Who says you can’t sew a new tote bag or purse in an afternoon? I’ve done it lots of times! And here are over 14 free tote bag patterns that I have actually sewn in an afternoon.
These free bag patterns are listed in order based on how fast they are to sew. Cutting and applying interfacing can take up a huge amount of your bag-making time. That’s why the 2 fastest bags to make below have no interfacing and almost no cutting!
1. Easy Fold Over Messenger Bag
There is no interfacing on this bag, which makes it perfect for heavier fabrics like canvas, sateen, and other home decor-weight fabrics. There’s also an option to make 2 smaller messenger bags from 1 yard, too. You will love this easy messenger bag pattern.
2. One Yard Magic Hobo Bag
All you need to make this bag is 1 yard and 1 hour, and you’ll be done. I promise! Perfect for beginners, this bag also has no interfacing and works beautifully for thicker fabrics like canvas, sateen, and other home decor-weight fabrics. Make sure you check out the 1 Yard Magic Hobo Bag.
3. Canvas Book Bag
This small book bag with a pocket on the front uses canvas, so there’s no lining! The straps are sewn from pretty quilting cotton fabric. Even a beginner can sew a book bag in one day if they pick this one.
4. Easy Bag with 1 Yard of Quilting Cotton
Kids’ Halloween treat bags like this one are fast and easy to sew. Just grab 1/2 yard cute fabric exterior and any other 1/2 yard for the lining. A simple bag like this can be used all year, not just for Halloween.
5. Japanese Style Square Bag with Quilting Cotton
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.
6. Cute Tote Bag with Optional Applique Bunnies
Here’s another unlined bag pattern that works best with heavier upholstery weight fabric. The Easy Tote Pattern has a free (optional) bunny applique too.
7. Shopping Bag with Rope Handles
This roomy shopping bag pattern is cute and reversible. The rope handles are optional, but I totally recommend them!
8. Sweet Quilted Bag
Learn how to sew a quilted tote. The quilting stitches are optional, but I hope you don’t skip them!
9. The Sew Easy Big Tote Bag
Sew a big quilted tote bag with beautiful details that is super easy to sew. This DIY bag pattern has an attached lining and simple French seams, so there are no raw edges on the inside.
10. More One Yard Magic Totes
These one-yard magic bags are a little different from the others. Since these bags are lined, you’ll need one yard of fabric for the exterior and one yard for the lining. You’ll also need some fusible fleece stabilizer and optional fabric for the handles. You can use store bought handles, thrifted handles, or make your own!
11. The Picnic Tote
The Picnic Tote makes a beautiful purse with pockets inside – and it’s really a lot simpler to make than it looks!
12. Strappy Tote Bag With Pockets
The Strappy Tote Bag with Pockets is a winner! Plus, you can add up to 8 pockets. For the straps, I used leather strips from the craft store. They were very easy to sew on. You can also make your own straps or buy some pre-made ones.
13. Japanese Style Drawstring Bag
This Japanese Style Tote bag is so cute and reversible. You will love the huge pockets on the inside.
14. Rope Handled Totes
Here’s another lined bag with contrasting fabrics. No handles to sew, plus a simple design, make the Rope Handled Tote a breeze!
15. A Big Flying Geese Tote Bag
The Flying Geese Tote is fast to make and really big!
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