Tote bags are always in style and so useful! Pick your favorite from this list of 10 free tote bag patterns and get sewing!
All of these bags are great for reusable grocery shopping bags, an alternative way to wrap a gift and a great canvas for iron-on vinyl designs. Grab your rotary cutter, scissors, pins and sewing machine and pick a tote to sew!
I hope you will find a tote bag that you love with this list of free tote bag sewing patterns!
Basic Tote Bag Tutorial
The basic tote bag tutorial is an easy tote bag. You can make a whole batch of these bags easily. I love a good fabric tote bag because you can use any cute fabric you find for it! This tote bag uses nylon webbing for the handles which makes it super easy to sew – great for beginners!
This basic tote pattern uses premade strapping but you can also replace them with fabric straps.
If you’re looking for strapping, I love this bundle pack on Amazon (affiliate).
Leather Bottom Tote Pattern
This leather bottom tote pattern is a little more fancy with the pretty leather at the bottom! Leather totes are also nice because the bottom can wipe clean. This tote bag is fully lined and uses a zipper at the top edge to close the bag. Zip it up to keep your small items safe.
Convertible Iron-on Tote Tutorial
This oversized tote folds into a regular size tote – see how tricky it is here!
This post also includes a tutorial to create iron-on doily designs.
The Sweet Scallops Tote
The Sweet Scallops Tote bag is one of my earliest blog projects! I loved using my favorite fabrics on this, even if the scallops weren’t perfect! This free pattern is a great way to use scraps.
Halloween Trick or Treat Totes
See my trick or treating bags with three different spooky designs! It is so fun to create a tote bag to coordinate with a Halloween costume! The free sewing pattern includes templates for a bat version.
FREE tote bag patterns – Mini Tote
This shiny bag is the Gold “Dipped” Knot Bag. Make this mini tote to hold a cute gift!
Lace Trim Tote
Use up a bunch of lace trim with this frilly tote! The Lace Trim Tote is easy to sew and really cute!
The Doily Tote is made from a vintage pillowcase! I found this gorgeous cotton at a thrift store and had to put it to good use. The inside has a lining fabric for a professional finish. Attach the doily with white thread so you can’t see it!
Canvas Book Bags – This might be my favorite free tote bag tutorial! I loved making these totes for my girls to take to the library. I added positive messages on the front with my Cricut!
Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Use this tutorial to change any tote bag into a drawstring tote! The drawstring closure makes a fun and unique gift bag or storage tote.
Tote Bag Variations
Use these ideas to customize your tote bag!
- Add an interior pockeret
- Add exterior pockets
- Use fun stitches to decorate your bag
- Create a lunch tote to take to school or work
- Use thick stabilizer for a sturdier bag
- Upcycle a pair of jeans for a denim tote