18 Free Tote Bag Patterns to Sew Today!

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Sewing a Tote Bag can be fun! (And who couldn’t use another cute bag?) Here are 18 Free Tote Bag Patterns for you to sew today.

Some of these tote bags are perfect for beginners, and a few of these would be a great sewing project for the sewist looking to add a few new skills to their “bag.”

Free Tote Bag Patterns

The lil’ Missy and I headed out to run some errands yesterday, including a successful trip to Joann’s.

There were a few good coupons on the app, including a couple of 50% off one-item coupons, and a few others. I have a cute smocked dress in mind for the missy and a fabulous new DIY Tote Bag on the cutting table for me!

I’m always in need of roomy tote bags for trips to the pool and sleepovers at Nana’s (And yes, Nana, you will be hosting a sleepover very soon, lol.)

Free Tote Bag Patterns

Okay, I’ll admit it…I might be a little bit addicted to finding cute bags that coordinate with me and my day. Please tell me I’m not the only one…I have tote bags specifically for the library, grocery store, wine, and even day trips in the car. 

And while having that many might sound a bit excessive, I promise you that they actually keep me organized. Plus, I feel a little better every time I use a tote bag rather than plastic bags that harm our Earth. 

As I was researching the latest tote bag trends, I came across a ton of great bag tutorials on the web. Tote Bags come in many shapes and sizes, from the smallest book bag to the roomiest overnight bag. The best part is that most tote-style bags are relatively easy to sew since they are mostly straight lines.

If you love simple and roomy tote bags, you won’t want to miss out on these 18 fabulous free tote bag patterns I’ve rounded up for you today. And, like I always say, no one can ever have too many tote bags!

If you’re ready to start sewing and be on your way to becoming the next “tote bag lady” like me, you’ll love this collection of free tote bag patterns and tutorials! 

Sew Your Own Tote Bag with One of These Free Patterns

If you haven’t noticed, there are A LOT of Tote Bag tutorials on the web.  I’ve narrowed it down to the cutest styles and my favorite patterns.  I hope you have fun sewing one of these bags!

(Click the link titles to go to the tutorial.)

1. French Market Tote Bag

french market free tote bag pattern


2. Cross Body Tote Bag Tutorial

Cross Body Tote Bag Tutorial


3. Bucket Tote Bag Pattern

how to sew a bucket bag tutorial


4. Oslo Tote Bag Pattern

multi pocket bag tutorial


5. Tote with Many Pockets

free purse sewing pattern


6. Free Market Bag Tutorial

free handbag pattern


7. Charm Square Tote Bag Tutorial

Tote bag made with charm squares

8. Wine Bottle Tote Bag Pattern

how to make a wine bottle tote bag


9. Cute Tote with Pockets

cute tote bag with pockets - free pattern and tutorial


11. Reversible Spring Tote

reversible tote bag tutorial

12. Big Beautiful Diaper Bag

how to sew a diaper bag


13. Easy Tote From a Dish Towel

make a book bag using dishtowels


14. Peekaboo Chevron Tote

DIY tote bag pattern


15. Leather Handle Tote Bag

free tote bag patterns


16. Easy Fat Quarter Totes

free beach bag pattern


17. Kids Duffle Bag Tutorial

make a kids duffle bag - free pattern


18.Trail Bag Tote Pattern

diy tote bag


19. Patchwork Tote

adorable quilted patchwork bag tutorial


Have you sewn any of these free bag patterns?  If not, which one do you think you’d like to try?  Leave me a comment below!

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  1. Wendy Austin says:

    The Cute Tote Bag with Pockets is definitely on my to do list. Will make a few for Christmas gifts as well as a couple for me. I love all the patterns. Many thanks for all your lovely ideas.

  2. Great collection of tote bag patterns. Hope to try several of them to use up my stash of rems

  3. I love them all but I think I’d like to try the Oslo Tote.

  4. Cherry Gale says:

    I’m going to try the Cute Tote with Pockets, the Oslo and French Market bags. I made the Peek a Boo but must have made an error somewhere as the top opening is very small! I’ve made several of the Market Bags, also known as Origami Bag. They’re very roomy.

    I want to try a messenger bag too

    1. Liz Ashford says:

      I would like to try the following: Easy Fat Quarter Tote and Patchwork Tote Please

  5. Camilla Scott says:

    You have really cute ideas and beautiful designs. Certainly triggers the imagination. My daughters birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I would love to make her something that I made, rather than just purchasing her gift. Thank you!?

  6. Janet Ward says:

    I love tne peekaboo cheveron tote! Want to make this bag! Please send me the pattern!

  7. Do any of these have inside pockets?

  8. Mardy Howe says:

    I would love to try the Easy Tote From a Dish Towel

  9. Sooo glad to find YOU !!!!
    To create,share, & use your mind & hands,is as close to heaven as I imagine heaven to be !!! Sign me up !!

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  11. FRANCES Kay WOLFE says:

    I would like to the patch work tote, it looks really fun.

  12. I love these tutorials but is there a way I can modify them to carry multiple drink bottles. I have been looking for a tote to take to the park on the weekends where I can store the families drink bottles (4 x bottles standing upright) without falling over. With another area to store the fruit and snacks we take as well. I have been looking at the tote with the pockets on the outside but cannot decide whether the pockets are big enough for the drink bottles.

    1. Sharon Smith says:

      You could make the Oslo tote bag and make the pockets on the sides taller to accomodate the bottles, that one would be an easy fix.

  13. I would be interested in trying the Oslo Bag Tote and the Cute Tote with Pockets .A

  14. Etta Evans says:

    All of the totes are beautiful Hard to choose which one I want to make.

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I have a really cute one (my own tote tutorial) coming next week too!

  15. Barbara Cohen says:

    Thank you so much for the patterns and ideas! I have moved overseas and finding patterns in English can be difficult. Now I have to figure out where to buy material!!!!!!

  16. These look really great and useful. Please keep them up forever because I don’t have time to make them now but I am saving the email. Really nice resource. Thank you very much.

  17. Ilona Ahl says:

    Thanks for all the Thrifty ideas for me to save and do? being creative and making our own is so good for the psyche!