Quilted and Patchwork Bags: 7 Designs to Try

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Quilting, Sewing | Comments


Sewing patchwork bags is a great way to show off many fabric prints within one project. In particular, quilted bags are great because the layers of batting or base fabric give them a bit more structure. But if you’d like, you can also sew a simple patchwork bag without the extra step of quilting.

Whether this is your tenth handmade purse or your first, these quilted and patchwork bags are sure to give you some inspiration and ideas for your next project!

Three Vibrant Patchwork Drawstring Bags

For her Striped Drawstring Bag Tutorial, Jeni of In Color Order shares how to create horizontal, vertical or diagonal stripes on the main panel of this handy drawstring bag. This is a great patchwork bag for beginners to make, since it’s small and doesn’t require any purse hardware. It also doesn’t need any quilting or interfacing.

Black and White Quilted Patchwork Tote

The Teacher’s Pet bag pattern by Sue of Sweet Jane’s is made from just one charm pack, and is a great way to showcase coordinating prints. The patchwork bag uses medium weight interfacing and simple fabric straps. Free-motion quilting on the side panels echoes the shapes of the patchwork rectangles.

Grey Patchwork Messenger Bag and Pouch

Sarah of Fairy Face Designs made this gorgeous patchwork messenger bag and wonky-star zipper pouch for a swap. She used all solid fabrics, quilting the messenger bag flap with straight lines and hand stitching around the patchwork star. Hand quilting is a great option for finishing small patchwork bags that don’t require heavy or detailed quilting.

Dynamic Patchwork Market Bag

Sara of Sew Sweetness shares her market bag, which was sewn from two New York Beauty quilt blocks on either side of the purse. She added binding to join the blocks to the side panels, sewing in a bit of elastic on the sides of the purse to give it more shape. Finished with shoulder straps and a magnetic snap, this patchwork bag is a show stopper!

Pink and Pastel Quilted Bag on Woman's Shoulder

A quilted bag designed by Clover & Violet, the Louisa bag features patchwork in the shape of subway tiles on the front and back panels, as well as side gussets that can be tied or let out depending on how much you need to stuff inside your purse. Patchwork bags like this one are great for showing off fabric prints from a collection, or even using up large scraps from your stash.

Colorful Patchwork Matreshka Weekender Bag

Ashley of Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night shares an improvisational patchwork weekender bag with clever details, like a bottom panel made from oilcloth, which allows the bag to be easily cleaned. Choosing bright fabrics and a novelty print featuring matryoshka dolls, Ashley was inspired by the quilted weekender bag by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson! Elizabeth’s bag sparked a quilt-as-you-go weekender revolution that has been trending across sewing blogs since she designed her version last fall.

Lively Patchwork Wristlet

If you prefer to start on a smaller-scale patchwork bag, this patchwork clutch sewn by Tara Rebman is a great one to choose. It’s one of the projects you can learn to make in her new Crafty class, Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags. You’ll learn that patchwork bags don’t have to be intimidating as your work your way through a few warm-up projects and learn how to make intermediate and advanced quilted bags with zippers, purse hardware and more!

What do you like most about patchwork bags? Is a quilted bag next on your to-sew list?

Comments

  1. Maria Elena Parreiras says:

    Lindas bolsas! Eu adoro fazer bolsas.

  2. Rita Hopper says:

    How can I buy a bag from you with out a credit card I usually make money orders, tell me where to send and how much. Love the bags can you add the prices to them?

  3. Janet Shaw says:

    Love these purse patterns.

  4. Janet Shaw says:

    How do I get the patterns?

    1. Lindsay says:

      Hi Janet! A few of the patterns are available as free downloads, and a few for sale…check out the links in each description. The Messenger Bag and the New York Beauty bag are not patterns, but can serve as good design inspiration!

      1. Paula says:

        Where can I get the pattern for the FairyFace designs messenger bag?
        I checked all the links but was unable to find this one.

        1. Support says:

          The Fairy Bag was made by Sarah of Fairy Face Designs. You’re welcome to click on the link below the post (or here: http://fairyfacedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-love-of-solids-swap-package-done.html) and leave a comment for Sarah on her blog asking is she has a pattern available.

  5. Judy says:

    Do you sell your purses and if so how much are they. Really liked the one with a separate little bag. They look a lot like Vere Bradley.

  6. Sue Pfau says:

    Thank you for including my bag! I enjoyed reading your blog!

  7. Mikel says:

    Love these bags. Looks very stylish.

  8. Thanks so much for including my bag Lindsay! I used a pattern from Lisa Lam’s “The Bag Making Bible” as the basis for this bag, but adjusted the pattern quite a bit to suit what I wanted, having reviewed a number of good free tutorials on messenger bags available online. It’s an excellent book for anyone interested in bag making :-)