Free quilt-pattern roundup: our top 4 freebies

Picnic Basket quilt free patternAre you in need of some handmade-holiday inspiration? With Christmas marching toward us (let’s put it in perspective: 77 days and counting), we’re all starting to think about gifts—and how much time we have left to make them.

Start your gift-giving idea search right now by browsing our top free patterns below. These patterns aren’t only quick to make; they’re also free to download! Plus, the list is ranked according to how many times each pattern has been downloaded by Stitch This! readers. How’s that for an instant stamp of approval?

Match up a free quilt pattern with a name on your gift list; then sign in or register at our site to download any—or all!—of these quilt patterns for free.


Buttercream Twist free quilt pattern #4: “Buttercream Twist”

From Homestyle Quilts: Simple Patterns and Savory Recipes by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker

Strip piece checkerboard blocks that twist and turn, basket-weave style. Use leftover scraps in a coordinating table topper—a make-in-a-day design that’s perfect for a quick gift.

Download the “Buttercream Twist” free quilt pattern now.
Fat Quarter Bag free pattern #3: “Fat Quarter Bag”
From Fat Quarter Quilts by M’Liss Rae Hawley

Sew this pretty, practical bag using six fat quarters, plus yardage for the lining and handles. Whip up a retreat bag for a fellow quilter, a duffle for a gym junkie, or an overnight bag for your favorite kid.

Download the “Fat Quarter Bag” free pattern now.
Purple Haze free quilt pattern #2: “Purple Haze”
From Quilt Batik! by Cheryl Brown

Accumulated a few Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops along your quilting journey? Share them with someone you love by transforming them into this generously sized lap quilt—with enough snuggling room for two.

Download the “Purple Haze” free quilt pattern now.
Picnic Basket quilt free pattern #1: “Picnic Basket”

From Quilting for Joy by Barbara Brandeburg and Teri Christopherson

First time quilting for Christmas? This super-quick pattern for Jelly Rolls also doubles as an easy quilt for beginners. It doesn’t get much simpler than Four Patch blocks, Nine Patch blocks, and strips!

Download the “Picnic Basket” free quilt pattern now.

Want more gift ideas? Browse our specialized gift-giving books! Find small, quick projects to make for most everyone on your gift list, from kids and grown-ups to that one person who seems to have it all.

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Have you made a project from one of our free patterns? Tell us about it in the comments—then snap a photo of it and send it to us! We’d love to share it with our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest followers.


9 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I just downloaded a free pattern and a group of quilters and I are planning on making this…should be fun, and are hoping to have done for Xmas.

    —Jeanette on October 9, 2014
  • I saw a few already have similiar patterns and by-passed more down-loading for now. IF I finish what I have started this year; I’ll be a happy camper!

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on October 11, 2014
  • Thanks for making these free patterns available. Right now, I’m focused on completing a few projects that are already in work. But I’ve seen a couple of your patterns that I will come back for.

    —Pearl on October 11, 2014
  • I am hoping to download so I can make some Chrissy presents. Thanks for the opportunity.

    helen Moustrides on October 17, 2014
  • Love these patterns!

    —Jane on July 19, 2015
  • Where us the pattern for the featured table runner?

    Sherry on May 22, 2016
  • Where may I find the free downloadable peppermint candy table runner?

    Hi Vicki,
    I’m sorry but we removed that pattern from our Freebie page quite some time ago. It is still available for purchase in the book, Deck the Halls by Cheryl Almgren Taylor. Here’s a link to that title:
    ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    —Vicki on November 21, 2016
  • Would like to have a web based business. Make and create things and sell. Like your site. its inspiring!

    —Lilly Catoe on February 7, 2017
  • I have downloaded several of your wonderful idea filled patterns. I made the knitting needle wrap from the trio for knitting. I modified it for my special use and have used for less than a month and it works really well. I am e-mailing a picture or two.

    How wonderful, Virginia – so happy to hear you are enjoying our freebies! Would LOVE to see pics 🙂 –Jenny

    —Virginia Smith on August 25, 2017

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