Purse Tutorial ~ 15 Fabulous Free Bag Patterns


Looking for a fabulous purse tutorial?  Then you’ve hit the jackpot with these 15 free bag patterns!  There’s a purse pattern here for just about everyone and they would make amazing home made gifts as well!

As the seasons begin to change, shouldn’t your handbag change with them? Hey, any excuse is a good excuse! Here are 15 Free purse tutorials and patterns to help get into the spirit of things.

Purse Tutorial

1. For the cooler months, a sweater handbag is just the ticket. Even better when using an old or thrifted find- repurposing is half the fun!

2. Bigger is Better when it comes to beach totes, and this one will carry all of your sand- or pool-side necessities.

3. A place for everything and everything in its place is actually doable with the pick-your-pocket purse. There’s a pocket for everything!

4. Sometimes, it’s all about the strap. This Wasp bag adds just enough of a twist to the basic bag to make it extra special.

Free Bag Patterns

5. To all the moms out there who are in that awkward stage where kids still need diapers or snacks but your Winnie the Pooh diaper bag is too baby-ish, I’d totally go for this Too Much A Lady bag. No one will ever know your secret. {click on the .pdf files inside the post for the tutorial}

Free Handbag Pattern

6. Curvy curves and a magnetic snap closure make the Phoebe bag a real winner. {click here for the printable instructions}

7. Go smaller and keep the sophistication with the little pleated pouch. Don’t let zippers scare you- you’ll love ’em.

8. For the student in your life, a fun padded laptop tote is the perfect way to say “I’m paying your tuition, now get to work!”

9. Beginners, listen up! This Bias Bag not only introduces you to the wonderful world of bias tape, but you get a bag out of it too!

free handbag pattern

10. The Naughty Secretary bag is just the opposite- it is very nice indeed! Big enough to pack home all those invoices you’ve been meaning to do.

Free Bag Patterns

Free Bag Patterns

11. Pleats make everything a little more sophisticated, especially in theFor Pleats Sake” tote.

12. A handmade leather purse is both eye-catching and conversation-starting. You’ll be impressing friends right and left.

13. Have an hour? Then you have yourself a new bag with the One-Hour purse tutorial. Make one in every color of the rainbow!

double-sided sling bag

14. If you need change a little more often than others, opt for the double-sided sling bag. Two looks in one! My reversible sling tote goes with me everywhere.

 free purse pattern

15. Let’s not forget the handbag accessory for date nights! The Friday Night bag keeps your hands free for plenty of strawberry lemonades and dancing.

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Melanie is the creator/author/sewing dork behind the Crafty Cupboard.  She’s been sewing most of her life, but has latched on to it as a source of sanity ever since having her first kiddo 4 ½ years ago.  She loves vintage Pyrex, Nutella, and Pop Secret popcorn, and will sing for you on request.  She is allergic to dishes, laundry, and mopping.  She currently lives in Arizona with her 2 ½ children and a very handsome husband.

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  1. These are all adorable and such lovely designs. The Pick a Pocket Purse and the Sweater Purse are my favorites! They’re so pretty! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips, as always!

  2. Thank you for this easy guide on those bags. I feel old with ways, thanks again for sharing. Could you do another tutorial for get-up next time? Would love to hear nice tips from you.

  3. Thank you for linking my tote tutorial! That was a fun surprise 🙂 I love so many of these cute purses and totes!

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