45 Free Tote Patterns: the Ultimate Bag Pattern Collection


Here is the ultimate collection of my all-time favorite free bag patterns to make and enjoy. Are you a ‘bag lady’ like me? What can I say… a girl can never have too many bags! Sewing tote bags and purses is actually easier than you might think.

This list includes bags for kids, teens, and everyone else. Start with the easiest pattern—the first one below—and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a bag-making expert.

The Easiest Tote Pattern

This easy sewing project requires less than one yard of fabric for the entire bag. You’ll find that it’s the perfect tote bag tutorial to teach a beginner to sew. There are only straight seams and easy handles to sew.

Drawstring Backpack

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Sew an easy drawstring backpack to carry books, overnight clothes, or craft supplies. The exterior zippered pocket is almost as large as the main compartment of the bag, so it can hold anything you might want to grab easily.

The Mod Log Cabin Tote

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Show off your skills with the gorgeous mod log cabin tote! This bag is actually very easy to sew with step-by-step photo instructions. Use 2 coordinating fabrics to add the ‘wow’ factor.

Craft Project Bag

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Sew up a project bag to take with you to all your events! This bag has pockets on the inside and outside, plus a drawstring closure so nothing falls out.

Japanese Style Square Bag

Learn to sew an easy tote bag with a boxy shape. This Japanese-inspired design is perfect for a beginner – the shape is made with some easy darts sewn into the side of the bag. This free sewing pattern includes instructions for making two sizes so you’ll have the perfect size bags for yourself or to give as a gift.

Sling Bag

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Sew your own sling bag (a.k.a. hip bag, fanny pack, waist wallet, belt bag) using your favorite fabric and easy sewing techniques. This free sewing pattern will show you how!

Big Vinyl and Fabric Tote

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How can you sew a big, professional-looking bag with just four fat quarters? Use see-through vinyl for the sides! This beautiful See-Through Tote is easy to sew for a confident beginner. It’s perfect for taking to the airport!

Kids Bike Messenger Bag

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This pattern is for a cute messenger bag that fits on the front of a bike – it’s perfect for kids or kids at heart!

Baguette Bag

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Sew a small purse in the cutest shape everyone wants – a Baguette Bag! This purse may be small but you can still pack it with everything you need.

DIY Clutch Bag

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DIY Clutch Bag Pattern with a built-in zipper pouch is perfect for when you just want to take a few things. Teen girls love small purses made with this free sewing pattern

Tiny Tote Pattern

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Use all your favorite scraps and create a Tiny Tote Bag, and you will use it every day!

Boxy Zipper Bag

My Boxy Zipper Bag Pattern can be made with or without bag hardware. Add handles to make a purse or D-rings and a strap to make a cross-body bag.

Yarn Project Bag

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Make your favorite yarn crafter happy with this Yarn Project Bag. It’s a roomy bag that’s perfect for carrying balls of yarn and your knitting or crochet projects too! This half-barrel shaped bag has an easy to install eyelet (or grommet) on top through which you can draw out the yarn.

Shopping Bag with Easy Rope Handles

Sew up this shopping tote pattern for a roomy, beautiful bag!

Teacher Tote Bags

Free bag patterns that can be used for embroidery are my favorite! Sew Teacher Tote Bags with optional machine embroidery.

Triple Zipper Bag

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Sew a beautiful clutch bag with three zippered compartments! This sweet little bag has three zippers on the exterior plus another zipper on a coin pocket inside. Don’t worry – I’ll show you the easiest ways to sew zippers. You’ll be a pro when you’re done.

Fish Shaped Beach Bag

This Fish Shaped Beach Bag has optional mesh at the bottom to let the sand fall out.

Cross Body Zipper Tote

The Cross Body Zipper Tote is so fast and easy to make… you’ll sew them for all the girls you know (but make sure to make one for yourself too)!

Flip Flop Beach Tote with Machine Embroidery

Sew up a tote perfect for the beach with adorable flip-flop machine embroidered applique! If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can use other applique designs and still have three cute exterior pockets.

