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How To Easily Make These 5 Stylish Bags Without Costly Trial & Error—Even As A Beginner

Sew unique bags that fit your personality while learning new skills—with step-by-step instructions, tips & videos!

5 Designs

PDF Digital Download Patterns

4 Full Length Sew-Along Video Tutorials


13 sizes

Sound familiar?

  • You're not really sure what you're doing & feel like your sewing skills aren't growing

  • You're making bags, but skipped learning the basics—which is making more technical bags a struggle

  • You're finding that designing a bag from scratch is time-consuming & mistakes are costly

  • You'd rather spend more time sewing than tracing patterns

  • You've been sewing for awhile, but still don't understand what order to do things in

  • You've been watching online videos, but find it's easier to understand instructions written out

  • You end up remaking your bags again & again because of mistakes

Sewing is a journey. With these sewing patterns you'll learn new techniques, establish a solid foundation of sewing basics—and walk away with FIVE fun & easy-to-sew bags, made by you!

Try out these new techniques,
explore your creativity & find inspiration
for your own style—with these designs!

Here's All 5 Unique & Stylish Designs You'll Get

1. Oxford Shoulder Purse—With Sew-Along Video!

  • Skill level: Beginner

  • Size: 9.5"W x 8"H x 2.5"D

  • Instructions: Step-by-step with photos & video

  • Includes full length 1.5 hour VIDEO tutorial sew-along

The Oxford Purse is a great everyday shoulder bag that’s lightweight, doesn’t need any difficult to find materials or hardware, and is just the right size.

It’ll easily carry your wallet, phone, keys and more but it’s lightweight design means you won’t be weighed down. This purse has enough structure to softly hold its curved shape but without adding thickness, weight or making the purse difficult to sew.

Unique Features

  1. Darts front & back to give shape & volume

  2. Curved flap—closes with a magnetic snap

  3. Fixed-length strap – choose your own length
    (shoulder, waist or crossbody)

  4. Slip pocket on the lining

  5. Easy to sew design—only 3 simple pattern
    pieces needed

Skills & Techniques You'll Learn

  1. How to print & assemble the pattern & use it to cut your fabric

  2. How to sew & press the darts

  3. How to reduce the bulk in seams by nesting darts

  4. How to install the magnetic snap

  5. Tips for topstitching around curves so your flap looks fabulous

2. Canterbury Zipper Pouch—With Sew-Along Video!

  • Skill level: Beginner

  • Size: Large - 10" / Small - 8"

  • Instructions: Step-by-step with photos & video

  • Includes full length VIDEO tutorial sew-along

Sew binding with a neat finish—as a beginner! There are several ways to sew binding, and with this pattern & tutorial you’ll learn the easiest way to do it with great results.

You’ll love the beautiful trimmed zipper—it matches perfectly in style with the neat bound edges of the bag. Make a feature with a contrast fabric, or use the same fabric throughout if you aren’t feeling so confident to start. This is a fun bag to sew!

Unique Features

  1. Feature binding on the zipper

  2. Bound edges

  3. Flat construction, no turning

  4. 2 sizes in the same pattern

  5. Printless pattern–no printed templates needed

  6. Easily scalable—so you can make this in any size you want

Skills & Techniques You'll Learn

  1. How to understand the cutting chart

  2. Tips for sewing a 1/4 inch seam

  3. How to sew a trimmed zipper

  4. How to assemble the bag step-by-step

  5. How to true the pieces

  6. How to sew binding to cover a raw edge

  7. How to turn corners when sewing binding

  8. How to finish the back of the binding (3 different ways!)

3. Guernsey Zipper Pouch—With 3 Sizes!

  • Skill level: Beginner

  • Size: Large - 9"W x 5.5"H x 3.5"D / Small - 8"W x 5"H x 3.25"D

  • Instructions: Step-by-step with photos

This easy to sew classic zipper bag comes in three different sizes in the same pattern. It’s a simple lined bag with no raw edges, a wide flat base with plenty of room inside, and a zipper with neat ends. These bags are ideal for storing any number of items from craft supplies to cosmetics, to snacks for road trips!

This zipper bag with the wide flat base and triangular shape is like a coming of age for sewers—a bag that everyone should sew to grow their skills.

