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The Best Sewing Patterns For Bags To Sew For Gifts

The Best Sewing Patterns For Bags To Sew For Gifts

The Best Bag Sewing Patterns For Bags To Sew For Gifts

If you like sewing bags like I do, you are never going to be short of a gift. The question is. what exactly are the best bag sewing patterns for bags as gifts.

Well, hopefully, I've solved that problem for you. I asked the question to our customers and on various bag-making groups. I've taken all the  recommendations and created a list of the best patterns, by popular choice, to sew to make bags as gifts.

Most of these patterns are easy to sew in batches, so if you have a few bags to make you can save quite a bit of time.

To make it easier for you to choose I have done the following:

  • Arranged the bags into groups of different types of bags from simple pouches, to “something special”.
  • Included some Free Patterns and a few that don’t require much in the way of bag hardware or stabilizer.
  • Listed the skill level required for each bag.
  • Described what’s great about each pattern.
  • Outlined the bag hardware and other supplies needed, such as rectangular rings, zippers, D rings, swivel snap hooks, Decovil, ByAnnie Soft and stable etc. (This is a guide only to help you choose a pattern that matches either your budget or supplies that you already have. You will need to refer to the pattern for the details).
  • Noted whether a video tutorial is available. (Generally you can find something on YouTube anyway)
  • Included a few pictures for most bags to help you see the possibilities.
  • Provided links or instructions on where to find the patterns.

As most patterns require medium weight fusible woven interfacing, such as Shape to Create or Pellon SF101, I have not listed that below. If in doubt, assume you need it.

The categories are:

Add a professional touch and a bit of bling to your gifts with these items:

Fancy zipper pulls hearts and clover

Metal Handmade badge

Metal handmade zipper pull

Replace magnetic snaps with locks and clasps

Add a Hanging Tassel Cap


Secret Santa gifts, or complementary items to add to your bags

Purse Pal

By Linds Handmade

Purse Pals 

Sewn by Amanda Davies at BritBags

Skill Level: Confident beginner – you will need to be able to cut accurately.

A really nice mini purse / slim wallet with card slots, a zipper pocket and a long slip pocket. Highly customisable and a great add on to a bag.

Hardware required:

Video tutorials available

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Bender Wallet

By KMDesigns


Image is designer's own

Skill Level: Confident beginner – you will need to be able to cut accurately.

Minimalist card wallet. Ideal for Phone bags etc. The perfect gender-neutral gift, so definitely a great Secret Santa pressie.

Use vinyl, leather or cork. Easily customised so great to make to match a bag that you are gifting.

I haven’t made this but it looks very quick and easy

YouTube tutorial available online

Bag supplies required:

None. But you will need some fabric glue.

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Key Chains

key chains

You can get really creative with these .

You can use key chain hardware, or for a quick and easy add-on or mini-gift, simply grab a 1” swivel hook and pair with a fabric strap to match a bag you are gifting.

Just as good as a quick gift in it's own right.


  • Swivel Snap Hook (Lobster Claw)

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Pouches and Clutches

Harlequin Pouch

By Crafted by Leanne

Image is designer's own 


Skill Level: Beginner who can cut accurately

Simple to sew and you can add as much wow factor as you like. Add a wristlet or crossbody strap and you can easily increase the size slightly.

Required bag making supplies:


Add a tassel cap for a touch of bling

harlequin with tassel cap

Pattern and instructions available from the Crafted by Leanne Facebook Group. (You will need to apply to join if not a member)

Video tutorial available.

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Poppie Pouch

By SewFlo Sewing (Formerly Sew Pretty Designs)

Skill Level: Careful Beginner

Suitable to sew with waterproof canvas or thin PU leather/vinyl on a strong domestic machine. An industrial machine is recommended for heavier vinyls or fabrics.

A relatively inexpensive pattern which has three sizes to choose from, or sew all three and gift them as a set.

It is very easy to make this pattern look stunning with the contrasting applique

Supplies required:

Video tutorial available

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The Gemini Wallet

By Crafted By Leanne

Gemini Wallet
Sewn by Esther at Keoni Sewing
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
This is a fabulous wallet pattern which comes together reasonably quickly, once the cutting out is done. 
It is a really good size with a zipper pocket and plenty of card slots. There are four style options with different shapes and panels for the flap, leaving you plenty of scope to be creative.
Full video tutorial by Leanne on YouTube. There is also a video tutorial to help you decide which stabilizer to use with your fabric choice.
Bag Supplies Required:
  • # 3 zip
  • Magnetic Snap
  • Decovil, heavy, Decovil light or fleece or combination depending on fabric choice

Thank You Pouch

By It's Sew Kelley

Image is designer's own

Skill Level: Beginner

Very simple pouch to sew. The pattern has a two-way zipper to add a little more interest. Quick and easy, use contrasting fabrics to dress it up.

