The Ultimate Free Bag Pattern Collection: Over 40 Bags to Sew!


Are you a ‘bag lady’ like me? What can I say… a girl can never have too many bags!

From the market to the beach, all shapes and sizes, these bags are great for all occasions. And a great bag isn’t difficult to make. Whatever your sewing experience, there are so many options I know you will love.

The Easiest Tote

This easy sewing project requires less than one yard of fabric. It’s the perfect beginner bag tutorial. There are only straight seams and the handles are easy to sew.

The Mod Log Cabin Tote

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

Color Blocked Tote

Download my popular Big Color Blocked Tote for a sleek and stylish bag for all your needs.

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 square bag sewing pattern includes instructions for making two sizes.

Tote With Many Pockets

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Pockets are the name of the game with my super practical free tote pattern. Tote with Many Pockets is one of those fabulous totes that just makes sense! Cutting and fusing interfacing take up most of your time with this project, but if you use a heavy weight fabric, you can skip the interfacing!

Craft Project Bag

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

Cross Body Sling Bag

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Sew your own cross body sling bag (a.k.a. hip bag, fanny pack, cross body) 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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You can sew a big, professional-looking bag with just four fat quarters and some vinyl! 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 an awesome messenger bag that fits perfectly 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 – a Baguette Bag! I love the versatility of a small but mighty bag. And this is a great bag for that hardware you found at the thrift store.

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. The handle is removeable with the hardware shown above, so you can swap it out for a wrist handle if the event calls for it.

Tiny Tote

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

Boxy Zipper Bag

My Boxy Zipper Bag Pattern can be made with or without any bag hardware. You can choose to add handles to make a purse, or opt for D-rings and a strap to make a cross-body bag.

Yarn Project Bag

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Store and use your yarn with this Yarn Project Bag. It’s a roomy bag that’s perfect for carrying balls of yarn or string! This half-barrel shaped bag has an easy-to-install eyelet (or grommet) on top out of which you can draw the yarn.

Shopping Bag with Easy Rope Handles

Sew up this shopping tote pattern for a roomy, beautiful bag! It is nice to keep in the car for carrying groceries inside.

Teacher Tote Bags

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

Triple Zipper Bag

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Practice makes perfect after all. Get confident about zippers (don’t worry – I’ll show you all the zipper hacks) with a beautiful clutch bag. This sweet little bag has three zippers on the outside plus another coin pouch zipper inside.

Fish Shaped Beach Bag

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

Cross Body Zipper Tote

Get your stash ready; here’s another Cross Body. The Practical 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 perfect beach tote 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

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

Snappy Tote Clutch

Sew up a DIY Easy-to-Sew Snappy Tote. It’s perfect for just a few essentials, and snaps shut at the top.

The Basket Tote

The Basket Tote free sewing pattern is a classic purse. To make it more quickly, skip the quilting and use fusible fleece instead. You could also 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 need!

Picnic Tote

The Picnic Tote is more simple than it looks. There are pockets inside for added organization.

Chubby Lunch Tote

The Chubby Lunch Tote isn’t just for lunch; it’s big enough to use for other things, too. and super fast to sew!

Cross Body Convertible Tote

The Cross Body Convertible Tote is a perfectly sized purse. I really think you’ll love it!

One Yard Magic: Two Bags

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

Pom Pom Tote

Is this fun or what? The Pom Pom Tote uses quilting to give character and originality. Quilt as much or as little as you like. This would be a great place to practice some free-form quilting.

Japanese Style Drawstring Bag

I love the simple lines on the Japanese Style Tote bag. To sew this pattern more quickly, skip the patchwork on the lining.

Rope Handled Tote

A simple design and premade rope handles make my Rope Handled Tote a breeze! This is a free pattern that you’ll sew over and over again because it’s quick, easy, and functional.

Flying Geese Tote Bag Pattern

The Flying Geese Tote is really big so you can carry a lot! This is also a quick project.

Sweet Quilted Tote

I love the process of quilting my bags. This Sweet Quilted Tote it will come together in no time at all.

Small Canvas Book Bag

This Little Book Bag doesn’t need lining, and I designed it with a pocket in the front for extra functionality.

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 just one yard in under an hour with the 1 Yard Magic Messenger Bag free pattern.

The Sew Easy Big Bag

I made this Sew Easy Big Tote Bag in just a couple hours, and you can too! This free bag pattern is even 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 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 until you try it!

Clamshell Bag

Sew a Clamshell Bag in two ways – plain or fancy!

Pretty Hobo Bag

You will love your new purse when you the Pretty Hobo Bag pattern. Give it a try!

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 bag, making the opening extra wide.

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