Note: Last updated Jan 2017, fixing broken links.
Looking for free bag making tutorials? This post, along with its companion post found here, will give you nearly 100 to choose from!
When I first wrote this article, I wrote that I wasn’t much of a sewer.
Since then, I’ve made quite a few bags from these tutorials. Thanks to the brilliant work of those who wrote these tutorials, my sewing skills have gone from beginner to intermediate.
That’s the beauty of online tutorials. They not only make great end products (and great gifts), it’s also a great way to learn to sew. Tutorials take you through the process step-by-step.
“I’m not much of a sewer, but I’m trying. I made a bag recently and have gone a little bit bag crazy. Making a bag is a great way to learn how to sew.”
There are quite a few sewing and construction techniques in these tutorials that will come in handy when you make other projects, or that could be easily combined to create your own custom bag design.
Some authors ask that you don’t use their patterns and tutorials to make bags for commercial purposes, so check out their site for copyright details.
Sling bag tutorial @ Crap I’ve Made
Reversible Beach Bag @ Very Purple Person
Origami bag @ The Crafty Mummy
Quilted tote @ PS I Quilt
Millie tote bag @ Sig Creations
Box bag @ Dragon [Knit] Fly
Recessed zipper shoulder bag @ Projects By Jane
Laptop bag @ Randomness by Petchy
|Nappy Bag @ Sew 4 Home|
Hip Mamma nappy / diaper bag @ A Mingled Yarn
Angela’s diaper (nappy) bag @ Moda Bake Shop
Drawstring bag @ Between the Lines
Square bag @ Ahhh Designs
Basic messenger bag @ MMM Crafts
No sew grocery bag @ Saving with Shellie
The poochie bag @ The Happy Zombie
Envelope makeup bag @ Up the Rainbow Creek
Summer beach bag @ Film in the Fridge
Lined grocery bag with pocket @ Craftster
Scrappy shopping bag @ Pezzedimondo
Lined and zippered pouch @ Flossie Tea Cakes
Diana hobo bag @ Think Liz
Crocheted straw beach bag @ Craft Passion
Shoulder bag @ Tiny Happy
Traveler bag @ Eloisa Docton
Simple backpack @ Confessions of a Sewciopath
Little boxy pouch @ Three Bears
Pyramid purse @ Color me Pretty by Nadia
Backpack @ Hello Beautiful
Basket bag @ Tall Poppy
The Lindie bag @ Craft Apple
Bag with removable pouch @ BHG
D Ring bag @ Cut Out and Keep
Monk bag @ Purl Bee
Lined box pouch @ Make it Modern
Slouch bag @ Random Charm
Basic purse @ Creative Little Daisy
Mini shoulder bag @ Sewing Secrets
Easy lined tote @ Not So Fancy Nancy
Ruffled tote @ Weekend Designer
Sophisticated tote bag @ Pattern Pile
Art bag @ New Green Mama
Purse with licence pocket @ Thimbleanna
Bag from shorts @ Bethsco Blog
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