Required supplies:

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The Jupiter Clutch

By Crafted by Leanne

Image is designer's own


Skill Level: Advanced/confident Beginner

Versatile little bag. Add a wristlet or crossbody strap.

An easy-to-follow pattern with detailed instructions and lots of pictures. Measurements are in both inches and cm. Comes together very quickly.

Bag hardware required.

Detailed instructions and sew-along video

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Phone Bags/slings

The Mighty Mini 

By Spencer Ogg Patterns

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Great video and instructions by Diane as always, and don’t forget your choccy biccie.

This bag is perfect for when all you need is your phone, a credit card and your keys. Can be made slightly larger if required and is easy to sew in batches.

Hardware and supplies required:

Video tutorial included

Get the pattern


Zip 'N Go Clutch, Crossbody, Wristlet  

By ENDesigns

Image Designer's Own

Skill Level: Beginner friendly

Slightly bigger than the Mighty Mini with a lot more pockets, including card slots and 2 exterior zippered pockets, so it takes longer to sew. Very well thought out design.

Bag making supplies required

Video tutorial available

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Toby Essentials Sling

By Bumbleroot Designs


Skill Level: Confident beginner to intermediate

For a domestic machine use lighter weight fabrics only. (There are up to 8 layers to sew through)

This is a really interesting bag to sew and very quick with a quite unique construction.

Cutting accurately is absolutely essential as is ensuring that everything Is correctly lined up at every step. If you don’t do this you will get a wonky bag.

Just take your time and you will be fine. I made this blue one for my sample bag collection and it is coveted by everyone who sees it. Hands Off! It’s not going anywhere 😊

Bag hardware etc. required:

Step-by-step video tutorial included

This pattern has bee replaced by the slightly larger Twoby version 


H20 2GO Sling

By Linds Handmade


 Sewists: Top left Susan @Arriettysbags, Bottom left Naomi at Buttons and Bobbins NZ Right Max of JustMax Designs


Skill Level: Intermediate – “It requires accurate cutting/sewing and installing a curved zipper which can be challenging for new sewers.”

Perfect match day sling or for a walk in the park on a sunny day. Space for all the essentials including your water bottle.

A great thank you gift for the teacher.

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Crossbody Bags, Shoulder Bags and Handbags

Teloujay 2.0

Country Cow Designs

Image from Designers Pattern Page

Intermediate – Ambitious Beginner with some experience

“This little crossbody features a statement front zipper pocket and a slip pocket to the rear. The bag closes with a top zip and inside it features another zip pocket for keeping your items secure. This little bag is ideal for carrying your essentials such as wallet, phone, keys and mask.”

Video tutorial included

Bag supplies:

  • 20″ No.5 zipper tape & 2 zipper pulls
  • 9″ No.3 zip
  • 2 x 1″ D-rings
  • 2 x 1″ Swivel clasps
  • 1 x 1″ Slider
  • 1 x Slim magnetic snap (14mm or 18mm)
  • 1 x Zip end (optional)

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ANIKA Crossbody bag

By Axlandia Design

Image is from the designers pattern page

Skill Leve: Intermediate

Inexpensive Pattern

A Fun BAG to make and a cool funky design with the unusual zipper front

Bag supplies required  are not listed on pattern page

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Sunshine Crossbody Pouch

By Bagstock Designs

Image Designer's Own


Skill Level: Beginner and domestic machine friendly

Free Pattern

Versatile and perfect for beginners. Can be used as a cosmetic pouch or add straps for a crossbody bag

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Beany Baguette Crossbody bag and pouches

By Spencer Ogg Sewing Patterns

Image Designer's Own

Skill Level:

Confident/Advanced Beginner

Domestic machine friendly

 Full video tutorial included

A very popular pattern in two sizes and can be made as a shoulder bag or a pouch.

Very versatile as it can be made from virtually any type of fabric and so can be made to suit any occasion.

Bag making supplies Required:


  • Decovil heavy for the bag base.

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The Mountain Saddle Bag

By Emmaline Bags

Katey                                       Malanie at SoulSlips

Skill Level: Confident /advanced beginner

Excellent video tutorial

Very domestic machine friendly with lighter fabrics, but I would recommend an Industrial or Heavy Duty machine if using heavier vinyl etc. as the stabilizer can make the topstitching at the end trickier.

The pattern comes in two sizes and the  “tall” size is a really nice sized bag to carry. It is deceptively quick to make and can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric and contrasting strapping.

Bag making supplies required:

Bag Hardware:

The Decovil gives the bag a lovely rigid shape, but if you want a softer bag, omit the decovil

Get the Pattern

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Tote Bags

The Tuesday Tote

By Knotted Thread Co.


Sewn by Katey on left and by Sharon Hoare of Eclectic Creations on the right

Skill Level: Beginner with reasonable knowledge of sewing

A great pattern and quick and easy to sew. Some great tips are included to guide you along and there are variations to the pattern with two main styles. It is also easy to adapt to add your own flair.


