Free patterns, projects, and lessons on the web
Links geared to adults producing salable projects or for just plain gift giving
Notes: Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 and higher is
the only browser that will save a complete page with the images. Also,
some of the following sites will generate errors in a particular browser.
For example, the Ben Franklin site doesn't seem to work well with Netscape.
Crochet basic information, stitches, blocking.
Links to thread crochet patterns including filet crochet.
Quilting projects, information, etc.
http://www.cabinbranch.org/freequiltingprojects.htm links to other sites
http://ttsw.com/MainQuiltingPage.html quilting basics, lots of blocks,
speed piecing techniques, information on aspects of quilting.
http://home.mindspring.com/~mymble/quilt/45degrees.html standard quilt
and more complicated blocks than the 9, 7, 12 patch blocks
- Jinny Beyer
must use her fabric or a similar style, particularly the border prints, to
obtain the effects. Many finished projects have an Arabian feel.
- Quilters Cache
How to speed piece triangles and other how-to's, such as flying geese, prairie
points, paper piecing practice, hand applique. Has a nice quilt
Quilters-world free projects.
Required Adobe Acrobat reader.
http://www.onestitchatatime.com/cocheco.htm Cocheco quilt pattern.
http://www.nvo.com/poakalani/nss-folder/carnation/ Hawaiian quilting.
http://home.online.no/~barbaras/jul.htm variety of Christmas quilts and
- Mccalls quilting
Several free quilt patterns (they are not in one central location), hand
quilting motif, quilt blocks, assembling or setting blocks in different ways
to create a new look. How to's located in different parts of the web site.
http://quilting.about.com/library/weekly/aa000510.htm Easy log cabin
Free monthly pattern.
geese pattern block 12"
- Scrap Quilts Nine free pieced
blocks and quilts. Good instructions and pictures.
Fairfield Processing working
with border prints for stunning effects
http://www.fairfieldprocessing.com/crafts/archive/ large archive of
quilt blocks and patterns and other projects.
http://www.quiltindex.com/around_the_quilt_frame.asp Answers to your
http://www.cabinbranch.org/blckmnth99_00.htm Patriotic blocks
http://www.piecemakers.com/free/patterns.html several quilt blocks
information. No free stuff.
Sewing machine manufacturers with free patterns or instructions
- Bernina hanging pockets
(used with a clothes hangar)
- White simple
projects more for beginning sewers
- Husqvarna-Viking all are PDF files (you need Adobe Acrobat reader to
view). Projects archived for only four months.
Brother most projects heavy on machine embroidery. Some baby
projects, pillows, table sets, party sets, tea towels, small bags, memo
holder, lunch bag, quilts, bread holder, Mickey Mouse place setting.
- Janome fashion, seasonal,
home decor, crafts, and more.
- Singer pillow,
toaster cover, valance, mantel scarf, face patch pockets
- Pfaff have to have a recent
browser to view this site. The archive is at
http://www.pfaffusa.com/sewheirloom_archive_frame.html Most projects
require the special features of this brand's machines particularly the
embroidery type features.
- Babylock serger
projects, holidays, home decor
http://www.sewingconnection.com/index2.htm (Shirley Adams) garments and
http://www.cranstonvillage.com/crafts/projects/ crafts, quilting,
sewing. Shoe and cosmetic bag, fishing vest, wizard cape and hat,
place mats, seasonal decorations, puppets, doll and doll accessories, and more.
Quilting: wall hangings, place mats, 'quillow n pillow,' pet mat, monitor
cover, messenger bag, pillow
- Nancys Notions
Mostly embroidered or serger projects. Variety of bags/purses.
http://www.sew-whats-new.com/projects-index.shtml variety of sewing
not free. Clothing patterns for women with extra hidden pockets.
Shopper's or traveler's vest, outer garments, and a few casual pieces.
Decorative painting, tole painting, etc.
http://www.decordelights.com/free/ patterns for wood, tin, clay pots
- decoart painting on fabrics, wood,
candles, glass, metal, texturizing and much more. Large selection of
craft projects. Many projects can be used on simple to find pieces such
as tin buckets, clay pots, fabrics, paper mache, pre-made wood items, recycled
furniture, etc. Many projects do not require a scroll saw.
painting using brushes or sponges. Maybe up to a dozen projects.
uses pre-made or precut wood pieces. Sled with Santa
http://www.northpolechristmas.com/index.html free patterns, some good for
people with limited painting talent and some would be easy to cut out.
Most are primitive. Not a large selection.
Miscellaneous and mixed crafts
indoor hopscotch mat (painted on canvas), and many types of crafts. Or
list of craft projects
http://www.make-stuff.com/projects/index.html homemade gel air fresheners,
bronzing baby shoes,
- Hancock Fabrics no projects
online but has an online sales flyer
- Hobby Lobby
In addition to a large variety of assorted crafts, it has online shopping
flyers and coupons. Many projects are sew-free. Lots of glue and floral
item projects. Not many projects require painting talent. Adult and kid
http://www.freeapplique.com/fusible.html appliques to be used with fusible
- http://rubyglen.com/ potporri pie, wood
scrap snowmen. Also has links to assorted crafts.
