15 Practical but Pretty Purse Sewing Patterns

When I first started searching for purse sewing patterns, I ended up confused. I'm from Australia, and to me, a purse is like a wallet and contains both coins and paper money, and a million plastic cards (drivers' license, credit cards, loyalty cards etc). Wallets are for men, purses are for women. Coin purses are small pouches with a zip or clasp, used for storing coins.

But then I discovered some in the USA call any women's bag a purse (what I would call a handbag or shoulder bag). So which patterns should I share?

Well, why not share my favourite patterns of all of them (and if you can't find what you're looking for here, search more purse/handbag sewing patterns here.)

I love a pretty purse sewing pattern, but it has to be practical too. This is a great collection of purse and wallet sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a few larger purses too. Love that some are free too!

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Coin Purse Sewing Patterns

The Sweet Pea Pods from Lazy Girl Designs are a cute zippered coin purse.

I'm not sure how practical it is, but the Macaron Coin Purse from Craft Passion is definitely cute! Better yet, the tutorial is free.

The Linen and Ruffles Coin Purse by Flamingo Toes is a great free tutorial showing how to sew a purse for beginners.

The Pleated Frame Pouch sewing pattern from Xanthe Patterns comes in 2 sizes. The buttons add an extra touch of cuteness.

There's a great range of purse frames on Etsy.

The Baby Shoe Zippered Coin Purse sewing pattern from Name that Candy is just adorable!

Ladies Wallet Sewing Patterns

Necessary Clutch Wallet sewing pattern from Emmaline Bags

The Necessary Clutch Wallet sewing pattern from Emmaline Bags is a great design with lots of space for all those cards. I've seen lots of beautiful designs in various sewing Facebook groups.

The Ultimate Wallet from So Sew Easy is a practical design for carrying around all those cards and coins.

The Walkabout Wallet sewing pattern from Studio Kat Designs has some great features like a fleece-lined pocket to protect your mobile phone.

The Wallet Clutch from Napkitten is another great wallet sewing pattern with lots of spots for everything you need to carry.

Susie D Designs has a modern tri-fold wallet pattern which is a great stash-buster. Make it from a coordinating fabric bundle or raid your fabric stash to make your own unique, designer wallet.

Small Handbag Purse Sewing Patterns

Butterfly Sling Purse PDF sewing pattern by Emmaline Bags

The Butterfly Sling Purse sewing pattern from Emmaline Bags has a clever design, flipping open to display an ID card or bus pass (plus plenty of slots for all your cards!).

The Sew Together bag by Sew Demented has lots of compartments to keep your bits and pieces organised.

Sunrise Clutch Purse Sewing Pattern

The Sunrise Clutch pattern from Sew Sweetness has a pretty paper-pieced design. 

The Pockets A-Plenty Purse pattern from So Sew Easy has lots of nice details, like internal and external zipper pockets and an optional wrist strap.

I love a pretty purse sewing pattern, but it has to be practical too. This is a great collection of purse and wallet sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a few larger purses too. Love that some are free too!

Still haven't found the perfect purse sewing pattern? Search for more bag sewing patterns on Threadistry.

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