50+ Beautiful DIY Tote Bags With Free Patterns For You

diy tote bags handmade

If we leave some exceptions, all girls love to have a collection of bags. A tote bag is large bag used for carrying a number of items.

Custom tote bags can add to a fun personal fashion statement.

diy tote bags handmade

Why spends tons of money on totes and purses when you can make your own at home easily and for a fraction of the cost?

So why not learn how to make some fashionable bags yourself? Handmade tote bags also make for a great way to wrap presents for parties or as an inexpensive but thoughtful thank you present that you can customize. Even if you’re a beginner sewer, you can make a DIY tote bag that looks professionally made in a short time. 

Check out these 60 DIY tote bags ideas you can create right at home and add to your collection!

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1. Easy Twenty Minute Tote Bag

DIY Tote Bags ideas

If we say you can make your DIY tote bag in less than 30 minutes do you believe?  This lovely bag is so easy to make that even beginners. It does not require much fabric.  You can make so many like this in one day and give them as gifts.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: purlsoho

2. Basic Booty Bag

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To make this booty bag you can recycle your old jeans! This repurposing old jean project gives you an amazing tote bag when you’re finished. The bag is just a basic bag, so there’s no lining. Denim lovers will love this tote bag. Just keep in mind that the size of your jeans will decide the size of your tote bag.

Ste By Step Instructions and Pattern: thelongestyear

3. DIY Mini Book Tote

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This tote bag really doesn’t take much in the way of supplies. The main material you will need ,two fat quarters – one of the inside and one for the outside – and some fusible fleece interfacing. If you choose a directional fabric, you will need to use more than one fat quarter per side. If you follow its DIY step by step instructions, it wont take more time to make this bag.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: crazylittleprojects

4. Braided Handle Tote Bag

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This beautiful braided handle bag is such a wonderful bag for spring. And it is lightweighted. Whatever colors you choose, it will look gorgeous. The cutest thing is it has a little pocket inside for storing smaller items. Again its relatively easy bag to make with less  supplies. So for which occasion you will like to make this bag.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: purlsoho

5. Adorable Leather Bucket Bag

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If you try this DIY tutorial,Yes, you can make your own leather bucket bag and it will look like you bought it at one of those high end department stores. Actually its very easy to make this tote bag and you are going to love showing it off and letting people know that you made it yourself. When it comes to leather, dont be hurry. Make sure that you sew really slowly, so that your stitches stay straight.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: brit

6. DIY Rustic Patchwork Tote

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Now this is little different. Its a patchwork tote bag. It has that wonderful rustic look and it’s really easy to piece together. If you notice, there is a bright little ruffle toward the bottom and a big button holds it closed. Old is gold, our grandmothers used to carry this kind of bags. Patch work on this bag makes it uniquely beautiful.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: mypatchwork

7. Compact Tote Bag With Surprise

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This tiny little tote bag is so unique in itself. But here comes the surprise part as it holds a full sized tote bag inside. This is perfect for beach vacation, shopping! You can carry the small bag and then flip it out and use the larger bag to hold your purchases.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: sudarushka

8. Comfortable Denim Tote Bag

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If you like earlier denim tote bag then this another great denim upcycled tote bag is for you. It looks like a huge traditional tote bag and good to carry all sorts of items. The handle is long enough to carry on your shoulder and the lightweight bag won’t drag you down. Recycle your old denim jeans to make this bag. You only need the legs of your old jeans.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: craftingagreenworld

9. Colorful DIY Dish Towel Tote Bag

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This is probably the most impressive tote bag I’ve seen in a while. You make it with dish towels. You only need two standard sized dish towels per bag, so there’s not a lot of material needed. You can easily find dish towels on sale at the Dollar Store for a dollar each. Just imagine the number of bags you could make! I love the simplicity of this pattern and it’s a great project to share with little ones.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: annamariahorner

10. Dish Towel Library Tote

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Well, if recycling of old denim jeans was not enough, we have another recycle diy. This is tote bag that you can make from a dish towel, and it’s perfect for letting little ones carry their notebooks. This one only requires one dish towel and matching thread. You can involve your little ones while making this tote bag.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: ihavetosay

11. Easy Reversible DIY Tote Bag

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In just couple of hours you can make this easy DIY tote bag? This is reversible bag. That flower print looks gorgeous on it.  There are endless options to add more prints and make this bag stunning.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: instructables

12. Beautiful DIY Doily Canvas

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First buy a canvas to make this bag.  Once you have your canvas ready, take some colors and start paining on it. This is a wonderful way to dress up a boring old bag and make it fabulous.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: ashleyannphotography

13. Dress Stitchery Tote

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This dress stitchery method of making a tote bag leaves you with a gorgeous bag that is very reminiscent of old time dresses. You will love the overall look of the bag. It has a great embroidered dress design in the center that is also really easy to make. So ladies when you going to shower your love on this elegant and old-time tote bag.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: amelieandatticus

14. Easy French Seam Bag

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This bag,it is easy and produces a nice, sturdy but lightweight tote bag. The construction is really simplistic.The bag is unlined and uses french seams to create a nice, neat inside with no exposed seams.  But don’t worry, it isn’t hard! For a smaller bag, you will only need about half a yard of material.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: needleandspatula

15. Easy Denim and Gingham Tote

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This is a really great bag if you are into gingham and denim. This one is also such an easy bag to create. All you need is two pieces of fabric, denim and gingham, about 18 by 40 inches long. To create this bag, just put your fabric together with the right side facing in and sew. Later add the handles and go are good to go. There are some additional steps, but you got a basic idea, right?

