It’s All In the Bag: The Best DIY Purses and Bags to Sew this Summer

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With all the places you’ll go and the things you’ll see this summer, you will need something cute to carry your belongings. There’s no better way to keep your wallet, keys, cell phone, lip balm, tissues, pen and notepad, umbrella, and banana (maybe some of these are just me) nearby than with a homemade bag. DIY purses and bags are perfect for anyone who loves to stay high fashion but wants to keep the cost low. Check out the free patterns below to learn how you can sew a bag you can’t wait to show off.

Refashioned Bags

Stylish Upcycled Pocket Purse

Stylish Upcycled Pocket PurseAdding a new purse to your collection is as thrifty as can be with this refashioning project. Grab anything with a pocket you no longer wear and transform it into this adorable purse. Check out this sewing tutorial to see how you can sew this DIY purse that will grab everyone’s attention.





Upcycled Denim Tote

Upcycled Denim ToteIf you have an outgrown pair of jeans, you’re all set to sew this fashionable denim bag. This free tote bag pattern will show you how to make a green craft will thrill any young girl as a gift. When you’re done sewing, embellish the bag with any ribbons and decorations you like.






 Messenger Bags

Two Pocket Messenger Bag

Two Pocket Messenger BagIf you’re in need of a good messenger bag, look no further than this sewing project. Learn how to make a messenger bag that you will love to show off using this free messenger bag pattern. This stylish bag is perfect for any student who has lots of books and folders to carry. The bag is sturdy and has plenty of pockets for organization.





Basic Messenger Bag

Basic Messenger BagSewing a messenger bag doesn’t get easier than this. Check out this messenger bag tutorial to learn how to make a simple bag that is perfect for carrying books to class. After you sew the basic bag, decorate the flap with any design you like. Don’t spend money at the store when you can easily sew a messenger bag all by yourself.





 Everyday Purses

Pleated Madeleine Purse

Pleated Madeleine PurseYou don’t have to sort through retail merchandise to find that perfect, trendy bag. Check out this sewing tutorial to learn how to make a DIY purse that will make everyone’s head turn. Grab your favorite patterned fabric and give this project a whirl. You’ll love how spacious and strong your new purse is, and you’ll love how budget-friendly it is too.





Leather Belt Purse

Leather Belt PurseThis DIY purse will be a load off your shoulders — literally. This free purse pattern will show you how to remove the shoulder strap from a leather purse and convert the purse into one that threads through your belt loops. Nix the annoyance of a purse bouncing off your leg as you walk around by comfortably wearing it right on your hip.





Which thrifty DIY purse do you want to make first?


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