Easy-to-Sew Bags for Every Occasion

We have all your bag needs covered with these adorable tote and purse patterns.


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Large Patchwork Bag
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Large Patchwork Bag

    Sew a spacious bag that meets all your needs. Two sets of inside pockets have room for keys, a notebook, a cell phone, and a planner, making this roomy carryall the perfect size for taking along on an all-day outing.

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Small Treat Totes

    Stumped over what to make from those irresistible fat quarters? They're the perfect size for these cute mini totes.

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Cinch It Tote

    Pull-up straps and a roomy interior make for an easy-to-piece tote bag.

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Handmade Backpack

    Make a great back-to-school gift: Sew a handmade tote bag using fun fabrics and a bit of rope. Stitch a bunch of these small backpacks to complement a special outfit or to celebrate school colors.

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Rickrack Mini Purse

    Use a small bit of yardage, a fat eighth, and a fat quarter to create a mini purse. Fabric strips and a piece of jumbo rickrack embellish the small bag.

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Easy, Breezy Tote

    Make this roomy tote bag by combining multicolor stripes and whimsical coordinates from the Kites fabric collection by Felicity Miller for Free Spirit.

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Pretty-in-Pink Handbag

    This delicate handbag will get admiring glances hanging from your shoulder. The detailed vintage style complements both fancy and casual wear.

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Trim It Tote

    Pick a great base fabric, such as this black-and-white print designed by M'Liss Rae Hawley for Jo-Ann Stores. Have fun with ribbons and other trims to make your bag unique. This bag features velvet, silk, chenille, and grosgrain ribbon, selected from May Arts Ribbons, with appliqued leaves and knotted sheer silk for textural appeal.

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Simple Six-Pocket Bag

    It's the perfect bag for: All your everyday necessities.
    Add a special touch: Choose three colorful and coordinating fabrics for a chic, custom look.

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Clever Bag with a Removable Pouch

    It's the perfect bag for: Changing purses in the blink of an eye. This smart bag has a removable contents pouch.
    Add a special touch: The synthetic leather strap is a sturdy and stylish detail.

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Cute Flower Pin Handbag

    It's the perfect bag for: Using those kitchen towels that are too cute to dry dishes with.
    Add a special touch: Craft a wool flower pin that you can transfer to another bag, sweater, or coat.

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Grab Bag

    It's the perfect bag for: Any occasion. It's so easy you'll want to make them by the dozen.
    Add a special touch: Make your bag reversible. For edges that look good on the lining, too, carefully align the outer edges of seams before you press and topstitch as directed. Also be sure to use invisible hand stitches to close the opening in the lining bottom.

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Multipurpose Messenger Bag

    It's the perfect bag for: A spur-of-the-moment road trip.
    Add a special touch: This bag can easily be adapted for your guy. Make the bag out of brown or gray wool for a masculine version.

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Market Bag

    It's the perfect bag for: Toting home farmers' market bounty or groceries in an eco-friendly way.
    Add a special touch: Make this bag in two different sizes for versatility and choose sturdy fabrics for heavy-duty hauling.

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Easy-to-Sew Tote Bag

    This funky floral tote is as fashionable as it is functional. Bright pink, orange, and blue make this beginner purse perfect for spring or summer. Swap in brown and dark green for a fall-to-winter look.

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Little Black Handbag

    Little black handbags remain the perfect accessory for little black dresses. This brocade and beaded beauty, formal enough to turn heads at festive affairs, is also versatile enough to wear with jeans and a favorite cotton T-shirt.

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Cotton Drawstring Bag

    Keep your wallet, keys, and cell phone safe in this darling quick-to-make bag.

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Lunch Sack Gift Bags

    We don't know which is more fun -- choosing the fabrics for these "lunch sack" gift bags or planning what treats they'll contain. For the closure, use a covered button, two or more stacked buttons, or vintage costume jewelry.

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Easy Floral Tote

    Made in minutes, these sturdy floral totes are as practical as they are lovely.

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