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20 best winter sewing patterns

Want to refresh your winter wardrobe? Take a look at our pick of the best winter sewing patterns and find your next project!

Winter sewing patterns
Published: January 23, 2022 at 7:06 am
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Brrr, it's cold outside! We love chilly days – it gives us the perfect excuse to stay indoors and sew. While we're dreaming of summer days, there's still plenty of time to refresh your winter wardrobe and switch up your look.

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We've rounded up some of our favourite winter sewing patterns for you to stitch during the colder months. Discover cosy coats, elegant blouses, winter dress sewing patterns and much more. We've included a mixture of free patterns and patterns to buy, so there should be something for everyone here (don't miss the rainbow sweatshirt – it's one of our favourites!).

The patterns we've chosen are a good mix of projects for beginners and makes for more experienced sewers. There are some great upcycling project to help you give old clothes a new lease of life and turn secondhand garments into something new.

If you're not in the mood to make winter clothes, perhaps you'd prefer to make some accessories instead. Try making our hat sewing patterns instead or check out our best bag sewing patterns. It's the perfect way to complete your look!

If you're new to sewing, we'd recommend that you explore our handy beginner's guides before you dive into these winter sewing projects. Take a look at our sewing for beginners, how to use a sewing machine, sewing kits for beginners and best sewing machines for beginners guides.

Read on to discover our pick of the best winter sewing patterns…

20 winter sewing projects

1. Unisex zero-waste coat by Birgitta Helmersson

Sew a short or long unisex coat with this zero-waste pattern. This unlined coat has stylish batwing sleeves, patch pockets and a cosy round collar. If you’re new to zero-waste pattern cutting this is a great place to begin. Looking for more coats to sew? Discover more coat sewing patterns.

Buy the zero-waste coat for €16.

Unisex zero waste coat by Birgitta Helmersson

2. Whitney Raincoat by Amy Nicole

Don’t let drizzly days get in the way of your plans! The Whitney Raincoat has a roomy hood to keep you dry and is fully lined to help keep the heat in. The centre back box pleat gives this a fun swingy shape, and we love the idea of colourblocking this to brighten up a grey day!

Buy the Whitney Raincoat for $15.50.

Whitney coat by Amy Nicole

3. Patina Blouse by Friday Pattern Company

This design launched in late 2021 and fast became a favourite! This full-sleeved, button-up blouse is just the thing for layering under a chunky cardi in the colder months. You can sew a short-sleeved version for the summer months, too.

Buy the Patina Blouse for $14.

Patina blouse by the Friday Pattern Company

4. Rainbow Sweatshirt and Hoodie by I Am Patterns

We’ll be living in this until the weather warms up! The Rainbow pattern has a whopping 96 variations with multiple lengths, closures and pocket styles to choose from. Take a look at all the different options and sew yourself a few cosy pieces for the winter.

Buy the Rainbow pattern from €7.92.

Rainbow hoodie from I Am Patterns

5. The Sidney Sweatshirt by Merchant and Mills

A boxy sweatshirt is a winter season staple. Chuck this on with some jeans, some joggers or over a maxi dress – it’ll go with everything! You can choose to sew this with or without ribbing too, depending on your fit preference.

Buy the Sidney Sweatshirt for £10.

The Sidney Sweatershirt by Merchant and Mills

6. Lindsey Hoodie by Viki Sews

It’s all about layering up to keep toasty, and the Lindsey Hoodie is the ideal loose-fitting top to chuck on on top of a long-sleeve tee. The stand collar on this is another fab feature for keeping you warm.

Buy the Lindsey Hoodie for $9.

Lindsey Hoodie from Viki Sews

7. Orchidée Dress by Deer and Doe

This stunning dress deserves to be worn no matter what the weather! Winter doesn’t need to be all about jumpers and trousers, and if you’re making this for the cooler months, it can easily be styled with woolly tights and boots to keep you warm.

Buy the Orchidée dress for €14.

