Free Quilted Tote Bags and Purse Patterns

When I joined a quilt guild many years ago, it had been ages since I had made a quilt. I joined the group with a friend’s prompting and went on a quilt retreat.

I remember asking if it would be okay if I made a quilted purse instead of a quilt just to get my feet wet.

Many years later and many quilts later, I still love love love to make bags and quilted purses. I’m not sure what it is, but I know I am not the only quilter who enjoys making quilted tote bags and purses.

This page is chock full of all types of free quilted purse patterns and bags for a quilter or sewer of every level of experience.

Quilted Tote Bags

A nice, homemade quilted tote bag is a useful item to have. Tote bags are spacious, usually made of durable materials and hold many things at once.

Quilted tote bags are growing in popularity and now come in various sizes, shapes and designs. Tote bags can be personalized as well.

Improv Tote Bag by Wendy HeimPhoto Credit: Wendy Heim - Improv Tote Bag

What are the advantages of quilted tote bags?

  • They are trendy and fashionable, as well as multifunctional.
  • Various uses: These large bags have room to be carried on a picnic, to the gym, beach, school and the next sewing or quilt class. They are also the perfect bags to keep in the car!
  • Choices in function and style: Those who use tote bags have very different needs, styles and choices. The sewer can choose to make any size tote bag from the many different style patterns available. Pick your own materials for the type of tote being made.

    Some of these quilted tote bag patterns are made with a scrappy look.  For other scrappy ideas, look at our page on scrappy quilts and projects.
  • Totes are roomy: This makes it easy to carry all of the things that are necessary on an everyday basis.  These bags make it possible to take many items on the go. And every crafter needs one to carry project materials! 
  • Durability: Tote bags are undeniably durable.  They last for years if the construction and chosen materials are strong and able to carry heavy weight.
  • Reusable: The tote bag can be reused many times, making it environmentally friendly. Use again and again for the grocery store, trick or treating, crafting projects and more.
  • Great gifts: A handmade tote bag is sure to be appreciated and used by the person who is lucky enough to receive one as a gift.
  • Fun and easy to make: There are many different tote bag patterns below which the sewer will enjoy working on.

quilted Pouches

Pouches are just as useful as tote bags, though much smaller in size. Make a roomy zippered pouch to hold all of the little things that may end up in the bottom of a bag.

Scroll down below to find various pouch patterns that can hold make-up, coins, and anything else that needs to be kept in one place.Quilted Pouch Sample

Quilted Purses

Quilted purses look darling hanging on the arm. There are no two alike when handmade. There are so many free quilted purse patterns for both traditional and unique purses to make below.

Quilted purses make lovely gifts as well.

Other quilted projects

Check out the tutorials for making quilted handles for tote bags and purses!  These are strong and comfortable when using.

The tea bag wallet is perfect for taking along your favorite teas. The handy holder folds up nicely to fit inside a purse.

Key fobs make great gifts and are easy to create using the free patterns below.

Scroll down to see more ideas like a mini suitcase (so cute!), how to recycle old and tired quilts and random quilt blocks into bags, and so much more.

I see a beautiful quilted bag in your future!

Free Quilted Tote Bags and Purse Patterns

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Basket Tote

Basket Tote

Use this step-by-step free sewing pattern to sew a beautiful quilted Basket Tote. Sew Can She

Cargo Duffle Bag

Here is a free pattern for a classic duffle bag. Robert Kaufman

Checkerboard Tote Bag

Although this looks complicated, it's not! Jelly roll strips are sewn together and then maneuvered in a specific way to make the checkerboard effect. Alanda Craft

Cross Body Shoulder Bag

Here is a free tutorial for sewing a cross body shoulder bag (Bum bag / Fanny Pack) whatever you want to call it. But it's really cool! Joz Makes Quilts

Crossbody Tote Bag

Here is a tutorial for a crossbody tote bag with a lining and leather straps. It is easy to customize it to your personal style. My So Called Crafty Life

Cute and Squishy Quilted Bag

This quilted bag tutorial uses 3 fat quarters for the bag outside. In addition, you'll need fabric for the lining and binding. Tea and the Sewing Machine

Cute Quilted Tote Bag

This stash-busting project is perfect for beginner sewists and it can be done in less than an hour. Get the free tutorial here. Craftsy

Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Drawstring Shoulder Bag

Constructed with heavy-weight fabric and a bunch of small pieces of fabric sew this drawstring shoulder bag with this free tutorial. Diary of a Quilter

