors pouch, the inside flap holds the needles
Needle Case Tutorial (plastic canvas cover)

Victorian Thimble Pouch Tutorial
Crochet Thimble Pouch
Covered tape measure

Free Scissor Holder Patterns:
Kangaroo Chatelaine
Scisssor Holder from Brother Sewing

(Flower Pin Cushion &) Scissor Holder from
Scissors Sheath by Rizza Reace Root for
Computer cover
Scissor Keeper from Pfaff USA

Free Sewing Bag and Caddy Patterns:

Sewing Basket PDF photo yet, but this is the cutest thing! - Cached
Jun 4, 2011 – Lindee Goodall, President and founder of Cactus Punch Embroideries designed this great little Pocket Sewing Basket for all your sewing ...
Sewing Bag from JusqvarnaMini Bags from Husqvarna
Ziplock Bag Sewing Caddy Case

Sewing Caddy from Gina Bean Handmade
downloadable pdf for bag shown by Gina

Sewing Caddy from Dawn
Quilting Tool Caddy from Dawn - Fabric Requirements
Quilting Tool Caddy Tutorial - Part 1
Quilting Tool Caddy Tutorial - Part 2
Quilting Tool Caddy Tutorial - Part 3

Sewing Box Kaaren at The Painted Quilt

Travel sewing case shown above...cutting pattern and directions in tutorial

Sewing Notion Roll-ups:
Needle Threader Sewing Case
Notionette - a carryall for serger notions from Janome USA at

Pansies & Ivy Roll-up Caddy by Robbins for Marcus Bros.
knitting needle rolls and cases here.

Free Sewing Room Accessory Patterns:

Make a Sewing Machine Pad With Pockets from my blog 'With Heart and Hands'
Janome - Pocket Pal
Brother Sewing Mat/Pockets
Machine Cover from Marcus Bros
Sewing Machine Cover from Husqvarna

Sewing Accessories from

By Request: Chair Cushion Patterns:

How to Measure and Make Any Simple Chair Cushion or Cover

Ruffled Chair Cushion pattern

Wheelchair Seat Cushion Cover Free Sewing Pattern

finished cushion

Rocking chair or Double Cushion Chair, Pillow Cushion Patterns

Sewing Machine Cover, customizable for any size sewing machine: HERE.
Embellished Chair Cover from Singer
Sewing Machine Cozy PDF of pattern
Free Sewing Room Accessories from
Ironing Board Cover
Chair Pocket Organizer from Joann's
"Fabric Scrap Basket" is from Scrap Happy Home Decor
Gathered Strips Rag Rug (PDF)
Make a Magic 'Burrito' Pillowcase photo tutorial on this amazing pillowcase
Perfectly Portable Cushion
Wall Organizer
Clover Traveling Iron Bag from White
Seminole Patchwork
Recycled Jeans Organizer from White Sewing
Monitor Cover (Screen Quilt) from Keepsake Quilting

Quilted Storage Caddy from Singer Sewing Co.

Wall Organizer By Robbins for Marcus Bros
Wall Organizer from

Sewing Totes and Bag Patterns:
Japanese Knot Bag Tutorial from my blog 'With Heart and Hands'
Mini Bags from Husqvarna
morsbags make and give away multiple free gift or shopping bags..from my blog
Patchwork Tote from Baby Lock
Patchwork Tote from Baby Lock
Schlep Bag from Sentimental Stitches
Sewing Bag from Husqvarna
Sweet Satchel from
Junk Trunk from Hancock Fabrics

How to Make a Simple Petal Bag Thread or notion holder tutorial on my blog
Free Sewing Arm Chair Caddys:
Pansies & Ivy Armchair Caddy by Vandarra Robbins for Marcus Brothers
Custom Caddy from McCall's
Chair Pocket Organizer from Joann's

Bowls, Bins and Baskets

5 gallon bucket/pail sewing caddy free pattern for sewing pockets etc.

A folding Tray by Marmadaisy
Fabric flower tray by Kali
Fabric box by Handmaiden
Geta's Romanian Quilt Studio Designer Pieced Quilted Bowls, many variations
Fabric box tutorial found at Perpetualplum
How to Sew a Fabric Bowl from Craftstylish
Origami Greeting Card Box Tutorial
oval tray tutorial at Mairuru

Free Sewing Gift Patterns:

Quilter's ID or Travel ID wallet
Victorian Thimble Pouch Tutorial
Linen-Lined Baskets
Lined Laundry Basket
Wheelchair tote
Pansies & Ivy Roll-Up Caddy by Vandarra Robbins for Marcus Brothers
Scented Hot Pad
Scented Hanger Covers from White .

Make a Re-useable Shopping Bag: Pocket Pouched!
Window Scarf
Cell Phone/Eyeglasses Case (pdf)
Grocery Bag Recycler
Secret Pocket Cover from Pfaff
Secret Pocket in a Hanger Cover free pdf file to download
Chemo Caps
Patriotic Apron
Hospital Gown Pattern
Glove Glam from
Ribbon Belt
Sew Much to To from McCall's
Cat pocket tissue cover by Tanya in Japan
Tissue Box Cover

Quilted Book or Journal Cover record those quilts! on a journal tutorial from my blog

Updates Not Yet Added in to categories above:

Bias Tape, Piping etc.

