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180 + Easy Patterns

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While we have sewing patterns for every skill level, I guess you could say that we specialize in patterns for beginners. These beginner level sewing patterns are not what you used growing up. Each pattern has a full tutorial and color photos. Our sewing patterns are easy to print PDF sewing patterns, most of which are computer generated and color coded for simple cutting. Our newer patterns, and many of our older patterns, also include layers so you can just print off the size you need.

This guide cannot showcase all of our patterns. Rather, we'll spend our time going over a few of our most popular options. We have sewing patterns for every family member, every season, and every occasion so I'll try to give you a wide variety here. However, to see all of our patterns you can head HERE and sort them to your liking.

Our PDF Sewing Patterns come with a full tutorial and color photos in an easy to print PDF. Pattern pieces are computer generated and color coded for simple cutting. Most patterns also include layers so you can just print off the size you need and an A0 format for printing at a copy shop.

You'll find that many of our beginner patterns are designed for knit fabrics. For all of your knit fabric needs be sure to visit To get 24/7 sewing assistance, share what you make, get inspiration, help others, and see our latest patterns be sure to come join us at the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group.

Now here's a few of our favorite patterns:

Easy T-Shirt Patterns

We have several simple shirt patterns to get you started. In fact, we have over 15 Tee Patterns for Beginners. We'll give you a peak at a couple of the here:

Men's Essential Tee

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Men's Essential Tee has options to fill up a man's closet for the whole year. Options include: (1) Necklines: Crew, Scoop, V-Neck, or Hood, and (2) Sleeves: Tank, Short, Long (with or without cuffs).

Also make sure to check out the Women's Essential Tee and the Kid's Essential Tee.

"I found this pattern a quick sew, good fit, and the recipient was thrilled to finally have t-shirt that are long enough for him! Will be making many more!" - Pam

"Great T-Shirt. The instructions were easy to follow and the shirt turned out perfectly. My husband loves it." - Amy

Women's Essential Raglan

Sicily Swing Dress and Tunic Pattern

The Women's Essential Raglan is one of our newest patterns and already a hit. It comes with winter options, summer options, and everything in between. Total options include: (1) Sleeves: Short, 3/4, and Long (with or without cuffs), (2) Nursing Access (can be used with standard or maternity fit); (3) Maternity, or (4) Shirt or Dress Length.

"If you're after a super quick sew look no further. It's a great fit." - Kylie

"I am absolutely obsessed with the fit." - Kassandra

Classic Ringer Tee

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

We also have the kid's covered with the Classic Ringer Tee. It also includes options for short or long sleeves and an optional front pocket. It has a loose and comfy fit - perfect for children.

"Perfect basic tee. This was exactly what I was looking for....Spot on sizing and instructions anyone can follow. I love this sweet pattern." - Danita

"A fun sew. Love this pattern. It's a nice everyday shirt for kids. The pattern is really easy to follow and is a quick sew." - Danielle


Easy Patterns for Hoodies

Many of our Hoodies and Pullovers are surprisingly simple to put together. Check out a few of them here:  

Hideout Hoodie

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

The Hideout Hoodie is perfect for using up all the scraps with colorblocking. You can make it with a crossover hood or neckband and short or long sleeves for any type of weather.

"Another great pattern! What a fun pattern. SO many hacking and mashing possibilities. I get board with ordinary patterns, so love to challenge my imagination. Easily done with this pattern." - Linda

"Great pattern! This pattern is easy to follow. I can't wait to make more." - Angela

Aspen Pullover

Rosemary Raglan Sewing Pattern

The Aspen is one of our most popular patterns of all time. It's unique design features a kangaroo pocket in front, accent trim, raglan sleeves, and options for a cozy cowl or standard neckband. It also has optional nursing access.

"This was such a nice pullover to sew. Instructions were precise. I loved making it and will be making more for myself." - Angelique

"A must buy for everyone. Absolutely fantastic! Everyone needs this pattern! Great instructions." - Patricia

Hudson Hoodie

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Hudson is perfect for scrap busting and has options to mix and match for anytime of the year. Options include: (1) Pullover/Tee with Kangaroo Pocket, (2) Various Colorblocking Options, (3) Tank, Short Sleeves, or Long Sleeves, (4) Hood or Neckband, and (5) Botton Band or Hem.

"The Hudson is a quick and fun sew for creative fabric mixing." - Leona

"My new favorite pattern...great pattern. I made a t-shirt and tank top for my son and love them both. I see many more in the future!" - Nancy

An Easy Swimsuit Pattern

Sewing a swimsuit is easier than you think with Peek-a-Boo. We also have an amazing selection of both solid and print Swim and Boardshort Fabrics at

Bahama Mama Peplum Tankini

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

Make a swimsuit for yourself with the Bahama Mama Peplum Tankini. It's just one of the swimsuits you can make in our Bahama Mama line. It offers full coverage and support with a built-in shelf bra and optional cups. It features a racerback with colorblocking and a peplum skirt. It also has options for a full or fitted skirt.

