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Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags

Updated on April 19, 2017
Jean Pocket Purse Back View
Jean Pocket Purse Back View | Source
Jean Pocket Purse Front View - See link below
Jean Pocket Purse Front View - See link below | Source

Sewing your own handbag or purse can be a fun project. With the prices of purses so high now, you can save a lot of money too. Here you'll find a good selection of free sewing patterns for both purses and handbags.

The great thing about sewing your own is that they use so little fabric. Save leftovers from denim or heavy fabric from pillows or even use the upholstery fabric from furniture you might be discarding. Don't throw away old purses without first saving the handles and hardware. You never know when they will come in handy.

Just click on the blue titles to go to the pages with the patterns.

3 Dimension Purse Patterns - This purse is sewn much like a bag, but has 4 sides. You will only need 1/2 of yard of fabric for the purse and 1 yard of lining.

Adjustable Purse Handle - This page takes you step-by-step through the process of making a handle that is adjustable. Keep this on hand for purses that don't have the adjustable handle, so you can change it to the way you'd like the purse.

Basic Purse - Here you'll find a step-by-step tutorial for a simple purse. You'll need 1/2 yard of fabric for the purse, plus 1 yard of stiff fusible interfacing for the liner.You can make fabric handles or purchase handles for the purse. You'll also need sewing supplies.

Clutch Purse with Antique Pin Closure - The purse pattern would work well for when you want a purse that is a little dressier. You could use a fabric that is casual to make one that is good for everyday use too. The purse closes with a fancy antique pin closure, but you could use anything of your choice.

Darling Doily Purse - This purse can be made in just a short time and it would work well for a wedding, prom or any dressy occasion. You could use it for Sunday church too. You just need two 10" doilies, sewing supplies, lining, iron-on interfacing, purse handle, and a decorative button or snap to close.

Denim Tote Bag - You'll need denim or canvas and leather straps to complete this project. Photos and instructions are included that will guide you through the project.

Fat Quarter Tote Bag - You can't beat the price to make this cute bag. You just need one fat quarter of fabric and the same of lining fabric. Of course sewing supplies will also be needed. The bag can be completed easily with the step-by-step photos provided.

Jean Pocket Purse - I wish I had saved some of our old jeans to sew some of these purses. They are made with the back pocket cut from an old pair of jeans. You'll also need about 1" square of velcro, contrasting fabric and a decorative button. Instructions are included.

Old Grain Sack Tote - Follow this tutorial and sew two purses from one grain sack. These are nice.

Open Tote Bag - This is a good pattern for a beginning sewer. You'll need some sturdy fabric such as denim and some contrasting fabric for the bottom of the bag. This bag takes little time to sew.

Scrappy Clutch Bag - This bag is made with a steel frame and assorted fabric scraps. A PDF pattern is included. You'll find step-by-step photos to help you through the entire project.

Super Easy Drawstring Bag - You'll need just two 18" squares of fabric and some cording to complete this bag. It has two handy pockets. This is a good beginner sewing project.

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The Grandview Bag - A step-by-step tutorial is provided to help you with this pattern. The purse has pleating in the front and doesn't look like your normal simple handbag. You'll need fabric for both the outside of the purse, lining, interfacing and a magnetic snap.

The Reversible School Time Messenger Bag - The Snips and Snaps blog offers this free pattern for a pretty bag. Instructions include photos that will take you each step of the way. The bag looks easy, so any sewer should be able to tackle it.

Video How to Make a Duct Tape Purse - This isn't really a sewing pattern, but if you'd like to create a purse, these are really easy and nice when finished. The link will take you to a video that shows you how. When going to the store you might be surprised at the different colors of duct tape now available.


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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      kimberlyschimmel, Enjoy sewing one. I've meant to sew a couple, but haven't yet myself. Thanks for viewing.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 3 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      This is a handy reference for next time I want to make a handbag.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      ElleBee, Have fun with the patterns. Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting.

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      ElleBee 5 years ago

      So cute! I'm just getting into sewing, I'll have to try some of these patterns out.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Millionaire Tips,It sounds like you found my hub at just the right time. Have fun going through the patterns and I hope you find just the right one. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      My daughter just found some fabric from my stash and asked me to make her a purse. Now I have to figure out what pattern will suit her tastes. Thanks for these ideas.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      Dolores, Thanks for viewing the hub and commenting. I hope you find the inspiration that you are looking for.

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love to make bags and am making some small zipper purses using fabric scraps. When I am in bag mode, I keep thinking of other projects, other bags. I'll check out some of the links for further inspiration. (Thanks for the link!)

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Stephanie, I want to sew on of those myself. I'm waiting for someone here to wear out their jeans. Thanks for visiting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      Great selection of ideas for purses! I really like the jeans pocket purse - it looks perfect for those times when you just need a casual purse for a few necessities! Voted up and pinned on Pinterest!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      lucybell21, Thanks for commenting and passing along.

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      Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I am going to pass these sites onto my niece. She loves to make things like this!

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      susann23b, Thanks for the comments. I hope you can find one you like.

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      susanm23b 6 years ago

      Great collection of fun ideas! One the best things I really like about making my own purse is I can make exactly the way I want it to be. It's so hard to find something just right--I always think that "this pocket" should be a little bigger, etc. Voted up! Useful :)

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      RTalloni, Feel free to link to it. I'll take all the links I can get. Have fun checking them out and I hope you find some you like. Thanks for commenting.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      teaches12345, This one does look easy. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to make a jean pocket purse, but not really confident in my sewing skills. This one looks really nice. Great topic and so useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It's going to be fun going through these links. I'm hoping to get back to purse projects I had to put on the back burner. New ideas have been rolling around the back of my brain and it will be helpful to peruse these you have listed. Thanks! Would like to link this hub to mine on making a denim skirt handbag if you have no objection.


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