There are so many good reasons to knit or crochet your own purses - 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 purse-making opportunities are endless!
What’s more, making your own purses is kind to the planet. Sourcing good quality, strong, or eco-friendly yarns will ensure that your purses are long-lasting and super sustainable. Make yourself a couple of market purses, and good strong totes, and you won’t need a plastic purse ever again! Little, oversized, stylish, practical - there are plenty of gorgeous purse patterns for you to explore...
Knitted purses and knitted totes
Let's start things off with a fabulous collection of knitted purses. 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 purse for every occasion! Hurrah!
Plaits and Twists FREE knitting pattern
Knitted up in your choice of aran weight yarn, the free Plaits and Twists knitting purse pattern from Steven Hicks is sure to become a fast favourite. This intermediate level pattern has cables and twists aplenty for a gorgeous textural finish.
Thistle Market Bag knitting pattern
You'll love going shopping for your weekly groceries with the Thistle Market Bag in tow. This gorgeous purse is knitted in MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton for a sturdy and stretchy finish. Your grocery shop has never been so stylish! This purse is also perfect to gift to your eco-conscious friends.
Nanjing knitting pattern
Ever thought about knitting your own backpack? If you're after a unique and beautiful purse 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 purse you'll love for years to come.
Cable Ready Bag FREE knitting pattern
A super chunky knitting pattern is possibly one of the best things. Ever. Super chunky 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 purse in all of your favourite colours.
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 purse 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 purse!
Flock of Sheep Bag knitting pattern
We can't get enough of this unique tote purse featuring a flock of fluffy sheep! The gorgeous green makes the Flock of Sheep purse stand out from the crowd, but this purse would look just as show-stopping with a more neutral background colour.
Basketry Handbag knitting pattern
This knitted basketry purse is guaranteed to have people asking where you got it! With its super contemporary design and unique wooden handles, this is a purse that'll take you from the beach to a dinner date – it's so versatile!
Crocheted purse and crocheted tote patterns
A crocheted purse is a glorious thing to make and to use. This collection of 5 crocheted purses will keep you happy in WIPs and on your next outing out with your newest crochet creation.
Sakura Market Bag FREE crochet pattern
A free market purse 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 purse 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!
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 purse will take you from relaxing at beach in the daytime to a wild night of gigging.
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 purse is perfect for your summertime style!
Take Me to the Beach Bag crochet pattern
Crochet this intermediate level purse in your favourite chunky yarn for a quick and stylish make. A great purse for beach hangs, or for taking to the shops, this colourful purse from Little Duck Crochet is one to add to your WIPs.
Olive Touch Pouch FREE crochet pattern
Indie designer Emilia from Coffee and Crocheting the Olive Touch Pouch, a free crochet pattern that's as contemporary as it is cool. Made for beginners and crocheted in Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK, this super versatile purse make will be ready for all of your outings in a flash!
Passion Petal Tote FREE crochet pattern
This vibrant tote purse is sure to attract attention! The stunning Passion Petal Tote has been designed as part of a collection inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, famous for her folk brights and bold art. It's sure to become your go-to statement purse (and it's got plenty of room for all your essentials!).
Knitted Bags for kids
The kids in your life need purses 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.
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 purse can be made in any colour your young pirates love and they'll want to take it on all of their adventures.
Kids cat purse knitting pattern
Emma Whittle brings us this adorable cat purse 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.
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 purse is knitted up Stylecraft Special Aran. This 100% acrylic yarn is super affordable and comes in 39 great colours, just in case you want to make a fox in a completely radical colour.
Crocheted bags for kids
Let's crochet some fun into the little lives around us! We've gathered 3 fun kids' crochet purse patterns for you to try your hand at.
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 purse!
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 customisation. Crochet one in orange for your son, or in red for your niece; the possibilities are endless!
Llama purse crochet pattern
Llamas are amazing, and so is this crochet llama purse 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 purse this cute, who cares about logistics?
Essential purse yarns
In the need of yarn to make your purses? 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 purse patterns. Let's get making!