25 best spring sewing projects to make this weekend
Spring is in the air and we can't wait to make some seasonal patterns! Explore our favourite spring sewing projects, from dresses to toys and accessories…
Tired of winter and looking forward to warm spring days? We are too! That's why we've decided to share some of our favourite spring patterns with you. It's the perfect time of year to set aside any unfinished winter projects (they can wait!) and embark on some fresh new spring sewing patterns.
Whether you're looking for fresh spring dress patterns, easy spring sewing patterns for your home or seasonal embroidery ideas, you'll find something to make in this collection. We've got gardening aprons, free skirt patterns, bunting to decorate your home and much more.
We've included a mixture of patterns for all abilities: there are easy patterns for beginners to try, plus trickier projects for more experienced sewers. We've also included a combination of free patterns and patterns to buy, so you're bound to find a project to suit your budget.
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Read on to discover new spring sewing patterns to make this season…
25 spring sewing projects
1. Tilly and the Buttons Coco top and dress
We’ve fallen in love with this pretty top and dress pattern set from Tilly and the Buttons. These patterns are guaranteed to become wardrobe staples, as they’re so casual and comfortable. You’ll want to make them in every colour! We particularly like the contrasting pockets, which add a cute flourish to the finished dress.
The striped top is a good choice when you’re looking for an outfit that’s relaxed and stylish in a hurry. Team it up with a light scarf and a jacket for instant spring chic. You can make the top or dress with full length or three-quarter length sleeves, depending on your preference.
This dress is available in UK sizes 6 to 24.
2. The Olivia tea dress
Everyone needs a floaty dress for spring and you can’t go wrong with a tea dress. You can wear it with a cardigan or a denim jacket on cooler spring days, but it would also look great with sandals as the weather starts to get warmer. This is a really versatile dress that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. It’s flattering for most body shapes too.
This pattern is easy enough for beginners to attempt – the instructions are simple to follow and you’ll be very pleased with the finished dress. Available in UK sizes 6 to 20.
3. Floral bunting
Got some leftover floral fabric to use up? You could use it to make some handmade decorations. This cheerful bunting will brighten up any room – or set the mood for a celebration. Learn how to make bunting with our step-by-step guide.
4. Spring embroidery hoop
Welcome the new season with this lovely spring embroidery hoop designed by Jessie Doe. It's a good project to try if you're learning embroidery, as it introduces several stitches and you'll gradually build up your embroidery skills as you go.
5. Simply Sewing Liberty dress
This dress is perfect for spring! This pattern has a classic shape, so it's unlikely to go out of fashion any time soon. The waist is cinched in with gathers and there are multiple options for the sleeve length and the hem length. Available in UK sizes 6-20. This dress looks best when made in Liberty's gorgeous range of fabrics, which can be bought from Liberty London.
- Buy now from Etsy UK (£8.99)
6. Gardening apron pattern
There's always a lot to be done in the garden in spring, but why not combine your two favourite hobbies? Sew this charming gardening apron pattern to wear whenever you need to work in the garden. It has handy pockets which you could use to carry your gardening tools, your phone or a tasty snack!
7. Embroidered sneakers
Update your sneakers by covering them with embroidered floral designs! You can make your shoes look on-trend for the season – or use the technique to add your own embroidered motifs. Learn how to make your own embroidered sneakers.
8. Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress and top
Tilly and the Button’s Indigo dress and top are just made for spring! The shape of both patterns is very flattering and easy to wear for any occasion. It has a loose and breezy fit and drapes beautifully. The pattern is easy to follow with clear steps to guide you through the whole process.
There are lots of variations you can try, so you can tailor the patterns to suit your figure and personal style. This pattern looks brilliant in fresh floral fabrics for spring, but you could make one for every season. Available in sizes 6-24.
9. Bloom banner
Bring spring into your home by stitching this inspiring banner. It's an easy spring sewing project to make if you've got some leftover floral material to use up. This would make a lovely gift for someone you know who loves gardening too. Learn how to make the DIY wall hanging.
