Patchwork purse patterns

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Hi friends! Today I’m going to show you how to make a really fun and easy patchwork quilted tote bag. It’s super cute and beginner friendly too!

Watch my Quilted Patchwork Tote Bag Tutorial here!

Supplies used:


Cutting instructions:

Outside fabric:If creating your own unique outside fabric, finalmeasurement should be about 14.5” x 27”

  • Top fabric: Cut two pieces 3.5” x 14.5”
  • Patchwork section: 1 Moda Mini-Charm pack OR 42 – 2.5” x 2.5” squares
  • Bottom: Cut one piece 9” x 14.5”

Lining Fabric:

  • Cut two pieces 13.5” x 14.5”. (If you’re using fat quarters like I am cut two pieces of 10.5” x 14.5” and two pieces of 3.5” x 14.5”)



Batting:(For a bag that holds its shape better you can use fusible fleece or Fusible Foam stabilizer. )

  • Outside piece: 30” x 16”
  • Pocket piece: 5-1/4” x 6 3/4”
  • Strap pieces: Two 1-1/4” x 22” strips

Finished bag size: 12” h x 13.5” w

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Learn how to sew patchwork tote bags that are so much fun to sew… I just can’t stop. Plus – sewing these easy tote bags with my free pattern is the perfect scrap buster. The smallest tote bag is perfect for taking snacks to school, crayons and paper to church, etc. I already gave the largest tote bag away to a friend. And I am keeping the medium sized patchwork bag for myself. Those are almost the last of my Cotton + Steel basics scraps and I am excited to show them off.

By the way, did you know you can also make quilts with gridded interfacing?

UPDATE: This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The blog post below contains everything you will need and it is totally free to read, print, and sew! Just hit CTRL +P on your computer to print. The PDF download for $2 is totally optional.

I made the smallest one first and shared it for Show Off Saturday just over a week ago. So many of you asked for the tutorial so I rushed to it. This post is a tutorial for the bag part of the tote and doesn’t include all the handles shown. I’ll tell you briefly how to make and where to insert plain strap handles (like I put on the largest bag). The smallest bag has Sarah’s Perfect Fabric Handles, which you sew on at the end. And you can click here for the tutorial for the lobster claw handles – probably the cutest handles I’ve ever made. 🙂

So why are these called ‘Speedy’ Patchwork totes… what is the trick?

It’s this amazing product that I first saw at Quilt Market a few years ago. This is Quilter’s Grid 820, made by Pellon. It is lightweight fusible interfacing with a 1” grid printed on the non-fusible side.

With your patchwork pieces fused to the interfacing, sewing them together will be a breeze, and I’ve got tips to help you make it look perfect. I haven’t tried this for an actual quilt yet (I’ll have to report on that later), but since tote bags need interfacing anyway, it’s a perfect match! I buy Pellon 820  by the bolt on Amazon, but you can also find it by the yard here.

This diagram at left shows how to layout your patchwork squares for the Speedy Patchwork Totes. 

You’ll need to cut 66 squares to make 1 tote. The small tote uses 2” squares and is approximately 7 1/2” x 3” not including handles. The medium tote uses 3” squares and is 12 1/2” x 5” (not including handles). The large bag uses 4” squares and is 17 1/2” x 7” (without handles).

You will also need:

  • 1/4 yd – 1 yard cotton fabric for the bag lining

  • lightweight interfacing for the medium bag

  • fusible fleece for the large bag

  • Pressing Paper (or a similar product) to protect your iron

On the printed side of the Quilter’s Grid, mark out the boundaries of your bag front (5 patches x 4 patches). I make marks at the corners and a few marks along the sides to help me count. Then cut around the needed area, adding 1/2” all around.

This piece is cut for 3” patchwork squares.

Repeat for all of the pieces (bag front & back, bottom, and 2 sides) referring to the diagram above.

Turn the Quilter’s Grid over so the fusible side is facing up. Arrange 20 squares for the bag front as desired. If it is difficult to see the grid, place a plain piece of paper under it, or work on a white table.

Move the Quilter’s Grid and patchwork pieces to your ironing board. Cover with the Pressing Paper (to protect your iron from the glue) and press with a hot iron. You’ll need to press for about 5 seconds on each area to fuse. The Quilter’s Grid interfacing can’t take the hot iron, so the pressing paper will protect it too.

Arrange patchwork squares on all of the pieces of Quilter’s Grid that you cut, and fuse.

Working with the bag front, fold the fused piece along one of the vertical seam lines and stitch with a 1/4” seam allowance. Start and stop sewing on the interfacing.

