Knitting Patterns for tote bags and pouches with drawstring closures for project bags, gift bags, purses, treat bags, and more.
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Tiny Treasure Bags
Drawstring bags with a choice of snowflake or heart design done in beads, though I imagine you could also do in colorwork. Perfect for gifts, treats, or holding small items. Size 4.5” wide and 5.25” tall, BLOCKED. Great stashbuster for leftover Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Heather Zoppetti.
Minimal Magic Bag
Drawstring bags knit in a 4 round repeat using small amounts of twelve colors of yarn in a slip stitch pattern. The drawstrings have a magnetic clasp so that the bag can be fastened. Two sizes included but easily adapted for other sizes. Pictured large bag is 37 cm tall and 22 cm wide and the smaller one is about half the size. Great stashbuster for leftover DK weight yarn. Designed by Frankie Brown.
Minimal Magic Bag
Drawstring bags knit in a 4 round repeat Honeycomb Brioche stitch. Designed as dice and gaming bags, they are also great for gift bags or everyday use. The instructions in the pattern can be easily modified to create what you want, and that’s on purpose! Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Diana Keyson.
Bread and Gift Bags
Drawstring bags perfect for breads and other gifts. Grateful Bread knit in the round with a textured stitch and Warm Delights is knit flit with a lace top edge. DK weight yarn. Designed by DROPS design.
Drawstring bag designed to look like a cupcake with pompom cherries on the drawstrings. Great for a party treat bag, Halloween bag, dress up, or gift bag for your sweeties. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Teresa Yoon.
Small Lace Bag
Drawstring bag designed with an 8 row repeat leaf lace pattern. Options to knit flat or in the round. This looks small but you could probably adapt for a larger size with a heavier weight yarn or more repeats. Uses leas than one skein 20 - 40 yards (18 - 37 m) DK weight yarn. Designed by Hayley. Pictured project by ZazaBeth
Drawstring purse designed to look like a cute little fox. Knit or crochet versions. Finished size: 8” x 6” not including tail. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Shamrock Creations for Melody’s Makings
Mind The Skulls Bag
Drawstring bag with stranded skull pattern. Perfect for Halloween treat bags, costumes, or for everyday fun. Finished size: Height 23 cm (9 inches) after blocking. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Hanna Kyttä
Woven Look Bucket Bag
Cute drawstring tote knit with linen stitch stripes, stockinette, and garter stitch. Size Approx 20" [51 cm] circumference x 10" [25.5 cm] tall. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations. Knit for less than $15 with yarn available on the page.
Bunny Gift Bag
Drawstring bag with ears and face to create a cute bunny. Or knit without for a pretty everyday bag. Finished Measurements: 28" x 19", though I think you could make a smaller version with a lighter weight yarn. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team.
More Free Patterns
Elegant drawstring pouch with a knit ruffle, rose, and leaves. Perfect for weddings or other special occasions when you want something pretty to carry a few items. Sport weight yarn. Designed for Nicky Epstein for Lion Brand
- Get the free knitting pattern - download link is below yarn info
- Get the recommended Vanna's Glamour® Yarn at Amazon
Drawstring pouch knit in linen stitch measures 8.5” x 8.5” (21.5 cm x 21.5 cm) . Designed by Shari Lawyer
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended Louisa Harding Yarns Noema at Amazon
- See Linen Stitch Knitting Patterns
Kate Buchanan designed this strawberry bitty bag measures approx 7cm x 10cm
This small project bag stands roughly 6 inches high. 13 inches around at the drawstring row and 17 inches around the widest part. It features picot edge, braided drawstring with optional pompoms and beads. Pictured projects by the designer Rebecca Enoch, CharliWilson, and nettischaf
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino on Etsy
- Get the Malabrigo Yarn Mechita used in the CharliWilson project on Amazon
Pirate Skull Pouch
Put your treasures in majapi’s bag with skull and crossbones duplicate stitch.
A Day in the Park Backpack
Drawstring backpack tote with bobble flowers and lace. Designed by Karen Fournier. Pictured project by Cardabelle
Darlene Dale designed these three gift bags sized SM: 4 x 6 1/4″/10 x 16cm, M:7 1/2 x 10″/19 x 25.5cm L:8 1/2 x 11″/21.5 x 28 cm
Holiday Gift Bag
Yvonne Ellsworth designed this pretty gift bag with simple stitch holiday pattern motifs. I can’t seem to find a size on it so you might want to swatch to check before you start.
Something Special Gift Bags
These gift bags by Balls to the Wall Knits come in three sizes and closed hole and open hole options.
Holiday Gift Bags
jentide designed these drawstring lace bags that only 2.5 ounces of yarn.
Slip Stitch Knitting Bag
Sabine Wosmann’s colorwork design looks like intarsia, but uses only 1 color per row!
Little Bits Beaded Bag
Inspired by Hermione Granger’s beaded bag from the Harry Potter movies, splashes of beads and a frilly finish make this bag fun for anything from a glamorous night out to stashing a ball of yarn on the run.
- Get the free knitting pattern designed by Craftyartist
- Get the yarn recommended by the designer for the pictured version
- See More Harry Potter Knitting Patterns
Purse With Leaves
This unique purse knit in the round was designed by Kristiina Temin.
Patterns for Purchase
Bunny rabbit drawstring bag perfect for Easter or any day. Fill with Easter eggs, treats, small gifts, or treasures. It will not take more than 3 hours to knit according to the design in the size of 23 x 16 cm. Size is customizable. Designed by WoolAffair. There's also a crochet version.
Octopus Dice Drawstring Bag
A fun little cephalopod bag to hold all your dice or other small items. This knitting pattern will show you how to knit the entire bag, from body to tentacles with pictures to help explain the fiddly bits. This doesn’t take a lot of yarn to make, so it’s a good project to use up leftover yarns. Finished dimensions are: 10 inches long and 3.5 inches wide. Designed by KnitsByWest. There's also a squid bag pattern.
Animal Drawstring Gift Bags
Adorable bags with animal faces and ears for children's purses, treat bags, or gift bags. Dog and Cat or Bear and Rabbit. Dimensions : 12cm wide and 14cm from bottom to top edge of bag when full.
Gift Bags in Norwegian, Snowflake and Fair Isle patterns
These patterns are sold separately. The gift bag measures approx 8” in height and 5” in width, finished. Great stash buster.
- Get the Norwegian bag knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get the Snowflake bag knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get the Fair Isle bag knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get DK weight yarn for this pattern on Etsy