Free daily craft projects and patterns to lighten up your lockdown

Home-bound because of Cornavirus? Stuck for ideas for how to pass the time, or looking for easy craft projects to try without leaving the house? We're sharing tried and tested daily patterns for beginner-friendly makes that don't need many supplies to get crafting.

free craft project to lighten your lockdown

Here at Gathered we’re all about helping you find fun, new ways to make things – and there’s never been a time when we’ve all been more in need of an extra boost of therapeutic crafting in our lives! So we’re bringing you a daily free craft pattern or project to help ease the strains of Cornavirus lockdown and inject a regular dose of craft goodness into your days!


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Day 1: Easy-sew envelope clutch bag

Whip up a simple bag using 1 fat quarter of fabric with our step-by-step guide to sewing a basic clutch bag. Don’t have a fabric stash to find the fabric in? Why not head to your wardrobe and look for pre-loved garments you never wear any more but can’t bear to part with – this is a great project to refashion some favourite fabric from an old skirt or dress.

How to make an envelope clutch bag

Free bag patterns: Envelope clutch bag DIY

Day 2: Free rainbow crochet pattern

Hooks at the ready people, let’s spread a little joy with our free crochet rainbow pattern! Crochet a mood-boosting rainbow then hang it from your window or add it to a plain T-shirt for an easy refashion.

How to crochet a rainbow


Day 3: Papercraft a rainbow mobile

Reach for your paper stash and whip up a happy-making mobile to keep those April showers at bay. Our rainbow mobile tutorial shows you how to make your own rainbow to brighten up any living space!

How to make a paper rainbow mobile

papercraft templates printable rainbow

Day 4: Knit up pretty placemats

This scrap-busting knitting project shows you how to knit DIY place settings with our free pattern by Katina Killey. This quick and easy project is ideal for beginners.

Free placemats knitting pattern

Free knitted placemats pattern

Day 5: Make a Sashiko mini quilt

Today we’re showing you how to make a quilt by hand (a great introduction to quilting if you don’t already have a sewing machine at home). We’re sharing our free guide to Sashiko quilting including step-by-step instructions for how to try it out with a beginner-friendly mini quilt.

Try our free Sashiko Quilt Pattern

Shasiko quilting guide

Day 6: Free children’s cross stitch patterns

Get kids stitching while they’re stuck at home with Jayne Scholfield’s woodland animals cross stitch charts – they’re designed with just whole cross stitches so perfect for mini stitchers to have a go at.

Download our free children’s cross stitch patterns

easy cross stitch patterns

Day 7: Embroidery a starry banner

These designs are completely stellar! Learn a new embroidery stitch and make the most of it by stitching up 4 Legged Knot bunting showing off different heavenly constellations.

Discover our embroidery tutorial: 4 Legged Knot.

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Day 8 Sew a rainbow cushion

Give any room of the house a rainbow boost with this scrap-busting rainbow cushion tutorial by Anna Alicia and Simply Sewing.

Find out how to make a rainbow cushion

How to make a rainbow cushion sewing pattern

Day 9 Make mini pom pom bears

If you go down to the woods today… for your daily exercise…. you’re sure of a big surprise – make the cutest of pom pom bears with this easy craft project that kids will love.

How to make pom pom bears


Day 10 How to make a corner pop up card

Show your loved ones how much you’re missing them while you’re on lockdown with this fun-to-make corner pop-up card. It’s easy to make with one square of card and just a few easy folds!

How to make a corner pop up card

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Day 11: Knit a coffee cosy

We all need a little boost more than ever at the mo, so spruce up your morning coffee with our free cafetiere cosy and coasters knitting patterns by Katina Killey.

Day 14 Embroidery a bunny pouch

Sew a sweet bunny pouch to fill with Easter treats with Mollie Johanson’s Danish knot stitch project.

Free bunny embroidery project

Bunny embroidery design - how to do danish knots

Day 15 Sew fabric storage baskets

Keep your craft patterns in one place and brighten up your craft room with Jennie Jones’ simple fabric basket pattern.

How to make fabric baskets

Fabric sewing baskets pattern

Day 16: Crochet coin purse

Use any colours you have in your stash to hook on this cool retro coin purse – we like brights!

