This post has been updated June 2014– broken links have been replaced with new awesome bag making tutorials. You can get even more bag tutorials in the follow-up post here.
When I first wrote this article, I wrote that I wasn’t much of a sewer.
Since then, I’ve made quite a few bags from these tutorials. The pictures on the right are some of the bags that I’ve sewn myself.
That’s the beauty of online tutorials. They not only make great end products (and great gifts), it’s also a great way to learn to sew. Tutorials take you through the process step-by-step.
“I’m not much of a sewer, but I’m trying. I made a bag recently and have gone a little bit bag crazy. Making a bag is a great way to learn how to sew.”
There are quite a few sewing and construction techniques in these tutorials that will come in handy when you make other projects, or that could be easily combined to create your own custom bag design.
Some authors ask that you don’t use their patterns and tutorials to make bags for commercial purposes, so check out their site for copyright details.
|Sling bag tutorial @ Crap I’ve Made||Reversible Beach Bag @ Very Purple Person||Origami bag @ The Crafty Mummy|
|Quilted tote @ PS I Quilt||Millie tote bag @ Sig Creations||Box bag @ Dragon [Knit] Fly|
|Tote bag @ Kerri Made and Part 2||Recessed zipper shoulder bag @ Projects By Jane||Laptop bag @ Randomness by Petchy|
|Easy nappy / diaper bag @ Sew Christine||Hip Mamma nappy / diaper bag @ A Mingled Yarn||Angela’s diaper (nappy) bag @ Moda Bake Shop|
|Drawstring bag @ Between the Lines||Square bag @ Ahhh Designs||Basic messenger bag @ MMM Crafts|
|No sew grocery bag @ Saving with Shellie||The poochie bag @ The Happy Zombie||Envelope makeup bag @ Up the Rainbow Creek|
|Summer beach bag @ Film in the Fridge||Lined grocery bag with pocket @ Craftster||Scrappy shopping bag @ Pezzedimondo|
|Lined and zippered pouch @ Flossie Tea Cakes||Diana hobo bag @ Think Liz||Crocheted straw beach bag @ Craft Passion|
|Shoulder bag @ Tiny Happy||Traveller bag @ Eloisa Docton||Simple backpack @ Confessions of a Sewciopath|
|Little boxy pouch @ Three Bears||Pyramid purse @ Color me Pretty by Nadia||Backpack @ Hello Beautiful|
|Basket bag @ Tall Poppy||The Lindie bag @ Craft Apple||Bag with removable pouch @ BHG|
|D Ring bag @ Cut Out and Keep||Monk bag @ Purl Bee||Lined box pouch @ Make it Modern|
|Slouch bag @ Random Charm||Basic purse @ Creative Little Daisy||Mini shoulder bag @ Sewing Secrets|
|Easy lined tote @ Not So Fancy Nancy||Ruffled tote @ Weekend Designer||Sophisticated tote bag @ Pattern Pile|
|Art bag @ New Green Mama||Purse with licence pocket @ Thimbleanna||Bag from shorts @ Bethsco Blog|