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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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I hope this tutorial was useful for you! If you have any additional questions, feel free to join my Facebook Group. I created this group for you to share your pictures, WIPs, ask questions, and help each other out.

More Quilting Projects

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