Sew Cute, Sew Free! 30 Bag Patterns Using Your Stash of Quilting Cotton


Sew the cutest bags with your favorite fabric—quilting cotton! Here are 25 free bag patterns for cotton fabric.

I love sewing bags with quilting fabric—I get to use prints from all of my favorite designers. Sometimes, my bags match my quilts because I’ve used leftover scraps.Most of the bags in this list use a yard or less of fabric, and many of the smaller bags can be sewn with fat quarters.

Are you ready for all the best bags to sew with quilting cotton?

Japanese Style Boxy Tote Bags

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This Japanese-inspired tote bag pattern is perfect for a beginner. The bag is shaped using easy darts sewn into the sides. 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.

Clamshell Bag

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Sew a clamshell bag pattern just the way you like it! Without anything fancy, this zipper bag is just right for holding supplies, cosmetics, or small things when you travel. But if you add exterior pockets and handles, it makes a darling handbag.

Triple Zipper Bag

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The Triple Zipper Bag has more steps than some of the other patterns – but it is so worth it!

Tote with Many Pockets

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Love pockets? This tote has the most!

The Perfect Cross Body Bag

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I designed the Perfect Cross Body Bag Pattern because you asked me to! You will love the two generous exterior pockets, roomy interior, secure inside coin pocket, and adjustable strap. Don’t miss this pattern that really shouldn’t be free.

DIY Big Beautiful Bag

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The DIY Big Beautiful Bag is soooo fast and easy to sew. You won’t believe it.

Mod Log Cabin Tote Bag

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Just like quilting cotton, quilt as you go can be sewn on bags too! Try it with my Mod Log Cabin Tote.

Boxy Zipper Bag or Purse Pattern

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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.

See-Through Tote with Fabric and Vinyl

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Cotton and vinyl together make a beautiful see through bag. I’ve even included tips for sewing with the vinyl.

Yarn Project Bag

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Make your favorite yarn crafter happy with this Yarn Project Bag. It has a grommet on top for the yarn to come out of!

Drawstring Backpack

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Everyone loves a drawstring backpack. This one is even better with a pocket.

Double Compartment Cross Body Bag

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The Double Compartment Cross Body Bag has a clever construction method you have never seen before.

Easy Scrapyard Tote

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Do you have lots of scraps to play with? Make the Scrapyard Tote.

Strappy Bag with Pockets

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This fabulous bag with big exterior pockets has easy leather straps, but if you want to use all cotton – I have a tutorial for cotton bag straps too.

DIY Clutch Bag

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This cute DIY Clutch Bag has a spot for your phone and a zipper coin pocket too.

Tiny Tote Bag

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Sew this Tiny Bag with a classic shape that’s just right for the essentials.

Tiny Tote Bag with Quilted Exterior

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If you love sewing with foam stabilizer like I do – you’ll love my designer version of the Tiny Bag. It’s even better than the first!

Basket Tote Pattern

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Beautiful fabric never had a better match than the Basket Tote. You have to try it.

Sweet Quilted Tote

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Practice all your quilting skills on fabric and then sew it into this Sweet Quilted Tote.

Chubby Lunch Tote

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People make the chubby lunch tote for lunch… and also for a purse, a scripture bag, and a cosmetics pouch!

Quilt as You Go Bag with Pom Poms

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Use fabric scraps and a quilt-as-you-go technique to make this adorable tote pattern! The pom poms are optional, but I love the quirky touch!

Car Ditty Bag

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Keep the important things in your car organized with the Car Ditty Bag.

Convertible Cross Body Tote

Go cross-body style all the way with my DIY Convertible Cross Body Tote.

Japanese Knock-Off Tote Bag Pattern

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You don’t have to use Japanese fabrics on my Japanese Knock Off Bag – your favorite scraps will do.

The Perfect DIY Wallet Handbag

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Is it a wallet or a purse? It doesn’t matter – this little bag is perfect.

Speedy Patchwork Tote Bag

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Quick patchwork and lots of room are what this Speedy Patchwork Tote is about.

Easy Cross Body Zipper Bag

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Are there leftover jelly roll strips in your scrap bag? Here’s the perfect cross body bag to use them on. It’s super fast too.

Drawstring Ditty Bag

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Contrasting fabric on the sides make the Drawstring Ditty Bag unique and special.

Snappy Tote

Sew up a fast and easy bag that snaps shut and is perfect for holding just a few essentials. There is a handle on top and a pocket on the back for holding things you don’t want to lose track of.

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!

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