I have a confession to make: I simply love bags. Big totes, small pouches – I don’t care how big it is. If a bag catches me eye, I simply HAVE to have it. While it’s fun to go shopping and check out the latest style, it’s not so fun to watch my bank account dwindle. I’ve realized that I must seek out the best possible DIY projects to recreate my favorite bag patterns.
When you learn how to knit, crochet and sew your own bag, you have the world at your fingertips. Who needs fancy designers when you can bring your own homemade bag to life? My favorite way to make a statement is by upcycling old items like jeans and turning them into memorable handmade bags. Get inspired and get to work – you may never spend money on a handbag ever again!
Free Crochet Purse Patterns
Crochet Tote Bag – Super simple but so much fun to make.
Extra Large Bellagio Tote – Carry all of your essentials plus a few extras.
Beginner Tote Bag – If you’re new to crochet (or just don’t feel like working too hard), try this free crochet pattern.
Mini Knitting Tote – It’s teeny, it’s tiny and it’s PERFECT.
Smiling Sunflower Bag – Rain or shine, this bag will always make you happy. Little kids will also love this pattern (it’s perfect for traveling).
Felt Flower Mini Tote – It’s small but mighty! Who wouldn’t feel glamorous with this purse on their arm?
Little Red Crochet Bag – Get fired up! How cute is this free crochet pattern?
Striped Tote Bag – A bag that’s anything but basic, you’ll want to take this with you everywhere.
Knitted Purse Patterns
BeeBopper Knitted Tote Bag – The bold colors and wide strap make this pattern a unique delight.
Uptown Tote Bag – No matter where you’re headed, you’ll be glad you made this practical bag.
Shetland Cable Knit Bag – Who wouldn’t fall in love with knitted bag patterns like this?
Thrifty Market Bag – Take your bag to the farmer’s market or carry it when you travel. Either way, you’ll be able to fit all of your essentials!
Free Bag Sewing Patterns
Funky Jeans Bag – What do you do when your old jeans don’t fit anymore? Don’t get depressed – make a purse instead (and buy new jeans, of course).
6 Old Jeans Purse Patterns – Once you make the bag above, you’ll want to upcycle all of your old pairs of jeans and make more sewn bags.
Sew Easy Skirt Tote – Save a skirt, make a bag! This fashionable project will help you cut closet clutter.
Upcycled Denim Tote Bag – Go green and save your denim from the trash can. You’ll love the look of this fashionable sewn bag pattern.
How to Make a Purse: 20 Patterns for Sewing Totes, Bags and More – Once you start making your own purses, you might not be able to stop! Luckily, there are a ton of fun and exciting bag patterns in this free eBook. Purses can get super expensive, especially if you plan to buy a fancy handbag. Stay away from that department store and step away from the computer – this free eBook will help you save money and look like a million bucks. Whether you want to make a fancy clutch or a large crossbody bag, we’ve got you covered. Download a copy today.
What is one item you have in your bag right this second?