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Free Utility Type Bag Patterns

Shopping Bags, Fire Log Carriers, Walker Tote, Beach Bags, Backpacks and More


It's amazing just how many bags can be used in everyday of our lives. These bags take care of every day needs and keep life a little simpler! Make them for yourself or as gifts that will be appreciated everyday.

1. Make Your Own Wood Stove or Fireplace Accessories

Simple Log Carrier with Comfortable Handles
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
The warmth of a wood stove or fireplace can't be beat but carrying in the firewood is not a job anyone looks forward to. You can make the job a little easier with one of the free patterns for the two styles of log carriers offered and prevent burs with Potholders, Oven Mitts and Hot Pads

2. Screen Tote Bag - A See Through, Breathable, Screen Beach Bag

A Screen Beach Bag
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This bag allows the sand to "sift" out of your beach stuff before you empty the bag and have sand all over the house. All though I've never tried it, I would imagine this would be a great toe bag for the airport because everything is viewable and nothing can hide!

3. Compact, Fold Up, Fabric Grocery Bag to Carry in Your Purse

Sew A Re-Usable Grocery Bag that is Always with You
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
I always forget to bring my re-usable bags in to the store with me. This bag solves that problem unless I need more than a couple of bags. This bag is strong and durable and it folds up so small I can easily carry a couple of them with me all the time in my pocketbook. All I have to do is refold them and put them away in my pocketbook when I get home.

4. Sew Your Own Durable Grocery Bags

Sew Your Own Durable Reusable Grocery Bag
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This free pattern creates a very strong durable bag that sews up a traditional re-usable grocery bag. This bag is a great way to keep the bags upright because of its squared bottom and straight sides. Make a slew of them to always have them on hand and prevent all that plastic from entering the landfills!

5. Sew a Walker Tote for Charity or Personal Use

Customized Walker Caddy
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
When someone needs to use a walker, carrying a pocketbook or purse is just about impossible... if nothing else carrying a bag is going to distract from walking as it tries to tumble. This walker tote solves these problems and has enough pockets to keep things safe and secure.

6. Sew a Useful Duffel Bag

Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Duffel Bag
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This duffel bag is great for a overnight or a weekend trip or for trips to the gym. Because you are the one making the bag, you can add personalization or pockets to meet your needs.

7. Free Sewing Patterns for Tote Bags

Strong Durable Tote Bag
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This index of free tote bags is bound to have a bag to meet your needs, be it a strong durable book bag or a simple tote bag to have handy at a moments notice, there will be a free tote bag pattern to make the perfect bag!

8. Free Sewing Patterns For an Adorable Stylish Handbag or Lunch Sack

Small Handbag or Lunch Sack Made with This Free Sewing Pattern
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
This little tote bag can be anything you want it to be. Choose fabrics to make it a lunch sack, or a pocketbook, or a handy small bag to carry small items... the choice is yours!

9. Sew a Gym Bag or a Weekend Bag - with a Compartment for Shoes and a Water Bottle

Sew A Gym Bag with Interior Water Bottle and Sneaker Pockets
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
I love it when one bag meets all of my needs. This bag can do just that for a trip to the gym or for a quick overnight trip. The inside holds a pair of shoes securely and the bag is big enough to hold what I need. Add embroidery and personalize your bag to make a truly personalized bag.

10. Sew a Laundry Bag from a Pillowcase

Laundry Bag from a Pillowcase
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
No one wants their dirty laundry mixed in with their clean clothes while you are traveling. Solve the problem with a simple to make laundry bag by converting a pillowcase to have a drawstring closure. It's a great project to use up the children's novelty pillowcases.
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