Friday, August 31, 2012

Free pattern day: purses, handbags and zipper bags

Just in time for back-to-school or holiday projects, we've assembled a collection of free sewing patterns for bags. Our previous post focused on free patterns for tote bags; in today's post we're sharing 30 free patterns for purses, handbags, and zippered pouches.  Plain or fancy; ruffled, pleated, or quilted; recycled or new.... we've even got purses made from placemats (and a round bag made from used CDs.)  Enjoy!

Coco Bag, free downloadable pattern by Christine at Chris W Designs (Northern NSW, Australia)

Kasuri Musubi Handbag by Susan Briscoe for Oakshott Fabrics (free pattern download here; a complete kit is also available for purchase)

Dotted Dream Purse, free pattern at Ottobre Design (Finland; website in English, Dutch or Finnish; metric measurements; here is the free pattern in English)

Simple and Sleek Fat Quarter Handbag tutorial by Jennifer Ladd for Sew Mama Sew  

Ric Rac Clutch tutorial by Jennifer Ladd for Sew Mama Sew

Giselle Bag, free pattern by Cyndi Hershey for Red Rooster Fabrics  (the pattern also includes a table runner/dresser scarf and pillow pattern)

Reversible Bag, free pattern by Novita at Very Purple Person

Blossom Handbag/Shoulder Bag, free pattern by Amy Butler as seen at Sew Mama Sew

Michael Miller Cotton Couture: Wave tucked preppy handbag at Sew 4 Home

Luscious Bow Tote, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

 Pleated Lined Handbag, free pattern at Warehouse Fabrics Inc.

Shoulder Bag, free pattern, Jane’s Floral Fantasy by Jane Sassaman 

Ruffled Purse, free pattern and tutorial at Domestic Diva Online

Buttercup Bag, free tutorial by Rae at Made by Rae

Place Mat Purse tutorial from The Martha Stewart Show

Chevron Bag with adjustable strap, free pattern by Rosemary Archer for Oakshott Fabrics

Gathered Bag, free pattern with and without grommets, by Carissa at Bumble Bee Bliss 

Emerald handbag and scarf, free patterns by Anna Haraldsson & Kamilla Svensson for Husqvarna Viking UK (metric measurements); download the handbag pattern here and the scarf pattern here

Hip Pockets Purse tutorial by Elizabeth Bailey at Better Homes & Gardens

Placemat Clutch tutorial by Jessica Fediw at Happy Together Creates 

Simple Party Clutch by Elizabeth Hartman for Sew Mama Sew

Origami Pouch with drawstring, tutorial by Janet at Quiltsalott

Silk + Pearls Clutch, free pattern, by Stitch Magazine as seen at BurdaStyle

Ruffled Envelope Clutch, free pattern by Jessica Gerblick of Me Sew Crazy as seen at The Girl Creative

Sweet Treat Bag made with Honey Bun strips, free pattern at Moda Fabrics

Rosy Wedge Bag tutorial by Amy Friend for Basic Grey

Cylindrical Zipper Bags, free pattern at Black Forest Quilters (Germany) (a zippered bag, made from 2 old CDs/data discs ! both English and metric measurements)

Little Purse tutorial at Quiltsalott 

Scrappy Make-up Pouch tutorial at noodlehead 

Zippered Pouch with Boxed Corners at Seamingly Smitten

"2 in 1" Makeup Bag tutorial by Teje at Nero’s Post and Patch (Greece)

Gathered Clutch tutorial at noodlehead

Image credits and links: All images are copyrighted by their owners. Please respect their generosity in sharing their free patterns, and the restrictions they have placed on the use of these designs. Complete information can be found at the designers' websites provided in the links.  If any links are broken, we'd love to know; email us at Quilt Inspiration.


  1. I just discovered your Blog ...I LOVE it !!!!
    Thank you for sharing such wonderful patterns, artists, blogs, ect.

  2. We are delighted that you discovered our blog, and thank you so much for your lovely comment! You made our day. :-)

  3. I lowe your patterns, and the oportunity to see all the beautyfull quilts from all the world. In my country quilting are not so popular so thet I dont have manny possibilitys to see other ore share my quilts and experiences.
    Thank you!


  4. just found your blog.. And I will be coming back alot. thanks for sharing all these patterns

  5. This Giant Giveaway is so amazing. At this time I need FABRIC. But winning anything would be super!

  6. Hi! You have gathered here so wonderful collection! Thank you for including my '2 in 1' make-up bag! Sunny wishes from Greece!
    Ps. Sorry I'm so late here but I had problems leaving comments.

  7. Cuántos regalos de una sola vez! Muchas gracias, hoy es como mi día de cumpleaños!!! Abrazos


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