The Arial Tote is a cute bucket bag sewing pattern with a phone pocket inside.

Snappy Tote Clutch

Sew up a DIY Easy-to-Sew Snappy Tote that snaps shut and is perfect for holding just a few essentials!

Tote With Many Pockets

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Free bag patterns with pockets are the best for keeping everything handy. The Tote with Many Pockets is one of those. Cutting and fusing interfacing take up most of your time here. Use a home décor weight fabric so you can skip the interfacing!

The Basket Tote

The Basket Tote free sewing pattern is a classic purse. Skip the quilting and use fusible fleece instead for a fast sew! You could skip the piping, but I don’t recommend that – it’s such a pretty touch.

Speedy Patchwork Totes

My Speedy Patchwork Totes use gridded interfacing for quick piecing. Make them as large or small as you want!

Picnic Tote Pattern

The Picnic Tote makes a beautiful purse with pockets inside – and it’s really a lot simpler to make than it looks!

Chubby Lunch Tote

The Chubby Lunch Tote is big enough to use for other things and super fast to sew!

Cross Body Convertible Tote

The Cross Body Convertible Tote. You will love this classic bag that is the perfect size for a purse.

One Yard Magic: Two Bags

Sew both these cute totes from a yard of fabric with the One Yard Magic Bag Pattern because they really are magic! There are lots of options for the handles too.

Pom Pom Tote

The Pom Pom Tote. Although the quilting makes this bag cute, you could quilt a lot less than I did.

Japanese Style Drawstring Bag

This Japanese Style Tote bag pattern is even faster to sew if you skip the patchwork on the lining.

Rope Handled Tote

No handles to sew plus a simple design make the Rope Handled Tote a breeze! This is a free pattern that you’ll sew again and again because it’s so fast and easy.

Flying Geese Tote Bag Pattern

The Flying Geese Tote is fast to make and really big, so you can take everything with you.

Sweet Quilted Tote

If you skip the quilting on the Sweet Quilted Tote it will sew up in no time. Or spend 20 fun minutes quilting – I would!

Small Canvas Book Bag

This Little Book Bag with a pocket on front uses canvas so there’s no lining!

One Yard Magic Hobo Bag

The 1 Yard Magic Hobo Bag. Seriously, 1 yard, 1 hour, and you’ll be done. I promise!

One Yard: Two Messenger Bags

Make two messenger bags from 1 yard in under an hour with the 1 Yard Magic Messenger Bag free pattern. Hallelujah!

The Sew Easy Big Bag Pattern

I made this Sew Easy Big Tote Bag in just a couple hours, and you can too! This free bag pattern is more beautiful in person.

Sew Easy Big Bag – With a Zipper

If you love my free Sew Easy Big Tote Bag Tutorial – you can add an easy zipper at the top!

Strappy Bag Pattern

I sewed up this Strappy Bag with Pockets in two different fabric styles to show you how different it can look just by changing the fabric. You won’t know how easy it is to sew until you do!

Color Blocked Tote

Download my Big Color Blocked Tote today! It’s one of the most popular free bag patterns that I have written.

Clamshell Bag Pattern

Sew a Clamshell Bag in two ways – plain or fancy – just how you like it!

Convertible Backpack Tote

Here’s a bag you can sew that doubles as a tote and a backpack! My Convertible Backpack Tote bag pattern includes a free template.

Pretty Hobo Bag Pattern

You will love your new purse when you sew up the Pretty Hobo Bag pattern. It’s easier to make than you think!

Double Compartment Cross Body Bag

Make yourself a Double Compartment Cross Body Bag with two main pockets, a slim third pocket, plus a zipper pocket on the back! You’ll love it.

Boxy Duffle Bag

The zipper on this boxy duffle bag is one of the easiest you’ll sew using the same insertion technique I teach in my free Designer Zipper Bag video course. You will love how the zipper extends around the top of the duffle bag, opening it wide to show what’s inside and help you pack.

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