The 25 Best Free Bag Patterns to Sew with Quilting Cotton Fabric!


Sew the cutest bags with your favorite fabric – quilting cotton! Here are 25 free bag patterns that use cotton fabric.

Most of the bags in this list use a yard or less of fabric and a lot of the smaller bags can be sewn with fat quarters. 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.

Are you ready for all the best bags to sew with quilting cotton? Let’s go…

cross body bag from free sewing pattern

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 the adjustable strap. Don’t miss this pattern that really shouldn’t be free. 🙂



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




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




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




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




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




The Lots of Pockets Cross Body Bag has a clever construction that you have never seen before. Check it out.




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




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




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.




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




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




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!




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




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




Love pockets? This tote has the most!




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




Mix pom poms and quilt as you go for one adorable tote!




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




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


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




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




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




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.




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




This simple diaper tote is great for lots of other things too. There’s even a separate pocket on the back.




I love Ali’s beautiful Boho Market Tote too with her free sewing pattern.

And that’s more than 25! Have you sewn any of these bags? Tell me in the comments!




I think you’ll also love this collection of Fabulous Fat Quarter Projects – they use quilting cotton too!

Happy sewing,


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