What was the first bag you sewed? Was it a tote bag? The tote bag is perhaps the most widely used term when it comes to bag sewing patterns. The term tote bag can really cover bags of all shapes and sizes and designs, from the very simple single layer of fabric market tote to quite an elaborate bag with zippers and adjustable straps that you could use as an everyday smart purse or handbag – and absolutely everything in between!
In this collection, we’ve gathered together our Top 20 of all the free tote bag sewing patterns we’ve featured on the site. We think these will give sewers of all abilities something to add to their pattern stash. And with every tote bag and purse pattern in this list being free, you can quickly build a pattern stash that will keep you sewing for weeks!
Top Twenty Free Tote Bag sewing patterns
Our favorite collection of the Top 20 FREE Tote Bag Sewing Patterns from all of the patterns we've added to the archives here to date. You might want to open each pattern in a new tab so you can keep this list available, and check them all out.
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The Ethel Tote Bag from Swoon Patterns is a darling to sew. It's quick and easy and ideal if you’ve sewn for a while but never made a bag before. You can create something really eye-catching with this one.
A classic tote bag sewing pattern which makes an easy to sew, easy to use everyday tote bag purse, but also acts as the perfect base pattern for adding your own style and pattern variations such as pockets and zippers. This tote is great for trips to the beach, yoga, school, day trips, overnight stays, and more!
We love this expanding bag design. The sides have snaps that keep the bag neat and together when you don’t have too much to carry, but when the kids are with you, and you are off to swimming, the beach, or anywhere you need to carry more – then the sides open up to give you much more space.
This is a simple project for a beginner sewer with the added bonus of being a stash buster! This cute little tote bags main use is as a reusable bag. You can carry all sorts of things in it whenever you need it. So pop it in your main bag or in your pocket where it will stay until needed.
Using straw fabric for the outside of this Tote Bag is a novel idea, and by adding outdoor upholstery for the lining this gives the bag some added body and weight. The beaded starfish added to the front is a great way of giving the bag a beach theme.
If you want to make yourself a really good-sized beach tote bag then we have the perfect FREE pdf pattern and FREE tutorial here, just for you. This great looking bag is super practical and just great for taking all your stuff down to the beach in one journey.
This awesome Tote Bag pattern really caught our eye with its bold fabrics and patchwork, but it would work equally as well in your favorite print or solid too. This simple design would be ideal to show off your favorite large scale fabrics too.
The Pelican Tote Bag is a simple shopping tote bag with a magnetic closure, that fits your every day on the go needs. If you like structured bags then you can make the Pelican Tote Bag with foam or else you can make a fold-able version to carry it in your bag
Why not show off those large personality prints in your stash with this straightforward Tote Bag. Simple lines mean the fabric does the hard work for you. A coordinating zip pouch with swivel hook and D ring completes the ensemble.
Free step by step sewing pattern and tutorial from the Inspired Wren for how to make this sturdy and hard-wearing lined canvas tote bag. We love this bag because of the way it’s constructed with the handles securely held within the base and sides of the bag, not just sewn into the top.
Here’s the Farmers Market Everyday Tote Bag where the lovely designer has provided us all with a free pattern and tutorial. With our environment and oceans under threat from plastic, it makes such good sense to sew strong reusable grocery bags that you can use over and over again.
It’s always great to have a Cross Body Tote Bag that you can easily sling over your back and carry hands free, but when you can easily convert it into a should bag as well, then it’s even better. This fabulous designer has designed the Convertible Cross Body Tote Bag and she has given us all the tutorial for FREE.
Alice is an easy-to-sew large tote bag featuring an exterior open pocket with magnetic snap, with a unique shape that lets a bit of contrasting fabric peek out of the bag. There is also a simple patch pocket inside and the straps are long enough for you to carry Alice over your shoulder.
This one is an absolute beautiful tote bag called the Simple Sturdy Tote Bag.
It is designed for beginners and has the following features:
It’s a simple project
It’s a project that can be completed in an afternoon
It’s the perfect size for a Tote Bag, large enough to haul lots of stuff, but comfortable enough to carry around town
It’s a perfect project for making multiples as gifts
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Everyone needs (a lot) more than one tote bag. They are a staple pattern in every sewing pattern collection and so versatile and adaptable. Check out a few recent tote bag patterns to sew from our store.