"I enjoyed making this and as always, Peek-a-Boo supplied clear instructions. Turned out and I enjoy wearing it." - Vickie

"Great pattern. This was my first time to sew a bathing suit. I would rate myself as a beginner. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow...The sizing was right on." - Vegas

Santa Cruz Board Shorts

Rosemary Raglan Sewing Pattern

The Santa Cruz Board Shorts are perfect for play or swimming - they can be made with board short fabric or knit. The elastic waist provides a comfy and flexible fit. It includes options for: (1) Shorties or knee length, (2) Plain or colorblocked back, (3) Optional drawstring, or (4) Optional boxer brief or bikini lining.

"The measurements are perfect...Really satisfied with my purchase." - Manon

"Best shorts pattern! I absolutely love this pattern for both woven and boardshorts. It is so quick and easy and the fit is perfect." - Bella

"This pattern is an easy sew for multiple sizes & the finished product is really cute." - Jessica

Streamline Swimsuit

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Streamline features a sporty racerback to help the swimsuit stay putt. It also includes options for: (1) basic one-piece top and tankini top, (2) colorblocked one-piece and tankini top, (3) bikini bottoms or boy short bottoms, and (4) optional lining. has dozens of great swimsuit fabrics for all of your swimsuits HERE. If you're a beginner with sewing swimsuit fabric you might also want to check out our tutorial on How to Sew Swimsuit Fabric.

"Pattern is true to size and easy to sew. I made two of these for my granddaughter in one afternoon. The look is adorable on her." - Bridget

"We all love this pattern!!... I've used it to make all my kids suits and they love them!" - Tonirenee


My kids all have more pajama patterns than they should....

Alex & Anna Pajamas

Madrid Maxi Dress Pattern

One of our top selling patterns of all time is the Alex & Anna PJs. This pattern includes options for both summer and winter pajamas. They are a perfect wardrobe staple. The main fabric should be knit fabric with at least 50% stretch - like Cotton Lycra, Waffle, or Rib Knit.

"Great PJ's. High marks for these comfy cozy pajamas." - Celia

"This was a speedy sew for my toddler grandson and the fit was perfect. Will use this pattern often as he grows, and now there's a baby sister expected in May. I predict a pajama party in their future." - Catherine

Women's Night Owl PJs

Rosemary Raglan Sewing Pattern

The Women's Night Owl PJs are a quick sew with color blocking! The pattern includes pants, shorts (3", 6", or 9" inseam), top with short or long sleeves & a nightgown with short or long sleeves. Also make the Men's Night Owl PJs and the Kid's Night Owl PJs.

"This pattern was a perfect fit for me!...I would definitely recommend this pattern. The instructions were very clear." - Denise

"Finally made something for myself! I love this pattern...The fit is great and it sews up very quick. You can make several pairs in one day." -J. Myers

Hit the Hay Pajama Pants

Melbourne Crossover Dress and Top sewing pattern

The Hit the Hay Pajama Pants are perfect for men and women. They can be made for knit or woven fabric, including quilting cotton, flannel, fleece, and knit. The pattern includes options for side seam pockets. The waistband is elastic with an optional drawstring. It includes 5 different inseam options.

"My new go to pj pants pattern! Well written, projector file was esay to use. Fit was perfect." - Bobbi

"Made these for my son in law for Christmas size XXL. Great pattern to follow and the pattern includes pockets too which is great. The finished pants looked very professional. Thanks for a great pattern." - Liz

Easy Sewing Patterns for Dresses

If your looking for the perfect dress pattern, we have you covered many times over. Here's a few favorites:

Cassidy Tiered Dress

Schoolgirl Skirt Pattern

The Cassidy is beginner friendly and has a fun, boho-chic vibe. It includes options for 2 tiers, 3 tiers, sleeveless, basic short or long sleeves, bishop sleeves, puff sleeves, and optional pockets.

Also, be sure to make the matching Cheyenne pattern for women.

"Lovely pattern with very clear instructions! Loved it! True to size." - Amelia

"I love this pattern so much, I have made my grandaughters two each." - Susanne

"Beautiful dress!...The pattern is written well, like all Peek-a-Boo Patterns. It was very easy to construt and a joy to sew."

Madrid Maxi Dress & More

Violet tunic and dress sewing pattern

The Madrid has been our most popular women's dress pattern for quite a while. As you can see from the graphic, it has a ton of options and also includes optional nursing access and is maternity friendly. I can't list all the options here so check out the listing for more details.

