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6 FREE Bag Patterns for Totes, Purses and More

Fabric bags are such a handy item and you can never have too many! Whether you are heading out on vacation or running errands around town, a wardrobe of bags and totes makes it easy to grab and go. You can keep a few in the car for shopping and they make great gifts. Plus you can use some fun fabric scraps from your stash for just this kind of project. They can be on the small side for just your personal items or extra-large to carry all the necessities for a travel excursion. 

Here are six great bag patterns to kickstart your creativity:

1. The Arabesque Bag 

Arabesque tote bag

Photo via Craftsy member Sara Lawson

This beginner-friendly bag has a zip-top closure and two top-stitched pockets on the inside of the bag. It goes together quickly as it just has a front and back, but includes bottom gussets that give the bag a 4″ depth. Instructions to apply the optional ribbon trim are included. 

Get the Arabesque Bag pattern here.

2. The Swoon Ethel Tote Bag

Swoon Ethel Tote Bag Pattern - Available on Craftsy

Photo via Craftsy member Swoon Patterns

This is a roomy, sturdy and stylish open tote bag. With a teardrop shape, Ethel veers away from the usual boxy tote. It’s a “stuff it in and run out the door” kind of bag, designed to comfortably sling over your shoulder. Use two fabrics to accent the interesting shape of this bag. 

Get the Swoon Ethel Tote bag pattern here.

3. The Lined Canvas Tote

lined tote bag

Photo via Craftsy member TheInspiredWren

This pattern includes step-by-step directions on how to sew a fully lined canvas tote bag with an outer pocket and reinforced bottom. The handles wrap around the bottom so this bag can take a lot of weight. Use outdoor fabrics and your bag will stand up to a lot of use.

Get the Lined Canvas Tote pattern here.

4. Not-Just-a-Pretty Purse pattern

pretty purse pattern

Photo via Craftsy member SewStraightLine

Is it a purse or a tote bag? Either way use a pretty fabric and have a bag that does double duty. With a zippered pocket and cell phone pocket inside, plus a key fob and solid bottom, the bag will keep its shape and carry everything you could need.

Get the Not-Just-a-Pretty-Purse pattern here.

5. The Bia Bag

bia bag pattern

Photo via Craftsy member NotOnlyQuilts

If organization is your thing then how about a bag with a place for everything? While it’s not too big, this bag has pockets and compartment for everything you could need to carry. Instructions with photos will take you through construction including inner and outer zippers plus pockets and trim. 

Get the Bia bag pattern here.

 6. The Set The Table Placemat Tote

placemat tote

Photo via Craftsy member Suzie’s Projects

If unusual materials sound intriguing, try the Set the Table placemat tote. Sturdy, versatile and strong, everyone will be amazed you made this stylish bag from a vinyl placemat. Super fast and fun! With a snap closure, it makes a perfect bag for a beach or picnic. 

Get the Set The Table tote pattern here.

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Dinny Hinds

Thank you very much.


Thank you

Juliette Myers

Anxious totrysewing these bags!

Karen Anderson

Just the patterns I was looking for. Thank you


Thank you very much!!!


Thank you very much


Can’t wait to try all 6 bags thank you so much

Diane Fletcher

Thank you!

Hope Fleming

I would like free patterns

Hope Fleming

I would like free patterns.Thank you so much

Gloria Bennett

Thanks so much for the patterns! I’m ready to get started!


Wow. You guys and gals are so generous.. Thanks for helping us in so many ways.


I need a bag suitable for about ten folders with lots of pockets which is likely to last ages. I saw this even possible to make??????


Is this possible to make I mean

Veronica Hill

Thank you so much for your generosity giving us all these fabulous patterns..x

Helen White

Thanks very much for giving these patterns to us. So kind of you and much appreciated.



Thank you!


These bags are amazing and the prints are so different. Thanks very much for giving these patterns to us. The house of Tara

Judy F

I can’t save the pattern for the Bia bag
There is a Java script exception ☹️
Does any one else have this problem?

Kate Morris

Not sure why that is happening. I just tried it and can download it just fine. Try again and if you are still having an issue, our customer support team would be happy to help!


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