Are you in need of a new bag but don’t want to spend a lot of money on one? Why not make your own with one of our free bags sewing pattern? Not only will you save money, but you can also customise the bag to your liking and show off your sewing skills.
Favorite Free Bags Sewing Patterns
Here are some of our favorite free bags sewing patterns:
Tote bags are great for carrying groceries, books, and anything else you might need. This easy-to-sew tote bag pattern from Purl Soho is perfect for beginners.
Pompom bag sewing pattern
This was one of the first bag patterns we featured at FineCraftGuild. It looks quite retro now. Still a good bag design.
Tote & coin purse set
This ruffled tote bag comes with a free matching purse pattern. Love it.
Reusable Grocery Bags Pattern
Reduce your carbon footprint by making your own reusable grocery bag with this free pattern.
Carefree patchwork tote
I love this simple patchwork design, carefree and wonderful. Great bag to use up remnants, use memory fabrics, etc.
Get the pattern here:
This drawstring backpack from Crazy Little Projects is perfect for kids or anyone who needs a lightweight bag for a day trip.
DIY Anthropologie bags
In this free bag-making class, you get to make your bags more ‘a la Anthropologie’. The tutorial will show you how to make an ordinary ‘drawstring’ bag into a great bag – by attention to details and lots of flair.
Lovely quilted backpack
Great bag sewing pattern to hone your quilting skills, but not so large you’ll get bored with it.
If you need a bag with a little more room, try this messenger bag pattern from DIY Crush. It’s a bit more advanced, but the end result is a stylish and functional bag.
Map bag pattern
Collected tons of maps in the vacation and now wonder what to do with them? Then this free map bag pattern/design is for you.
Belt pouch pattern
I am going to make a messenger bag/belt pouch myself this Fall, using that lovely tablecloth- vinyl material that I picked up in London a few weeks ago. With union jack bunting, in pastels. Will show you. It’s adorable.
Duffel bags are great for weekends away or doing special activities, like going to the gym. These free duffel bag patterns are simple to sew and can be customized with different fabrics.
Free air travel bag sewing pattern
This free bag sewing pattern is to make your own air travel luggage that fits right on top of your trolley bag. It’s called a duffle but it’s more like a weekender and has loads of pockets all over: inside for your passport etc, and the outside sleeve enables you to easily pop it onto the build-in handle of your rolling suitcase. You can also just use it on its own.
This bag has an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap, and with a magnetic snap, you keep the large front pocket closed.
Duffel bag for travel
Duffel bags are just ideal for weekends away, and as sports– bags for the kids (or yourself). It took me a long time to find this design, but it is easy to make your own duffel bag! So, enjoy.
I am sharing an understated army green version as well as a darling dollied up bag – version. Which one you’ll pick depends on your personality. The pattern is identical.
Diaper Bag / City Bag
Diaper bag / city bag
This may be meant as a diaper bag, but I sure think this is a superb bag to go to town with! Great sewing pattern.
Swinging pleaded bag
This free sewing pattern for pleaded bag is timeless.
Bag painting tutorial
This free leather bag painting tutorial teaches you how to paint your own leather bag and make a heirloom.
And other smaller Back to school – bags like this. Forget plastic food containers for lunch. Eat in style, even when you’re on the go. These lunch bag pouches are adorable and so easy to make. No excuse not to make a couple for each in the family.
Felt shark bag
Get this free felt shark pattern and sew yourself/kids a fun bag to take to the beach of swim class.
Did you find your favorite free bag sewing pattern?
We, at the Fine Craft Guild, have a giant bags– patterns & tutorials’- section. But today we’re highlighting some unique designs – all with a fun free bag sewing pattern -for you to make a fabulous new bag. These bags will keep you organized with your baby, at work, at school or on your next weekend trip. We’re showing a backpack, duffel bag, lunch bag, go-to-town bag, tote bag and other design. I hope I have inspired you to sew some bags Many wonderful bags can be made with these detailed free sewing patterns. All you need to do is use your own fabric, flair and detailing to give it that unique personalised finish that’s right for the season you’re making it in.
No matter what type of bag you need, there’s sure to be a free sewing pattern out there for you. Happy sewing!
More Bag Designs
We have a huge list of free bag patterns, to sew, crochet, knit or otherwise make. We even have a bag pattern made from an old book.
Originally posted 2013. Updated and republished: June 2023.