150+ Free Bag Patterns to Sew (Ultimate List)

Welcome to the ultimate page for bag sewing patterns! General bags, purses, totes, drawstring, diaper, clutches, coin, and many more!

By: Nichole Pientka, Editor,
Updated April 28, 2023
150 Free Bag Patterns to Sew

Get ready for the ultimate list of free bag patterns to sew, plus several tutorials, too. Do you know how to sew a bag? If not, then you'll appreciate our page full of DIY bags and how to make a bag sewing tutorials for you to try out!

Not to mention all of the variety in this list. Bags and purses can be expensive to buy in stores, but you can make bags that last longer and look even better with these free sewing patterns and sewing tutorials. We also have much more than purses and standard bags.

Whether you like DIY tote bags, purses, handbags, clutches, backpacks, or are looking for something even more specific, like a diaper bag, you can find easy sewing projects for all of these kinds of bags. You can sew a bag that looks even better and fancier than a designer purse with any of these sewing tutorials.

Some people say that the bag you carry and what's in it can define you. If you like to haul around your DIY tote bag with as many things you can carry, people might see you as the go-to person when they need some extra chapstick or even an extra pair of socks. If you like to carry only the necessities in your DIY clutch purse, you're more of a jet setter and traveler with the ability to flit to another continent at a moment's notice.

If you're a handbag kind of girl, you're flexible; you've got the necessities and a few extra belongings all organized and can be ready for a flight or a chill night at dinner and a movie. Whatever your bag says about you, you can make one all your own with any of these free sewing patterns. 

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Sewing Bags: Tutorials You'll Love & 15 Purse Patterns (eBook)

Sewing Bags: Tutorials You'll Love & 15 Free Purse Sewing Patterns eBook

You'll have all the sewing tutorials and DIY purse patterns you'll need in this collection. It might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but with all these free purse sewing patterns, anyone can learn how to sew a bag or purse.

Once you discover all the different kinds of bags and purses you can make, you’ll never want to stop making them! Since these projects don’t require a ton of new fabric, you can dig through your stash to make your next sewn masterpiece with scraps.

And because purse and bag projects aren’t too time-consuming, you can even make several in one sitting. The free purse sewing patterns found in this collection can help deliver projects that make wonderful handmade gifts for showers, birthdays, or other special events.

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12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns (eBook)

12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns

In love with DIY tote purse patterns? Check out this collection! In an ideal world, you’d never have to switch out bags, and you’d be able to stick to one go-to purse for everyday use. Well, we all know this just isn’t possible. Your busy life calls for different types. Certain days it's large totes and other days it's small clutches.

For those days at the beach, trips to the library, and long gym sessions, you’ll want to see our free tote projects and pick one large enough to store your necessities. We love large bags for many reasons.

When you find yourself out for a night on the town, maybe you just need a place to throw your lipstick and cash. This is where learning how to make a clutch comes in handy. You’ll find all kinds of useful ideas right here!

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12 Whimsical Wristlet Sewing Patterns

12 Whimsical Wristlet Sewing Patterns

Wristlets are so handy when you're on the go, so learn how to sew them with these wristlet sewing patterns. Wristlets and clutches can really add some flair to any lacking outfit. They don't overpower your look and are the perfect size for storing your belongings.

If you're in need of sprucing up your look, let a wristlet tutorial lead you in the right direction. Choose one of the wristlet sewing patterns provided in this handy collection, and you'll be hooked on making these simple and fun accessories. Instead of stocking a tote full of stuff, sometimes you just need a few select things for a night out on the town.

These compact bags are cute and handy. One of the best things about these wristlets is that they're quicker to make, which gives you more time to make several! If you're in need of bridesmaids' gifts, hostess gifts, or just presents for some other girlfriends, check out a wristlet tutorial from this collection.

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50+ Purse Sewing Patterns

50+ Purse Sewing Patterns

Don't spend another minute looking at designer purses, because you'll want to make these free purse sewing patterns right away! A girl can never have too many purses. Let's be real: how many bags do you have hanging in your closet?

How many beautiful purses have accumulated over the years, and you still periodically use them for this or that occasion? One can never have too many purses, which is why we've collected these 50+ Purse Sewing Patterns. These free purse patterns are innovative, gorgeous, and reader-approved.

Save a few bucks and make a bag that's truly one of a kind when you make any of these gorgeous purses. Just be warned, all of your friends will want you to make them some as well...once they see how many great purse and bag creations you've DIYed for yourself. Luckily for you, with this many easy patterns, you can say yes!

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26 Drawstring Bag Patterns & Tutorials

26 Drawstring Bag Patterns & Tutorials

DIY drawstring bag patterns are so handy, so check out this collection! There is not another sewn bag pattern out there that is more convenient than the drawstring bag pattern. These easy sewing project ideas come in all shapes and sizes, making them the ideal project to make for many situations.

When you learn how to make a drawstring bag, you immediately know how to make a bag that can be used to wrap up gifts or how to sew a big enough bag to carry your laundry. With their multitude of uses and easy design, the drawstring bag pattern ideas in this free collection of sewing patterns will all come in handy.

From itty bitty ideas to hold jewelry to DIY backpacks to make for your kids, the easy bags in this list all have something to offer. Whether you are looking to organize or just want a new beach bag, this collection is sure to hold your next sewing project.

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20+ Free Tote Bag Patterns to Sew

20+ Free Tote Bag Patterns to Sew

There’s the clutch for a night out, the backpack for an overnight trip, the messenger bag for meetings, and the coin purse for carrying small amounts of cash and coins. All of these free purse patterns are lovely and fun in their own special ways, but they are not nearly as versatile as the beloved tote bag pattern.