Dresden Petal Handbag

To make this handbag the only pattern piece is a modified Dresden petal sewn with any combination of scrap fabric. Quality Time

Fan Pattern Tote Tutorial

This FREE quilted tote bag tutorial shows step-by-step how to create a large tote bag using the Modern Fans quilt block pattern. Suzy Quilts

Flower Appliqued Tote Bag

Flower Appliqued Tote Bag

Learn how to raw edge applique a tote bag. No-Sewing Needed! This project is simple and a great way to use up scrap fabric. Makes a nice gift bag! Staff

Frankenbag Tutorial

For this bag lots of scrap fabrics and you can even incorporate an orphan block to make this bag. Agile Jack

Improv Tote Bag Tutorial

This is a link to part 1 of the Improv tote bag tutorial by Crafty Gemini & Jenny Doan. The link to part 2 is just below this link! Missouri Star Quilt Company

Improv Tote Bag Tutorial - Part 2

This is a link to part 2 of the Improv tote bag tutorial by Crafty Gemini and Jenny Doan. Missouri Star Quilt Company

Message Bag

Make back to school fun with a messenger bag from child's favorite fabric.

Patchwork and Prairie Points Bag

Simple open-top patchwork bag.

Patchwork Tote Bag

Sew together small squares of fabric to capture the latest trend for quilted accessories with our step-by-step tutorial on how to make a quilted shopper bag. Gather How

Patchwork Tote Bag Tutorial

Learn how to make a really fun and easy patchwork quilted tote bag. It’s super cute and beginner friendly too! Confessions of an Over Worked Mom

Patchwork Triangle Pouch

This DIY coin pouch is a creative and clever way to use scrap fabric. A Spoonful of Sugar

Patchwork Zipper Bag

A fast and fun simple patchwork bag with a zipper closure. Link included to a step-by-step tutorial for this project perfect for beginners. A Quilting Life

Personalized Tote Bags for Kids

Personalized Tote Bags for Kids

Tote bags for kids are simple to make. Start with a plain tote bag then have a blast personalizing it with kid's name and their favorite character. Associate

Puff Tote

Combine the fun fluffy style of the puff quilt into a quick sewing project, a puff tote bag. Wyldwood Creative

Puff Tote Bag

Here is a creative idea for making a tote bag with a puffy quilt section. Handmade by Lorelei

Purse Handle - Quilted Purse Handle Tutorial

This blog by Renna Lily is a how-to with photographs for making a quilted purse handle. Renna Lily Designs

Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bag

Here is an easy way to make a bag - no need to quilt at the end since you will quilt-as-you-go. Teresa Down Under

Quilted Bag Straps

This tutorial shows how to make quilted bag straps that can be used on any bag. Monica Curry Quilt Design

Quilted Mini Suitcase Tutorial

Here is a tutorial for making a quilted suitcase. Mommy By Day Crafter By Night

Quilted Tote Bag

Fashion and function combine in this bag with handy pockets outside and inside.

Quilter Patchwork Tote Bag

Create your own quilted tote bag perfect for carrying library books, going shopping, and travel with this free tutorial. Amy Latta Creations

Quilter Zipper Pouch

With this tutorial see and learn how to quilt and make a zipper pouch in one go! Appple Green Cottage

Scrappy BOHO Bag Pattern

Scrappy BOHO Bag Pattern

Create your own fabric from scraps! Then make this cute BOHO bag. Seam Whisperer

Scrappy Quilted Tote Bag

With a bunch of scraps, piece a section of this tote bag. Then combined with a solid fabric to finish it. A Bright Corner

Scrappy Strips Bag

A quick to assemble bag with scrap fabrics.

Small Quilted Tote wih Attached Lid

Here is a free tutorial for a patchwork tote with a lid that slides. Flossie Blossoms

Tea Bag Wallet

Always have tea bags handy when away from home. Fabric Fascination

Tote - Country Tote

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Trick or Treat Bag

Instructions for making two sizes are provided. Quilt Pox

Tumbler Tote Pattern

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This roomy tote is a great project to use up scraps and the GO! Tumbler-3 1/2" (3" Finished) makes cutting those scraps a breeze! Affiliate Link to Accuquilt

Zipper Pouch & Key FOB

Learn how to sew a roomy zipper pouch to keep in my purse for things such as lotion, lip balm, a nail file, etc. Key fob directions also! Art Gallery Fabrics

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