To help you nest the seams and make the piece as flat as possible, clip the seam to the stitching in between each block.

Sew all of the vertical seams, clipping in between each block after sewing.

Now sew the horizontal seams. The clips that you made will help you nest the seams and make perfect looking patchwork corners.

Now press the seams flat. Place the Pressing Paper under the patchwork (to protect your ironing board from the glue) and use a pressing cloth to protect the interfacing from the hot iron. I use any handy fat quarter of fabric for a pressing cloth.

Repeat these steps with your other patchwork pieces.

Lay the patchwork pieces on top of the lining fabric and cut out a matching lining piece for each one.

Cut interfacing to match the lining pieces if you are sewing the medium sized bag. Cut fusible fleece pieces to match the lining pieces if you are making the large bag. The small bag doesn’t require any extra stabilizer. Fuse the stabilizer (if using) to all of the lining pieces.

If you would like plain handles like these, it’s time to make them! For this size straps, cut 2 strips 6” x 28”. Fold the strips in half lengthwise, press, and then fold and press the raw edges to the center. Fold in half again and press for a 1 1/2” wide strap. Insert a 1 1/2” x 28” strip of fusible fleece in the center, if desired. Sew along the strap, 1/8” from each edge. Then sew 3 more times along the middle of the strap. Repeat of the other strap.

Baste the ends of a strap to the patchwork piece for the bag front, centered along the top of the 2nd and 4th patchwork squares. Baste the other strap to the patchwork piece for the bag back. These straps will be sandwiched between the patchwork exterior and the lining in the following step. Hold them out of the way while quilting and finishing the bag.

Place the patchwork front piece and it’s lining right sides together. Sew along the top edge with a 3/4” seam allowance (1/4” below the patchwork edge).

Press the seam toward the patchwork, and then fold along the seam, wrong sides together. Press the top edge nicely.

Sew the patchwork back and the side pieces to their matching lining pieces along the top edge in the same way.

Pin the patchwork to the lining in several spots to hold it in place for quilting. Do this for all the pieces.

Pin the bottom piece to it’s lining piece, wrong sides together also.

Using the edge of your presser foot as a guide, sew quilting lines on both sides of all seams and along the top edge. Start and stop stitching on the interfacing each time.

Quilt the horizontal lines first. Then quilt along the vertical seams from the bottom edge, pivoting and turning along the topmost stitching line.

Quilt all of the pieces and then trim off the 1/2” of interfacing around them.

Place the bottom piece along the bottom edge of the front piece. Pin. Stitch with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Using scissors or your ruler and rotary blade, trim 1/8” from the seam allowance.

Fold the bag front and bottom wrong sides together along the seam and press. Stitch 1/4” from the pressed edge.

This step should have hidden the trimmed seam inside the bag.

Repeat to sew the patchwork piece for the back of the bag to the other side of the bag bottom.

Sew the bag sides to the front using the 2-step method used for the bottom.

Pin the bag sides to the bag back, sew with a 1/4” seam allowance.

Then turn the bag right side out and finish sewing the side seams from the right side. (The same as all the other seams.)

Now all that’s left is the corners. Turn the bag inside out and flatten the bag bottom against the side. Place a pin in the center.

You could sew straight across the corner, but with all the lumps and bumps, I found it easier to start in the center and sew to the edge on either side.

Trim close to the seam allowance.

Flatten the seam on the bag exterior and again sew 1/4” from the edge. Start in the center and sew as far into the corner as you can. Then repeat going the other way.

Sew the opening on the other bag corner in the same way.

And here we are! A beautiful and beautifully stabilized patchwork bag. The tutorial for my lobster claw handles is here. You could also try Sarah’s Perfect Fabric Handles tutorial (link above) or snag some pretty handles off a thrift store purse (see how I did it).


If you like the idea of speedy patchwork using gridded interfacing, check out my Craftsy class where I use it to make these baskets, tote bags, and zipper pouches.

{This free pattern is included in my Ultimate List of Fast and Easy Tote Bags to Sew. Check it out.}


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100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns | Round Up

Are you a bag lady like me?  (don’t laugh but I have bags for almost everything under the sun!)  If you answered YES, this tote bag post is for you!  I have rounded up a list of over 100 free tote bag patterns from around the web.  Just click on the link, grab your materials and start sewing!

