"Womens Handbag"

My womens handbag is the most basic of my small drawstring bag patterns. This is an ideal design for a beginner to learn how to make a drawstring bag.

It is a tiny purse often used as a drawstring gift bag, or filled with potpourri.

As with all my small drawstring bag patterns, my womens handbag design may be increased in size to whatever measurements best suit your purpose. Simply work more base and height rows until you have the handbag size you desire.

You may wish to line your womens 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 your womens 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 women's handbag when you thread the twisted cord through the spaces in the purse pattern.

For more purse designs, go to Purse Crochet.

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

Women’s Handbag

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

Measurements: Approximately 6cm [2.5ins] diameter across base. Approximately 8cm [3.25ins] from top to bottom.

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

Stitches: Treble, Slip Stitch, Chain, Shell, 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.

Sides [Height]

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

4th – 8th Round: Work 3ch, 1tr into each tr, finishing with 1ss into 3rd of 3ch.

9th Round: * Miss 1tr, work 4tr into next tr, miss 1tr, 1dc into next tr. Repeat from * to end finishing with 1ss into join of previous round. Fasten off.


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

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

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