  • Fusible Fleece (Pellon H640)
  • Decovil light or ByAnnie soft and Stable if you are using lighter weight fabrics

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Easy Two Piece Bag

By Spencer Ogg Sewing Patterns

Image by Spencer Ogg Sewing Patterns

Skill Level: Beginner

Free Pattern

This is a very quick and easy lined tote bag to make, even quick to cut out for once. The pattern calls for leather handles, but you could use webbing or make some straps to match.

This is perfect if you need to make a few bags. Dress it up with Kiwiana or give it use festive fabric for Christmas gifts.

Bag supplies:

Hardware will depend on what you decide to do, or you could sew the straps into the seams and not use any.

Full YouTube tutorial with instructions on how to fit rivets.

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Toiletry Bags

The Retreat Bag.

By Emmaline Bags 

Image from designer's website

Skill Level: Intermediate

Free Pattern

Comes in 2 sizes small and large

The wire frames in this pattern are optional but really make the look of the bag and make it more practical to use.

Bag Making Supplies required:

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The Tumbleweed Toiletry Tote

By Blue Calla Patterns  (See the “Special Gift:” section below)

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Backpacks and Back Slings

The Sandhill Sling

By Noodlehead

sandhill sling

Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate.

A great sized bag to carry all your essentials. Perfect for a walk in the woods, a day out biking or just daily use. The inside elasticated pocket makes it easy to fit a water bottle inside as well. Two front pocket options

I sewed these two simultaneously as a batch and that worked well, you could easily do several at once. Take your time with the lining which is the only tricky bit.

Easy to follow instructions and online tutorials for the parts that need explaining.

Bag making hardware required:

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Karvi Mini Backpack

By Bagstock Designs


A really great little backpack which can be made to suit both children and adults depending on your choice of fabric etc. Comes together fairly quickly, but there are a lot of pieces to cut out which takes a bit of time.

The bag has loads pf pockets so it's really easy to organise and find your things.

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Easy step by step instructions and a great Youtube tutorial to watch by Siah Swag


  • Rivets
  • Bag feet

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The Begonia Drawstring Backpack

By Blue Calla

By Jenni at Little Makes Handmade

Quick easy and inexpensive. Great for kids or big kids alike.

This drawstring bag in the old rucksack style has a pleasantly relaxed feel to it. Make this out of lighter weight fabric and it would be great to take on your travels and fold flat packed in your suitcase to pull out on those sightseeing days. Make it out of cotton vinyl or cork - your choice.

Skill Level: Perfect pattern for the beginner

Bag supplies required:

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Man Friendly

Car Trash Can

By More Me Know

car trash can

Image designer's own

Free Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner

Extremely quick to sew with no hardware required.

This bag is perfect for the messier car owner or for those with OCD who absolutely need to know that their automobile is going to remain spotless. Impossible to offend with this one – I hope 😊

Video tutorial available

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The Craggan Men’s Messenger Bag

By Spencer Ogg Patterns

craggan mens messenger bg

Image Designer's Own

A tough crossbody Man Bag or M’urse. Designed to carry all those work essentials, with room for an ipad/tablet and a front pocket for the phone. 

Large enough for him to carry your wallet for once :)

Skill Level: Beginner

Bag making supplies required:

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Quick & Easy Lined Dopp Kit 

By Mr Domestic

Free Pattern

Skill Level: Beginner

Made from vinyl and fully lined this is a quick and easy sew. Plus you get to watch Mr Domestic in action which is always fun. Everything is on YouTube.


Get the Pattern

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For that special gift

These patterns are a little more advanced but are totally awesome and perfect for that special person. 

The Tumbleweed Toiletry Tote

By Blue Calla Patterns


Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

An awesome pattern that you will get a huge sense of satisfaction out of finishing.

The tote is a generous size and has a train case bottom and a wide-opening top.

You can fit smaller matching pouches into both compartments.

There is also a hack available to turn it into a craft bag.

Bag hardware needed:

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The Mayfield Backpack

By Knotted Threads Co.

Mayfield backpack
Sewn by JustMax


Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

A beautiful bucket backpack with drawstring enclosure and flap. Multiple interior pockets.

This bag has some lovely design features that makes it stand out from the backpacking crowd.

Bag hardware and supplies needed:

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The Hiraeth Handbag

By Lavender and Twine

Hiraeth Handbag
Sewn by Max of JustMax Designs

Skill Level: Intermediate

This bag is absolutely stunning to look at and has proved a really popular pattern.

“The Hiraeth Handbag has beautiful structure, curves and lines that surround all sides of the bag. The look is elevated and classy, and the bag comes together quickly. The Hiraeth Handbag features two exterior Slip Pockets, an Interior Zip Pocket and Slip Pocket”

Step by step instructions with lots of photos and video links incorporated at each stage

Bagmaking hardware and supplies needed:

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