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Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Tank Engine

June 4, 2012

I was looking for a hat pattern to sew for my kids, and found this very useful site with step by step photographs for instructions 🙂

The site is called Tank Engine and the links to the free patterns are here.

When you click on the page, you will find a list of projects at the bottom of the page. The “how-to-make” instructions and patterns are on different pages. The PDF downloads for the patterns are right next to the project thumbnail on the main pattern page, see below.

Terms of Use : It is ok to sell the finished product at a flea market or auction but NOT OK to sell the pattern itself, or a pattern that is copied or derived from the same pattern.

Please respect the effort and time spent by the author in making the patterns so that we can have access to more free patterns.

Happy Sewing!

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Free Japanese Sewing Pattern – UneUneGoroGoro

April 30, 2012

What a cute name!  Today’s blog is called UneUne GoroGoro うねうねごろごろ ( 日々をうねうね 日々をごろごろ)

Google translate tells me it means Winding Purring (Winding everyday, Purring everyday). I don’t understand winding is but I am guessing this lady likes cats? 🙂 It doesn’t matter because she makes the cutest things!

I was drawn to this site because my little one likes cats. So when I saw the little cat pouch above, I had to make one for her 🙂 The little bear is cute too, I can put in some beads and make it into a paperweight!

First of all, her website link is here where you can see all the beautiful things she has made. She has also provided a page with links to her free patterns here – . Some of them require you to download a PDF template. Just look out for the file extension .pdf and click on it. (See below)

The others that do not require templates are like simple bags and pouches, which are basically constructed from rectangles, so just click on the blog post and the detailed instructions will be there. I used Google translate on the how-to-make page and it gave me this. Comparing to the original Japanese Instructions :

頭用の布 7×7cm 5枚    (Cloth for head – 7x7cm 5 pieces)
耳用の布 3.5×4~5cm 2枚
ボディ用の布 7×7cm 5枚  (Cloth for body – 7x7cm 5 pieces)
3mm紐 8cm 4本 (3mm cord, 8cm long, 4pcs)
ウッドビーズ 2個(上記紐が通る物)
フェルト 2.5×1.5cm 1枚

Google translate messed up the body, head and cord translations by trying to translate them into sentences and rearranging the numbers, so sometimes it might be better to use a combination of both, just to decipher the part (i.e. head/ear/body in this case) you are making, but use the dimensions from the Japanese version to avoid confusion.

The rest of the pattern is quite easy, because she has  step by step photographs for some of them.

And scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find more archived free pattern links.

Happy Sewing!

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Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Nuimonotictac

April 23, 2012

I’ve seen a couple of requests for boy patterns. Sorry to say that because I have two girls, the only boy patterns I have are from books that have a combination of patterns for kids. I don’t have any books specially for boys! But today’s free pattern link will be useful to those of you with little boys. 🙂

Today’s free pattern comes from a website called Nuimonotictac, Nuimono means sewing, and tic tac I suppose just means tic tac.. lol 🙂

The website is well organized, the links to the instructions are accessible from the thumbnails. There are clothes for babies, boys, girls, mama and even one for papa. There are also some cute accessories and school accessories.

What I like most about this site is how clear the photographs and diagrams are. Even the patterns look like they are fit to be sold and not free downloads! Look at the examples below.


Other than sewing, if you access her website from the main page – you will see links to an introduction to her site where she lists some basic instructions for printing as well as her terms of use of her free patterns.

She also provides information on stenciling on clothes using fabric stamps/paint, as well as some handmade toys like making trains out of old milk cartons.

I hope this will make mummies of little boys very happy 🙂 I for one, love that little rugby shirt! I think I might make one for my girls if I can find some nice jersey material.

Happy Sewing!

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Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Otsukaya

April 9, 2012

Today’s free pattern find was contributed by Alice Heil from Sommet Outta Nuthin… Thanks Alice! 🙂

The patterns are from which is a fabric store with branches in Nagoya, Gifu and Osaka. Just like the fabric store I went to in Otaru, they provided free patterns with the sample products that were on display in the store. These are PDF patterns which require some construction using basic geometry. Some patterns are easy to construct (such as bags and small items) but there are also some that are more complicated (shirts and dresses) and require a bit more time.

The direct link to the patterns page is here – .There are lots and lots of patterns. Scroll down all the way to the bottom and there are links to more archived pages of free patterns.

I really like the dress with the bright and colorful flowers. Really good idea for using with fabrics with border prints.
Check out the little kimono bag in the right column as well. It is so cute!

Here is an example of one of the patterns for making a yukata which is something like a casual lightweight kimono that they wear in summer. Looks a little complicated doesn’t it? But its mainly constructed out of rectangles and some curves, with a little bit of time and effort it should be quite doable. Now if only I can think of an occasion for the kids to wear this…. 🙂

Happy Sewing!

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Free Japanese Sewing Pattern – Sasatto Sewing (offline)

April 2, 2012

Update 24 March : It seems that the following website has been taken offline. I tried searching in Japanese but they all turn up the old domain name which is no longer available.

Most of the free patterns you can find online are for small zakka goods like bags and pouches, or simple skirts/shirts constructed out of rectangles and simple shapes. This is because pattern pieces are usually much larger than A4 size which is what most of us can print at home. I’ve been looking for more free patterns that are for clothes and not just small goods because I think these will be quite interesting to make.

Today’s free pattern comes from a site called Sasatto Sewing. I’ve bookmarked this site some time back but it was quite hard to navigate. I think she has recently reorganized the links and even though it is still not so easy to find all the bits and pieces as there is a lot of text, I think the completed garments are quite elaborate for free patterns, so it’s quite worth checking out! If you are using a browser with an auto translate feature like Chrome, you can try turning it on. It might help search for the correct links, although the text translation is not very accurate 🙂

This is the link to the main page –  From the main page it is quite easy because the projects are listed by thumbnails so you can just click on the thumbnail to the project you want. Once you get to the project page, you will see lots of links (the links are in green).

Just a few things to take note of. The sizes are quite varied from project to project. Some are for kids only and some include kids and adults sizes. So refer to the word size サイズ and the numbers next to it. Units are in cm! (Conversion from inches – 1 inch = 2.54cm)

The other important text to note – 作り方(how to make) and パターン (pattern). This two links are what will lead you to the diagrams needed to construct the patterns as well as the steps for making the garment.

The other links in green (for this particular skirt) are some explanatory notes about the skirt as well as variations of materials on the skirt which will give it a different effect. But the main links you will need are the two I mentioned previously.

Happy Sewing!