12 Free Shrug, Bolero and Short Women's Jacket Sewing Patterns

Shrugs, boleros, and cropped jackets are the perfect solution to chilly night air in a strapless gown. They can also be perfect with a pair of jeans and a tank top or a cami on a chilly evening. No one can ever guarantee what the outside temperature is going to be and a shrug is the perfect wardrobe accessory for changing weather!

If you enjoy a DIY project, you can make your own shrug. The sewing patterns are surprisingly easy because there are just a couple seams involved. There are also no-sew options or patterns that transform pretty scarves into cute shrugs. No matter your skill level or style, the perfect shrug is waiting for you to make it!

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    Bridal Bolero Jacket

    White bolero jacket

    Tatiana Kozorovitsky / Youtube

    Ready for a bridal touch to a bolero shrug? Even if you aren't sewing bridal, you'll want to see this video. In it, you will learn great techniques and fabric information that can be applied to other occasions. You'll be sewing special occasion garments in no time and be able to see for yourself what goes into making a bolero.

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    The Perfect Shrug?

    Free Burda Shrug Pattern

    ichigogirl / BurdaStyle

    A short-sleeve shrug, this pattern is very easy and requires just two seams. It's perfect for jersey knits and drapes really well over the shoulder. For a simple but classy shrug, it's a great choice. Just remember that seam allowances are not included, so you must add them for a proper fit.

    The Perfect Shrug? Pattern from ichigogirl via BurdaStyle

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    Easy Ruffle Shrug

    The Easy Ruffle Shrug


    Little girls are adorable in a shrug, especially when it includes ruffles! This beginner-level pattern is easy and can be sized for girls from 12 months to 12 years old. There is always an occasion for little girls to wear ruffles, so this is bound to be a well-worn garment.

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    0412 KATIA Shrug

    0412 KATIA Shrug sewing pattern


    Long sleeves with a back or a back with long sleeves...that's how they describe this shrug that will definitely fight off an evening chill. It's a classic look that can work any time of year. Since it takes a little over an hour to make, you may find yourself making more than one so you have a shrug for every outfit.

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    The Shrug

    The Shrug - Weekend Designer

    Don Under / Weekend Designer

    This is shrug is one with pure class and a definite sense of design. The shrug is long and offers much more coverage than most shrugs. It's fabulous in the angora knit example, but any stretchy fabric will do. You'll love wearing this one to the office, and it's a perfect transition piece for going out at night.

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    A (Probably) Vintage Shrug

    A (probably) vintage shrug

    Tanit-isis Sews

    This shrug has a vintage flair but is also totally modern with its draping long sleeves. It's surprisingly easy to make and the pattern is available in small, medium and large for your printing pleasure.

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    No-Sew Bolero

    No-Sew Bolero

    Aunt Peaches

    Do you like simple DIY fashion makeovers? This bolero-style shrug is perfect for re-purposing that drawer full of older t-shirts. Follow the instructions for cutting it and you can remake your tees in no time flat!

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    Sew a so Simple Shrug

    Sew A So Simple Shrug

    So Sew Easy

    This shrug is constructed with just three seams. It uses knit fabric and is a pattern that countless shrug fans have turned to, each giving it their own style. The edge finishing is not required but if it does start to wear, directions to create an adorable lettuce-edge are supplied. In fact, the edging is so cute you just may decide to do it right away!

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    Easy Shrug

    Threads - How to Sew an Easy Shrug

    Threads Magazine

    If you have only a limited amount of time to sew and need a shrug in a hurry, this pattern claims that you can make it in less than an hour. Beyond that, it has a unique style with a turned-out collar that flares out to cover your shoulders. It's fabulous and easy! It's free, but you must become a Threads Insider for access to the pattern.

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    Green shrug scarf

    Betz White 

    Is it a scarf or a shrug? It's both! With one yard of jersey fabric, you can create a convertible garment that's super cute no matter how you wear it. The pattern guides you through making it, which is essentially a scarf with a tube that your arms can fit inside. It's genius and very simple.

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    Shrug From a Square Scarf

    Shrug from square scarf

    Inside Out Style

    Fashion scarves come in a beautiful array of fabrics which have great possibilities as a shrug. If you enjoy collecting new or vintage scarves, you'll love this pattern. You can sew a seam for your arms or opt for the no-sew approach, which will leave your scarf as is.

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    Floral Bolero Jacket

    Short colorful bolero jacket

    Sew Magazine 

    Classy, fashionable, and ideal for spring and summer affairs, this floral bolero jacket is a great pattern. It's short-sleeved and is a dainty accessory for any dress. There's even a matching corsage that you can make it pin on the jacket or wear in your hair.