Ever since my very first crochet adventure (a green and beige granny square bag), I have loved the allure of those quick, simple, useful, and satisfying crochet cotton purse projects! It is perfect for any little (or little at heart) girls in your life! (I ended up giving it to a pink-princess loving 22 year old).
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close up of flower:bag2 flower
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I have had a lot of fun making variations of this pattern, here is a flap-less red and beige version I made for myself (with the star/snowflake pattern embroidered on the front). I hope to make a few with big button closures for some fun and simple christmas gifties.
snowflake flower purse:bag
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Here is the basic pattern I created which I have been using to make quite the plethora of bags! They make great gifts and with a little creativity are easily altered to fit the personality and style of the purse recipient!
Pattern for pink-princess purse:
- Two 50 gram balls of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (main colour -mc)
- One 50 gram ball of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (contrast -cc)
- 4.5 mm crochet hook (or what size req'd for gauge)
- Yarn needle
7 sc = about 5cms (about 2" for those non-metric folk)
Main Bag (mc):
Row 1: Ch. 31, turn, sc in each st starting with the 2nd ch from hook
Row 2: Sc along (30 sc), ch. 1, turn
Rows 3 - 23: Repeat Row 2, on row 23 fasten off at end
Back Piece (including front flap):
Same as front piece, but this time make 37 rows, fasten off
Handle and Sides (cc):
Row 1: Ch. 6, Sc in each ch starting in 2nd ch from hook, Ch. 1 turn.
Rows 2 - ??: Repeat the simple sc 5, ch 1, turn sequence until desired length for the sides and handle of bag (Mine was about 130 rows in length)
Row 131: sc the long strip into a loop (I used this seam as one of the bottom corners to help conceal it)
Ch 10, join with slip stitch. *Ch 2, dc in first st of loop, dc in next st of loop, ch 2, sc into the same st of loop as the second dc* (So you have ch.2, dc, dc, ch.2 in the first two sts of the loop). Repeat the *'s in the remaining 8 sts of the loop resulting in 5 petals!
**To make larger flowers you can change the pattern to be ch.3, tc, tc, ch.3 and so forth. To make the double flower shown in the picture I just used a 5.5mm hook for the outer flower and a 3.75mm hook for the inner flower.
Attach the cc long piece to the main bag pieces with the mc. I prefer to join the pieces by sc with the right sides together of the main bag because it seems to give it a little more structure. I also like to sc around the edges of the handle and front flap to make it look a little more finished. Then simply sew on the flower and few dashed lines in the cc. Tuck in any lose ends. I also lined this bag in felt and added some snaps to the corners of the front flap so it had a proper closure. Then you're done! Enjoy!!
I would love to hear what you think and would especially LOVE to see bags anyone makes from the basics of this pattern! Please drop me a line and share your work!