Free Sewing Patterns for Purses and Bags
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.
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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.