50 Favorite Best Free Purse Patterns

I totally agree - these are 50 of the best free bag and purse sewing patterns. I'll never be able to sew them all!

I love to sew bags and I can tell that you do too as the bag and purse patterns on my site are always very popular and get a lot of sewing pattern dowloads and pins.  There are a lot of tote, bag, wallet and purse patterns out there so how do you choose what to sew next? Honestly I don’t know – there are so many awesome bag patterns to choose from! So I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite bag, tote and purse patterns, along with a few of my own you might not have seen if you are fairly new to the site.  So jump in and start browsing – you’ll want to pin lots of these for sure. From small like the teeny tiny pouch, to large totes and overnight bags and everything … Continue reading

The Colby Bag – POTM

Great bag for beginners. THe hardware makes it look smart and trendy but it's still an easy to sew purse

The pattern of the month for May is the Colby Bag. A versatile purse with hardware and strap options and a design which is great to showcase a large scale print.  Suitable for beginners, this easy bag won’t take you long to sew. Features: Shiny grommets and hardware bring you bang up to date with this year’s ‘metallics’ trend Two straps – make one, the other or both Shorter fixed shoulder strap Longer removable cross-body strap Simple construction No pattern pieces to print Two simple slip pockets inside Finished size 11 ½” x 13” Pattern rating = Beginner Materials needed for the Colby Bag: Main Bag – ½ yard quilting cotton or similar Cuff, Lining and Straps – 1 ¼ yard Pellon Fusible Fleece 45” wide – ¾ yard Coordinating Thread Magnetic Purse Clasp 4 x large Grommets – 1.5 … Continue reading

Sew your own travel sewing caddy // Free Pattern

Serger Pepper Guest Post - Sewing Caddy Free Pattern

I’ve always been impressed by butcher knife rolls and Victorian physician surgical tools rolls: One of my dreams (and I have quite a few), was to have something similar for my sewing tools, a sort of emergency kit I can grab to take with me when I spend my lunch break finishing a project to be blogged on Serger Pepper. Well, today is The Day! And, just because I love to share my patterns… here’s my gift for you: The Travel Sewing Caddy featuring a detachable accordion pocket, perfect to host a seam ripper, a thimble, buttons and all those tiny objects. Just as all of my bags (remember the Padded Laptop Bag?), this Sewing Caddy has extra long bag handles to be worn cross-body, leaving your hands free. Another cool feature is the detachable accordion pocket: I use it to keep … Continue reading

Easy Date Night Wristlet pattern

Love this pattern for beginners. Simple wristlet purse with a few nice features such as a padded pocket and a place for cards too.

It’s often agreed that a lady can never have too many shoes or too many bags. What I can’t get enough of are the small wristlet bags – I use them for everything, have a whole range of them now in solids, prints and neutrals. Perfect to pick up and run out the door with your essentials, when you don’t need to be carrying the kitchen sink around with you this evening in your big purse  Ideal too for your first bag if you are fairly new to sewing, or for running up for gifts or to sell.  It’s a classic style that isn’t going out of fashion, so keep up with fashion by using on trend fabrics and you’ll always have the perfect bag on hand. Features of the Date Night Wristlet Pattern A quick and easy sew Suitable … Continue reading

Sew a Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket

How to make a custom quilted tech/tablet cover with pocket for your earbuds or charger. Nice idea to have the zippered pocket.

Hi everyone!  This is Jann Newton from Newton Custom Interiors with a tutorial for a cute tablet cover with a zippered pocket for earbuds and/or charger! Tablets or readers have become very popular in the past few years, but most of them don’t come with a cover to protect them.  I love my Nook reader, and I decided that I wanted to create a cover to protect it, and wanted to add a zippered pocket for my earbuds. Quilted Tablet Cover With Zippered Pocket Materials – 3/4 yards of a reversible quilted fabric – a thin layer of batting is sandwiched between two different fabrics and then quilted.  (I couldn’t find a quilted fabric that I liked in my local fabric stores, so I bought two different fabrics – 3/4 yards of each – and quilted them myself).  Here’s a … Continue reading

How to sew a coin purse with a sew-in purse frame

Free pattern and lots of detailed photos on how to sew a coin purse using a sew-in purse frame. All my girl friends are getting these this year :-)

