Making your own purses is one of the best things about learning to sew. I love picking fabric and sewing notions to create something I will use and love. Here are some of my favorite free purse patterns, handbag patterns, and the ultimate purse accessory to make and use daily.
Fabric Basket Tote
The free Basket Tote Pattern makes a beautiful and roomy purse. There are generous interior pockets and an optional zipper at the top of the bag.
Crossbody Purse with Quilted Sides
Sew your own Crossbody Purse with quilted sides. This easy bag pattern uses cotton fabric and flexible foam stabilizer for a beautiful cross-body bag with a contrasting wide strap. It includes an exterior pocket on both sides of the bag, interior card pockets, and an extra slip pocket on the inside too.
Pretty Hobo Bag Free Purse Pattern
Sew up a beautiful hobo-style bag – it’s easier than you think and a classic style. This purse pattern is simple enough that it wouldn’t take more than a day to sew, yet it still has all the features I want in an everyday purse.
DIY Phone Case and Wallet
Sew an easy DIY phone purse that is also a wallet! Sometimes you want to carry a big purse – when you think you might need all that stuff you’ve got saved in there – and sometimes all you need is your phone and a couple of cards.
The Baguette Bag Sewing Pattern
Clutch purses in this shape are what everyone wants right now. The Baguette Bag free sewing pattern is for a purse that may be small, but you can still pack it with everything you need. This tutorial includes a PDF template that you can download for free.
Tote Bag Pattern With Many Pockets
The Tote With Many Pockets Pattern will help you sew your next purse! It is just the right size, plus you can carry items you want to keep organized and grab quickly in the 6 (yes, six!) exterior pockets. Sew up this easy free bag pattern today.
2-Zip Hip Bag Pattern
Sew your own fanny pack (a.k.a. hip bag, sling bag, waist wallet, belt bag) using your favorite fabric and easy sewing techniques. This free sewing pattern will show you how!
1 Yard Magic Messenger Bag Pattern that Makes 1 Bag
Make this easy 1-Yard Magic Messenger Bag Purse that just folds over to close! This sewing tutorial is perfect for a beginner learning how to sew or someone wanting to make a fast and easy bag because there is no extra closure to install. You can make this bag with sateen, cotton canvas, or regular quilting cotton. Think of the easy gifts!
1-Yard Magic Messenger Bag Pattern that Makes 2 Bags
Similar to the previous purse pattern, the 1-Yard Magic Messenger Bag Tutorial for 2 Bags makes slightly smaller bags with almost no fabric waste at all!
Scrapyard Tote Pattern Using Fabric Scraps
Sew my Beautiful Scrapyard Tote. This is a great project for using up scraps that you have left over from quilts or other bags, or you can use a charm pack (which is a precut bundle of 40 5’’ squares)
Convertible Cross-Body Bag
I can’t express how much I love my Convertible Cross-Body Bag. It’s the most convenient and lovely purse. I usually carry my bags over one shoulder, so I made the strap convertible. I love the double-strap look! You don’t have to use clips like this or make the strap convertible. This free sewing pattern explains how to sew it both ways. It’s also fat-quarter friendly.
Rope Handled Tote Bag
Sewing the Rope Handled Tote Pattern is twice as fast as other shoulder bags because you don’t have to make the handles! This simple tote could be your new purse, gym bag, diaper bag, or whatever you need.
The Perfect Cross Body Bag
Get ready to sew the perfect cross-body bag. The free Perfect Cross Body Bag Pattern has pockets to spare and beautiful (easy) piping!
The For Pleat’s Sake Bag Pattern
Lisa Lam’s free For Pleat’s Sake Bag Pattern is easy to sew and makes a great purse. Here’s my bag and my tips.
The Clamshell Bag That You Can Sew 2 Ways
Sew a Clamshell Bag 2 Ways – plain or fancy – just how you like it! The ‘plain way’ is without purse straps, making a generously sized cosmetic bag.
Speedy Patchwork Tote Tutorial
Learn how to sew patchwork tote bags in less time than ever. Sewing these easy tote bags with my free pattern for gridded interfacing is the perfect fabric scrap buster.
DIY Clutch Bag Pattern
I’ve been loving a whole lot of little bags that I see on Pinterest – especially those that have a zipper compartment on the inside. The DIY Clutch Bag Pattern has a little zipper pouch that is perfect for keeping your cash, coins, cards, and keys safe. There is also the perfect spot for your phone.
Tiny Bag Pattern
This free Tiny Bag Sewing Pattern is so fun to make. It might be the most popular free purse sewing pattern on my website. And because it’s so small, it’s really fast to sew, too. All your favorite fabric scraps are screaming to be sewn into a super cute tiny bag!
Quilted Tiny Bag Pattern
Sew a Quilted Tiny Bag just the right size for your phone and wallet! This easy-to-sewn little tote has quilted sides – just like your favorite designer-style bags and wallets. There is a large pocket on the outside plus small pockets on the inside.
Roomy Shopping Bag and Purse Pattern
This roomy shopping bag or purse pattern is just right for those days when you have a few extra items to carry around! You can sew your own shoulder strap or use rope like I did.
Triple Zip Bag
Sew a beautiful clutch bag with 3 zippered compartments! This sweet little purse has three zippers on the exterior plus another zipper on a coin pocket inside. You’ll be able to print a free template for the sides of the bag.
Easy Sling Bag Pattern
Sew the easy purse that you’ve been dreaming of! The easy Sling Bag Pattern has an exterior zipper pocket, another zipper pocket, and two slip pockets inside.
Perfect DIY Wallet
You won’t need to carry a purse with a wallet that has all these features! Learn how to sew the Perfect DIY Wallet.
Convertible Backpack Tote
What if you had a bag that converted into a backpack and then back again? The Convertible Backpack Tote is a purse you can take to the library, the beach, and the grocery store. This easy sewing pattern includes templates and easy-to-follow instructions with photos.
Double Compartment Cross Body Bag Pattern
The free Double Compartment Crossbody Bag Pattern includes 2 main pockets, a slim third pocket, plus a zipper pocket on the back! Let me show you how to sew your own strap or use a pretty one that you can purchase online.
Cross Body Zipper Purse with Jelly Roll Strips
This Cross Body Zipper Purse is so fast and easy to make and uses up leftover (or new) 2 1/2” strips of fabric. This free sewing pattern is perfect for beginners or anyone with jelly roll strips in their fabric scrap bin.
The Arial Tote Bag
Sew yourself (or a friend) a cute purse with a unique braided strap and a cell phone pocket inside! The free Arial Tote Bag sewing pattern includes the pattern pieces and a step-by-step photo tutorial so anyone can make it.
Boxy Zipper Bag: Big Boxy Pouch or Purse
Your favorite zipper bag pattern is here! The Boxy Zipper Bag sewing pattern uses just 1 yard of fabric and foam stabilizer to make the best boxy zipper bag ever. You’ll love my easy method for sewing in a zipper. I used less than 1/2 yard of one fabric print for the interior and less than 1/2 yard of another fabric print for the outside. This bag can also be a purse! Just add handles to make a handbag or d-rings to clip on a cross-body strap.
Picnic Tote Pattern
Sew a Purse from a Quilt!
Do you have an extra patchwork quilt lying around? I’m so excited to share with you a super easy, super fun way to turn that extra quilt into a big, beautiful quilted bag!
Handy Purse Organizer
This isn’t included in the 30 free bag sewing patterns above, but I know you’ll want to sew it! My Handy Purse Organizer is perfect for keeping track of all those little items in your purse that get lost so easily!
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