"Handmade Bag"

My handmade bag doubles as a coin purse that you can drop into a larger tote bag.

This free purse pattern is very easy to make as well as very attractive.

The shell pattern works very well on this compact design.

It is also a good pattern for a beginner to learn how to make a purse.

You may elongate the twisted cord if you wish, to make a shoulder strap or a carry handle. Just pull a loop up at the back of your bag when you thread the twisted cord through the spaces in the purse pattern.

If the terminology used in this pattern differs from what you're used to, check my equivalency tables for easy conversion.

Handmade Bag

Materials: 20g ball 8ply pink yarn, 5.00mm crochet hook.

Measurements: Approximately 7cm [2.75ins] diameter across base. Approximately 10cm [4ins] from top to bottom.

Tension: First 2 rows – approximately 3cm [1.25ins]

Stitches: Treble, Chain, Slip Stitch, Double crochet.

Begin by working 3ch and joining with a ss to form a ring.

1st Round: Work 3ch, 15tr into ring, join with a ss into 3rd of 3ch.

2nd Round: Work 3ch, 1tr in same place as join, 2tr in each tr, finish with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

3rd Round: Work 5ch, 1tr into same place as join, * miss 2sts, [1tr, 2ch, 1tr] in next st. Repeat from * to end, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 5ch.

4th Round: Work ss into 2ch sp, *[3ch, 1tr, 2ch 1tr] into sp, ** [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] into next 2ch sp. Repeat from** to end, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

5th - 10th Round: Work ss into tr and into sp. Finish as 4th round from *. Fasten off.

Drawstring

Make a twisted cord approximately 78cm [30.75ins] long, and thread through 17th round.

You may wish to line your handmade bag. with fabric. If so, this is easy enough to do.

Cut a round piece of fabric slightly larger than the base and a rectangular piece the same height as the bag and twice the width. Machine sew the two shorter sides of the rectangular piece together with wrong sides facing. Sew the rectangular piece around the edge of the circular piece of fabric easing to fit. Hem the top edge. Turn so that joins face the inside and hand sew the top of the lining to the inside of the handmade bag, below the drawstring.

I also have free patterns for several other drawstring bags - choose from - picot edge, puff stitch, jewelry bag., tote bag, afghan shoulder bag, pink flower purse and flower coin purse, and handmade purse.

If you would like to learn how to crochet quickly and easily, my "CROCHET MADE EASY" e-book gives complete step by step instructions and photographs to help you master this beautiful craft, along with tips and information on caring for your finished projects so you may have years of enjoyment from them. More information on my e-book contents page. HAPPY CROCHETING!

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