14+ Cross Body Bag Sewing Patterns – all free!

cross body bag free sewing patterns

A great Cross Body Bag is a must. You will find free and easy DIY Cross-Body purses below with simple tutorials to follow and printable sewing instructions. Sometimes called a wallet on a string, these stylish accessories can hold it all, and keep you organized.

My newest bag pattern is called the Perfect Cross Body Tote. Every time I sew a bag like this, I feel like I have a new favorite. You will love the interior and exterior pockets, shaped gusset, and professional touches like piping and an adjustable strap.

This quilted crossbody bag pattern was an instant hit! Learn how to quilt the geometric design or change it up with any quilting on the pockets or none at all. There are card pockets and an additional slip pocket on the inside too, plus a nice wide adjustable strap.

Are you a beginner? Start off with my DIY Cross Body Zipper Tote. This is a simple and easy bag that can be very versatile without being too bulky.

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This bag is called the Convertible Cross Body Tote because it can be a shoulder bag or cross body bag depending on how you wear the strap. The exterior zip pocket and interior slip pockets give you lots of organization.

If you need something with a slimmer profile check out the Double Compartment Cross Body Bag. You’ll be just as organized without being tempted to bring more than essentials.


Speaking of only essentials, this design is pure function with nothing superfluous. It’s my Perfect DIY Wallet. Because it has a cross body strap, this wallet also qualifies as a bag.

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My Cell Phone Wallet with Card Pockets is another great small cross body bag. I love the security of having the bag slung across my body.

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So much organization in this next cross-body tote! The Tote with Many Pockets cross-body bag pattern will provide a place for everything.

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The 1 Yard Magic Messenger Bag from Lecien Fabrics is so easy to sew. Easy enough for a complete beginner, it’s the easist cross-body bag pattern ever.

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My Easy Sling Bag is a different silhouette than the messenger bag pattern above, but similar in size and ease of sewing.

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Quilt lovers will appreciate the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) Tote with Pom Poms. I suppose the pom poms are optional, but they’re so darn cute.

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If you love a quilted bag AND you need the added security of a zipper on each pocket, you’ll love the Triple Zipper Bag. I think it’s the most popular cross body bag pattern on my website.

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With the holidays approaching, many of us will travel soon. Do you need a Handy Travel Case for your passport and other essentials?


Anna Graham created this stylish cross body and it’s perfect for fall and winter. She calls it The Gatherer Crossbody Bag.

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Just as stylish, but maybe a little more Bohemian is my Happy Hobo Bag. The embroidery is optional, but makes this bag a work of art.

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Knitting and crocheting friends need to see this Yarn Project Bag. It’s perfect for when you will be using yarn on the go. (Or if you have a fur baby who can’t resist a ball of yarn.)

I know what you’re thinking: So many cross body bags, so little time. Just remember to pace yourself. Seriously though, I hope you’ve found a pattern that suits your needs. Since they’re free, it’s easy to try more than one. When you do, please share a pic on Instagram and tag @sewcanshe or #sewcanshe.

Happy sewing!


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