A free tote bag pattern can be used for so many different reasons. You can learn how to make a tote bag for library trips and outings at the farmer’s market. You can even carry a classy tote bag pattern as your everyday purse! No matter the occasion, there’s a free tote bag pattern for that!

Everyone here at AllFreeSewing loves free tote bag patterns, and we have a ton of totes for you to pick through. You'll find a variety of styles and sizes. Check out some of our best and brightest free tote bag patterns to sew in this collection.

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17+ Cutest Coin Purse Patterns

17+ Cutest Coin Purse Patterns

Some might say that coin purses are antiquated but they are wrong! There are almost too many uses for these little bags. Learn how to sew a cute coin purse instead of buying one. These are the most adorable designs ever! This collection offers some of the most adorable free sewing patterns to hold your change.

Find the fabric in the pattern, use up your stash, or shop for that perfect complementary fabric for your purse so that they match. Once you learn how to make a coin purse out of fabric, you'll see how easy it is. Plus, these wonderful DIY coin purses can be used for far more than just coins.

Because any cute coin purse in this list is so simple and fun to make, it's a great idea for gifts at any time of year. Plus, with the incredible assortment of designs, you won't leave this page without finding a bunch to add to your sewing to-do list.

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21 Diaper Bag Patterns + DIY Changing Pad Ideas

21 Diaper Bag Patterns + DIY Changing Pad Ideas

Do you need big diaper bag patterns that will help you store anything and everything you might need, or are you on the search for diaper bag patterns that are compact for quick trips? Maybe you need both. Find them all in this collection of DIY diaper bag ideas.

Check it out for diaper bag, wet bag, and DIY changing pad patterns that make great baby shower gifts for brand new moms. Any mom with a little one still in diapers can tell you that finding the right diaper bag is imperative. Having a great DIY diaper bag can truly change your life.

Using diaper bag patterns to learn how to make a bag that can store all your mommy must-needs can make a day out on the town with your little one so much easier. Diaper bag patterns are not all created equal, so finding the one that fits your particular needs is the most important part of choosing one of these baby sewing patterns.

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11 Free Crossbody Bag Sewing Patterns

11 Free Crossbody Bag Sewing Patterns

Because they sling across your body and rest at your hip, crossbody bags stay close without being too bulky. The balanced weight also helps give your shoulder a rest! That's why we think you'll love this list of 11 crossbody purse patterns. It's one of the most versatile and popular bag types available.

DIY the shoulder bag of your dreams with one of these adorable free sewing patterns. DIY crossbody bag patterns vary a ton, which is one of the reasons we love them so much! You can find full-blow designer-like purse patterns and you can DIY simple and small passport or phone bags.

The purse you pick really depends on your need and your sewing skill level. Check out some of our favorite homemade crossbody bags to DIY! A purse you can carry around without the use of your arms or hands will transform your life, believe us! Take a look and see for yourself.

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19+ Backpack Sewing Patterns

19+ Backpack Sewing Patterns

Whether you're looking for a more convenient way to carry your stuff or are in search of back-to-school patterns, learning how to sew a backpack can be an immersive way to explore. With this collection, you can't go wrong with finding a backpack pattern that's just right for you!

Backpacks just make travel much easier. With your hands and arms free, you can easily go about your day with your essentials strapped to your back. This is probably why this list has some of the most popular free patterns when it comes to sewists who are sewing for kiddos or preparing for a trip.

Unlike a simple tote bag, a backpack can hold quite a few essentials and can be modified to include additional pockets and other storage options. You'll be inspired to pick up your sewing materials and get to work on a new bag when you take a look at this page full of designs!

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Wowza, I don't think I'll ever have to shop for bags again with this list.


Hi! Great ideas . . . . but Im looking for a pattern for a specific kind of purse or shoulder bag, and Im hoping you folks out there can help. Its called an Ergonomic bag, but that simply means a bag that distributes the weight evenly over your arm, and is therefore much more comfortable to carry than a standard shoulder bag. Angel Fire Designs sells two patterns, their Kidney-Shaped Ergonomic Shoulder Bag Pattern and their Ergonomic Shoulder Bag Pattern (Pear-shaped). These patterns cost $14 each, which is one matter; but theyre also described as advanced sewing level. I found these at, and sent a message to the company. In their response, they suggested that I buy the pattern and have a professional seamstress make it for me! Does anybody at All Free Sewing have an idea for a simpler, less complicated version of this kind of bag? I think many sewists would appreciate a comfy, easy-on-the-body bag that can be created by normal people?

I love the links to free patterns.

i like gettingthese patterns

I did 3 of these "bags", the buttercup one, the one hour one, and the oversize beach tote. The beach tote turned out the best. The one hour one I did twice but the 1st time it turned out better than the second time around. All of them were great, had a hard time turning inside out when it came time to do so with the buttercup bag and wouldn't do it again for that reason. Thanks especially for the beach tote pattern! kr

I had the same problem with my Buttercup. It came out beautiful, but it was so difficult to turn.

Do we have to pick just one?? I found this site while looking for the jeans purse patterns (actually, I like my own better...sorry!) and found all these other GREAT patterns in the process. I made several of the little zipper clutches and the buttercup bag, and one of the messenger bags, from patterns I found here. I'd have to say, of all those that I made from the tutorials here, I liked the buttercup bag and the messenger bag the best. But I like so many of the patterns here!!!


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