In so many ways, the internet has brought the world to our fingertips. The other day, I was watching a TV show and they said a word I had never heard before. I quickly pulled out my phone and looked it up. A couple weeks ago, I was making a pair of shorts for my daughter and I didn’t understand the pattern directions for the zipper so I looked up a How-to video on YouTube and followed it to get the zipper just right. I love having so much accessible at any time, but this can also be overwhelming. Where should I look for what? Is the information correct? Can I really trust that this is an expert that I am following?
Especially when we are talking about sewing, I want to be sure I am using good sources so I have put together a list of my 10 favorite places for sewing tutorials and patterns. Some of these sites offer free tutorials and others are paid. This is not an exhaustive list. This is just my top 10 favorites. After reading these, I hope you will add your favorites in the comments!
- Threads Magazine – Not only do I love this magazine but their website and YouTube channel have wonderful articles and how-to videos. I used this video from their website to learn how to put in that zipper in my daughter’s shorts.
- The Inbox Jaunt – If you want to learn how to do Free-Motion Quilting this is the place for you. Her step-by-step tutorials are easy to follow with great pictures and everything on this site is free! Lori Kennedy, the creator of The Inbox Jaunt is an amazing person too. You can read more about her here as she is currently the featured artist on our website! Whether you are trying to take your already good quilting to the next level or are just getting started, this is a great site for all levels.
- The Crafty Gemini – I love Vanessa, the Crafty Gemini! She is inspiring, quirky and always has a fun picture or story about life on her homestead in Florida. Not only does she have fun tutorials and patterns on her website and YouTube channel, but she also shares about cooking, farming, gardening and all things DIY. I don’t think I have it in me to be an actual farmer but I love living vicariously through Vanessa and seeing her farm antics. Her tutorials are very easy to follow and the projects are always quick and fun.
- Shiny Happy World – I have talked many times about how using Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ and Sulky Cotton Petites™ have renewed my love for hand stitching and Wendi Gratz’s Shiny Happy World patterns and tutorials have given me some fun projects to do as well! Subscribe to her newsletter and you will get tons of free patterns and a fun read in your inbox.
- Craft University – Full Disclosure, this is who Sulky has partnered with to bring you our Online Sit & Sew Workshops and our Online Teacher Certification classes. But that is part of why I know I can recommend them! This site is full of great classes in lots of different crafting areas and the teachers of these classes truly are experts in their field and will help you get to the next level. I also love the way these online classes are set up. It is easy to interact with the teachers, the other students and my favorite part is the student gallery where you can post pictures of the projects you have done for the class. Here is a great video about Craft U classes. If you haven’t taken a class on Craft U before, might I suggest “Artistry in Applique” or “Seasons with Sulky”?
- Amy Barickman – I personally love Amy and her work. I have her Magic Pattern book and I have made several things from this book and love it. I also made the Crossbody Tote using Amy’s Crossroads Denim. You can read the review of that pattern and the denim here. Amy’s website and blog are worth checking out. Her patterns are easy to follow and just might take you slightly outside of your box.
- Frond Design Studios – If you have seen anything, literally, anything that has come out of Frond Design Studios then you know why I am in love with their fabric. All of Frond’s fabrics begin as an actual work of art on canvas and they are then transformed into amazingly rich and colorful fabric. The problem is…that can make them a little hard to cut up if you don’t have a great idea in mind. Have no fear, Frond can help you with that as well! Head over to their website and you can download lots of free patterns to use with their fabrics. If you are planning a trip to Iowa or live anywhere near them, you must go see the new Delve Studio! WARNING: This just may put you into inspiration-overload and you may find yourself doing nothing but sewing for days on end. Sulky has partnered with Frond to come up with some great thread collections as well. Check them out here.
- Quiltmaker’s Project Linus – One of the things I love about quilters in general is they love to give back. I don’t think I have ever met a quilter who hasn’t made a quilt for one charity or another. Project Linus is an extremely worthy cause and this webpage is full of inspiring quilt patterns. I particularly love Fancy Fishes one that was quilted with Sulky 30 wt. Cotton!
- P3 Designs – If you have ever wanted to do a Baltimore Album, if you love hand appliqué, or if you have always wanted to learn hand appliqué, Pearl is the perfect person for you! Her patterns are stunning and very well written. I have dreams of doing a Baltimore Album style quilt one day. When I do, it will surely be a P3 Design!
- Mimi G Style – Sulky has sponsored Mimi G’s sewing and Style conference for the last 2 years partly because of her easy going style and very well-done tutorials. If you are a visual learner like me and find traditional sewing patterns hard to follow, Mimi G.’s video tutorials are made for you! She teaches wonderful sewing tricks so you can make amazing clothing that fit your body and your style. I personally love her OOTD posts too (Outfit Of The Day).
That’s my list, what’s yours? Put your favorite website or blog for sewing patterns and tutorials in the comments below.