18 models of small bags that won’t cost you a cent!

Have you ever sewn your own purse or bag? It's a wonderful thing to show off to friends. Discover how easy it is to create a unique handbag or small bag and show off your unique style.

Baguette bag sewing pattern

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Sew a gorgeous baguette bag – it’s small AND you can pack it with all your essentials. I carried my dog ​​Lola in this little bag when she was a puppy and only weighed 3 1/2 pounds.

Perfect DIY wallet

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The Perfect DIY wallet is perfect for grab and go with just the right amount of carrying space. It fits in with all the other mini handbags that are popular right now.

Square handbag pattern

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Your favorite square handbag model is here! You will love my simple method for sewing a zipper. I used less than 1/2 yard of one printed fabric for the interior and less than 1/2 yard of another printed fabric for the exterior. To make a handbag, simply add handles to make it a purse or D-rings to hang on a shoulder strap.

Crossbody travel pouch

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Make this cute handbag with a shoulder strap and 3 handy pockets in 3 handy sizes – room for everything you need!

Triple zipper bag model

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The clever triple zipper bag has three zippers on the outside and another coin pocket on the inside! This handbag model is a reader favorite. It measures approximately 7” wide, 5” high and 3” deep, not including the strap. I put 2 small D-rings on each side of my bag so I could attach an adjustable shoulder strap. You can use a single D-ring tab and make a wrist strap instead. Or leave both out if you want.

Double compartment crossbody handbag

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This super cute purse is much easier to sew than it looks…come see! I gave this to my daughter and it's one of her favorite crossbody bags.

DIY Clutch Purse

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Treat yourself to this adorable DIY pouch that has room for everything you need and nothing you don't.

Small tote model

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The little tote is so fun to make – and it’s also really quick to sew! Of all the small handbags I show people how to make, this one is the most popular.

The Arial handbag

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This pretty handbag has a beautiful braided strap and a cell phone pocket inside! My readers love that it's actually bigger inside than it looks, allowing you to carry small packages as well.

Snappy Pouch

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This little Snappy pouch is suitable for large quarters and perfect for beginners!

The one meter magic bag model

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Imagine this: you can sew these two bags with one meter of fabric for the exterior and one meter for the lining! The smaller version of this 1 Yard Magic Purse tutorial is just that, magic.

Japanese style patchwork tote bag pattern

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This charming reversible tote can be sewn with scraps. Make a magnificent patchwork bag with pockets inside OR outside, the choice is yours!

Zippered shoulder bag

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Make a cute little handbag using 2 1/2′ strips! This size is perfect for young people carrying just a phone and a wallet.

Clamshell bag model

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Sew a chic, pretty and sturdy little flap bag. The free pattern also includes a plain strapless handbag version.

Nice Hobo bag

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Hobo bags are back in fashion. Sewing this beautiful hobo bag is so simple and the results are beautiful!

DIY cell phone pouch template

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Learn how to sew a DIY cell phone case (one of my other daughter's favorite mini purses) for when all you need is your phone and a few cards.

Convertible shoulder bag

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This amazing handbag features a convertible strap – use it long or short, depending on your needs!

Quick Patchwork Tote

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Patchwork bags are so much fun to sew! This model allows you to customize the size you want… take a look. You can make mini bags, medium-sized bags or large weekend bags with this versatile sewing pattern.

All these models of small bags do not spare your fabric reserve. Many of them use fat quarters and scraps, so you may not need to make a trip to the fabric store. Imagine the total savings! Just kidding, I'd head to my local quilt store anyway.

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