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Top 10 Free Bag Making Sewing Patterns

Top 10 Free Bag Making Sewing Patterns
Lost your bag making Mojo? New to bags and don't know where to start? Or simply don't know what to try next?
I recently posed the question on various Facebook groups:

 

"What is your favourite free bag pattern

and why do you love it?"

 Anyone who starts sewing bags knows how addictive it is. You also soon learn that it can be expensive. Most of us have quite a stash of fabric that screamed "Buy Me!" as we passed. I just had my second C vaccination and the centre was right next door to Lincraft, where there was a sale........well, it would have been rude not to go in. :)

So here are the Top Ten, results from my recent survey. Some pictures will be added later when as I get permission to post.

The comments are from various sources I canvassed, not necessarily from the sewists credited.

So, choose a bag and pick something from your stash and feel good about sewing. It's almost like eating left-overs - self-righteousness rules :) 

Once you've made one. please add your own comments and upload a photo for others to check out.

Number One

The runaway winner... The Harlequin Pouch by Crafted by Leanne.

Black woven faux leather and suede by Katey.  Cross-body version by Tania Jane Howes

Level: Confident Beginner

Why is it popular?
Quick and easy to make
Looks Classy
Can be made from scraps
Versatile with different sizes and options
Looks good in any fabric
Where can I find it?

Joint Number Two

Equally Popular at number two were The Clematis Wristlet by Blue Calla Sewing Patterns, The Sunshine Cross Body Pouch by Bagstock Designs and The Koda Cross Body Bag by Huff 'n Cuffs.
In no particular order, these make up numbers two to four.

 

The Koda Cross Body Bag by Huff 'n Cuffs

 

Sewn by Beth Russ in Faux Leather

Level: Intermediate

Why is it popular? Very Stylish
It's really quick to make
Versatile: It's very easy to make larger, smaller, wider, etc
Where can I find it?

The Sunshine Cross Body Pouch by Bagstock Designs

Faux leather and Fabric. Bag sewn by Mrs Baggins

Level: Beginner

Why is it popular?
Very Stylish
Fast, easy to make, always looks great
Perfect for craft shows and gifts
Where can I find it?

The Clematis Wristlet by Blue Calla Patterns

Sewist Beth Russ

Level: Confident Beginner

Why is it popular?
Fast, easy to make
Perfect for gifts or to make for craft shows
Versatile - Two pattern downloads available, one specially for vinyl and cork, one for woven fabric
Where can I find it?

Number Five

The Bag With No Name by Bags by Bags of Style

Level:  Beginner through to Intermediate - depending

Why is it popular?
Extremely versatile
A clean canvas on which you can imprint your own creativity
No written instructions, but full video tutorials, making it easy to follow
NOTE: This group has  6 free patterns and also free weaving templates and reverse appliqué templates
Where can I find it?

 

Number Six

Next there was a cluster of patterns gaining the same vote. In no particular order numbers six to ten: The Ethel Tote and  Mabel Vintage Handbag both by Swoon Patterns, Good to go Messenger bag by Andrie Designs, Rosie's Messenger bag by Rosie's Art Studio and Guadaloupe by Shambala Bags.

The Ethel Tote By Swoon Patterns

Sewist Cheryl Ballantyne

Level: Beginner

Why is it popular?
Unusual Shape - Stylish
Sturdy and practical with slip pockets
Versatile Suits any colour or pattern of fabric
Can be made with quilting weight fabric
No hardware.
Where can I find it?

Download from the Swoon website

 

Mabel Vintage Handbag both by Swoon Patterns

Picture to come. View on Pinterest or follow the link below

Level: Confident Beginner

Why is it popular?
Cute vintage styling
Sleek looking but roomy enough for daily essentials
Versatile - can be made as a lunch bag
Can be made with quilting weight fabric
Where can I find it?

Good to go Messenger bag by Andrie Designs

Picture to come

Level: Confident Beginner

Why is it popular?
Versatile Large and small, adults or kids
Quick and easy
Great fir gifts
Where can I find it?

Rosie's Messenger bag by Rosie's Art Studio

Picture to come. Follow link below to view

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Why is it popular?
Good introduction to using waxed canvas
Lots of pockets
Well thought out design
Very professional looking finish
Easy to follow video tutorial
Where can I find it?
Download from Rosie's Art Studio website

Guadaloupe by Shambala Bags

Sewist Beth Russ

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Why is it popular?
Super easy instructions, modify it how you like
Enlarge it. 
Make in any fabric from cotton to solid leather
Internal/external pockets 
Looks fantastic when done!!
Where can I find it?

Worth a notable mention. :)

For those starting out check out this Youtube video by Diane Spencer Ogg
Super-easy, fully lined 2 piece bag

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