With this free purse pattern, sew an inside out tote bag, perfect for taking on long bike trips! Learn how to sew your own purse and you’ll never have to answer “paper or plastic?” again.


 Main fabric
 Canvas fabric
 Sewing supplies





1. Cut two 17″ X 17″ squares from main fabric.

2. Cut two 3″ X 30″ strips from main fabric for straps.

3. Cut two 17″ X 20″ rectangles from Canvas fabric.

4. Cut two 3″ X 30″ strips from canvas fabric for straps.

5. Place two 17″ X 17″ squares of main fabric right sides together and sew three sides of squares together using 1/2″ seam allowance.

6. With bag still wrong side out, to form corners of bottom, pinch side seam and bottom seam together to form triangle.

7. Stitch across triangle 2″ from point of the triangle and trim leaving 1/2″ seam allowance.

8. Place two 17″ X 20″ rectangles of canvas fabric right sides together. Sew three sides of bag together using 1/2″ seam allowance. To form corners on bottom of bag, follow instructions for main fabric bag.

9. With main fabric bag right side out and canvas bag wrong side out, slip inside bag inside Main Fabric bag matching side seams. Fold top of canvas fabric bag to inside 1/2″ and press. Then fold down another 2″ over the Main Fabric bag, press and pin. Top stitch 1/4″ from top and bottom edge of 2″ band.

10. To make straps for bag, place one main fabric strap and one canvas fabric strap right sides together and sew using 1/2″ seam allowance down both long sides of strap. Turn right side out and press. Repeat for second strap for bag. Turn to inside of strap 1/2″ on each end and press. Attach to outside of bag front and back approx. 4″ from each side seam, on 2″ band.
Top stitch each strap by stitching a square with an X in the middle.

By: Felicity Miller


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