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18 Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags

By: Melissa Conner, Editor of

Sewing PatternsHave you been struggling with finding the right purse to go with your favorite outfit?  Maybe you need a cute tote for school or the beach and you just can't find one you like...

Well, worry no more!  We've gathered up 18 Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags, an awesome collection of must-see purses, clutches, totes, sachels, and bags to help you add that special touch to your favorite ensemble.

Great for all levels of sewists, the patterns in this collection can easily be made in a few hours...all you need is some general sewing supplies and a few yards of your favorite fabric.

Get things started with our collection of totes and bags.  Use them for shopping or traveling or take them along with you on an upcoming beach trip or college visit.  We've also gathered up some unique bags of a different sort, including a cute traveling baby changing station and a lovely cover for your Bible.

Whether you're toting towels, wallets, snacks, diapers, books, papers, or all of the above, we just know you're going to love this collection of 18 Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags.


18 Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags Table of Contents

DIY Totes

Free Bag Patterns

Purses and Other Bags to Sew



DIY Totes

Totes are quick and easy sewing projects to make for crafters of all skill levels.  Perfect for using as grocery shopping bags, totes for school, and bags for traveling, these simple DIY totes can be made in an hour or so, and are so fun for decorating!  This adorable Whale of a Tale Tote Bag, for example, is a great beach tote or a bag to take with you to the library.  Easy decorate and fun to show off, this tote is a must-make for classy nautical fans!

A Whale of a Tale Tote Bag

  1. Ruffled Tee Shirt Tote
  2. A Whale of a Tale Tote Bag
  3. Oversized Beach Tote
  4. Shades of Serenity Tote
  5. Sweatshirt Tote
  6. Large Festival Tote
  7. Inside Out Tote Bag


Free Bag Patterns

Handmade bag patterns are great ways to use up old fabric scraps.  As my mom always says, "you can never have too many bags!"...and there's no limit to how you can use these adorable free bag patterns.  Tutorials like the Summer Dreams Ruffled Bag are great for holding your school books or library books and they are even cute enough to double as a summer purse or beach bag.  

Summer Dreams Ruffled Bag

  1. Slouchy Bag
  2. Summer Dreams Ruffled Bag
  3. Bow Bag
  4. Funky Jeans Bag
  5. Knot Bag


Purses and Other Bags to Sew

There are all kinds of bags you can make with some basic sewing skills.  Purses and clutches are also fun projects to whip up if you have a few extra hours...and they make great gifts for all your favorite girlfriends!  There are also other types of bags you can make to help make your life easier.  This Quilted Bible Carrier, for example, is a fashionable and easy way to carry your Bible with you and it makes a wonderful gift for a Christening or Baptism.

Quilted Bible Carrier

  1. Ruffled Envelope Clutch
  2. Quilted Bible Carrier
  3. Snack Baggie
  4. Placemat Purse
  5. Leather Clutch Purse
  6. Baby Changing Bag
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