"Handmade Purse"

My handmade purse is a fast and cheap purse to make. It is decorated with beads and closes with a zip. The zip and beads may be purchased from a craft store or fabric shop.

It is suitable for day use and dressy enough for night time.

Carry at night as a clutch purse or drop it into a larger tote when you go shopping or to work.

Make a matching coin purse to hold small change.

The size of this handmade purse makes it suitable as a women’s purse as well as a child’s.

No woman ever seems to have enough purses to suit every outfit or occasion and if you can make them yourself for very little money, this problem will be a thing of the past.

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

Materials: 25g ball black 8ply synthetic yarn, 5.00mm crochet hook, zip, beads, pins, sewing needle thin enough to slide beads over, and black thread.

Measurements: 14cm [5.5ins] diameter.

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

Tension: First 3 rows – 4cm [2.25ins]

Crochet Free Pattern Purse

Make 2 halves.

Begin by working 3ch, join with ss in 1st of 3ch to form a ring.

1st Round: Work 2ch, 15tr into ring, ss into 2nd ch.

2nd Round: Work 2ch, 1tr into join, 2tr in each tr, ss into 2nd of 2ch.

3rd Round: Work 2ch, * 2tr into next tr, 1tr in next tr, 2tr into next tr. Repeat from * finishing with ss into 2nd of 1st 2ch.

4th Round: Work 2ch, * 1tr into each of next 6tr, 2tr into next tr. Repeat from * finishing with last tr into same place as base of 2ch, ss into 2nd of 2ch.

5th Round: Work as 4th Round. Do not fasten off.

With the wrong sides of the two halves facing, pin zip in place and machine sew.

Beading - Handmade Purse

Thread sewing needle with black thread and beginning in the center of one purse half, attach thread to inside of work.

From wrong side, push needle through top edge of treble on first round. Thread one small silver bead, one long gold bead and another small silver bead over needle and down the thread.

Insert needle through very edge of same treble at center ring and pull through to wrong side. Knot thread on back of work after every group of beads like this is joined. Evenly space 10 groups like this on first row, alternating the combination of bead color as you go [small gold beads with a long silver one between them, followed by small silver ones with a long gold one between them].

Then move up to the next round of your handmade purse and position the groups of beads on this round evenly between the groups on the previous round.

Continue in this manner until you have decorated each round. Fasten off.

Beginning at edge of zip, crochet the two halves of your handmade purse together with a round of dc worked through both edges.

When you reach the other edge of the zip, continue along edge of one half and finish the round, then reattach yarn and work other side to match. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to zip and work 7ch, 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in each ch, hook through zip again and fasten off.

Decorate by stitching a line of beads in the same way as before.

You may wish to make up your own design, or monogram your initial instead.

Sequins are also very fashionable right now.

You may also like to make my sunflower tote, shoulder bag, coin purse, designer beaded coin purse, or flower purse.

My drawstring purses are stylish and fun to make too, choose from - picot edge, shell stitch, puff stitch, jewelry 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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