Free Pattern! Sew What Sherlock’s Cheat’s Dresden

Well, after  a week of life’s distractions I’m back at it. (And by the way, my car is in the shop getting fixed up as I type this. Insurance covered all damages.) This is technically the next entry in the Conversion Project, but I sized this version of the pattern at 16″ for ease of use and publishing. I’m going to do the 24″ version later this week, but because it needs piece-gluing due to the large size, it’s going to have to wait a couple of days.



Note: I have not yet tested this pattern. If you have problems with it please let me know. You can @ me on instagram (@sewwhatsherlock) Or contact me here.

Fabrics used in the sample are Minimalista and Tule.

I designed this pattern because I like to break the rules. I think the appliqued dresdens are extremely difficult to do properly, and I think if one can make the same thing a different, more precise way, why not give it a try. Plus I just think applique like this is super fussy to get right what with all the super precise shapes having to meet in a perfect circle. If you aren’t offended yet by my disregard for tradition thanks for sticking around!

Anyway, if you make a paper pieced dresden using my pattern please let me know, I’d love to share!

Look! Joanne made her own Cheat’s Dresden, so we know it works! Woohoo!

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7 Responses to Free Pattern! Sew What Sherlock’s Cheat’s Dresden

  1. Lorna McMahon September 17, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Thank you, Susan for sharing this free pattern! I think it is just awesome! Hope you don’t mind if I share this, with a link back, on my facebook page at

  2. Lorna McMahon September 17, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Oooops… *Embarrassing* Sarah… So sorry!

    • Sarah B. September 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Lol No problem Lorna, go for it!

  3. kimberlee September 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Thank you, Sarah! I cannot wait to give this a try. Dresdens are my favorite and I have yet to sew one! I will start with your PP. I actually never thought of them as appliqued.

  4. Serena @ Sewgiving September 18, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Downloaded it … Pinned it … will let you know when I make it!

    • Sarah B. September 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Awesome, thanks Serena, please do!!


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