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6 Sewing Patterns for Bags and Purses

By: Julia Litz, editor for

Fashion should be fun and accessories should give you the opportunity to express yourself. You don't have to spend tons of money on the latest greatest bag when you have a couple handmade items at your disposal. Once you learn how to sew a bag, you'll be inspired to create something meaningful and unique. Best of all, you don't have to hit the fabric store before you get started. For many of these free patterns for sewing, you can create bags using upcycled materials and fabric scraps. Don't be afraid to make a statement - these patterns for bags are sure to get you noticed.

You'll notice that these patterns for bags come in many shapes and sizes. You'll find large totes that you can take to the beach and small clutches that serve as a great complement to a party dress. Whether you're stashing shoes for the gym or simply your keys, you'll find amazing sewing patterns for free. It's time to get sewing - free patterns like these don't come along very often. Make a few now and save them for various occasions - it'll make your life easier when you're in a time crunch.

6 Sewing Patterns for Bags and Purses

Repurposed Fabric Tote

  • Repurposed Fabric Tote - Sometimes it's hard to part with pretty fabric. That said if you have a tattered old rug, blanket or clothing item, it's not always worth saving it for later. Instead of simply throwing the keepsake away, turn it into a tote that you can take with you anywhere.
  • Team Pride Jersey Tote - Team jersys aren't cheap, so it's a pain to have to throw one away when it no longer fits. Luckily, this pattern will help you repurpose the fabric in order to create a fabulous and versatile tote. Find out how to sew a bag that other fans will love.


Knot Tote

  • Knot Tote - How could you knot be impressed by this bag? If you like a more understated look, this is the perfect purse for you. The roomy design and simple pattern make this ideal for new sewers. Patterns for sewing have never looked this good.
  • Bright Stripe Bag - Want to get noticed? Some patterns for sewing are more practical and boring but this is not one of those projects. Use a variety of prints to create a one-of-a-kind look. Be sure to add charms, beads and other embellishment to ensure that your bag is unlike any other.


Shepa Messenger Bag

  • Sherpa Messenger Bag - Need a versatile bag that can carry your most valuable possessions? Create a delightful messenger bag that can carry everything from books to snacks. Luckily, this is one of the simplest free patterns for sewing that you'll ever find. In fact, you only need to purchase one kind of fabric in order to assemble this bag.
  • Leather Clutch Purse - Before you head out the door, take a seat at your sewing machine and make this fashionable purse. If you like patterns for bags that are versatile yet stylish, this is a great project for you. The simple design and style make this an ideal companion for any outfit.


How to Make a Purse: 20 Patterns for Sewing Totes, Bags and More



Remember, if you like these easy and fun sewing patterns for purses, then you'll love all of projects featured in our free eBook, How to Make a Purse: 20 Patterns for Sewing Totes, Bags and More.  Download a copy today - it's free!







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