Free crochet coin purse pattern

craft at home coin purse

Day 17: Make a quarter-fold card

Try a fun new card fold to craft with the kids or decorate with any toppers ands materials you have at home.

How to make a quarter-fold card

craft at home cards

Day 18: Free baby knitting pattern

Quick to knit up in just two shades of cotton, this hat could come in very handy right now if you are lucky enough to be in your sunny garden.

Free knitted baby hat pattern

Craft at home baby hat

Day 19: Scrapbuster free diamond quilt pattern

This clever quilt is great for using up fabric odds and ends that are just too beautiful to throw away.

Scrapbuster free diamond quilt pattern

craft at home quilt

Day 20: Free Lavender Cross Stitch Patterns

Bring a breath of fresh air to your stitching with 6 soothing lavender cross stitch charts by Susan Bates.

Get our free lavender cross stitch patterns

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Day 21: Free Triangle cushion crochet pattern

Make a stylish striped cushion with our crochet pattern by Anne Egan – it’s shape is inspired by a teabag!

Get our free pyramid cushion pattern

Pyramid cushion crochet pattern

Day 22: How to make an easy-sew velcro wallet

Get the kids together for a crafternoon and make Jennie Jones’ simple-sew DIY velcro wallets by hand or machine.

Find out how to make a velcro wallet

How to make a velcro wallet

Day 23 Crochet a journal cover

Inspire yourself to finally start that story with this bright crochet book cover, or use it to make plans for all the things you want to do once lockdown lifts! Today’s free pattern is designed by Samantha Osmond

Try our Free crochet notebook pattern


Day 24: How to make a face mask

A lot of you have been asking for us to share a free mask pattern to offer peace of mind for those times we do have to go out during the Coronavirus lockdown. So our friends at Burda Style have kindly offered 2 ways to make a face mask as today’s daily pattern. We hope you find this useful during these tricky times.

How to make a face mask

How to make a face mask

Day 25: Knit a heart

Send someone a knitted hug in the post with this cutest of heart knitting patterns by Jane Burns. This easy beginner knit is a fun stashbuster  and you can whip it up in an evening or two.

Free heart knitting pattern

Knitted heart pattern

Day 26: Craft a handbag gift bag

Perfect for gifting glam small presents – or for design up fun for little ones!

DIY Handbag gift bag templates and tutorial

handbag gift bag templates

Day 27: Joan Elliott Cross Stitch Baby Patterns

We’re excited to feature these cross stitch designs by Joan Elliott to welcome new babies into the world, hand-stitched-style

Free Joan Elliott Cross Stitch patterns

Joan elliott cross stitch baby pattern

Day 28 Free baby quilt pattern

One of the things we love about lockdown is that not everything changes – and we’re happy to have welcomed several new babies into the worlds of our loved ones in recent weeks. Of course it’s not possible to go and visit just yet but it is possible to use this time at home to make them a gift to treasure always to mark the occasion. So we’re bringing you a baby quilt pattern to whip up in an afternoon, perfect for gifting.

Try our free baby quilt pattern today

Baby quilt pattern free

Day 29: Gardening Apron Pattern

Grow your own ultimate gardening accessory this summer with Jennie Jones’ retro pocket-front gardening apron pattern – easy to make in just a few hours with no pattern-cutting skills needed!

Get the free gardening apron pattern

Gardening Apron Pattern

Day 30 Free crochet coat hanger pattern

Hooks at the ready! Add a little homemade  luxury into your daily wardrobe with these fun crochet coathanger covers

Try our free crochet coat hanger pattern


Day 31 Free flower templates for pansy cards

Fill your home with flowers with our pansy templates and step-by-step tutorial for colouring up these velvety petals!

Free flower templates for pansy cards

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Day 32 Turn fabric scraps into patchwork shoelaces

Spruce up plain pair of shoes with our  step-by-step guide for how to make shoelaces (without having to eave the house to shop for fabric!)

How to make shoelaces from fabric scraps

how to make shoelaces

Day 33: Wedding cake cross stitch patterns

Cross stitch a trio of high tea cake towers to make lovely wedding day cards or samplers, or special stitches for Afternoon Tea fans!

