Who says you can't sew a new tote bag or purse in an afternoon? I've done it several times! And here are 14+ free tote bag patterns that I sewed in one afternoon.
These free bag patterns are listed in order based on how quickly they are sewn. Cutting and applying interfacing can take up a huge portion of your bag making time. This is why the 2 quickest bags to make below have no interlining and almost no cutting!
1. Easy-to-fold messenger bag
There is no interfacing on this bag, making it perfect for heavier fabrics like canvas, satin, and other home decor fabrics. There is also the option to make 2 smaller messenger bags from 1 meter. You will love this easy messenger bag pattern.
2. 1 Meter Magic Hobo Bag
All you need to make this bag is 1 yard and 1 hour, and you'll be done. I promise! Perfect for beginners, this bag also has no interfacing and works wonderfully for heavier fabrics like canvas, satin, and other home decor fabrics. Be sure to check out the 1 Yard Magic Hobo Bag.
3. Canvas Book Bag
This little satchel with a pocket on the front is made of canvas, so there is no lining! The straps are sewn from a lovely quilted cotton fabric. Even a beginner can sew a schoolbag in one day if he chooses this one.
4. Easy bag with 1 meter of quilting cotton
Kids' Halloween treat bags like this one are quick and easy to sew. Just take 1/2 yard of cute outer fabric and another 1/2 yard for the lining. A simple bag like this can be used all year round, not just for Halloween.
5. Japanese-style square bag with quilted cotton
This Japanese-inspired model is perfect for a beginner: the shape is made with a few darts that are easy to sew onto the side of the bag. This free sewing pattern includes instructions for making two different sizes so you have the perfect size bags for yourself or to give as gifts.
6. Cute tote bag with optional applique bunnies
Here's another unlined bag design that's better suited to thicker upholstery. The Easy Tote model also has a free rabbit applique (optional).
7. Shopping Bag with Rope Handles
This spacious shopping bag model is cute and reversible. The rope handles are optional, but I totally recommend them!
8. Soft quilted bag
Learn how to sew a quilted tote. The quilting stitches are optional, but I hope you don't skip them!
9. The large Sew Easy tote bag
Sew a large quilted tote bag with beautiful details and super easy to sew. This DIY bag pattern has an attached lining and simple French seams, so there are no raw edges inside.
10. More Magical Yard Totes
These one meter magic bags are a little different from the others. Since these bags are lined, you will need one yard of fabric for the exterior and one yard for the lining. You will also need an iron-on fleece stabilizer and optional fabric for the handles. You can use store bought handles, second hand handles, or make your own!
11. The picnic tote
The Picnic Tote is a beautiful handbag with pockets inside – and it really is a lot easier to make than it looks!
12. Strappy Tote Bag with Pockets
The Strappy Tote Bag with Pockets is a winner! Additionally, you can add up to 8 pockets. For the straps, I used leather strips from the craft store. They were very easy to sew. You can also make your own bracelets or buy premade ones.
13. Japanese-style drawstring bag
This Japanese style tote bag is so cute and reversible. You'll love the huge pockets inside.
14. Rope Handle Tote
Here is another bag lined with contrasting fabrics. No handles to sew and a simple design make the Rope Handle Tote a breeze!
15. A Large Flying Geese Tote Bag
The Flying Geese Tote is quick to make and really big!
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