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50+ Free Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners

If you are a beginning quilter looking for free and easy quilt patterns, check out this list of my favorite beginner quilting patterns!

In this list, you’ll find a ton of ideas for easy quilts made from simple shapes or pre-cut fabric, like layer cakes and jelly rolls, too!

If you are a beginning sewist or quilter looking for free and easy quilting patterns, check out this list of my favorite beginner quilt patterns!

Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners

Anyone can learn to quilt, you just need to know where to start. And in my opinion, the best way to learn how to quilt is to start with an easy pattern designed for beginners.

In the list below, you’ll find 50 free and easy quilt patterns that I’ve specifically chosen to help you learn how to make a quilt. The patterns have plenty of detailed instructions and photos to guide you through each step, from start to finish.

How to Make a Quilt

If you are new to the world of quilting, all of the different cutting and sewing steps can seem overwhelming. So before we get to the patterns, why don’t we briefly talk about how to make a quilt.

Quilts are made from a patchwork top layer, a middle layer of warm batting, and a bottom layer of backing fabric. The quilt patterns you see in the list below will show you how to cut and sew beautiful quilt tops.

Here are the 7 steps to make a quilt:

  1. Pick a quilt pattern. You can choose one of the free and easy quilt patterns I’ve collected in the list below.
  2. Choose the fabric. You’ll want to shop for high-quality quilting cotton that will wear well over time.
  3. Cut the fabric. Following the pattern instructions, cut out the fabric pieces with a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.
  4. Piece the quilt top. Sew the fabric pieces together according to the directions in the pattern. Make sure to sew an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance!
  5. Assemble the “quilt sandwich”. Once you’ve finished the top, add a layer of batting and the quilt back.
  6. Quilt the layers together. Using a walking foot or free motion foot, quilt through all layers of the quilt sandwich.
  7. Trim and bind the quilt. After quilting, trim the layers so they are even and square. Sew on binding to encase the edges.

What Makes a Quilt Pattern Beginner-Friendly?

The best quilt patterns for a beginner should use simple shapes, be easy to assemble, and come with detailed instructions.

Simple shapes: The easiest quilt patterns are made from simple shapes like squares and rectangles. Squares and rectangles are easy to cut and sew, since you don’t need to worry about curves or bias edges.

Precut fabric: Some quilt patterns are designed to use bundles of precut fabric, called charm squares, jelly rolls, and layer cakes. Using precut fabric will save you a lot time that you would have spent preparing and cutting fabric.

Larger patchwork pieces: Quilt patterns made with larger fabric pieces will be faster to sew than those made with a lot of small pieces. Larger pieces means fewer seams to sew, and fewer points to match, too.

Detailed pattern: Look for a pattern that includes step-by step instructions with plenty of photos to guide you through the process. Some will even include a video tutorial.

What’s the Easiest Quilt Pattern for a Beginner?

One of the easiest quilts for a beginner to make is a simple patchwork quilt. A square patchwork quilt is made from fabric squares that are sewn together in a simple grid pattern. You can cut squares from your own fabrics, or start with a precut fabric bundle called a “charm pack” or “layer cake”.

Another easy quilt for beginners is called a strip quilt. A strip quilt is made by sewing long strips of fabric together to create a striped effect. You can cut strips from your own fabric, or start with a precut fabric bundle called a “jelly roll”.

Essential Supplies for the Beginning Quilter

After you pick out your pattern, you’ll need to gather your materials. You don’t need a lot of fancy tools, but you do some basic quilting supplies. Here’s what I recommend:

  1. Rotary Cutter
  2. Omnigrip 6″ x 24″ Ruler
  3. Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  4. Straight Pins
  5. Iron and Ironing Board
  6. Sewing Machine

Can you quilt with a regular sewing machine?

Yes, you can piece a quilt top with a regular home sewing machine. You can do straight-line quilting with a walking foot attachment or free motion quilting with a free motion quilting foot.

Where to Buy Quilting Fabric and Precuts

One of my favorite parts of the quilting process is selecting fabrics. I recommend searching out a local quilt shop if you can, since they’ll have the best selection and the experience to guide you.

But if you’d like to shop online, I find that Fabric.com has one of the largest selections of quilting fabrics and precut bundles.

Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners

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Suzanne

Sunday 19th of September 2021

I have never quilted before and want to make a quilt for a queen size bed. I want to make it out of shirts and jeans that belonged to my fiancée, which passed away in June. I will have to hand sew it. Can you please help me with a very simple pattern? He was the kind of man that loved simpler things and this will give me another way to keep him with me.

Sarah Stearns

Tuesday 21st of September 2021

Hello Suzanne! One of the simplest quilt patterns would be a simple square patchwork design. A queen-size quilt can be up to 90" by 100", so you could do a 9x10 grid of 10" squares.

Zaytoon Suliman

Saturday 19th of June 2021

I would like to make a quilt for a king size bed. What sized do I cut the strips and what should the block size be. I've made it about 40 yrs ago and don't remember the sized

Sarah

Saturday 19th of June 2021

Hello,

It's hard to answer this question without knowing which pattern you are following. I can tell you that if you want to make 12" blocks, you'll need 100 for a king-size quilt. If you make 15" blocks, you'll need 64 blocks.

Jenny

Friday 13th of November 2020

Nice designs

Priscilla Robinson

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

I wasa looking for an easy rag quilt and I think I found juist the thing in tghs group. I am actually covering a large 27x27 pillow. My great granddaughter is going away to college and I thought it would be juist the thing fo her to take with her. I havn't begun yet. I'm just picking out the materials to use. The main material is a blue flannel with pink pigs all over it. She is an agriculture major and loves pigs. She has won a few times showing them at the county fair. I just have to find out how to fringe the parts between the different material. Wish me luck!

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