Totes can make excellent accessories, and are always great diy gifts. These are all free tote patterns and tutorials, and an excellent (and so rewarding!) sewing project for the entire range of sewing skills from beginners to advanced.
- The simpler ones require no more than folding a rectangle and up to 4 straight (-ish) seams. Perfect for novice sewists!
- Confident beginners will probably go for a pattern that includes a pocket (or three), add a flat bottom and maybe use the color-blocking option.
- Advanced level? Sure! There are additional free tote patterns and options here in the list, including patchwork, piecing, quilted totes, one with vinyl (I love it!), and that perfect Saturday market tote you won’t be able to resist!
Now, let me stop rambling, scroll down to the list and start selecting your favorite, and – see you in the sewing room!
Tote Bag Patterns
Or, if you don’t have time to browse now, pin this tote collection for later, using this link or the below collage image:
French Market Tote Bag
A classic tote bag with a beautiful finish – tutorial at A Bright Corner
Tote Bag With a Tablet Pocket
Would you like to test out a combination of fabric and leather? Here’s a great tablet tote bag tutorial by Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations.
Free Craft Bag Pattern
The Oslo craft Bag pattern is one of the most popular free tote bag patterns over at Sew Sweetness. An abundance of pockets and compartments make it an amazing craft organizer.
Free Pattern for Tote With Many Pockets
Caroline at Sew Can She has an excellent tutorial for when you need a tote with many pockets. Free pattern here.
The Three-Fabric Tote
A great looking tote bag by The Inspired Wren – tutorial here.
Sturdy Tote Bag
If you are looking for a stiff and strong tote bag, visit tutorial designed by Amy Smart of The Diary of A Quilter for the Pellon site. Highly professional, and beautiful. Like all her tutorials.
See-Through Vinyl Tote – Free Pattern
Are you brave enough to go for a vinyl tote bag? Here’s one of the cutest vinyl totes out there. And it has top zipper closure – super handy! Free pattern and tutorial by Caroline at Sew Can She.
Tote Bag With Semi-Custom Fabric
Stephanie at Swoodson Says showed how to make a simple lined tote bag using a semi-custom fabric option at Joann’s. I loved how she adjusted the pattern color scale to her signature colors! Visit her tutorial here.
Reversible Bucket Tote Bag – Free Pattern
A great reversible tote pattern that was designed by Lisa Lam and is part of the Bag Making Bible – link to free pattern at Sew Mama Sew (edit: link not active any longer).
Convertible Tote-To-Wallet – Free pattern
A smart convertible tote tutorial with a free pattern, designed by Lorraine, aka LiEr from the Ikatbag blog. One of those amazing people in the bag making world I learned a lot from. You simply must check out her bag construction series!
Scrappy Quilted Tote BagScrappy quilted tote bag, tutorial at A Bright Corner
A cute library tote pattern by Jedi Craft Girl.
La Conner Tote Bag Tutorial
This free tutorial was posted by Jera at Quilting In The Rain, a Lecien designer, and it comes with a great video – here.
Fat Quarter Friendly Tote BagA cute tote bag that you can make in less than an hour. Tutorial here.
A Super Simple 20-Minute Tote BagMaybe the quickest tote to sew in this collection. Visit the free tutorial at Purl Soho.
Basket Tote Free Sewing Pattern
This one is a perfect tote for a trip to the Saturday market. While it falls into an intermediate difficulty level, it’s an excellent tutorial with a free pattern by Caroline at Sew Can She.
I hope you’ve found your favorite tote bag to sew now. Happy sewing!