22 Free Patterns For Sewing Beautiful Small Bags and Purses

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Dress to impress with a beautiful handmade bag! Here is a carefully curated collection of free sewing patterns for small bags and purses you will love. Each tutorial features quick and easy-to-follow instructions that will help you start and finish your new small purse in no time, maybe even by tomorrow. Don’t miss the baguette bag, sling bag, or triple zipper bag pattern!

These free patterns are designed to be easy to follow and understand, so you will have fun while you’re sewing and love the result.

DIY Cell Phone Pouch Pattern

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Learn how to sew a DIY Cell Phone case (one of my other daughter’s favorite cute mini handbags) for when all you need is your phone and a couple of cards.

Japanese Style Square Bag

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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 different sizes so you’ll have the perfect size bags for yourself or to give as a gift.

Tiny Tote Pattern

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The tiny tote is so fun to make – and it’s really fast to sew, too! This one is the most popular of all the small handbags I show people how to make.

A Quilted Cross Body Purse Pattern

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You are going to love all the features of this medium-sized quilted bag! The exterior pockets on both sides of the handbag are quilted, and there are pockets on the inside of this zippered purse, too. Don’t miss this free cross-body purse pattern.

Baguette Bag Sewing Pattern

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Sew my Beautiful Baguette Bag – it’s small, AND you can pack it with all your essentials. I carried my dog Lola in this little bag when she was a puppy and only weighed 3 1/2 pounds.

Perfect DIY Wallet

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This Perfect DIY Wallet is just right to grab and go with the right amount of carry-along room. It fits in with all the other mini purses that are popular right now.

Boxy Purse Pattern

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Your favorite zipper purse pattern is here! This free sewing pattern uses cotton fabric and foam stabilizer to make the best boxy zipper purse or pouch 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. To make a purse, just add handles to make a handbag or d-rings to clip on a cross-body strap.

Cross Body Travel Pouch

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Make this cute purse with a cross body strap, and three handy pockets in 3 convenient sizes – room for everything you need!

Triple Zipper Bag Pattern

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This clever Triple Zipper Bag has three zippers on the outside and another coin pocket inside! This handbag pattern is a reader’s favorite. It is approximately 7’’ wide, 5’’ tall, and 3’’ deep, not including the strap. I put two small d-rings on either side of my bag so I could attach an adjustable cross-body strap. You could use only one D-ring tab and make a wrist strap instead. Or leave both off if you like.

Sling Bag (A.K.A. Fanny Pack)

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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!

Double Compartment Cross Body Purse

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This super cute purse is much easier to sew together than it looks…come see! I gave it to my daughter, and it’s one of her favorite crossbody bags.

DIY Clutch Purse

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Treat yourself to this adorable DIY Clutch Bag with room for everything you need and nothing you don’t.

The Arial Purse

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This pretty purse has a beautiful braided strap and a cell phone pocket on the inside! My readers love that it’s actually bigger on the inside than it looks, so you can carry small packages, too.

Snappy Clutch Bag

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This Snappy Little Clutch is fat-quarter friendly and perfect for beginners!

The One Yard Magic Bag Pattern

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Imagine this: you can sew both of these bags with one yard of fabric for the exterior and one yard for the lining! The smaller version of this 1 Yard Magic purse tutorial is just that, magic.

Japanese Style Patchwork Tote Bag Pattern

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This charming reversible tote can be sewn with scraps. Come make a beautiful patchwork bag with pockets on the inside OR outside, your pick!

Cross Body Zipper Bag

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Make a pretty little purse using 2 1/2’ strips! This size is perfect for young people carrying just a phone and wallet.

Clamshell Bag Pattern

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This chic little clamshell bag is nice and sturdy…I love it! The free pattern also includes a plain version without purse straps.

Pretty Hobo Bag

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Hobo bags are back in style again. Sew up this beautiful hobo bag, it’s so easy and the results are gorgeous!

Convertible Cross Body Bag

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This amazing purse has a convertible strap – use it long or short, depending on your needs!

Speedy Patchwork Tote

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Patchwork bags are so much fun to sew! This pattern lets you customize the size you want…check it out. With this versatile sewing pattern, You can make mini, medium-sized, or large weekender bags.

Drawstring Backpack

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Sometimes, it’s easier to carry a lightweight drawstring backpack than a bulky bag or purse. This cute drawstring backpack pattern is just what you need!

All of these small bag patterns go easy on your fabric stash. Many of them use fat quarters and scraps, so you may not need a trip to the fabric store. Imagine the total savings! Just kidding, I would head to my local quilt shop anyway.

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