Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free pattern day: Tote bags !

Just in time for back-to-school or holiday projects, we've assembled a collection of 50  free sewing patterns for tote bags, shopping bags, backpacks, and duffle bags.  These are perfect for books, groceries, knitting, or anything else you need to haul around! You might also be interested in free patterns for purses and tablet and laptop cases.  (This post was updated on June 5, 2016).
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Triune Tote bag, free pattern by Pat Bravo Designs

Overnight Bag tutorial by Rebecca from Our Busy Little Bunch as seen at Inspired by Fabric

Pom Pom Tote tutorial by Made by Marion for Camelot Fabrics 

Backpack, free pattern by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

All in a Row tote bag, free pattern at Riley Blake Designs (PDF download)

All Zipped Up yoga bag tutorial at Camelot Fabrics

Easy Messenger Style Book Bag tutorial at Plum and June

Rainy Day vinyl tote bag tutorial at Havel’s Sewing

Ellie Travel Case tutorial at Fabric Mutt

Pastiche Tote Bag, free pattern by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics (PDF download)

Tohoku Tote Bag tutorial at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Big Bucket Tote Bag, free pattern by Jennifer Mathis at Pellon Projects

Retro Overnight Bag tutorial by The Crafty Kitty for Birch Fabrics

Beach Tote tutorial by Love Elaine for Cloud 9 Fabrics

Sweet and Simple Tote tutorial at Hawthorne Fabrics

A Totebag tutorial at Chic Envelopements

Quick Pool Tote made with laminated cotton, free pattern at Quilt Views

Pocket Tote, free pattern for Free Spirit Fabrics as seen at Cotton Patch

Market Tote trio bag tutorial at Sew4Home

Baker Street Bag tutorial by Sew Sweetness

Quilted Bucket Bag tutorial at Camelot Fabrics

Nap Sack backpack free pattern by Debbie Mumm

Governors Island Backpack tutorial at The New New

Cargo Duffle Bag, free pattern by Anna Graham at Noodle Head for Robert Kaufman Fabrics 

Herringbone Haul it All Tote tutorial by Marion McClellan of My Quilt Dad at Moda Bakeshop

Drunkard’s Path Quilted Tote tutorial at Ricochet and Away 

Clermont Farms Quilted Tote Bag tutorial by Glenn Dragone at Moda Bakeshop (click for pdf)

Simple Six-Pocket Bag, 8 x 10 x 4", tutorial at Better Homes and Gardens

Sewing Mat Carrier Bag, fits an 18"sewing mat, free pattern by Melissa Peda for Free Spirit Fabric (PDF download)

Alex bag tutorial at Claire Turpin Designs 

Fancy Free multipurpose sling bag, free pattern by Melissa Peda at 100 billion stars 

Fancy Free Bag, version 2 by Melissa Peda

Felt Tote Bag tutorial by Martha Stewart

Black and White Currant Tote, free pattern at Henry Glass Fabrics (PDF download

The Big Tote tutorial by Shwin and Shwin (this tote has braid handles and a zipper top)

Meadlowlark Tote, free pattern by Carrie Bloomston for Windham Fabrics (PDF)

Back To School Kid Size tote with appliqued word "read"; tutorial by Christina McKinney for Birch Fabrics

Secretary Bag tutorial by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness

DIY Tote with leather straps and snap button closure, tutorial by Bee Inspired as seen at Sew Sweetness 

Ipanema Beach Bag tutorial by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt for Birch Fabrics

Reusable Washable Shopping Bag tutorial at Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

Trail tote bag, cross-body style in two sizes with outside zipper, free pattern by Noodle Head for Robert Kaufman Fabrics 

Oversize reversible tote, free pattern by Megan Avery for Windham Fabrics

Dubstepper messenger bag, 10 x 12 x 3”, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Quilted tote bag tutorial at All People Quilt

Take Me To Class tote bag tutorial by The Sewing Chick as seen at Sew In Love With Fabric

Time Warp Tote, 14 x 4 x 12", free pattern at Cloud 9 Fabrics  (PDF download) 

Reversible Tote bag, free pattern at Camelot Fabrics (PDF download)

Market Tote bag tutorial by Bijou Lovely Designs

Canvas Tote Bag tutorial by Mary Pepper for All People Quilt

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

Right Turn Bag, free pattern by Anna Maria Horner for Janome (PDF download)

Placemat Bag tutorial (make a bag from one quilted placemat) by No Big Dill

Lunch Bag tutorial by Ayumi at Pink Penguin

Color Beat Tote, 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 at Martha Stewart

This handy three-pocket pouch is fashioned from a carpenter's canvas nail apron.  Cut off the apron straps, sew on buttons and twill tape loops, then slip inside a tote bag like the one shown.

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 Cracknell 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

Pillow Cover to Messenger Bag tutorial at Living With Punks

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

Patchwork Conversation Bag tutorial at Sew Sweetness

Just Beachy tote bag, free pattern at Robert Kaufman Fabrics 

Row By Row H2O tote bag, free pattern at Timeless Treasures Fabrics 

Mesh Beach Bag tutorial by Martha Stewart

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. Thanks.I love bag with many pockets. Small on summer and large in winter and you?

  2. Fabulous post...what a resourse


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