28 Free Bag, Tote and Purse Craft Ideas
When you get the urge to make a bag, purse or tote, it's really nice if you can find a free pattern. Here, you'll find tutorials for many different types of bags, purses and totes.
Wouldn't it be great to have a handbag that would co-ordinate perfectly with any outfit you were wearing? Buying a bag for each outfit would get awfully costly and usually that money could be better spent on a new outfit or shoes.
I'm suggesting that you use one, or more, of the free handbag patterns shown in this article to sew the perfect bag to match a particular outfit. There are patterns for totes, wristlets, purses and simple bag patterns to choose from.
If you aren't comfortable sewing for yourself, you would still save a lot of money by paying a friend, who can sew, to make the handbag for you. If you find a bag style that you particularly love, use the same pattern but change the fabric or embellishments for a new look.
You'll find the tutorial for making the beautiful ruffled tote shown above, at V and CO.
1. Blossom Bag
When you look at the bags shown, be sure to imagine them made in other fabrics or prints. Go to sew mama sew for the directions for this blossom bag.
2. Anthropologie Inspired Tote
Depending on the fabric used to make this Anthropologie inspired purse, it can be used with very formal wear or casual wear. So many possibilities for this tote. Find the pattern at Snips & Spice.
3. Ruffled Purse
What young lady wouldn't be thrilled to carry a fashionable bag like this. Domestic Diva has the pattern and instructions for this beauty.
4. Cross Body Zipper Bag
5. Leather Fringe Purse
This site also has a list of tips for sewing leather. Find the tips, pattern and instructions at A Beautiful Mess.
6. Pocket Tote
Make your own gym bag using this pattern and instructions from Better Homes and Gardens.
7. Lined Drawstring Bag
Find out how to make a simple lined drawstring bag by going to IN COLOR ORDER for the pattern and directions.
8. Push the Envelope
Imagine what this messenger bag will look like made it a fabric suitable for your wardrobe. Find the pattern and instructions by going to Weekend designer.
9. Braided Handle Tote
I can definitely see this purse done in a colorful faux leather. You'll find the pattern and instructions at Purl SOHO.
10. Boho Sling Bag
Make this bag in as many different colors, fabrics or prints as will fit your wardrobe. Go to The Destashification Project for the pattern.
11. Silk Pleated Bag
This is a beautiful silk bag, but I think it would be just as beautiful in other fabrics. Find the pattern and instructions at u handbag.
12. Ruffle Envelope Clutch
Use ready made ruffles to make this an easy project. Go to PROJECT INSPIRE for the instructions and pattern.
13. Crocodile Clutch Purse
To crochet this cute and useful clutch, find the directions at my Merry Messy Life.
14. Hobo T-Shirt Bag: No Sew
15. Tank Top Totes
I love the idea of using tank tops for making a tote. Remember that they are always really inexpensive at garage sales. Find the directions at Craftynest.
16. Fabric Produce Bag
If hate to see the waste of using plastic bags for carrying grocery produce, then you will want to make and use this fabric produce bag. The pattern and instructions for this bag is found at DAISY JANIE.
17. Car Trash Bag
This would be a perfect gift for any time or season of the year, and for anyone that drives a vehicle. Everyone would appreciate an attractive place to stash wrappers and cans. The tutorial for making this car trash bag can be found at A Ditchin’ Time Quilts.
18. An Autumn Tote
This is a very elegant looking crocheted tote that will look great with any outfit. Go to favecrafts for the instructions.
19. Flower Pin Handbag
Another really cute, casual handbag from Better Homes and Gardens. You'll find the pattern and instructions there.
20. Pleated Front Bag
You'll get a completely different look by sewing this bag in a solid color or in a faux leather fabric. Go to u handbag for the pattern and instructions.
21. Zipper Pouch Bag
Not only will you want to make a zippered pouch for your own use, you'll want to surprise your friend with one as a gift also. Find the tutorial at Lil' Luna.
22. Grab Bags
I've made a few bags, for myself and as gifts, using this pattern. A really nice casual bag. For the instructions and pattern, go to Martha Stewart.
23. Duct Tape Purse
24. Belted Sweater Purse
No one would ever guess that this purse was made using an old sweater. Find the instructions for making a sweater purse like this at Second Chances by Susan. Outstanding!!
25. Quilt Square Tote
You'll love this easy to make tote with directions brought to you by MISSOURI STAR QUILT CO. You'll find so many uses for this tote, and be able to use up some of the fabric scraps that are too nice or too large to toss.
26. Place Mat Bag
What could be easier than to make a hand bag using a beautiful place mat? To make the place mat bag shown above, find the instructions at Martha Stewart.
27. Twenty Minute Tote
Nothing could be more simple than this tote. Find the easy to follow directions at Purl Soho.
28. Girl's Bag
Just the right size for a young girls needs and treasures. Find the tutorial for making this bag at Fyne's Designs.
© 2013 Loraine Brummer