Tote Bag Patterns

Free Tote Bags Sewing Patterns for All Your Needs

Tote bags are used every where and have gained in popularity as everyone started to realize just how much impact our shopping bag habits is having on our landfills and environment.

Sewing your own tote bags is a great way to assure strong, durable bags that are much more durable than any plastic shopping bag! A simple tote bag pattern can also be a great first time sewing project.

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    Free sewing pattern for this simple tote bag.
    Simple Tote Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    The directions for this simple tote bag include a variety of sizes. Using lightweight nylon keeps the bags compact to have extras packed away in your luggage for the inevitable extras you come home with. This pattern is easily changed to match your own needs. If you've never ​sewn before this is a great first-time project!.

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    Free Pattern and instructions to sew a see though, breathable screen tote bag.
    See Through, Breathable, Screen Beach Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This simple to sew bag is one of my favorites! For the beach, the sand sifts out of the bag by the time we get to the car and things can dry inside the breathabele screen so there is less "sour" laundry after a fun day. I haven't tried it at an airport but I would imagine the see through bag would be less cumbersome for security.

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    Free Pattern for a Strong and Durable Tote Bag with Pockets
    Stylish, Durable Tote Bags Made with this Free Patterns. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This bag is strong enough to carry an armload of books and just big enough for an overnight get away. Follow these step by step directions to create the bag in the colors and prints you love.

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    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Two Tone Tote Bag with Pockets. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    The free step-by-step pattern directions for this tote bag, made from two different fabrics, will guide you through adding pockets to the outside and show you the possibility of inside pockets in the simple-to-sew lining. A great tote bag for on the go or a day out, which eliminates you juggling a bunch of bag.

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    Fancy Tote Bag or Pocketbook with a Zipper Closure

    Free Directions to Sew a Fancy Tote Bag or Pocketbook
    Tote Bag Style Purse. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This tote bag is a great double-duty bag! The design is dressy and it has a zipper closure so it can easily double as a pocketbook, when what you really need is a good sized tote bag. Use your Upholstery scraps and fabric scraps to create a bag for every need!

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    Patterns and directions to sew fabric Drawstring Gift Tote Bags
    Collection of Fabric Drawstring Gift Tote Bags. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    These simple to sew drawstring tote bags can be made in any size. They are the perfect way to have reusable gift wrap on hand, stopping the need to waste the inks and glossy paper harming the environment. Watch after holiday fabric clearance sales to stock up for the next year. You'll have a stash of gift wrap in no time... and your wrapping will be a gift in itself!

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    Make Your Own Wood Stove or Fireplace Accessories

    free sewing patterns for fire wood or log carrier tote
    Simple Strong Log Carrier Loaded with Firewood. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Choose from a very simple log carrier or make a bag style log carrier. Whichever you choose, it will be strong and hold up to many seasons of carrying the firewood to keep you warm. These log carriers make a great gift for anyone that uses firewood to stay warm.

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    Free Pattern to Sew a Compact, Fold Up Grocery Bag to Carry in Your Purse
    Sew a Compact, Fold Up Fabric Grocery Tote Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This bag solves the problem of forgetting to bring in your reusable bags. This simple, expandable bag, folds compactly so you can carry it in your purse until you need it.

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    Free Sewing Patterns For an Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack

    Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack
    Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    When I started this bag, I wanted a stylish lunch bag... it came out so adorable, it got grabbed up to use as a handbag. Your fabric choices will set the tone for making this bag anything you want it to be!

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    T backpack is made with this free sewing pattern for a full sized backpack
    Free Pattern to Sew a Full Sized Back Pack with Pockets and Padded Straps. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    One of the easiest ways to tote anything is a backpack that leaves your hands free. This free pattern sews up a backpack with two exterior pockets, one that is a pouch style pocket with an elastic top and one that is a flat pocket. It also has two side pockets which are a great way to carry water bottles. The straps combine a padded fabric with webbing straps for adjusting. The combination makes a way to comfortably carry a load without cutting into your shoulders and they are adjustable.

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    Free pattern to sew this strong durable tote bag.
    Stylish, Durable Tote Bags Made with this Free Patterns. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This bag has the strength and durability to carry an armload of books every day and the colorful style to be a great carry all type of bag. The outside of the bag features pockets all the way around the bag and the lining has a secure zipped closed pocket. The step by step directions will guide you through everything you need to create a great tote bag that will carry anything.

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    Free Sewing Patterns For an Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack

    Small Handbag or Lunch Sack Made with This Free Sewing Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    There are times that you only need a small tote bag but you want it to have some style. This bag is the perfect solution for when you need a small bag or a stylish bag to carry your lunch. Make many... for yourself and for gifts.

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    free pattern to sew a duffel bag
    Sew a Duffel Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This bag is so versatile you'll want a closet full so you are ready for anything. Add embroidery or appliques to make this common bag unique and easy to spot on an airport luggage turn style.

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    Free Step By Step Directions to Sew a Walker Tote
    Customized Walker Caddy Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    When you are using a walker to assist your mobility, your hands need to be firmly holding on to the walker, not juggling a pocketbook or tote bag at the same time. Carrying something while you use a walker is darn near impossible! This bag, with pockets, securely attaches to the walker so some independence can be maintained.

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    Free directions to make a laundry bag from your extra pillowcases.
    Laundry Bag from a Pillowcase. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Turn those mismatched, extra pillow cases into a great laundry bag. They fold up nice and compact in luggage for a weekend adventure or summer camp yet they expand to hold a slew of dirty laundry... and the bag can get tossed in with the laundry... what could be more perfect? This one is a super fast and easy project!

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    Lots of free pocketbook, purse, clutch and bag patterns to choose from!
    Bag Made Using Free Versatile Pocketbook or Tote Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    If you still haven't found the perfect tote bag to fit your needs, explore more pocketbook, purse and bag patterns. The possibilities are endless when you sew!

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    Free sewing pattern to sew a durable grocery bag.
    Durable Reusable Grocery Bag. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This bag features square details, a square bottom, and wide sides, which makes it easier to pack your groceries and less likely to squish fragile grocery items. This grocery bag pattern is a simple to sew durable way to carry groceries and not add plastic shopping bags to the environment.

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    Nap kit with a draw string bag
    A Kindergarten, Daycare or Babysitter Nap Kit. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    A nap kit isn't a tote bag but this kit includes a drawstring bag to hold all the parts of a nap kit. Make the entire kit or just the bag in any fabric that suits your needs.