Understanding And Making Bias Tape
How To: Piping Tutorial
Turn A Fat Quarter Into 5 Yds Piping
How To Make And Use Piping
Pleased As Punch Piping Tutorial
Create Your Own Bias Tape Maker Tool
Printable Bias Tape Maker

Buttons 'n Such

Easy Polymer Clay Buttons
Chinese Knotted Button
Dyed Buttons
Make Buttons From Shrink Plastic
Covered Buttons (No Kit Needed)
Wooden Button How-To’s
Elegant Musings Button Tutorial
Resin Button Tutorial
How To Make Checkerboard Buttons
Polka Dot Cottage Buttons

Dress Forms...have you tried paper mache formed on your body..that works too!

Dress Form How To
How To Make Your Own Dress Form
Paper-Tape Dress Form
Dress Form Tutorial

Embroidery Images and Tips

Images For Embroidery
Turn Photos Into Embroidery Patterns
1500+ Free Embroidery Patterns
Free 25 Page Embroidery Book (pdf)

Ways to Make/weave/create or alter Fabric and Other Ideas

Pin Woven Fabric Tutorial
Make Your Own Quilted Fabric
DIY Lush Embossed Fabric
Needle Felting Without Wool
Fabric From Plastic Bags
How To Make “Faux” Leather
Fabric From Scrap Thread
DIY Oil Cloth Fabric Method 1
DIY Oil Cloth Fabric Method 2
Turn Old Sweaters Into Wool
Computer Printed Fabric

Fabric Flowers

Felt Dahlia Flower
Detachable Flower Embellishment
How To Make Chiffon Flowers
Chiffon And Tulle Flowers
Pretty Organza Flowers Tutorial
Ric Rac Flower Tutorial

Free  Clothing etc. Patterns

Free Skirt Patterns/Tutorials
Free Clothes Patterns/Tutorials
Free Dress Patterns/Tutorials
Free Handbag Patterns/Tutorials
Free Lingerie Patterns/Tutorials
Free Hat Patterns/Tutorials


DIY:  Transfter Cloth Labels
Labels Made From Things In Your Pantry
Label Tutorial
How To Make Your Own Labels

Hat Making and Millinery Supplies

Make A Bow With Tails
Carve A Styrofoam Hat Blook 1
Carve A Styrofoam Hat Block 2
Carve A Styrofoam Hat Block 3
How To Make A Hat Base
Make A Molded Hat Block (video)

Printable Charts, Note, Paper and Lists

Measurement Chart
Yardage Card
Fabric Swatch Notebook
Print Free Graph Paper


How To Make Silk Ribbon
Fabric Ribbon How-To
Dyeing Grosgrain Ribbon
How To Dye Silk Ribbons
How To Hand Stamp Ribbon
D.I.Y. Fabric Ribbon

 Needle Cases/Pincushions, Pins,
..some may already be in my big list above..working this in, still!
Needlebook Tutorial
Matryoshka Needlecase Tutorial
How To Make A Needlebook
How To Make A Felt Needle Book
Snowman Beaded Needle Case

Wrist Pincushion
Candlestick Pincushions
Tuna Can Pincushions
Picture Frame Pincushions
Novelty Pincushion
Square Deal Pincushion

Personalized Pins Tutorial
Rainbow Sewing Pins
DIY Freshwater Pearl Pins
Shrink Plastic Pinheads

Sewing Kits

Mason Jar Sewing Kit
Fabric Sewing Case
Child’s Sewing Kit Tutorial
Sewing Kit From A Suitcase

Sewing Machine Accessories

Sewing Machine Cover
Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial
30 Minute Thread Catcher
Sewing Caddy And Pincushion

Sewing Supply Organizers

Cotton Reel Holder
Organizing Embroidery Floss
Ribbon Card Holder
Embroidery Hoop Wall Storage
Fabric Storage Baskets
DIY Wall Thread Organizer

Pressing Aids Like Tailors Hams and Ironing Board covers

Tabletop Ironing Board
Ironing Board Thread Catcher/Caddy
Tailor’s Ham Tutorial
Make An Ironing Board Cover
Jazzy Ironing Board Cover
Make Your Own Tailor’s Ham

Shoulder Pads and other styling aids

Shoulder Pad Tute
How To Make Shoulder Pads
Vintage Shoulder Pads


Loops In Soutache Braid
Pleated-Ribbon Trim
Faux Feathers From Fabric &Wire
How To Make Ribbon Trim
DIY T-Shirt Pom Poms Tutorial
How To Make Painted Lace
How To Dye Elastic


DIY Pattern Weights
Fabric Covered Sewing Pattern Weights
Pattern Weights Tutorial
Make Your Own Pattern Weights


Make Your Own Fluff'n Stuff
How To Make Waxed Thread
Project Board Tutorial
Make Your Own Needle Threader
How To Make A Pleater Board
How To Make Your Own Patches

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska and all of her AAQI Quilting. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!