At the moment, I’m all about small and cute projects.  My stash has been worn down by quite a bit of bag sewing for friends and for fun, so while I wait on some new fabric supplies to arrive from overseas, I’m working with small pieces, and mixing and matching. I had a couple of these little half-round purse frames with the kiss-lock and though it time to tackle a pattern for them.  Actually pattern drafting for fixed size frames like this is a bit harder than I thought, you really to need to fiddle quite a bit with the shape and the size to get something that’s workable and in the right proportion. In the end I was over-complicating it – this is a simple pattern and totally ideal for beginners.  And because you are using the ready-made hardware, … Continue reading

Cross Body Bag pattern – POTM

Just what I've been looking for. A cross-body bag sewing pattern with lots of pockets inside and out and lots of options.

Carry everything you need and stay hands free with this handy Cross Body Bag pattern.  Go fancy with smart hardware and adjustable strap, or keep it simple without these optional extras. With both open and zipper pockets front and back, inside and outside, you can keep everything organised and in its place.  Roomy enough to carry a tablet but smart enough to use as a purse. As usual the step by step video will show you how to get a great finish in easy steps, and all the options you can consider along the way.  The video here just gives you an over-view of the bag.  If you go for the pattern, there is a full 30 minute step by step video to show you how to sew it and which discusses the options you can pick. Finished size, approx. … Continue reading

Best of the Bags Pattern Bundle

6 awesome bag and wallet sewing patterns all in one bundle.

I can tell that many of you love to sew bags.  The bag patterns FAR outsell the clothes patterns on the site.  I guess because bags don’t have the same fitting issues that clothes can have.  Plus I see that lots of you sew bags to give as gifts or to sell on Etsy too. I love that my patterns have inspired so many of you to start up your own small home business selling your handmade bags. Now that the Pattern of the Month Club for 2014 is closed and the 2015 patterns are still under production and testing, I thought it would be nice to put together a pattern bundle just for bags, so those of you who don’t sew clothes can still benefit from bundle pricing. The Best of the Bags Bundle includes 6 of the best-selling … Continue reading

Easy way to turn a tube of fabric right side out

I'd heard of this but never seen it actually done. Must give it a try - how to easily turn a tube of fabric the right side out.

I was working on a bag design and wanted to create a particular type of handle.  Not the usual bag handle where you simply fold the fabric into 4 and top stitch.  I wanted a ‘nicer’ handle, one with two different fabrics so it would be reversible and feature both of the fabrics from my bag. What was stopping me? Turning the darned thing the right side out again once I had stitched the tube!  It’s bad enough on a tube of regular fabric, but both of these pieces were interfaced making them thick and stiff too.  It just all bunches up and gets too thick to turn. I don’t mind telling you I flung it across the room and cursed loudly.  My cat hid under the bed! Until I tried the straw and chopstick trick.  Or rather in this … Continue reading

Travel and Passport Wallet Pattern

Essential Family and Travel Passport Wallet. This one contains space for a family of 2 or 4 - much more useful.

Going away somewhere exotic or far-afield?  Or maybe you just need somewhere to keep your passports and travel documents safe between trips so you’ll always know where to lay your hands on them. The Pattern of the Month for March is the essential family travel and passport wallet pattern.  It can hold travel documents for a family and speed you through check in and security without having to rummage through bags to find everything. Features This handy travel and passport wallet pattern has: Two short pockets for ID cards, credit card etc Two medium pockets for your passports Two larger pockets for boarding passes or e-tickets Two large pockets behind for other documents or extra passports An elastic pen holder Optional clip to hold locker or luggage keys Sturdy design Loop and button closure Finished size approx – 9.5 inches … Continue reading

The best free diaper bag patterns

Awesome collection of free diaper bag patterns and tutorials. I'm going to mix and match features to get my perfect diaper bag.

If you’ve been following a while, you’ll remember that I had 3 friends all expecting babies within a few weeks of each other near the end of last year and I went sewing crazy with multiple baby-related sewing projects.  It was fun to sew in nice bright colors and small projects for a change. One thing however I didn’t do especially was a diaper bag – they all got their goodies inside my Carry All Bag instead, which is a good substitute. [Here are some of the earlier sewing for babies projects in case you missed them.  You can find the list and patterns/tutorials here.] So after several readers have suggested it, rather than redesign the Carry All Bag to be a dedicated diaper bag, I thought I’d link you up with some great free diaper bag patterns and tutorials … Continue reading

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