"Tote Bag"

My free tote bag pattern is easy to make and may be varied in color and design to suit dozens of different applications.

Make a personalized design by finishing it with a favorite flower motif, as I have done here, or a monogrammed tote bag with your initial instead.

By varying the pattern slightly, and leaving the handles off, it becomes a shoulder bag.

My pattern is created by joining 2 granny square motifs to a long rectangular panel.

By varying the pattern slightly, and leaving the handles off, your tote bag becomes a shoulder bag.

This tote bag pattern is suitable for beginners. The sunflower motif is a little more complicated, but well explained instructions should make it manageable.

A crochet butterfly adds a pretty finishing touch as an alternative to a flower motif.

My free patterns for afghan shoulder tote bag and coin purse, designer coin purse, and flower coin purse, and laptop bag are just a click away.

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

Tote Bag

Materials: Main Color - 100g ball 8ply gray yarn, 25g 8ply black yarn, yellow 80ply yarn, 5.00mm crochet hook, sewing needle, gray sewing thread.

Measurements: Approximately 28cm [11.25ins] square.

Tension: First 4 rows – approximately 5cm [2ins]

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

Motifs – Make 2 alike in gray.

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

1st Round: Work 3ch, 2tr into ring, 2ch, [3tr into ring, 2ch] 3 times, join with a ss into 3rd of 3ch.

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

3rd Round: Work 3ch, * 1tr in each tr to corner sp, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in space. Repeat from * finishing with 1ss into 1st of 3ch.

4th - 11th Round: Work as 3rd round. Fasten off.

Sew sunflower motif to granny square gray motif with needle and thread. If you prefer, you may appliqué the motif on, using a sewing machine.


Begin by working 13ch in black.

1st Row: Work 1tr into 4th ch from hook, 1tr in each ch to end, 3ch, turn.

2nd Row: Work 1tr into each tr, 3ch, turn.

3rd – 79th Row: Work as 2nd row, deleting 3ch at end of last row. Do not fasten off.

Pin panel to 2 granny square motifs at edges with wrong sides facing in.

Join along side, across bottom and up other side using dc. Continue across top of edge of panel and down side, across bottom and up other side of motif, and across other edge of panel. Work across top edge of granny square motif * work 1dc into each of 1st 2tr, dec over next 2tr. Repeat from * to end of motif, finishing with ss into corner dc. Fasten off.

Attach yarn to corner of other side motif and work as for 1st granny square motif. Fasten off.

Handles – Make 2 alike.

1st Row: Using black, miss 8sts, attach yarn to 9th st and work 1dc in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th st, turn.

2nd Row: Work 1ch, 1dc into each of these 4sts, turn.

3rd – 42nd Row: Work as 2nd row.

43rd Row: Miss 8sts from other edge of gray motif, join handle in next 4sts by working 1ss through dc on handle and dc on top edge of granny square motif. Fasten off.

To make your tote into a shoulder bag, delete handles and work rectangular panel 158 rows long.

Join short sides of panel together and assemble bag.

The elongated panel forms a shoulder strap.

If you would like to try a different style of bag, check out my drawstring bag patterns.

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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