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.

Vintage Books and Booklets
Hand Embroidery Designs
Machine Embroidery Designs
Sewing and Embroidery Projects
Embroidery and Sewing Gadgets, Tips and Techniques

Vintage Books and Booklets

The Anchor Needlework Series and the Needlework Development Scheme

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.

There were three different versions of book 1 and two versions of book 2 printed as the first Needlework Development Scheme publications were aimed at teachers and school children rather than the wider public. I have supplied two versions of each below and am still looking out for the other one.

The Good Needlework Gift Book

Make Do and Mend Booklets

Smocking Booklets

Toy Making:

The "Perfection" Cuddly Toymaking Kit

The Perfection Cuddly Toymaking Kit

The Perfection Cuddly Toymaking Kit was originally published in the early 1950's in Australia as a home education course for women who wanted to earn extra money making toys, bags, novelties and flowers. The ten booklets contain two lessons each, designed to build on the skills of the student, with well over 20 projects to make.

The Perfection Cuddly Toymaking Kit

Hand Embroidery

Indian tree pattern

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

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.


Simple cutwork butterfly

(also great for other styles of embroidery) c1940

Eyelet butterfly

(Broderie Anglaise) c1945

Critters and Characters


(Frolicking Lambs) c1950

Spotted dog


Vintage elf


Happy duck


Rabbit with a flower

(chicks, bunnies, nests and flowers) c1950

Cat face


Cowboy playing guitar

(kittens, lambs, cowboys etc) c1940

Squirrel with an acorn


Kitten in US military uniform

, a rare American WWII era transfer sheet


Dutch girl

: Weldons Ladies Journal, April 1938


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



Sewing and Embroidery Projects

Original Projects


(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

Kay's embroidery template

(now with instructions to make your own).

Open zipper

(youtube video)

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



Celtic knotwork

(4 designs)


Teletubbies logo

8 mix and match designs

Science Fiction

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