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: catcancook

 

16. DIY Versatile Tote Bag

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This is  highly versatile tote bag. This bag is very unique, very easy to make, and full of possibilities. You can alter the pattern as per your wish and it will look great. The design of the bag is a bit creative. Make multiple different color bags and you’ll always have a stylish bag for every outfit and every occasion.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: vivatveritas

17. Beautiful DIY Flowered Tote

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This tote bag is gorgeous with its flowers and overall design. To make these handmade flowers you need some wool and buttons. If you wish to have this bag, you can complet in a day’s time. This is definitely one of those bags that’s perfect for gifting someone or keeping for yourself.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: tearosehome

18. Fold Over Bag

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This little bag is so cute and simple to make. As it a small bag, so you’ll only need about half a yard of material plus another half a yard for the lining. Make the handle long enough to wear as a cross body, like a sling bag. This is a really lightweight bag that can holds light things like lipstick, lipbalm , phone etc. It is not meant to carry heavy to carry.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: placetobloom

19. Freezer Paper Tote Designs

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This freezer paper design on tote bag is as easy as it is beautiful. You can make whatever design you want and the freezer paper helps to make it fabulous. The freezer paper bonded really well to the bags so the paint didn’t bleed at all, and the stencil lines looked really sharp.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: zitzmanfam

20. The Frou Frou Bag

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Another bag sewing pattern! This one is suitable for an intermediate seamstress and features pretty ruffled flaps, snap closure, and an adjustable strap! The small front pockets are also 3-dimensional. The beautiful detailing on this bag combines with functionality – it has 4 inner pockets and can hold a lot of stuff!

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: sewsweetness

21. Simple Gathered Tote

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If you’re looking for a unique, funky new bag, The Great Gathered Tote is for you. Learn how to sew a drawstring bag with this simple, fun tutorial. This DIY tote bag includes colorful grommets and a bright drawstring that contrast beautifully with the classic black-and-white checkered pattern. Perfect for girls and women of all ages, the size is just right for carrying all of your necessities without too big and bulky. Make one for yourself and one for all of your friends and family members.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: allfreesewing

22. Gorgeous DIY Lined Handbag

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This beautiful bag looks like a designer handbag. It’s really inexpensive and has lots of room for everything you need to carry with you on a daily basis. Its a multi purpose bag so you could use this as a tote or as a handbag. It’s made of wool but if you not a wool lover , you could use any material you want. Wool does give it that nice expensive designer look, though.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: twinkleandtwine

23. Kids Busy Bag

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This bag is perfect for long road trips or anytime you need to keep the little ones busy with some creativity.This bag is big enough to carry all of your kids crafting supplies or some toys. It’s a lightweight bag so your kids can also carry it.  It has zippered pockets and a crayon pouch, we are sure your little ones will love it.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: crazylittleprojects

24. Leather And Canvas Satchel

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Bags can be so intimidating but with a little patience you can create this satchel that will have them thinking you bought it at the store! This great leather and canvas satchel is pretty easy to make and it looks like such a professionally made bag. Your man will never know you made it yourself.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: fleecefun

25. The Library Tote

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Whether you like things scrappy or streamlined, this bag is ready to go when you are.  Take it to the library or to the park, it’s big enough for all the essentials. Fill it with books, sling it on your shoulder and you’re off to the library!

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: noodle-head

26. Repurposed Pillowcase Tote Bag

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This little tote bag is a pillow case that has been repurposed. This is super easy and quick to make, involving only straight line sewing. The straps actually take a bit more time than the bag itself, but still easy enough.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: creativekismet

27. Easy DIY Tank Top Tote

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Tank top totes are among the easiest tote bags to make and since tank tops are relatively inexpensive, they’re also among the cheapest to make. Before you pack away your summer clothes for the winter, you might want to set one of your tank tops aside to make one of these easy totes. The best kind of tank tops to use for this project are ones that have front and back necklines that are the same height—or very close. Otherwise, your tote bag will be lopsided. The brown tote is reversible, so the pockets can be on the inside or outside.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: craftynest

28. Bright And Cheery Market Purse

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With bright colors this tote bag looks stunning. The inside of the bag has a pocket and magnetic snaps to keep everything neatly in place. This bag is super cool to carry in summer or spring. It’s lightweight and will hold all of those outdoor essentials.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: fabricworm

29. Minnie Mouse Inspired Tote

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This is a perfect gift for a Disney fan. If your next trip is to visit Disney World, this would be the perfect tote for keeping sunscreen and other necessities on hand. Or, just make it to carry to the market. It has its own charm.