- Poly-fil quilt
hgtv wide range of
craft projects from the tv station that hosts programs like the Carol Duval
show, Simply Quilts, and more.
National nonwovens Lots of links to felt and similar nonwoven product
patterns. Good place for ideas
http://www.scents-of-earth.com/scents-of-earth/makyourownna.html how to
make your own incense.
- http://tlc.discovery.com/ ideas
from the learning channel and discovery channel
- Ben Franklin Variety of
http://www.womansday.com/default.asp No index, uses a search tool to
find craft projects.
http://crafterscommunity.com/index.php/2 towel projects; bunny, angel,
scarecrow, elephant, basket, fish
http://crafterscommunity.com/index.php/124 snow folks made from mittens
http://www.handcraftersvillage.com/all.htm jewelry, Elmer's bread dough
recipe, lace flowers,, flower preservative recipe
instructions: metal working, soap making, candle making (instructions from
1861), woodworking, basketry,
hardware holiday ornaments
- http://www.wedcraft.com/ wedding
http://www.fairfieldprocessing.com/crafts/archive/ features stuffed dolls
and critters, quilt projects, pillow projects, wall hangings, tote bag, earth
angel, scarecrow decoration, and more
http://www.benartex.com/projects/index.php small number of quilt projects
and wall hangings
- All free crafts
wood hanger clothes pin bag (could be used for travel), bathing products, food
mixes in a jar, rice heat packs, small selection of printable bookmarks,
- Pellon home decorating, quilting, crafts
using their fusibles.
safety pin jewelry tips
alternatives to paint with the use of stencils; chalk, metallic powders, inks,
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00022.asp preventative machine
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/t00157.asp twin needle reference chart
http://www.craftsitedirectory.com/ Covers most popular crafts. Not all
links offer free patterns or instructions but are good for getting ideas.
Free quilt patterns
http://www.nmia.com/~mgdesign/qor/patterns.html patchwork, pieced, applique
Craft shows - Wisconsin
None of the craft show databases seems to be complete, so you will probably have
to use each one. None of the sites is good at including very small fairs
such as churches, small communities, organizational events, etc.
http://artandcraftshows.net/query.php. You only need to enter the
desired state to produce a list of the major craft shows. No small craft
shows are listed.
http://www.craftersdb.com/page1.htm Use the events calendar, and then pick
the state. Shows some small craft shows and large shows.
Shows small and large shows.
- http://www.grpvne.com/ Small
and large shows.
Wisconsin county fairs (PDF)
http://www.wisconline.com/attractions/fairs.html fair dates
- Art and craft fairs and shows
http://arts.state.wi.us/static/fairs/june.htm has some of the smaller
http://www.wistravel.com/artsandcraftsfairs.htm has some of the smaller
http://www192.pair.com/mud3/wisconsinoutdoor/events.htm has some smaller
events and area garage sale events
http://www.wisconsinindianhead.org/lucky13.htm includes some mall shows in
the central and northwest part of state
- Dane County
PDF file or
Craft business articles and information
http://www.craftsreport.com/february02/sb.html how to correctly display
http://www.craftsreport.com/december02/e.html effective booth design
http://www.hoffmanfabrics.com/new/Links/index.htm links to everything
http://hometown.aol.com/gsmomjoann/crafts.html variety of crafts including
origami, computer and printer crafts, starched crafts.
http://www2.latech.edu/~sld/quiltlinks.html quilting links
- Soap, perfume,
cosmetics, and candle making Grouped together because they use many of the
$$ Sources of patterns, materials, or finished products that are
Good source of ideas.
http://www.netcrafts.com/directory/category/Patterns.html variety of
crafts including dollmaking, woodworking, sewing, quilting
http://www.frontporchcollection.com/ wood crafts, has cutouts for
http://www.patternpage.com/info.htm , wood crafts, dolls, quilts, some
stitchery; focus on primitives, country, seasonal, Americana, Victorian
Scherenschnitte, paper cutting
http://www.angela-holzer.de/frames/hauptfr.htm gallery, use for ideas
http://www.stadtjubilaeum-ma.de/scheren2.htm another gallery
fabric and Pellon project
Free places to advertise your finished crafts
Free design and pattern sheets you can print
http://www.handcraftersvillage.com/all.htm resemble pages from a coloring
book, focus towards children and the cute. Would be good for painting.
Major fabric manufacturers
http://www.marcusbrothers.com/makeit/index.html, wall organizer, roll-up
caddy, sewing machine cover, window valence, quilts, tablecloth, tote bag,
contact pkbk at badger.tds.net