100 free daily craft projects and patterns to lighten up 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.

Tank top knitting pattern

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

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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

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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

For more kids crafts head to 5 minute fun. They’ve got a range of easy, at home crafts for you to make with the kids.

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

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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

Daily craft of the day! 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

Get your free crafts fix with this cute make. 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

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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

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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

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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