One of the best things about learning to sew is making your own handbag. I love choosing fabric and sewing ideas to create something I will use and love. Here are some of my favorite free handbag patterns, handbag patterns, and the ultimate handbag accessory you can make and use every day (this is the last one). These patterns are designed to be quick and easy to make…enjoy!
The free tote basket pattern makes a beautiful and roomy handbag. There are generous interior pockets and an optional zipper at the top of the bag.
Crossbody handbag with quilted sides
Sew your own crossbody purse with quilted sides. This simple bag design uses cotton fabric and a flexible foam stabilizer for a beautiful shoulder bag with a wide contrasting strap. It includes an exterior pocket on both sides of the bag, interior card pockets and an additional pocket inside as well.
Pretty Hobo Bag handbag model
Sew a beautiful hobo style bag – it's easier than you think and it's a classic style. This purse pattern is simple enough that it won't take more than a day to sew, and yet it still has all the features I want in an everyday purse.
DIY Phone Case and Wallet
Sew an easy-to-use DIY coin purse that doubles as a wallet! Sometimes you want to carry a big purse – when you think you need everything you've saved in it – and sometimes all you need is your phone and a few cards.
Sewing pattern for the baguette bag
Clutches in this shape are what everyone wants right now. The free Baguette Bag sewing pattern is for a handbag that may be small but you can still pack it with everything you need. This tutorial includes a PDF template that you can download for free.
Tote bag model with many pockets
The tote pattern with many pockets will help you sew your next handbag! It's just the right size and you can carry the items you want to keep organized and quickly grab them in the 6 (yes six!) exterior pockets. Sew this free and easy bag pattern today.
Fanny pack model with 2 zippers
Sew your own fanny pack (i.e. fanny pack, shoulder bag, fanny pack, belt bag) using your favorite fabric and simple sewing techniques. This free sewing pattern will show you how!
1 meter magic messenger bag pattern that makes 1 bag
Make this magical 1 meter handbag that simply folds up to close! This sewing tutorial is perfect for a beginner learning to sew, or for someone who just wants to make a quick and easy bag as there are no extra fasteners to install. You can make this bag with satin, cotton canvas, or regular quilting cotton. Think about easy gifts!
1 meter magic messenger bag pattern that makes 2 bags
Similar to the previous handbag pattern, the 1 yard magic messenger bag tutorial for 2 bags makes slightly smaller bags, with almost no fabric waste!
Scrapyard tote pattern using fabric scraps
Sew my beautiful Scrapyard tote. This is a great project to use up leftover quilts or other bags, or you can use a charm pack (which is a pre-cut package of 40 5-inch squares).
Convertible shoulder bag
I can't express how much I love my convertible crossbody bag. It is the most practical and pretty handbag. I usually carry my bags on one shoulder, so I made the strap convertible. I love the double strap look! You don't have to use clips like this or make the strap convertible. This free sewing pattern explains how to sew it both ways. It’s also friendly to large neighborhoods.
Rope Handle Tote Bag
Sewing the Rope Handle Tote Pattern is twice as fast as other shoulder bags because you don't need to make the handles! This simple tote could be your new purse, gym bag, diaper bag, or whatever else you need.
The perfect shoulder bag
Get ready to sew the perfect crossbody bag. The free Perfect Cross Body Bag pattern has spare pockets and beautiful (easy) piping!
The For Pleats sake bag model
Lisa Lam's free For Pleat's Sake bag pattern is easy to sew and makes a great handbag. Here is my bag and my advice.
The flap bag that you can sew in 2 ways
Sew a flap bag 2 ways – plain or fancy – just the way you like it! The “easy way” is strapless, making it a generously sized makeup bag.
Speedy Patchwork Tote Tutorial
Learn how to sew patchwork tote bags in less time than ever before. Sewing these easy tote bags with my free pattern for a grid interface is the perfect solution to eliminating fabric scraps.
DIY pouch template
I love a lot of the little bags I see on Pinterest, especially ones that have a zippered compartment inside. The DIY pouch pattern includes a small zippered pouch that is perfect for keeping your money, coins, cards and keys safe. There's also the perfect place for your phone.
Small bag model
This free sewing pattern for small bags is so fun to make. This is perhaps the most popular free handbag sewing pattern on my website. And because it's so small, it's also very quick to sew. All your favorite fabric scraps beg to be sewn into a super cute little bag!
Small quilted bag model
Sew a small quilted bag the right size for your phone and wallet! This easy-to-sew little tote has quilted sides, just like your favorite designer bags and wallets. There is a large pocket on the outside and small pockets on the inside.
Spacious shopping bag and handbag model
This spacious shopping bag or handbag style is perfect for those days when you have a few extra items to carry! You can sew your own shoulder strap or use rope like I did.
Triple zipper bag
Sew a beautiful pouch with 3 zipped compartments! This cute little purse has 3 zippers on the outside, plus another zipper on a coin pocket on the inside. You can print a free template for the sides of the bag.
Easy Shoulder Bag Pattern
Sew the easy handbag you dream of! The easy crossbody bag design features an exterior zippered pocket, another zippered pocket, and two slip pockets inside.
Perfect DIY wallet
You won't need to carry a purse with a wallet that has all these features! Learn how to sew the perfect DIY wallet.
What if you had a bag that transformed into a backpack, then vice versa? The Convertible Bbackpack Tote is a purse you can take to the library, the beach, and the grocery store. This easy sewing pattern includes patterns and easy-to-follow instructions with photos.
Double compartment shoulder bag model
The free double compartment crossbody bag pattern includes 2 main pockets, a third slim pocket and a zippered pocket on the back! Let me show you how to sew your own bracelet or use a cute one you can buy online.
Zippered Purse with Jelly Roll Stripes
This zippered crossbody purse is so quick and easy to make and uses leftover (or new) 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric. This free sewing pattern is perfect for beginners or anyone who has strips of jelly rolls in their fabric bin.
The Arial tote bag
Sew yourself (or a friend) a cute handbag featuring a unique braided strap and a cell phone pocket inside! The Arial Tote Bag free sewing pattern includes the pattern pieces and a step-by-step photo tutorial so anyone can make it.
Zippered boxy bag: large boxy pouch or handbag
Your favorite zipper bag style is here! The Boxy Zipper Bag sewing pattern uses just 1 yard of fabric and stabilizing foam to create the best boxy zipper bag ever. 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. This bag can also be used as a handbag! Simply add handles to make it a handbag or D-rings to hang a crossbody.
Picnic Tote Pattern
Sew a beautiful bag that recalls summer fun – like a picnic! The Picnic Tote sewing pattern also makes a lovely handbag. All instructions and pattern templates are included.
Sew a purse from a quilt!
Do you have an extra patchwork quilt lying around? I'm so excited to share with you a super simple and super fun way to turn that extra quilt into a big, beautiful quilted bag!
Practical handbag organizer
This is not included in the 30 free bag sewing patterns above, but I know you'll want to sew it! My Handy Purse Organizer is perfect for keeping track of all those little items in your purse that get lost so easily!
Don't forget that all of the free sewing patterns on this blog include optional printable PDF files for a very low cost. Or you can get ALL PDF files in one library and access them anytime.
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