I love big bags! There’s nothing better than a bag that I can use to carry everything I need to church, to a class, or just to the post office. Here are my 20 favorite sewing patterns for making a nice big bag. Some of these bags are quilted, some have zippers, some have drawstrings, and some have lots of pockets. No matter what kind of big bag you are looking for, I bet you find it here.

Flying Geese Tote Bag

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This is a big sturdy tote bag that’s perfect for taking to the beach, yoga class, or just to the grocery store. The Flying Geese Tote has pockets on the inside and lots of room too.

Sew Easy Big Beautiful Bag

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The DIY Big Beautiful Bag pattern is a classic quilted tote bag. It is so fast and easy to sew, you won’t believe it. If you use a floral print, friends will think you splurged on the latest Vera Bradley Bag!

One Yard Magic: Two Bags

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

Fish Shaped Beach Bag

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

Japanese Style Square Bag

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This big bag is so fast and easy to make, you won’t believe it. The soft shoulder bag has a unique shape and plenty of room inside for everything you want to tote. Learn how to make a Japanese-style square bag.

Shopping Bag with Easy Rope Handles

Sew up this shopping tote pattern for a roomy, beautiful bag!

Craft Project Bag

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Sew your next craft project bag! This free bag pattern will help you sew the perfect tote for carrying sewing supplies, yarn and crochet or knitting needles, scrapbooking tools, or even diapers and baby items.

Sew Easy Big Bag with a Zipper!

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I had so many requests from readers asking me to make a Sew Easy Big Tote Bag with a Zipper, that I had to comply. Some of my readers are making these totes to sell at craft fairs and their customers love it. I am thrilled to hear that.

Easy Duffle Bag Pattern

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You (yes you!) can sew a beautiful duffle bag! This free sewing pattern uses cotton fabric and foam stabilizer to make a designer-style duffle bag that all your friends will swoon over.

Quilt As You Go Log Cabin Tote

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Did you know that the quilt-as-you-go technique can be sewn on bags too? Try it with this Mod Log Cabin Tote Pattern.

Big Fabric and Vinyl Tote Bag

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Cotton and vinyl together make a beautiful see through bag that’s great for travel, stadiums, and holding craft supplies. The free pattern includes tips for sewing with vinyl.

Color Blocked Tote Bag

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The big colorblocked tote bag has all the features of a high end bag: an inset zipper, interior pockets, riveted straps, and pretty lining. And it’s still easy to sew!

Yarn Project Bag

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Make your favorite yarn crafter happy with this Yarn Project Bag. It’s big enough to hold a lot of yarn and has a grommet on top for the yarn to come out of!

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.

Big Bag from a Quilt

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Do you have an extra patchwork quilt laying around? Here’s a super easy, super fun way to turn that extra quilt into a big beautiful quilted bag!

Speedy Patchwork Tote

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Quick patchwork and a bag with classic styling are what this Speedy Patchwork Tote is about. You can make it in any different size. My free tutorial shares how to make 3 specific sizes: large, medium, and small.

Basket Tote

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Beautiful fabric never had a better match than the Basket Tote. This free bag pattern makes a large purse or tote with pockets on the inside. It’s a reader favorite.

Japanese-Style Drawstring Bag With Handles and Pockets

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You don’t have to use Japanese fabrics on my Japanese Knock Off Bag – your favorite scraps will do. This gorgeous patchwork bag is reversible so the pockets can be on the inside or the outside. Use a drawstring to cinch it up, or not!

Tote With Many Pockets

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Love pockets? This tote has the most! The Tote with Many Pockets 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.

Quilt-As-You-Go Big Bag

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Have you fallen in love with Quilt as You Go yet? It’s a fun technique for quilts, of course, but I’m having lots of fun using it for tote bags too. Learn how to make a beautiful big bag with QAYG and optional pom poms!

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