30. Outer Pocket Tote

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This tote has four outer pockets (two on each side).  It’s sure to have plenty of space for everything you could possibly want to carry while going to market. To make this bag you don’t need a lot of materials, just the basic fabric, interfacing, and a sewing machine. The pockets are easy to incorporate and give plenty of room to keep stuff.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: twoflychicks

31. Peek-A-Boo Tote

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This adorable peek-a-boo tote has a chevron pattern sewn right into the center of the front. With the buttons at the top of the peek-a-boo section makes the bag is very stylish and unique. Choose your fabric print and try your hands on this tote bag.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: allpeoplequilt

32. Piano Inspired Tote

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Its totally unique and music lovers are going to adore this piano tote bag. It looks like the keys from a baby grand piano and it’s just so elegant and lovely. The hardest part is putting the keys together, which is not too hard. It’s a great tote bag to carry while going for your music class.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: boredandcrafty

33. Easy Pleated Tote

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This DIY pleated tote bag is really a classy one.  Due to its finishing you may assume its difficult to make but this pattern makes it really easy. With stylish handles this tote bag looks elegant. The pattern is really easy to follow. In fact once you finish creating one, you may wish to create another to gift someone.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: u-handbag

34. Roomy Post Office Bag

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Its so suitable to visit post office. You can carry notebooks, library books as well. You only need about one and a half yards of fabric, too, and the tote is big enough to handle a couple of mail packages, depending on their size.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: elsiemarley

35. Reversible Bucket Style Tote

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Bucket style totes are really cute and they can hold lot of  stuff. This stylish tote bag is easy to carry and make.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: sewmamasew

36. Gorgeous DIY Ruffled Bag

DIY Tote Bags ideas

This beautiful drawstring totebag made of soft cotton with a cascade of ruffles.
If you like ruffled dress you will like this tote bag. This ruffle pattern looks so very easy and it creates this gorgeous ruffled tote that you will love to carry everywhere. 

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: wkdesigner

37. Market Tote With Ruffles, Ribbons, and Ties

DIY Tote Bags ideas

Like previous one this bag also has ruffles, ribbons, and ties. To make it more beautiful you can use flowers, buttons. These ruffled bags are so girly.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: sew4home

38. School Bag Styled Tote

DIY Tote Bags ideas

For those that loved the owl school bag enough to try it out for themselves, here are instructions to make your own. The strap is great, but the pattern lets you leave that off if you don’t want to make it. 

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: projectsbyjess

39. DIY Scrunch Tote – Made With Fabric Scraps

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You don’t have to use scraps to make this, but you can. Plus, the strap is a belt – how easy is that? The strap belt makes this bag look super cool. Books, beach necessities can perfectly find their space in this bag.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: naechic

40. Easy Naughty Secretary Bag

DIY Tote Bags ideas

This sewing pattern is intended for a confident beginner or intermediate sewer. There are a lot of steps, but everything is do-able! It looks really professionally done when finished and would be the perfect for any lady who loves stylish bags.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: sewsweetness

41. Shirt And Tie Tote Bag

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This is one of the most adorable bags ever. To make this bag you need a man’s shirt and a tie.  It looks so unique and you need to decide for which occasion you can carry this awesome piece of your creation.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: makeit-loveit

42. Simple DIY Six Pocket Bag

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This easy-to-sew bag cleverly incorporates outer pockets for everyday necessities. If you need a tote bag that’s easy to make and has pockets for everything, this six pocket bag is the perfect project. It has three outer pockets on each side, so you have room to take everything you need and keep it neatly organized. So when you are going to make this multi pocket tote bag?

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: bhg

43. Sling Style Tote Bag

DIY Tote Bags ideas

This sling tote bag was fun to make. This one is beautiful and handle make it really comfortable to carry. Its not too large or too small but definitely sufficient enough to hold all your essentials. 

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: crazylittleprojects

44. Easy DIY Spring Tote Bag

DIY Tote Bags ideas

Tote bags are an easy and satisfying sewing project, and can also be a quick project if you are using pre-cut fabric, like tea towels. For this bag, use a set of towels or use fabric if you prefer but tea towels make it easy because they’re already cut. 

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: homemadebyjill

45. Summer Perfect Tote Bag

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This project will teach you how you can use dish towels to make a tote bag. You need two dish cloths that are the same size and a yard of webbing. It’s so much easier to create tote bags when your material is already cut for you and this one is super easy. The handles can be short or long the way you wish to have.

Step By Step Instructions and Pattern: whatsthatgonnabe

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