There are so many good reasons to knit or crochet your own bags - they’re great fun to make, they're completely original, and you can embellish them to your heart’s content. From knitted purses to crochet clutches, the bag-making opportunities are endless!
What’s more, making your own bags is kind to the planet. Sourcing good quality, strong, or eco-friendly yarns will ensure that your bags are long-lasting and super sustainable. Make yourself a couple of market bags, and good strong totes, and you won’t need a plastic bag ever again!
Little, oversized, stylish, practical - there are plenty of gorgeous bag patterns for you to explore!
Knitted purses and knitted totes
Let's start things off with a fabulous collection of knitted bags. In this collection, you'll find patterns that cater for beginners to advanced knitters, and there's plenty to knit for yourself or to gift. Knit yourself a bag for every occasion! Hurrah!
1. Plaits and Twists FREE knitting pattern
Knitted up in your choice of aran weight yarn, the free Plaits and Twists knitting bag pattern from Steven Hicks is sure to become a fast favorite. This intermediate level pattern has cables and twists aplenty for a gorgeous textural finish.
2. Thistle Market Bag knitting pattern
You'll love going shopping for your weekly groceries with the Thistle Market Bag in tow. This gorgeous bag is knitted in MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton for a sturdy and stretchy finish. Your grocery shop has never been so stylish! This bag is also perfect to gift to your eco-conscious friends.
3. Nanjing knitting pattern
Ever thought about knitting your own backpack? If you're after a unique and beautiful bag to carry all of your essentials with you from day-to-day, then the Nanjing knitting pattern is the one for you. This intermediate level backpack pattern is worked up in a textured mosaic stitch that contrasts perfectly with the smooth stocking stitch. Knit this lovely bag up in MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino for a soft yet hardy bag you'll love for years to come.
4. Cable Ready Bag FREE knitting pattern
A super bulky knitting pattern is possibly one of the best things. Ever. Super bulky yarn knits up oh-so-quickly and you'll be left with a soft and plump finish you'll be smitten with. The Cable Ready Bag is a free pattern that uses Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, which is an acrylic and wool blend yarn. In 27 shades, you'll have a grand time knitting this textural bag in all of your favorite colors.
5. Not a Sandy Bottom FREE knitting pattern
Are you on the hunt for a stylish and free beginner knitting pattern? Then look no further, the Not a Sandy Bottom bag is here. This pattern from indie designer Dorothy Dean is perfect for beginners looking to try their hand at openwork knitting. You won't be taking home sand from the beach in this practical bag!
Crocheted purse and crocheted tote patterns
A crocheted bag is a glorious thing to make and to use. This collection of 5 crocheted bags will keep you happy in WIPs and on your next outing out with your newest crochet creation.
1. Sakura Market Bag FREE crochet pattern
A free market bag pattern you say? The Sakura Market Bag from K.A.M.E. Crochet is a perfect intermediate knit for the eco shopper. Crocheted in the fabulous Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, you can make this bag in any of the 52 Paintbox shades and add some pizazz to your shop, while also being an awesome eco warrior at the same time!
2. Street Fair Boho Purse crochet pattern
Jess Coppom from Make & Do Crew has great style. This Street Fair Boho Purse is no exception with its effortless bohemian charm, and simple construction. Made for intermediate crocheters or enthusiastic beginners, this DK and worsted weight bag will take you from relaxing at beach in the daytime to a wild night of gigging.
3. Seamless Crochet Summer Bag crochet pattern
For those intermediate level crocheters who aren't fans of crocheting in pieces and then joining the work after, the Seamless Crochet Summer Bag is the pattern you've been searching for. This bag is perfect for your summertime style!
4. Take Me to the Beach Bag crochet pattern
Crochet this intermediate level bag in your favorite bulky yarn for a quick and stylish make. A great bag for beach hangs, or for taking to the shops, this colorful bag from Little Duck Crochet is one to add to your WIPs.
5. Floral Boho Bag FREE crochet pattern
Indie designer Miranda Nippert brings us the Floral Boho Bag, a free crochet pattern that is full of charm. Made for beginners and crocheted in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky, this super bulky make will be ready for all of your outings in a flash!
Knitted Bags for kids
The kids in your life need bags to hold all of their precious items, so why not knit them something spectacular? These 3 knitting patterns are the perfect level of novelty to bring a little more joy into their lives.
1. Black Jack Bag FREE knitting pattern
If the little ones in your life are big pirate fans, then the Black Jack Bag is a great free knitting pattern to make for them. This DK weight bag can be made in any color your young pirates love and they'll want to take it on all of their adventures.
2. Kids cat bag purse knitting pattern
Emma Whittle brings us this adorable cat bag knitting pattern for kids. This beginner pattern is knitted flat and then sewn together afterwards so it's a simply constructed knit that you'll have so much fun making.
3. Fantastic Fox Bag knitting pattern
Louise Walker loves an animal knitting pattern, and so of course she brought us the Fantastic Fox Bag knitting pattern. This gorgeous intermediate level fox-red bag is knitted up Stylecraft Special Aran. This 100% acrylic yarn is super affordable and comes in 39 great colors, just in case you want to make a fox in a completely radical color.
Crocheted bags for kids
Let's crochet some fun into the little lives around us! We've gathered 3 fun kids' crochet bag patterns for you to try your hand at.
1. Little Turtle Backpack crochet pattern
Crocheted in your choice of worsted weight yarn, the Little Turtle Backpack is a crochet pattern you'll definitely want to sink your crochet hooks into. The little turtle fanatics in your life will love this fun bag!
2. My Stuff Drawstring Bag FREE crochet pattern
This free crochet pattern is crocheted in Lily Sugar 'n Cream Solids. With 36 shades to choose from, this pattern is ideal for customization. Crochet one in orange for your son, or in red for your niece; the possibilities are endless!
3. Llama purse crochet pattern
Llamas are amazing, and so is this crochet llama bag from Birds and crickets. It's a beginner level pattern which people, big and small will adore. Crochet one for your child, and one for yourself to match! Granted, you'll only be able to fit your mobile phone in it, but with a bag this cute, who cares about logistics?
You may need a few other items to complete your bag making adventures. Here are some great bag accessories to take your bags from fabulous to mondo fabulous.
Essential bag yarns
In the need of yarn to make your bags? You can never have too much yarn so of course you are! Here are some all-rounder yarns that have been used by our featured designers for these amazing bag patterns. Let's get making!