"Handmade Handbag"

This cute handmade handbag will hold just a few of the essentials for a night out.

It may also be used to hold decorative soaps. It looks attractive on the bathroom vanity, or given as a gift. Place a larger soap inside and use in the shower as a wash cloth.

This puff stitch women’s purse is handy for carrying cash or jewelry.

Use as a gift bag for small ornaments.

You may wish to line your handmade handbag 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 handbag, below the drawstring.

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 handbag purse when you thread the twisted cord through the spaces in the purse pattern.

If you would like to make this pattern bigger, simply add more base rows and height rows, until you achieve the size you'd like.

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

Handmade Handbag

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

Measurements: Approximately 8cm [3.25ins] diameter across base. Approximately 9cm [3.5ins] from top to bottom.

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

Stitches: Treble, Puff Stitch, Slip Stitch, Chain, Slip Stitch, Picot, 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, 2tr in each tr, 1tr in same place as 3ch, finish with 1ss into 1st of 3ch.

3rd Round: Working into back loop only, work 3ch, 1tr into each st, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

4th Round: Work 3ch, 1tr into each tr, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

5th Round: Work 3ch, puff st into next tr, 1ch, *miss 1tr, puff st into next tr, 1ch. Repeat from * to end finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

6th Round: Work 3ch, * 1tr into top of puff st, 1tr into sp between puff sts. Repeat from * to end, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

7th – 9th Round: Work 3ch, 1tr into each tr to end, 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

10th Round: * Work 5ch, 1dc into 3rd ch from hook [picot made], 2ch, miss next tr, 1dc into next tr. Repeat from * to end, finishing with 1ss into 1st dc. Fasten off.

Drawstring

Make a twisted cord approximately 78cm [30.75ins] long, and thread through 17th round, between every 2nd and 3rd tr.

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

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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