There’s something incredibly bright and cheery about a new Spring Handbag, even if there’s still snow on the ground! As makers, we can enjoy creating our own bags and totes, snuggled into our sewing spots and dreaming of the coming warm weather. You’ll find six simple bag designs here – all easy, all delightful. Choose a pattern or two and stitch yourself a little bit of happy to carry on your arm!
Spring Fling Handbag
On the Sew Mama Sew blog, guest blogger Cindy shares a free smaller version of a lovely handbag pattern she sells. This Spring Handbag is perfect for a teen, date night or a quick grab and go bag. You’ll use just one total yard of fabric to create this charming 9″ x 8.5” bag! It’s full of pockets and closes with an easy strip of hook and loop tape. Cindy includes well-labeled professionally created pattern pieces that you’ll love working with. The instructions are fabulous and illustrated with easy to follow photographs, too. Definitely a fun bag! Click here for the Spring Fling Handbag download.
Laney Reversible Hobo
Alicia of Swoon Patterns is a very talented handbag pattern designer! In addition to patterns that she sells, The Laney Reversible Hobo Bag is a professionally put-together pattern she generously offers for free. It’s a great size, 15” x 10” x 6”, fully lined and reinforced for sturdiness with extra-stiff interfacing. You’ll love Alicia’s detailed, well-diagrammed instructions. It’s a fabulous Spring Handbag for anyone to sew from beginner to advance. Laney’s basic design makes it very versatile and Kristin has included instructions for lengthening the strap, too. The panel construction of the Laney makes it the perfect canvas for special fabrics or machine embroidery. You’re going to have a lot of fun with this one and it will be tough to stop at just one! Click here for the Laney Hobo download.
The Buttercup Bag is immediately full of options since it’s free PDF pattern offers two sizes. Fabric choices are fun and designer Rae of Made by Rae offers great suggestions from quilting cotton to canvas. If you’re using a lighter-weight fabric, you’ll make it heavier with interfacing, while fabric such as canvas can be used without reinforcement. The Small Buttercup is 8” x 12.5” and a great size for a quick weekend shopping or museum trip. Buttercup’s Large size of 10” x 16” makes it the perfect everyday, take to work bag. Rae’s easy instructions, professional pattern pieces and wonderful cutting diagram make this a quick bag that you’ll enjoy making more than once! Click here for the Buttercup Bag tutorial.
Reversible Toddler Messenger Bag
This adorable, toddler size Spring Handbag can easily be enlarged to adult size. Kristin of the Grandma’s Chalkboard blog designed this great little reversible bag to hold precious toys or art supplies for your littles. She began with an open top, girly style bag, then moved on to a flap closure bag perfect for the boys, too. Kiristin’s pattern and instructions are simple, terrific and well-illustrated. Her directions to make the squared bag base are particularly easy to follow.
You’ll need 1/3 yard of medium weight fabric, lining and a bit of fusible fleece to make it a little more sturdy. Fabric selection is the super fun part of this project and the possibilities are unlimited! For the flap top version, Kristin created a bold, superhero style lightning bolt applique. Check online to find other shapes you can use to create an applique that your little one will love. This is the perfect little bag to package a gift in or wrap up on its own for a birthday or holiday. I think you’ll find yourself making lots of these! Click here for the Reversible Toddler Messenger Bag tutorial.
Cross Body Zipper Tote
Sometimes you just need a little tote you can grab for your phone and wallet. Caroline of Sew Can She gets that and designed a great Cross Body Zipper Tote you can quickly stitch up. Supplies include a shiny metal zipper, rope or cording for straps and 2-1/2” strips of fabric. Pre-cuts, scraps or fat-quarters would be perfect for this Spring Handbag! It’s an easy sew using Caroline’s stitch ‘n flip method for assembling the outside of the tote and excellent zipper insertion instructions. She also includes directions for an optional binding on the inside raw edges and fun ways to create decorative zipper pulls. All in all a totally enjoyable project that you’ll have a great time making! Click here for the Cross Body Zipper Tote tutorial.
Two Tone Fabric Totes
And, then there are those times when your Spring Handbag actually needs to be a full size tote! Whether its for shopping or carrying along a project, you’ll love the Two Tone Tote designed by Ashley of the Make It and Love It blog. Ashley’s original design was for a church crafting day, so it’s easy enough for a sewing newbie to make. You’ll create the front and back of your totes, then quickly assemble them for the outside and add lining and straps. These totes are tote-ally full of possibility! The fabric and trim combinations you can choose are endless. You’ll find instructions for both a flower adorned tote and a simple bow version. Helpful Ashley includes links to several flower tutorials in her post, so you’ll have lots of embellishment choices, too. Click here for the Two Tone Fabric Totes tutorial.