Sewing totes, purses and bags is a great way to improve your sewing skills and learn new techniques (like installing hardware, topstitching, making handles and more). This collection of free purse patterns available on Craftsy includes purses of all sizes, shapes and styles to get you sewing.
Which of these free handbag patterns will you sew up first?
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1. Swoon Ethel Tote Bag
Measuring 10″ tall and 13″ wide at its widest point, this sturdy and roomy purse is teardrop shaped. Throw it over your shoulder for a grab-and-go bag that comes with slip pockets for your necessities.
Photo via Craftsy member Sew Desu Ne?
2. Pretty in Plaid Purse
Do you need to destash your fabric collection? Like many free handbag patterns, this one uses 1/2 yard of fabric for the outer bag and 1/3 yard for the lining. With a lace pocket detail, inset zipper and metal hardware, this purse will make a great everyday bag.
Photo via Craftsy member 100BillionStars
3. Happy Handbag
Do you have some fabric in your stash that is your all-time favorite, and you can’t bear to cut into it? The happy handbag pattern is the perfect use for that yardage, because you’ll get to look at it every day when you carry this structured bag with simple lines, one interior pocket and a magnetic snap closure.
Photo via Craftsy member So Sew Easy
4. Ruffled and Ready Bag
No zippers, no closures! This is a great first handbag to sew, and comes with an easy-to-use metal purse frame. This free handbag pattern makes a great elegant, night-out bag that’s 8.5″ tall and wide.
Photo via Craftsy member Cloudsplitter Bags and Designs
5. Lyra Bag
With a sleek, curved bag design, the petite Lyra bag has a decorative front flap with twist-lock closure, plus more useful pockets inside. Thirty pages of step-by-step photo instructions make this easy to sew and even easier to add your own personal touch!
Photo via Craftsy member NorthernGirl
Who needs an extra-large shopping bag? Turn this simple handbag into a longer shopping tote with this clever pattern. The straps are sized perfectly to hold in your hand or throw over your shoulder.
Photo via Craftsy member RLR Creations
7. Sunday ‘My Way’ Bag
Advanced beginners and intermediate sewers will enjoy this cute handbag pattern with a slip pocket, wide-mouth opening and cute carrying straps. Make it your own when you add piping, zipper pockets and other personalized details. The finished handbag measures 12″ wide by 6″ tall and 4 1/2″ deep.
Photo via Craftsy member Sew Sweetness
8. Arabesque Bag
Looking for beginner-friendly, free handbag patterns? This one uses fun fabrics and optional decorative ribbons and trims. Learn to sew a zippered top closure, two inner pockets and simple bottom gussets for depth.
Photo via Craftsy member Grits & Giggles
9. Carolina Breeze Bag
This mid-sized carry-all handbag features pleated sides, a pretty fabric bow and interior pockets to organize your things. Use the printable pattern pieces and color photo instructions to sew a 13″ tall by 16″ wide bag. The strap length is adjustable from a long shoulder strap to a short handbag size.
Photo via Craftsy member HomeSpun-Threads
10. Ariel Style Hand Bag
Sew up a cute handbag with a rounded shape that makes a great gift for yourself or others! Learn to add a simple closure with metal bag hardware and add structure to your bag with a bottom gusset.
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