Quilters and crafters are always on the look out for new patterns and ideas to start their next project. Lucky for us, most fabric companies create free project patterns to showcase their latest collections. It’s a fantastic resource for the quilter and home “sewist”.
I made a list of fabric manufacturers with links to their free project pages that you can refer back to. You’ll find a short description of the company and the types of fabric they produce (mostly premium quilting cotton).
Note: This list is not comprehensive. I’ve honed in on textiles that are quilt and home decor driven. Some smaller fabric manufacturers produce beautiful fabric collections, but do not provide a free projects page (yet). I still enjoy their fabrics, though, and I’ll update this list if needed.
List of fabric manufacturer’s free project pages
For your convenience, here is a downloadable pdf:
Andover Fabrics. This company offers a wide variety of fabric from traditional to novelty (including Eric Carle) and lots of basics, too. They have an archive of free patterns, but it does not include projects using current fabric lines. Those can be found elsewhere on their website.
Anthology Fabrics. Specializing in beautiful Batiks, you’ll find lots of free patterns to inspire you.
Art Gallery Fabrics. Their quilting cottons have a beautiful hand and their designs are fun and modern. You’ll find lots of free, easy quilt patterns along with projects that are more challenging.
Benartex (includes Kanvas Studio and Contempo Studio). They are a leading supplier of creative designer prints. Their free patterns page is organized alphabetically by pattern name. You can filter the results by studio or collection.
Blend Fabrics. Blend’s fresh, on-trend designs now include licensed fabric by Anna Griffin. Their free patterns and projects give inspiration and instructions for creating beautiful quilts and more.
Camelot Fabrics. Fabric designed for the modern maker and includes licensed collections from Disney, Laura Ashley and more. Scroll down the page and look for DIY free projects. You find everything from bags, home décor, quilts and apparel.
Clothworks. This is a family-owned company selling premium quality quilting cotton, including American Made Brand Cotton Solids, Fresh Batiks, and nearly 50 different freestanding print collections each year. They have lots of free patterns to showcase their fabric lines.
Cloud 9 Fabrics. This company features organic fabric in a modern color palette. Their Make It Sew Projects include lots of quilts and some smaller projects.
Dear Stella Design. They offer a modern style with collections that evoke an edgy freshness, combining the best of old traditions with modern influences. Their projects page includes free patterns and published patterns to purchase.
Free Spirit. Now part of Jaftex Companies and home to designers Kaffe Fassett and Tula Pink among many others. Lots of fun projects here.
Henry Glass Fabrics. Beautiful fabric collections with traditional overtones. There are two sections in their Free Projects page; current projects and archived projects. They both feature full color instructions that are easy to download.
Hoffman California Fabrics. Beautiful batiks and hand-dyed fabric collections can be found here. Their patterns page includes free and for-purchase items.
In The Beginning Fabrics. Since 1996, this company has been designing beautiful fabric with some lovely florals and animal prints. They have a nice collection of free patterns that won’t overwhelm you.
Lecien. This Japanese company sells beautiful fabric as well as embroidery products. They have a wide array of free projects.
Lewis & Irene. Based in the UK, this company produces fresh and contemporary fabrics. They have a small collection of Christmas patterns as well as many quilt projects.
Marcus Fabrics. If you like traditional fabric designs, you’ll find them here including a nice variety of 30’s reproduction prints. Their “Make It” page has free patterns, tips and creative ideas. They also run several popular Block of the Month programs.
Maywood Studio. Home of Kimberbell Basics and Shadow Play to name a few. They have a nice selection of free patterns to complement their beautiful fabrics and a tips section. I think the words, romantic and playful, describe them well.
Michael Miller Fabrics. Many free patterns in all shapes and sizes to go along with their large collection of basics, novelty and contemporary collections.
Moda Fabrics. This company has grown into a powerhouse as they’ve moved into supplies and distribution as well as fabric manufacturing. Along with their free patterns page, you can find tons of free precut patterns at the Moda Bake Shop.
Northcott. Rooted in tradition, this company has been around for a while. They have many nature-inspired collections along with a good basics collection. Also home to Banyan Batiks. You’ll find a nice range of free patterns for all levels.
P&B Textiles. P&B is known for its quality of fabrics, and for a wide variety of basics, traditional, contemporary and children’s fabrics. They have a great selection of free quilt patterns.
Quilting Treasures Fabric. They have a huge basics category to complement their wide variety of designer collections. Most of their free projects are available from local quilt shops. They don’t have many downloadable patterns in their project gallery, but lots of inspiration.
Riley Blake Designs (includes Penny Rose Fabrics). This company is growing fast with a large group of designers creating contemporary collections along with traditional ones. They have a lot of free patterns including some sew alongs for a deeper dive into a project.
Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Home of the popular Kona solids and a variety of quilting fabrics, novelty prints and coordinates will inspire you as you browse their selection of free quilt and sewing patterns.
Shannon Fabrics. This company is home to your favorite plush fabrics such as Cuddle (minky) and faux fur. Their free patterns include step-by-step instructions, fabric and notions requirements with lots of images of the finished projects.
Studio E Fabrics. Lots of novelty fabrics and panels can be found here. Their free patterns give you lots of ways to use these fun prints.
Tilda Fabrics. These whimsical and romantic fabrics were founded in Norway by designer Tone Finnanger. Their free patterns reflect the sweetness of their fabrics.
Timeless Treasures. An abundance of panels, novelty fabrics and batiks can be found here. They have a wide selection of free patterns to enjoy.
Wilmington Prints. They have a nice selection of basics and traditional prints as well as some batiks. Many free and for-purchase patterns are available to showcase their beautiful fabric collections.
Windham Fabrics. You’ll find a large selection of classic designs along with novelty and whimsical collections. They have a large variety of free quilt patterns and projects to go along with their fabric.
That ought to keep you busy for a while! There are SO many fun projects out there – all you have to do is snoop! Enjoy these freebies and have a wonderful day!