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We’re seeing market bags everywhere! These summery, open-topped totes are a quick make, whether knit, crocheted, or even created with macrame. These are great projects to whip up for weekday errands and weekend trips to the beach.

crochet market bags

Crochet Market Bags: 10 Fresh Fun Handbags & Totes by Salena Baca

Paperback Book

Hooked in your favorite colors, the handbags in this book will take you from shopping to dinner or book club and beyond. A variety of different styles, from tote to bucket bag, will suit whatever purpose you decide. Make the bags in neutrals or go for a bold, colorful look. Each of the ten crochet patterns is presented with clear written instructions and construction diagrams. Make the Mesh bag for produce, the Primrose or Trinity bags for casual style, and any of the bags for a trip to the yarn shop (better bring two!)

macrame bag

DIY Macrame Bag from Macrame Kit Studio

Macrame Kit

Create your own stylish macrame open tote bag with this kit that features the cords and dowel you’ll need. An easy to follow video tutorial is provided as part of the kit for you to follow along. A great way to try out macrame and to have stylish tote in the end.


farmers market felted bag

Farmer’s Market Bag from Black Bird Design House

Knitted wool and felted bag

This fun, sturdy bag is the perfect accessory for a trip to the farmers market or your Sunday errands. The bag is first hand knit from wool in teal striped with pastel rainbow colors then felted by hand, making it water resistant and super strong. The straps are equally sturdy, made from chocolate brown leather. 



knit market tote bag kit

Knit Market Tote Bag Kit from Cara Corey

Knitting Kit

Knit your own lightweight tote bag, perfect for outdoor markets or the beach this summer. Learn how to make a simple knit stitch using circular knitting needles, then seam the bag closed and add two braided handles. This kit is beginner friendly and features all of the materials to make a white tote bag along with printed instructions. If you’d like a different color from the white provided, there are instructions in the pattern for dyeing the rope different colors. The best part about this design – it’s reversible! 

magic market bag tutorial

Magic Market Bag Tutorial from Epida Studio

Online sewing tutorial

Cut back on plastic bags and create a set of reusable market bags with this easy sewing tutorial. Adjust the pattern to make whatever size you’d like. Use any fabric you want, though a heavier twill bag will last longer. Often making a bag with a flat bottom involves cutting, matching or fancy folding, but this bag goes together so easily it will seem like magic. This is a great way to use up extra fabric you have around and to gives you a custom set of bags to shop with. 

Do you know of any other resources for making market bags? Please share below so we can check them out.

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