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20+ Free Tote Bag Patterns to Sew

Design a new bag big enough to hold all of your necessities with this collection of free purse patterns to sew!

Updated April 02, 2019
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 bag and purse patterns are lovely and fun in their own special ways but they are not nearly as versatile as the beloved tote bag pattern.

We think you will enjoy going through these 20+ Free Tote Bag Patterns to Sew and finding yourself at least one to make. 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! AllFreeSewing loves free tote bag patterns and we have a ton of totes for you to pick through. Check out some of our best and brightest free tote bag patterns on this page. Free tote bag patterns are probably the most popular sewn purse patterns available. It seems like no matter what new activity or device is trendy that there is a tote for that.

Also, the more we become attached to our tablets and computers, the more tote bag pattern ideas we discover being designed to keep them tucked safely away. Whether you are a new member of the totally-into-totes team or a free tote bag pattern fanatic, you will find it here!

Plus! Learn how to make a messenger bag in 10 minutes with this amazing video tutorial from our friend Mary Beth!

Feminine Tote Bag Sewing Patterns

Women, these were made for you. Just because a pattern is simple does not mean it cannot be flirty and feminine. Check out these tote bag patterns for women to add a lovely and practical tote to your wardrobe.

Budget-Friendly Tote Bag Patterns

The best thing about tote bag pattern ideas is that they can be insanely affordable. From dollar store wonders to t-shirt totes, these tote bag patterns are refreshingly cheap to make.

Child Tote Bag Patterns

Totes are not just for moms and dads. Make one of these free tote bag patter ideas for kids and your child will have a new way to carry their toys or school work.

Grocery Bag Patterns

With the growing popularity of sustainable grocery bag patterns and farmer’s markets, tote bag patterns have found a new job as free grocery bag patterns! Save the earth and do it in style with these free grocery bag patterns. There’s no need to buy your own sustainable bags when you can make them!

Vacation and Family Tote Bag Patterns

Can you believe it? There are even more free tote bag pattern ideas. Enjoy these designs that are ideal for those times when you have to lug a lot out the door or when you are on vacation, whether it be at the beach or museums around the city. With this choice of free travel tote bag patterns, you will be all set for your next trip.

What's your favorite type of bag to make? Let us know in comments!

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For a confirmed bag-a-holic like me it is simply impossible for me to scroll through a whole list of totes like this and not want to make virtually all of them, haha! This is such a good selection too that it will be impossible for you not to find something that you want to make.

I just watched the video for the messenger bag. I like how it looks with the contrasting fabric and the idea of the simple rectangle shapes to make it. I have never sewn using a buckle before and she explains it well and makes it look so easy. I am saving this one and would like to make it one day. Thanks for sharing this video.

These are all so pretty. I used to make my own bags but haven't in several years. This has inspired me to start it up again!

Kaylee, I am trying to find the pattern for the tote/purse shown in the lower right hand corner of the picture displayed for the Free Tote Bag Pattern Party18 Can you please help me locate that? Thank you.

Hi Kayetoo! The tote bag featured in the lower right hand corner is the Retro Shoulder Bag Tutorial. You can find the link for that project here: https://www.allfreesewing.com/Bags-and-Purses/Retro-Shoulder-Bag-Tutorial Have a great day!

Can Free tote bag pattern party: 18 how to make a tote bag ideas be downloaded? If so, I haven't found where to download it, yet.

Hi Finney! This page is not an eBook it is a collection page. Simply click on the links above to be directed to the patterns and there will be further instructions at those links as to how to make the bags. Hope that helps, Kaylee, Editor of AllFreeSewing.com

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