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Free Tote Bags Sewing Patterns for All Your Needs

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Tote bags are used every where and have gained in popularity as everyone started to realize just how much impact our shopping bag habits is having on our landfills and environment. Sewing your own tote bags is a great way to assure strong, durable bags that are much more durable than any plastic shopping bag! A simple tote bag pattern can also be a great first time sewing project.

Simple Tote Bag Pattern

Free sewing pattern for this simple tote bag.
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

The directions for this simple tote bag include a variety of sizes. Using lightweight nylon keeps the bags compact to have extras packed away in your luggage for the inevitable extras you come home with. This pattern is easily changed to match your own needs. If you've never sewn before this is a great first time project!.

A See Through, Breathable, Screen Beach Bag

Free Pattern and instructions to sew a see though, breathable screen tote bag.
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

This simple to sew bag is one of my favorites! For the beach, the sand sifts out of the bag by the time we get to the car and things can dry inside the breathabele screen so there is less "sour" laundry after a fun day. I haven't tried it at an airport but I would imagine the see through bag would be less cumbersome for security.

Strong and Durable Tote Bag with Pockets

Free Pattern for a Strong and Durable Tote Bag with Pockets
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This bag is strong enough to carry an armload of books and just big enough for an overnight get away. Follow these step by step directions to create the bag in the colors and prints you love.

Two Fabric Tote Bag with Pockets

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

The free step by step pattern directions for this tote bag, made from two different fabrics, will guide you through adding pockets to the outside and show you the possibility of inside pockets in the simple to sew lining. A great tote bag for on the go or a day out, which elliminates you juggling a bunch of bag.

Fancy Tote Bag or Pocketbook with a Zipper Closure

Free Directions to Sew a Fancy Tote Bag or Pocketbook
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This tote bag is a great double-duty bag! The design is dressy and it has a zipper closure so it can easily double as a pocketbook, when what you really need is a good sized tote bag. Use your Upholstery scraps and fabric scraps to create a bag for every need!

Easy to Sew Drawstring Gift or Tote Bags

Patterns and directions to sew fabric Drawstring Gift Tote Bags
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
These simple to sew drawstring tote bags, can be made in any size. They are the perfect way to have re-usable gift wrap on hand, stopping the need to waste the inks and glossy paper harming the environment. Watch after holiday fabric clearance sales to stock up for the next year. You'll have a stash of gift wrap in no time... and your wrapping will be a gift in itself!

Make Your Own Wood Stove or Fireplace Accessories

free sewing patterns for fire wood or log carrier tote
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Choose from a very simple log carrier or make a bag style log carrier. Which ever you choose, it will be strong and hold up to many seasons of carrying the firewood to keep you warm. These log carriers make a great gift for any one that uses firewood to stay warm.

Compact, Fold Up Grocery Bag

Free Pattern to Sew a Compact, Fold Up Grocery Bag to Carry in Your Purse
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This bag solves the problem of forgetting to bring in your re-usable bags. This simple, expandable bag, folds compactly so you can carry it in your purse until you need it.

Free Sewing Patterns For an Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack

Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
When I started this bag, I wanted a stylish lunch bag... it came out so adorable, it got grabbed up to use as a handbag. Your fabric choices will set the tone for making this bag anything you want it to be!

Free Pattern to Sew a Full Sized Back Pack with Pockets and Padded Straps

T backpack is made with this free sewing pattern for a full sized backpack
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
One of the easiest ways to tote anything is a back pack that leaves your hands free. This free pattern sews up a back pack with two exterior pockets, one that is a pouch style pocket with an elastic top and one that is a flat pocket. It also has tow side pockets which are a great way to carry water bottles. The straps combine a padded fabric with webbing straps for adjusting. The combination makes a way to comfortably carry a load without cutting into your shoulders and they are adjustable.
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