Inspiration to sew: 20 Stash busting friendly bag patterns


Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share some of my favourite fat quarter friendly bag patterns. Some of these sewing patterns might need less than a fat quarter, while other might need a bit more extra fabric for trimmings, pockets and lining. But this month is The Big November Destashing month, so this is a perfect time for you to summon your courage, grab your shears and start sewing some new bags!

I also wanted to say that all these patterns are all made by independent designers, wonderful, talented, people who share their knowledge and creativity with us all. So without further ado, let’s browse some bag sewing patterns!

Tote bags

There’s a reason we love wearing and making tote bags: they are so easy to make and so versatile. Take them to the market, to the gym, to class, to the library, to the museum. Take them everywhere. Or keep them in the house and use them to organise and store mittens and scarfs in the hallway, recyclable bags in the kitchen, you name it. Here are some great tote bag sewing patterns for you to try!

The Everyday Tote Bag by For My Little Monster

The Ingenious Tote Bag by For My Little Monster

The Sidekick Tote & Megan Travel Tote by Uniquely Michelle

Stand Up & Tote Notice Pattern by two pretty poppets

Heavy Hauler Tote Bag Pattern by two pretty poppets

Reusable Grocery Bag Pattern by two pretty poppets

The Tiny Essentials Tote Bag Pattern by Little Moo Designs

Clutches and wristlets

Super handy for organising smaller items in a larger handbag, for taking with you on a quick coffee break or great as they are for a date night, clutches and wristlets are generally very fast to sew and only need a little bit of your most beautiful fabric.

The Lindsay Wristlet by Uniquely Michelle

The Reunion Clutch by For My Little Monster

Maya Clutch Bag Pattern by Little Moo Designs

Easy Clutch by Projects by Jane

Easy Bow Tie Clutch by Projects by Jane

The Quarter Note Clutch by Emmaline Bags


We love backpacks because they are so practical for carrying around books and tools. They give you more freedom to move, so they’re perfect for those of you with highly energetic kids, riding bikes or generally carrying around a lot of stuff.

Savannah Backpack Purse by CloBird Design

Dawn to Dusk Backpack by Chris W

The Amy Backpack by Chris W

Messenger bags

Messenger bags are great for their versatility and ease of access to what’s inside. Perfect for checking your email, getting some work done in the bus or car or taking out nappies or tissues with the speed of light.

Messenger Bag by Projects by Jane

The Genevieve Messenger Bag by Chris W

The Serendipity Hip by Chris W

The Washi Bag by Two Little Aussie Birds

Hope you like the list! If you know a great pattern I've missed, please leave a comment below!

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  1. Thanks for featuring my patterns Samantha :D

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    2. The pleasure is all mine, Emma!

  2. Love them all. So talented!! My favorite is Stand Up & Tote Notice Pattern by two pretty poppets!

    1. We love that one too! Thank you for your comment, Terri D!

  3. I love the Every Day Tote bag pattern I won through you - I've made it so many times!

    1. Ah! So good to hear :) What's your second favourite from the list?

  4. Samantha
    I have made some clutches from Charlies Aunt, and they are so easy to make.
    They are retro and the fabric choices are endless.
    Also the Ethel Bag by swoon is a very popular Bag to make

    1. Peta, have I seen photos of those clutches? I'd love to see them!


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