10. Simplicity dress S9122
This dress is both pretty and practical – and it has deep pockets which are so handy! Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? We can guarantee that you’ll get a lot of use out of them.
The Simplicity dress also has a comfortable fit and looks brilliant when made using vintage fabrics. There are several variations available for this pattern and it can also be made into a long tunic top. The pattern comes with clear instructions, so it would be suitable for a confident beginner to sew. Available in sizes XS to XL.
11. Lamb sewing pattern
If you're into toy making, have a go at stitching this endearing little lamb designed by Lucy Ward. A small child would love to snuggle up with this fluffy little toy – and you could make one for yourself as well if you can't bear to part with it! Make Lucy's lamb sewing pattern this weekend.
12. Wildflower embroidery pattern
Spring and wildflowers go hand in hand and this wildflower embroidery pattern created by Liz Stiglets would look amazing in any room. It uses a variety of different embroidery stitches, so it's a really satisfying project to make. The colours work perfectly together too – but you could easily switch up the shades to match your home decor.
13. Floral appliqué tea towels
Give your tea towels an update by adding these lovely flower appliqué motifs. This is a good project for beginners to attempt to practice their appliqué skills. Learn how to make your own beautiful appliqué tea towels.
14. Toddler coat pattern
Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Make your child look stylish this spring with this sweet toddler coat pattern by Juliet Bawden. The appliqué dog which goes all the way around the jacket is a truly adorable finishing touch.
15. Verna top
The Verna top is very versatile and can easily be dressed up for evening wear. The ties on the sleeves are a stylish finishing touch and they really complete the outfit. This is a classic pattern than can be easily modified into a tunic if you prefer a longer top. Available in UK sizes 6 to 20.
- Buy now from Etsy (£8.99)
16. Patchwork butterfly tote
This patchwork tote is a brilliant stash-busting project for all those remnants that you can't get rid of. You'll end up with a sturdy, practical bag that looks gorgeous too! Discover Susi Bellingham's patchwork butterfly tote bag pattern.
17. Pleated skirt pattern
This pleated skirt pattern is ideal for anyone who has mastered the art of sewing pleats and wants to put their new skills to the test. You could make this skirt for any season, but we think it looks great in bright and bold floral prints for spring.
18. Breton skater dress
Meet your new favourite spring dress pattern! The Breton skater dress pattern has a classic look with a striped top and plain skirt, but it would also look fantastic in one colour or fabric. Available in UK sizes 6-20.
- Buy now from Etsy (£8.99)
19. Felt rabbit
Learn how to stitch this charming felt rabbit to brighten up your home this spring! He even comes with a few tasty carrots to munch on. Discover how to stitch a felt rabbit.
20. Tablet cover
Keep your tablet safe by storing it inside a handmade tablet cover. If you like, you can add an embroidery design of your choice to personalise the tablet cover – or even add your initials. Learn how to sew your own tablet cover.
21. Bomber jacket
Spring days can sometimes be chilly, so a bomber jacket is a welcome addition to our wardrobes. Choose pastels and large flower patterns to get a laidback look for spring. Find the bomber jacket pattern and make your own gorgeous garment this weekend.
22. Fabric flowers
Make a bold statement by adding this floral necklace to any outfit. It's bound to lift your mood on days when the weather is gloomy! Try Lana Rad's fabric flower patterns.
23. Floral embroidery hoop
This spring sewing project combines simple embroidery stitches with basic sewing techniques, so it's ideal for anyone who is learning to sew or embroider. It's a sweet design that will look great on your wall! Find out how to make your own floral embroidery hoop.
24. DIY pinwheels
These quick-sew DIY pinwheels are fun to make for children or to use as a colourful decoration in your home. It's a superb project for using any leftover fat quarters you have lying around as well. Find out how to make your own pinwheels with Samantha Claridge.
25. Tunic pattern
Draft your own made-to-measure tunic pattern with Jennifer Mill's step-by-step tutorial. It's light and comfortable to wear as the weather starts to warm up – and you can always sling on a cardigan if you start to feel chilly.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints