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Friday Finds – A list of 30+ free tutorials and patterns for wallets and pouches

Staying with the theme of the last few weeks Friday ‘lists’ today I bring you a collection of free tutorials and patterns for wallets, pouches, clutches and purses. With the wonders of the English language what is considered a ‘purse’ in some countries is a ‘wallet’ in others, and a ‘tote’ in others. No wonder some non-English speakers struggle to learn to speak English fluently – many English-as-a-first-language speakers have the same trouble!

I love little purses/pouches/wallets. First of all they are a great way to show off scraps of fabric from your stash that you just can’t bear to part with, and secondly they are fantastic at helping to keep you organised. Since I started sewing bags my handbag wardrobe has grown dramatically – and in changing bags I often forget to move some important thing from one bag to the next (you know – lipstick, my work pass, migraine medication, cash…..). After making some zip-pouches for friends and custom orders recently it has occurred to me that I should actually make some for myself to hold these bits and pieces in and then changing bags will be as simple as taking the pouches out and putting them in the next bag. Of course the hard part will be working out which fabric to use…..because I have so many pieces I love!   Sigh – as I often say, if these are the worst first world problems we are faced with, our lives continue to be amazing!

The beauty of these patterns is that by changing fabric and changing sizes you can make pouches for children, teens, women, men, to be used for all sorts of purposes.  Great for whipping up last minute gifts!

So – here is a collection of patterns and tutorials provided by generous bloggers to inspire you and me!  I have organised them into zipped, wallets, and ‘other’ (yes – I am a genius).  Many of them are similar, but as always, each sewist brings their own tips and tricks to even simple tasks, so I hope you can find one that resonates with your style!

Zipped

Nesting Zip Bags

Front Zip Pouch in Four Sizes – Sew Mama Sew

Simple Zip Pouch for Beginners – Sew Delicious

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Dumplings – Michelle Patterns

Open wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial – Noodlehead

Flat Zip Pouch Tutorial – Listen to the Birds Sing

Sketchy Pleat Clutch – Charm Stitch

Embellished Pouch Tutorial – Polka Dot Chair

How to Draft a Pattern and Make a Zippered Purse with a Flat Bottom – Sew Together

Basic Zipper Pouch – See Kate Sew

Triple Zip Pouch – A Quilter’s Table

Rosy Wedge Bag – Made During Quiet Time

thebellaclutch

The Bella Clutch – Clover and Violet

34 Final-Pouch-Open

Zippy Pouch – with a zipped inner pocket – Sew Happy Geek

Pieced Polka Dot Pouch – All People Quilt

How to Make a Zip Pouch without Dented Corners – Michelle Patterns

Lil Cutie Pouches – Noodlehead

Half Circle Zippered Pouch – Lula Louise

Lined Zippered Pouch – Flossie Tea Cakes

Oil Cloth Zip Pouch – Zaaberry

Zippered Pouch (using Laminated Cotton) – How To Sew.Com – Better Homes and Garden

Zips Pouch – Zipit Zippers

Zippered Heart Coin Purse – A Creative Princess

Zippered Ear-Bud Pouch – Erin Erickson

Pleated Zipper Pouch – Melly Sews

Wallets

DIY fabric wallet 6 card slots, coin pocket, bill slot, receipt slot

The Perfect Wallet – Color Me Domestic

Bi-Fold Wallet – Modest Maven

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Wallet Tutorial – That*Darn*Cat

Accordion Wallet – Little Quack’s Craft

Organiser Wallet -LBG Studio

“Other” – Clutches and purses!

LSC frame pouch

Flexi Frame Pouch – Where the Orchids Grow

Zip Pouch Tutorial – Creating my Way to Success – This one is a bit different – it has pockets inside and can be used as a first aid kit, a sewing kit, etc.

Black and white mini open

Mini-Wallet Tutorial – 7Layer  Studio

Mini-Clutch Tutorial – Our Busy Little Bunch

And finally – if that list doesn’t suit your needs, the delightful website Tip Nut has a list of 30+ makeup bags and rolls, and most of the makeup bags are perfect for use as wallets, pouches or clutches.

All Wrapped Up has yet another list of clutches, purses and wallets (about 24)- most different from my list and from Tip Nut’s list.

A huge variety of free patterns and tutorials to provide us with so many ideas!  I think I need to start buying zips in bulk!

Happy creating!

Friday Finds – 20 beach or weekend bag free tutorials

As we settle into winter here in Canberra I thought that a reminder of the warmth and colour of summer was timely.

I love beach bags.  The ability to carry towels, hats, sunscreen, dry clothes, books, water bottles, snacks and all the others things that we need at the beach is essential.  They also need to look great.  Some of these patterns will make a giant bag to carry everything in, while others can be adapted to be a personal beach bag for the discerning and stylish beach goer (who isn’t carrying beach gear for a family of 15!)

I also love a good overnight bag – or weekender bag.  Packing up a change of clothes, a good book, and a sense of adventure and heading off for a day and night away is always special.  Some of these bags will suit both purposes.  Either way they will see you through many expeditions.  The best thing about them?  They are all free, supplied through the generosity of bloggers (and on a couple of occasions, commercial websites.)

IMG_3131             Pleated beach bag – Thimble

   Mesh bag – Martha Stewart

    Beach bag duffle – Reanna Lily Designs

  Big Weekend Bag – Guthri and Ghani

  Insulated, Laminated Summer Tote – Sewplicity

  Big Mommy Beach Bag – Put Up Your Dukes

Summertime Beach Bag Tutorial by CrazyLittleProjects.com  Summertime Beach Bag – Crazy Little Projects

  Oversize Beach Bag – Favecrafts

  Large patchwork bag – All People Quilt

Big Bucket Tote – Pellon Projects

  Carpetbagger – Weekend Designer

Charm pack tote bag – Teresa Downunder

  Large cinched tote – This Big Oak Tree

  Large Tote with Rounded Opening – Make it and Love it

  I am not your typical Jane Bag – Riley Blake Designs

Duffle bagDuffle bag – Westminster fibres

Patchy Boho Sling Bag  Boho Sling Bag – The destashification project

  Vintage Market Bag  – Sew Homegrown
Life's a Beach Tote Life’s a Beach Tote Bag – Fabric.com
And for while you are on your camping holiday
  Camping Shower Bag – Our Busy Little Bunch
I hope you find something you love in this collection!

Friday Finds – A list of tutorials to help you make great bags

Since I started on my bag making journey I have found so many online resources to help me along the way.  When I needed to put in my first zipped pocket I searched and found a tutorial.  Then by chance a few months later I found another tutorial that added a different dimension to the same situation.  I gave it a go and found that I liked part of it, but that aspects of the first tutorial suited me better.  Neither of them was wrong – each crafter brings their own experience and methods to their process, so it is useful to try different methods until you have the one that works for you!  I have loved the advent of Pinterest – instead of searching my memory for where it was that I saw that great tip on adjustable straps, or stiffening bases, I have learnt to pin sites as I go, and then refer back to them when I hit a problem that I haven’t faced before.

Like so many things in life, bag making for me is a constantly evolving process.  So, here are a few of the links that I have used, or have marked for use in the future, to help you on the path to making great bags.  Let me know if you know of any more!

TAlining 7.jpg    How to Line a Bag – Sew Mama Sew

                    Adjustable strap tutorial – You SEW Girl

Finished    Zippered inner bag pocket – U Handbag

                    Bag Base Tutorial – You SEW Girl

TA1clasp 11.jpg  Zippered and Slip Inner Pockets – Sew Mama Sew (with a bonus tutorial on inserting a magnetic clasp!)

  How to insert a magnetic snap – Tutorial by Rae

  How to insert the best magnetic snap ever – You SEW Girl

12-08-19_RecessedZipperTutorial23.jpg  Recessed Zipper tutorial – Sewing Novice

              Making Bag Straps – Hope Yoder

TLisa2fig5     How to make bag straps – Sew Mama Sew

Last but not least – a series of ‘How to Make a Bag posts ‘ from Ikat Bag that go through structure, form, straps, fabrics, design, reversibility and more!