Unique Features

  1. 3 different sizes in the same pattern

  2. A nice wide flat base so the bag will sit without falling
    over & spilling the contents

  3. Bulk-free zipper construction for neat zipper ends

Skills & Techniques You'll Learn

  1. How to sew neat zipper ends

  2. How to sew a wide base

  3. How to sew a zipper

  4. How to avoid zipper dents

  5. How to create easy boxed corners for the flat base

4. Malvern Zipper Pouch—With Sew-Along Video!

  • Skill level: Beginner

  • Sizes: 
    Extra Large - 10.25" x 6.75"
    Large - 9.25" x 6"
    Medium - 8.25" x 5.25"
    Small - 7.25" x 4.75"

  • Instructions: Step-by-step with photos & video

  • Includes full length VIDEO tutorial sew-along

Learn to sew zippers with this classic zipper pouch sewing pattern. With an easy construction method, this classic has been designed & created with complete beginners in mind. With 4 sizes, you’ll have options perfect for holding everything from sewing supplies, pencils & change to toiletries, travel kits & more. Choose unique fabrics & let your personality shine!

Unique Features

  1. 4 sizes included in the same pattern

  2. Printable full size pattern pieces

  3. Comes with a cutting chart (so you don’t need
    to print the pattern pieces if you don’t want to)

  4. Can be sewn from pattern, instructions or video!

  5. Front-facing zipper

  6. Small ribbon tabs at the end of your zipper (optional)

Skills & Techniques You'll Learn

  1. How to assemble the pattern

  2. How to cut fabric in different ways

  3. How to fuse interfacing

  4. How to sew a zipper

  5. How to true a pattern

5. Bampton Drawstring Bag—With Sew-Along Video!

  • Skill level: Beginner

  • Small - 15"W x 10"H
    Medium - 12"W x 8"H
    Large - 15"H x 10"W

  • Instructions: Step-by-step with photos

  • Includes full length VIDEO tutorial sew-along

This unique cinch-up drawstring design is a fun & simple bag to make! Learn a few new skills & styles with this very thorough video tutorial & sewing pattern. You’ll be taken step-by-step through every single part, from assembling the pattern to cutting the fabric to the entire sewing process.

Pro tip: drawstring bags are great for toiletries, jewelry, cosmetics, toys or even cute extra storage in your car—just hang it off the head rest!

Unique Features

  1. Unique cinch-up drawstring design

  2. Opens nice & wide

  3. Comes in 3 sizes

  4. Optional interfacing

  5. Top stitched edge

Skills & Techniques You'll Learn

  1. How to use ribbon drawstrings

  2. How to download & print sewing patterns

  3. How to assemble your sewing pattern

  4. How to cut your fabric

  5. How to sew lining

  6. How to top stitch the edge

  7. How to sew the casing to thread through your ribbon

Here's what customers are saying
about Sew Modern Bags' sewing patterns

Top pick bag

Such an easy pattern to follow, and my grandkids love getting new bags for daycare and school

Pauline Pollock

Great Tote Bag

Great pattern. Very easy. Great for beginners to do. Would buy from this site again. Thank you!


My favorite pattern

I love this bag pattern. I have made it several times now and my favorite fabric to use is waxed canvas.

Mary Weatherdon

My first project bag

I have already made two of these project bags in the size large and am so pleased with how they turned out. The pattern is well written and it is very easy to follow along with the video. For my second bag, I quilted main piece exterior panels.

Laura Waddell


Great pattern. Very accurate, clear instructions.

Annette James

Practical Lifestyle Bag

Nice simple pattern. Got it to work woth my grandaughter (12) as a fun seeing project making a bag for herself and as a gift for friends.

Ann Nolan

Meet Your Designer

Deby, owner of Sew Simple Bags, began teaching sewing in 2007 & has an arsenal of easy techniques for breaking difficult topics down into simple steps. Whether you are sitting in front of a sewing machine for the first time, or you’ve been sewing for a little while and are ready to move onto sewing bags, she can help you sew some great projects.

About Sew Modern Bags

Sew Modern Bags is a marketplace that brings sewing enthusiasts like you together with experienced pattern designers like Deby from Sew Simple Bags. It's the easiest way to get inspired & make unique bags—without expensive trial & error.


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What skill level are these patterns for?
All patterns are easy to do and designed for true beginners.

Can I return this?
As this is a digital product, Sew Modern Bags offers a 7 day return for duplicate purchases only.

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Oxford Shoulder Purse
Canterbury Zipper Pouch
Guernsey Zipper Pouch
Malvern Zipper Pouch
Bampton Drawstring Bag
5 designs
13 sizes
4 sew-along video tutorials

Top rated designer

Instant pattern downloads (PDFs)