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Beginner Bag Sewing: Patterns & Fabrics for Getting Started

We’ve covered our favorite beginner-friendly garment sewing patterns but now we’re turning our attention to bags. Bags are a great place to get started with sewing: you’ll learn a variety of techniques that can be applied to garment sewing, and you can focus on the process without worrying about fit. From tote bag sewing patterns to cute zipper pouches, these patterns are a great place for beginner sewists to start. If you’re on the more experienced end of things, consider these patterns as good gifts (without a major time commitment).

woodland dopp kit sewing pattern

You’ll learn a lot of good bag-making basics with this Woodland Dopp Kit pattern, from zipper installation, lining tips, boxing corners and installing rivets. Grab the kit for a pro finish, and pair it with a cheeky cheetah print canvas for unexpected punch.stowe bag sewing pattern with canvas fabricThe Stowe Bag is another great pattern for beginners. There are no fancy closures  to assemble, but the bag does feature interior pockets, great for stowing crafting supplies on the go. The pattern offers two sizes. Pair it with a structured canvas print featuring a fun allover pattern like this crescent print from Figo.

oberlin tote sewing patternIf you’re looking to make your first tote, we can’t recommend the Oberlin Tote highly enough. It’s the perfect size with lots of details and great instructions to walk you through the full process. The leather straps and zip in our kit will take your tote to the next level. We love love love this bag in waxed canvas - and even better, a waxed canvas print like this yummy plaid!

portside duffle bag set with canvas fabricIf you’ve made a bag or two, grab the Portside Travel Set. You’ll get practice with a variety of bag shapes, including a zipper pouch, a dopp kit and a duffle bag. Use a bright and funky canvas for a custom look that’s guaranteed to be easily spotted in the airport.

range backpack pattern with floral canvas

With a foldover flap, adjustable straps and zipper pockets, try the Range Backpack when you have some bag making basics under your belt. We love a backpack for summer adventuring, especially in a pretty floral canvas. Even if you’re a beginner, you can tackle the Range. We’re a huge fan of Noodlehead patterns - expect great instructions to walk you through the trickier steps.

Find our full range of bag patterns here. And be sure to check our class schedule as we often teach bags.

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