100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft

 100+ Free Tote Bag Patterns


100+ Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft



1. MiniQuilted Tote

2. Betsy Bag

3. Buttercup Bag(fat quarter friendly)

4. Carry Tote (micro mini)

5. Ellie Travel Case (pictured, I MUST make this!)

6. Fat Quarter Tote(fat quarter friendly)

7. Half Tote (fat quarter friendly)

8. Hexi Mini

9. Lunch Tote(pictured)

10. Pleated Purse

11. Quilted Lunch Tote

100+ Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft



12.Oversized Feed sack

13. 1 Hour Bag

14. 2 Hour Tote

15. Canvas Tote

16. Cargo Duffle

17. Carpet Bagger (looks fantastic!)

18.  Cross Body Tote

19. Detour Diaper Bag (not your standard bag. I would totally use this for an everyday.)

20. Fold & Go Market Tote(great for making and keeping in car)

21. Giant Beach Bag

22. Hobo Bag

23. It’s a Cinch

24. Jumbo Bag

25. Jumbo Tote

26. Minimalist Tote (pictured)

27. Napkin Tote Bag (refashion)

28. No Sew Applique Tote

29. Origami Bento Bag (fat quarter friendly)

30. Out of Town Tote

31. Perfect Tote

32. Pool Tote

33. Rope Bag (so easy!)

34. Shopping Bag

35.Sling Bag

36. Summer Tote

37. Tank Top Tote (refashion)

38. Tied Handle Tote

39. Two Tone Fabric Tote

40. Waterfront Park (pictured)

41. The Weekender (Oversized and WOW! Advanced skills)

42. Yoga Bag

100+ Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft



43. Bucket Bag

44. Boxy Bag(pictured)

45. Conversation Bag

46. Crazy Quilt Bag

47. Easy Breezy Tote

48. Fold Over Messenger (pictured)

49. Flying Geese Tote (pictured)

50. Flyerion Bag

51. Hailey Bag

52. Hexagon Tetris (pictured)

53. Hexi Haven

54. Indie Bag (pictured)

55. Indie Project Bag

56. Ipanema Beach Bag

57. Patchwork Bag

58. Patchwork Tote

59. Promenade Market Tote (fat quarter friendly)

60. Retro Messenger Bag(sturdy)

61. Ruffle Tote

62. Timber Mosaic (2 sizes)

63. Urban Jungle Bag

64. Weekender Travel Tote(pictured)

100+ Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft



65. Canvas Tote Bag

66. Ado Diaper Bag

67. Bia Bag (perfect any day bag)

68. Bias Tape Tote (pictured)

69. Garden Tote

70. One Strap Bag

71. Park Bag (love!)

72. Pocket Bag

73. Pocket Beach Bag

74. Pocket Tote

75. Ruby Lou Bag (super cute! especially for the little girl in your life)

76. Travel Sewing Bag

77. Triple Tote

78. Utility Fabric Tote

100+ Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft



79. Haunted House Tote

80. Halloween Treat Bags

81. Personalized Bag(pictured)

82.20 Minute Tote

83. Beach Bound

84. Bow Tote (1 hour)

85. Camp Chair Tote

86. Car Organizer Carrier

87. Carries Flowers(so pretty)

88. Casserole Tote

89. Gym Bag

90. Guitar Tote

91. Mesh Beach Bag

92. Moose Bag

93. Notebook Bag

94. Pleated Tote (pictured)

95. Sand Toy Tote

96. Sling Tote

97. Spring Tote(pictured)

98. Summer Satchel

99. Sweetheart Bag

100. Tee Shirt Tote (refashion)

101. Towel Tote (so easy)

102. Tutu Bag (love this for any little girl!)

100+ Tote Bag Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft


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Now, how’s that for some creative inspiration?  I just knew there were amazing tote bag patterns out there and I was determined to find them!  Every tote bag project listed is a free pattern and will help you with step by step instructions.  Did I miss one of your favorite tote bags?  If so, leave me a link in the comments and I will be sure to include them on the list.  Don’t forget to Pin Thistote bag patterns round up post for easy reference.

Looking for even more ideas? Check out these Craftsy classes for easy video training that you can watch any time of day, even in your pj’s!

Learn how to create a quilt as you go tote bag with this class on Craftsy. Learn bag making basics with this free class on Craftsy.

Learn how to make leather bags with this video class on Craftsy. Learn how to make this weekend duffel bag with this video class on Craftsy.





ps- Still want more creative ideas to stitch through your stash? Check up these other round up posts.  Remember, all the projects and patterns are FREE!

100 plus fat quarter projects. All patterns are free with step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft #sewing #fatquarter100 plus pincushion projects. All patterns are free with step by step instructions. The Sewing Loft #sewing #fatquarter100+ free skirt patterns. Easy sewing for any skill level. The Sewing Loft
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