You can also make the matching Melanie for girls.

"Just finished sewing a third dress for my daughter. She loved the style and fit, especially with the soft double brushed poly!" - Bridgett

"This pattern is fun and fast to sew. I was able to put it together in an afternoon, and I am not usually fast at sewing. I loved the burrito method of sewing the lined bodice." - Barbara

"I loved sewing this up! Lots of different options!" - Melissa

Everyday Dress & Peplum

Wildflower Dress Sewing Pattern

The Everyday Dress for Girls is perfect to fill out a girl's closet. The pattern options include: (1) Sleeves: Short, 3/4, or Long Sleeves, (2) Half Circle Skirt, Gathered Skirt w/ Basic Hem and Gathered Skirt w/ Curved Hem, (3) Knee-length & Peplum length, (4) Hood or Neckband, (5) Optional inseam pockets, and (6) Optional chest pocket.

Once again, we also have the Women's Everday Dress.

"Make it every day! This is a lovely pattern for a beginnner like me...a quick sew, even first time around." - Gill

"Great pattern and great instructions." - Elizabeth


Simple Sewing Patterns for Pants

Athena Leggings

Schoolgirl Skirt Pattern

The Agility Leggings are a quick and fun sew. The pattern is packed with options for any season or occasion. Options include: (1) View A: Basic Leggings; (2) View B: Side Stripe w/ Optional embellishment (bow or criss-cross); (3) Elastic, Basic Knit Waistband, Yoga Knit Waistband; and, (4) Skirt. You can also make a matching pair for the girls with the Agility Leggings.

"Finally leggings that fit! Wish I could give it 6 stars! I've already used the pattern multiple times and couldn't be happier...Truly worth every penny! :)" - Savannah

"I've made so many of these leggings now! I wear them almost daily." - Jill

Jackson Joggers

Violet tunic and dress sewing pattern

We have the Jackson Joggers for men, Java Joggers for Women, and Jordan Joggers for kids. Make pants that are perfect for athletics or hanging out at home. They include lengths for pants, capris, and various lengths of shorts.

"A really great pattern for all your pants and shorts needs. Made an awesome short for my boyfriend and he loves it." - Sophie

"Loved the Jordan Joggers for my daughter the Javas I made for me so it was natural to buy these for my son. They were just as easy to sew as all of the Peek-a-Boo Patterns and picky son is super pleased with them (so I've just started another pair)." - Sarah

Rough n' Tumble Pants

Wildflower Dress Sewing Pattern

The Rough n' Tumble Pants are perfect for active kids. They feature an elasticized waist with faux drawstring, patch front pockets, fauxfly, back welt pockets, optional knee patches for durability, and 2 hem options. You can make them with knit or woven fabrics.

"Great straightforward pattern. Love this pattern! I'm just beginning to sew clothes, and the pattern was easy to follow and turned out super cute." - Emily

"The pattern was excellent, as all Peek-a-Boo Patterns are. My son loved the pants, and I love that they won't get torn up within 5 minutes of wearing them...I highly recommend this pattern! - Tabitha

Free and Easy Patterns

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Schoolgirl Skirt Pattern

The Romperalls are a quick, fun, and free sewing pattern. They snap at the shoulder for quick dressing and are partially lined. There are options to sew shorts or pants.

"Easiest pattern I've ever sewn....thank you for making your patterns user friendly." - Beth

"I adore these. I have become rather addicted with your glad I found Peek-a-Boo Patterns." - Anne

Adult Classic Sweatshirt

Violet tunic and dress sewing pattern

The Adult Classic Sweatshirt has a relaxed fit for layering and has options for sewing a hoodie or crew neck. The sleeves also include options for semi-fitted or relaxed fit. This is a unisex sewing pattern.

"Would be a great beginner project or great for anyone wanting to make their own hoodie...Love Peek-a-Boo Patterns." - Corrie

"Loving the adult classic sweatshirt. It's true to size, which is nice. I'm using it for a sewing class I give to a small group. They are loving it..." - Lisa

Day Camp Set

Day Camp Set: Free shorts pattern, Free t-shirt pattern

The Day Camp Set is the perfect sew for summer fun. The pattern includes a pair of basic short and a t-shirt with optional pocket.

"Perfect for sewing up a quick set of clothes for my little boy. Clear instructions are provided." - Fiona

"Very user friendly. I am new to sewing and have attempted other pattern brands without nearly as much success...I will definitely buy more of these patterns." - Jessica

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We hope that you enjoyed taking a look through some of our easier patterns. You'll notice throughout the reviews that our customers love that they can make professional looking clothing with our patterns. Try sewing these for yourself and see the results.

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If you enjoyed this guide, you might also find our Clothing Patterns Guide or our Hoodie Patterns Guide helpful.

Happy sewing!