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Free Embroidery and Sewing Patterns

This page contains my entire collection of vintage embroidery patterns and booklets, plus a selection of orignal designs and projects.

Hand Embroidery
Machine Embroidery
Sewing and Embroidery Projects
Embroidery and Sewing Gadgets, Tips and Techniques

Hand Embroidery

Indian tree pattern

(includes a pes file of the peacock design for the Brother range of embroidery machines)

Vintage How-To and Design Booklets

The Anchor Needlework Series

This series of small booklets were originally published by the Needlework Development Scheme in Scotland in the 1930s and 40s. They were published under several different brand names until the 1960s.

Each booklet contains instructions and sample designs using a number of different stitches.

The Good Needlework Gift Book

Make Do and Mend Booklets

Smocking Booklets

Vintage Transfers and Transfer Booklets

The following designs are from vintage transfers and are believed to be in the public domain. I have scanned the original transfers and cleaned up the images to make them usable.

Butterflies

Simple cutwork butterfly

(also great for other styles of embroidery) c1940

Eyelet butterfly

(Broderie Anglaise) c1945

Critters and Characters

Lamb

(Frolicking Lambs) c1950

Spotted dog

c1920-30

Vintage elf

c1920-30

Happy duck

c1920-30

Rabbit with a flower

(chicks, bunnies, nests and flowers) c1950

Cat face

c1920-30

Cowboy playing guitar

(kittens, lambs, cowboys etc) c1940

Squirrel with an acorn

c1920-30

Kitten in US military uniform

, a rare American WWII era transfer sheet

Dutch

Dutch girl

: Weldons Ladies Journal, April 1938

Flowers

Cutwork flower

(also great for other styles of embroidery) c1940

Small bunch of flowers

February 1937

Flowers in a barrel

- partial transfer from 1950

Round flower

(each flower has a matching tiny motif) c1935

Three flowers

(includes butterfly designs) c1940

Tiny flowers

(also great as individual motifs) c1940

Geometric

Sunbonnets

Machine Embroidery

These files are in PES format for the Brother range of machines. Your conversion program will have to support version 2 files for many of these designs to work. Check your software's web site for information.

Art Motifs

Cats

Celtic

Celtic knotwork

(4 designs)

Children's

Teletubbies logo

8 mix and match designs

Science Fiction

Sewing and Embroidery Projects

Original Projects

Pillowcases

(YouTube video)

Toys (Original and Vintage)

Vintage rag doll

- Updated pattern from the 1930's

Mid century fabric doll

1950 - includes patterns for a sewn dress and panties, knitted coat, bonnet and shoes

Misc Vintage Projects

Embroidery and Sewing Gadgets, Tips and Techniques

Open zipper

(youtube video)