Category: Bags

Handbag, Purse, Tote, and Clutch Tutorials

Easy-Clean Lunch Bag Tutorial

Anne Zeitler was tired of dealing with filthy lunch boxes so she designed a wonderful alternative. Learn to sew a wipe clean lunch bag using her easy to follow tutorial!

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Owl Tote Bag Free Pattern + Tutorial

Stephanie from the Crafty Kitty designed this adorable tote that subtlely yet cleverly looks like an owl. Perfect for back-to-work or back-to-school. Print the free pattern and make your own Owl Tote today!

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Woven Rag Beach Bag Tutorial

Meriel from create3.5 loves to sew clothes, and she also throws a bunch of quilting and hand embroidery in the mix. Here she shows you an interesting fabric technique with her new bag tutorial…

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Springtime Patchwork Purse Free Pattern + Tutorial

Charise Randell from Charise Creates has your next project all ready for you. Learn how to sew this roomy Springtime Patchwork Purse! Charise’s latest design is pieced with bright fabrics, with a linen border and strap. There’s also a handy magnetic closure and inside pocket…

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Triangle Pocket Tote Tutorial

Michelle from Falafel and the Bee shows you how to make a Triangle Pocket Tote, one of her favorite bags. It’s roomy enough to fit all of your summer essentials, for the beach, pool and farmer’s markets…

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Cross Blocks Zipper Pouch Tutorial

Sandra Clemons, author of the new Scrap Patchwork, is here to share a little about the book and give you a free Cross Blocks Zipper Pouch tutorial! Sandra and C&T Publishing are also giving you a chance to WIN a copy of the book…

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Madweave Foldover Clutch Tutorial

Tara J. Curtis uses special weaving techniques and the tool she created, the Tjaye Fabric Weaving Needle, to create beautiful items with fabric. Tara showed us how to make the Woven Chevron Pillow earlier this month, and now she has her original design for the Madweave Foldover Clutch featuring a classic tumbling blocks design. The weaving gives this bag such a lovely, unique look!…

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Sew Easy Sunglasses Case

Laura Hensley of The Sewing Class recently shared her experiences and knowledge about How to Run a Successful Sewing Camp for Kids. Her Sew Easy Sunglasses Case is one of the first projects her campers tackle, and it’s a useful sewing project for any beginning sewist. Learn how easy it is to make the case, and don’t miss Laura’s very helpful how to if you’re thinking about starting a sewing camp of your own!…

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Free Discotech Clutch Pattern

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness celebrates her new Windy-city Bags book and Building Better Bags Craftsy class with a GIVEAWAY! She also has a free Discotech Clutch PDF Pattern for everyone to download and sew. Sara is such a generous, talented designer and instructor… Lucky us!

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10 Beginner Bag Tutorials

Are you learning to sew or participating in our Teach a Friend to Sew series? You could win a Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine or a fabric shop gift certificate!. Find links to every post in the series here, plus 10 Beginner Bag Tutorials. You can do this!

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How to Make a Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Geta Grama from Romanian Quilt Studio shows you how to make an easy, professional drawstring bag. This basic design is great for favor bags or gift bags! You can get to work now to stock up for the holiday gift giving season, and you can also share a photo of your bag for a chance to win a new sewing machine in our Teach a Friend to Sew series!

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The Summer Purse Free Pattern + Tutorial

Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction is back with a free Summer Purse PDF pattern excerpt from her new book, Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun. There’s a giveaway too!

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Boho Leather Fringe Bag Tutorial

Samantha from Handmade by Mrs. H is an independent pattern designer, living in Wales, UK. Samantha specializes in bag sewing patterns and also runs the Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H Etsy shop. She designed this Leather Fringe Bag to take you through all of your summer adventures on into fall. You can use leather or “pleather,” and pop a favorite print in for the lining. Add a little Boho/Coachella vibe to your summer look!…

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All Season Tote Bag Tutorial

Fabric and pattern designer Mo Bedell Mo is back with a lovely, roomy Summer Tote Bag PDF Tutorial. This could be your perfect new bag for the summer! (Or maybe fall?!… We love the plaid version too.) Don’t let the piping scare you away; Mo shows you how easy it is to get this professional look…

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Asymmetrical Color Block Totes Tutorial

Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun shows you how to make easy Asymmetrical Color Block Totes! Take a new bag on your spring adventures, or whip up several to organize summer gear (one for the market, one for the beach…).

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Monogram Zip Pouch Tutorial

Melissa Mortenson from Polka Dot Chair is author of Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teens will Actually Love. The book is full of projects you can sew for your tween or teen, because Melissa strongly feels you don’t need to stop sewing for your children just because they are getting older! Melissa shows you how to make this cute, Monogram Zip Pouch. It’s perfect for your favorite tween, teen or for you!

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Spring Fling Handbag Free Pattern + Tutorial

Cindy Guch of Raspberry Sunshine has a free PDF pattern for you! The Spring Fling Handbag is a good project for confident beginner sewists, and it’s a classic design just right for date nights or breakfast out with the girls…

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Day Out Purse Free Pattern + Tutorial

Virginia Lindsay, owner and designer of Gingercake Patterns, has a free tutorial for you similar to the patterns included in her book, Sewing to Sell. Learn how to make a simple cross body Day Out Purse and you might just have your start at the next local craft fair or your new online shop! Virginia includes lots of examples for customizing the look of this bag too…

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Nude Food Sandwich Wrappers Tutorial

Marisa from thirtynine thoroughly researched her Nude Food Sandwich Wrappers to make something both safe and practical. Her tutorial for food-safe, reusable wrappers is an eco-friendly addition to lunch everyone in the family can agree on…

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Pacific NW Messenger Bag Tutorial

Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs designs professional handbag patterns, full of important details to make the bags functional and pretty. Her Pacific NW Messenger Bag includes zipped pockets, hardware and some other nice features to take it a step beyond your average bag. There’s a giveaway too!…

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Scrappy Stripe Tablet Bag

Sara Curtis of Radiant Home Studio has a new Tablet Bag for you to make. As our thoughts shift to sewing for the holidays we can think of a number of people who would love and use this bag! Use your favorite scraps and make several new bags with this easy tutorial…

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Pumpkin Treat Pouch Tutorial

Looking for a Halloween party activity?! Here’s a cute, little project from the new Felt-o-ween: 40 Scary-Cute Projects to Celebrate Halloween from Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio. Celebrate Halloween with Punkin’ Treat Pouches…

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