Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Free pattern day: Tote bags !

Just in time for back-to-school or holiday projects, we've assembled a collection of 30 free sewing patterns for tote bags (and a backpack).  These are perfect for books, groceries, knitting, or anything else you need to haul around ! These are mostly tote bags; see our next post for free patterns for handbags and purses.  This post was updated on October 14, 2014.

Market Tote tutorial by Bijou Lovely Designs

Fashion Market Tote, free pattern by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics

Right Turn Bag, free pattern by Anna Maria Horner

Placemat Bag tutorial by No Big Dill

Chenille bag with name tag and pocket at Better Homes and Gardens

Lunch Bag tutorial by Ayumi at Pink Penguin

Color Beat Tote, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Ruffle Tote and Coin Purse, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Square Bag tutorial by Anita at Bloomin Workshop

Mother and Daughter Tote Bag, free pattern at Oliver + S

Bias Tape Tote Bag tutorial at Martha Stewart 

Easy Pleazy Tote Tutorial at Pieceful Kwilter

Lazy Days Quilted Tote tutorial at Better Homes & Gardens

The Big Tote by Terri Stegmiller: here is the original post and the downloadable pattern

Classic Tote tutorial by Irene at Sew Mama Sew

Removable Tote organizer tutorial at Martha Stewart

Reversible Bag pattern and tutorial at Very Purple Person

Bag with Fabric Panel Insert, free pattern by Eldrid Røyset Førde at Kameleon Quilt

Fat Sack by Terri Atkinson at Atkinson Designs


Offset Chevron Tote tutorial by Mandy from Fabric Paper Glue

Hand Appliqued Petal Bag tutorial by Vanessa Christenson at V and Co

Quilted Chevron Tote Bag by Maureen for Riley Blake Designs

Diana Hobo, free pattern at Think Liz

It’s a Cinch Bag tutorial by Sweet Verbena

Scrappy Poppy Bag, free pattern by Virginia Robertson for McCall’s Quilting

Gray and Orange Pocket Bag, free pattern at Better Homes and Gardens

Quilters’ Palette Tote Bag, free pattern by Jinny Beyer

Pillow Cover Tote tutorial at Living With Punks

Carry All Tote with Ruffle Fabric by Vanessa Christenson at V and Co

Governors Island Backpack tutorial at The New New

Patchwork Conversation Bag tutorial at Sew Sweetness

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. Great selection of patterns for totes . I am anxious to make one of these tote's with fall fabrics Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Hola!
    Wow! Que maravilla! Me encantan los tote bags. Voy a colocar un link de mi blog al tuyo. Un abrazo!!!

  3. Wow, Tons of great prizes. thanks for the giveaway, and your great blog.


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  5. My friend sent me an email about your blog. Wow, this is a great blog! There is inspiration everywhere. I will definitely keep this blog on the top of my list. I love the bag patterns! Keep up the good work!!

  6. son preciosas mucha creatividad que lindos una gran forma para recrear la vista y el alma gracias

  7. i have been looking for good patterns like these for ages. i will start sewing as soon as the girls are back at school.

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  9. Nice bags made from quilt. Thank you for sharing such innovative idea to make bags from quilt.Good patterns.


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