Free wedding cake cross stitch patterns

Cale birthday cross stitch patterns

Day 34: Update a shawl with embroidery

Combine pretty feather stitch with French knots and chain stitch blooms for this embellished infinity scarf DIY

Feather stitch shawl pattern

Feather Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Day 35: Sunhat sewing pattern

Keep little heads sun safe with Kirstie Hartley’s free sun hat pattern for the summer months.

How to make a sun hat

How to make a sun hat

Day 36: Stay Strong crochet square

Pick up your crochet hook and stay strong with this free corner-to-corner crochet square by Kate Alinari. If you’ve never tried corner-to-corner crochet before you’ll also find our handy tutorial linked in the post.

How to a stay strong crochet square


Day 37: Sew a Girl’s Skater Dress

Add colourful pom poms to Kirsty Hartley’s simple skater dress pattern for ages 6 months to 8 years.

Try our Girls Dress Sewing Pattern

Girl's Dress Sewing Pattern

Day 38: Make a pop up fish card

Try this easy pop up card to make a big-mouthed goldfish move his fish lips every time your card is opened or closed! You’ll find the printable artwork and step  by step instructions you need in our Father’s Day fishing printables.

Fathers Day cards to make: fishing printables

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Day 39 How to knit a beer cosy

Keep your drinks chilled and your hands warm with these cabled beer cosies. This quick knitting project is perfect for upcoming Father’s Day!

Beer cosy knitting pattern

Beer cosy knitting pattern

Day 40: Baby cross stitch charts

Stitch a sweet card or gift for new lockdown babies with these delicate new baby cross stitch designs by Lesley Teare.

Baby cross stitch patterns

baby cross stitch patterns

Day 41 Make a rainbow quilt

You don’t need to have made a quilt before to make this easy rainbow quilt – designed by Sarah Ashford and was first featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

Try our rainbow quilt patttern

Free rainbow quilt pattern

Day 42: Make a crochet clutch bag

Hook up this quick clutch bag by Emma Bassey, complete with a full-on fringe!

Free Clutch Bag Crochet Pattern


Day 43: Cat and Dog DIY notebook covers

Use our free templates to craft these cute character covers to keep your notebooks free of dog ears and ready to take out and about!

free papercraft templates

DIY notebook covers

Day 45: Rainbow patchwork zipped pouch

So pretty and oh-so handy, this zipped patchwork pouch will keep all your bits and bobs safe and secure. Fun to make and to use!


Free rainbow zipped pouch pattern

Day 46: picnic food cross stitch patterns

Prepare for al fresco feasting by cross stitching this sweet set to make outdoor dining a delight

summer cross stitch patterns square

Picnic food cross stitch patterns

Day 47: Father’s Day card making printables

Print and craft your own Father’s Day card this year with these cute garden-themed papers and toppers. They’re free to download and super easy to use on personalised cards for dads and granddads everywhere.

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Free printable Father’s Day cards

Day 48: Men’s shorts cross stitch patterns


fathers day cross stitch patterns

Card for men can be tricky – these different formal wear designs would work for loads of different occasions.

Cross stitch patterns for men’s shirts

Day 49: Rainbow embroidery and punch needle designs

Rainbow Blue Punch Needle Cushion

We’re still celebrating all things rainbow here at Gathered! The lovely Bonny Cummings has given you two free tutorials so you can add rainbows to all your clothes and home pieces.

Rainbow Embroidery and Punch Needle Templates

Day 50: Make your own pyjama set

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Lockdown means pyjama’s have become our staple uniform! Sew yourself a new colourful pair using Karoline Dahrling’s patternless pj tutorial. This tutorial was actually inspired by a challenge on The Great British Sewing Bee!

Pyjama sewing pattern

Day 51: Fathers Day boat stopper card

free card making templates boat

If your Dad is a sea-lover then make him Becky James’ boat card! Her free tutorial is up on the blog just in time for fathers day. Make sure you check out our 36 fathers day crafts for gift ideas too.


Fathers day card DIY boat