Orchidee dress from Deer and Doe

8. Lara Shift Top and Dress set by Simply Sewing

This elegant winter dress sewing pattern from Simply Sewing will soon become a wardrobe staple. It has a chic cut and can be teamed up with warm tights on cold days. If you fall in love with this dress then you can sew a matching top too.

Buy the Lara Shift Top and Dress set from Simply Sewing on Etsy for £8.99

Lara top and dress set

9. Mile End Sweatshirt by Closet Core Patterns

Sew a wardrobe staple that’s far from basic with this pattern. With three options to choose from you can make a hoodie with a deep crossover front, a comfy sweatshirt with fabric ties at the waist, or a classic crewneck sweatshirt.

Buy the Mile End Sweatshirt from $16.

Mile End Sweatshirt from Closet Core Patterns

10. Kaia Coatigan by Sew to Grow

A blazer that feels like loungewear? Yes please! This coatigan pattern features a faux collar, pockets, two buttons, and is designed for medium- to heavyweight knit fabrics, so you’ll feel as good as you look.

Buy the Kaia Coatigan for AU$24.50.

Kaia Coatigan by Sew to Grow

11. Carrie Cardigan by Delia Creates

There’s a Carrie for all seasons! The long-length, full-sleeve version is lovely for wrapping up in when it’s chilly, and the shorter version with short sleeves is a great lightweight layer for summer. You’ll want nice drapey knits for this to suit the relaxed shape and fit.

Buy the Carrie Cardigan for $8.50.

Carrie Cardigan by Delia Creates

12. Doris Dungarees by SewGirlInTheUK

Dungarees are casual and so easy to style for the winter months – team them with a Breton top to complete the relaxed look. We're big fans of these Doris dungarees!

Buy the Doris Dungarees by SewGirlInThe UK on Etsy for £18.50

Doris dungarees

13. Sienna Winter Dress by Atelier Jupe

This flowing winter dress ticks all the boxes: it's pretty, practical and smart. You could easily dress it up for work or wear it with trainers for a more informal look.

Buy the Sienna Winter Dress by Atelier Jupe from Minerva Crafts for £19.99

Sienna winter dress

14. The Carmen Hoodie by Claire-Louise Hardie

Everyone needs a snuggly hoodie and this lovely pattern by Claire-Louise can be worn all year round! Make it in three of your favourite colours. Discover the free hoodie pattern.

Carmen hoodie pattern

15. Dressing gown pattern by Jessica Entwistle

Relax and enjoy some down-time lounging around in a dressing gown you made yourself! You can make it in your choice of colours and choose warm fabrics to keep you cosy. Make the free dressing gown pattern.

Dressing gown pattern

16. Poncho pattern by Jennie Jones

Upcycle an old jumper into a warm and stylish poncho using Jennie Jones' winter sewing project. It's ideal for loafing around at home or throwing on before you go out for a winter stroll. Sew the poncho pattern.

Poncho pattern

17. Pencil skirt pattern by Portia Lawrie

Winter sewing patterns don't get easier than this – transform an old sweater into a brand new pencil skirt! This is a really easy sewing project that's great for beginners to attempt. Make Portia Lawrie's pencil skirt pattern.

Pencil skirt pattern

18. Upcycled sweater project by Portia Lawrie

Turn your old sweaters into a unique garment using Portia Lawrie's fun upcycling project. It's a great way to mix up colours and patterns and turn tired clothes into something new. Learn how to make your own upcycled sweater.

Upcycled sweater

19. Leggings pattern by Karoline Dahrling-Hughes

Ever fancied making your own leggings? Try it for yourself with Karoline Dahrling-Hughes' leggings pattern. You can make a pair in every colour!

How to make leggings

20. DIY circle cape pattern by Portia Lawrie

We're definitely getting Sherlock vibes from this cape! Capes can be worn as a smart work coat or thrown on for a brisk winter walk. Learn how to make Portia's cape pattern.

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We hope you enjoyed looking through these patterns! Looking for more sewing inspiration? Check out our best skirt sewing patterns to make this weekend.

Authors

Sarah OrmeDigital Editor, Gathered

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

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