Crochet Bag – FREE pattern
You can never have too many bags, right? Especially crochet bags? 😉 I love collecting bags for my crochet projects, groceries, traveling, gifting and spending a day outdoors. Now I have a crochet bag pattern for you that has another special purpose!
Fostering an “Attitude of Gratitude”
This past summer I saw a unique bag in a gift shop and I love the idea that came with it. The bag had 2 pockets and a notepad & pen inside. Each day you write something you are thankful for on one of the pieces of paper and then put it inside the larger pocket of the bag. Then when you are feeling discouraged and down, you take out your little notes of thankfulness and read them – reminding yourself of all you have to be thankful for. 🙂
With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to create a crochet bag that could be used in the same way. Introducing the “Crochet Pocket of Thanks“.
Crochet Bag Pattern Info
This crochet bag is made very simply using an easy variation on the half double crochet stitch – the stitch is the same for the whole bag. Then an easy circle motif and heart are sewn on to the front of the bag to create the pocket that holds the paper.
Crochet Crossbody Bag Version!
Now there is a Crossbody Version of this crochet bag! It is easy to make by just making the strap longer and adding a closure to the top opening. Crossbody Bags are very popular now and I love how this one looks. (Details for how to make the strap longer are included in the pattern below)
This is my first time designing and crocheting with Wander yarn from www.furlscrochet.com – I LOVE the vibrant colors and how soft the yarn feels. You’ll see all the supply details below to make your own crochet bag to help you be more thankful.
Let’s get started!
Skill Level: Easy
6″ wide x 6″ tall (base white bag)
5 1/4″ diameter (circle motif)
2 1/2″ wide x 2 1/4″ tall (heart motif)
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Thank you to Furls Crochet for supplying me with the yarn and hooks for this project!
Wander yarn by Furls Crochet – 1 skein each color: Sunrise, Fawn, Laguna, Alabaster, Meadow (in order as shown in photo above)
(This is a medium weight acrylic yarn with 120 yards each skein – I was able to crochet the bag base with a little over half of the one skein)
Small notepad or paper (Approx. 3 x 5 inches)
The bag base (white part) is crocheted in the round
Then the heart is sewn to the circle motif
Lastly the circle motif and handle are sewn to the bag base
YO (yarn over)
Sl st (slip stitch)
Sc (single crochet)
Hdc (half double crochet)
Dc (double crochet)
Tr (treble crochet)
Hhdc (herringbone half double crochet) = YO (yarn over), insert hook into next st, YO, draw up a lp, pull hook through first loop on hook, YO, pull hook through 2 loops on hook
*Click here to watch a video tutorial showing how to do this stitch (for a scarf project)*
Adjustable Ring = Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk; work stitches into loop and then pull yarn tail to tighten and close up center hole
*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*
Back Loops Only = insert hk into the back loop of the stitch only
Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique
Join with hdc = With slip knot on hk, insert hk into st; YO, draw up a lp; YO, pull through all 3 lps on hk
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Instructions for the Crochet Bag:
All Special Stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above
White Bag Base:
With Alabaster (white) and H/5mm hook ch 21
Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Do not turn. Now working on other side of ch, sc in each ch across; join with sl st to 1st sc; ch 1. (40 sc)
Round 2: Hhdc in each st around – do not join with a sl st but work in a spiral marking 1st st in each round with a stitch marker to keep track of rounds.
Rounds 3-17: Repeat Round 2 – Fasten off.
With G/4mm hook and Sunrise (pink) color:
Round 1: Work (ch 3, 3tr, 3 dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, 3 dc, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st) in an adjustable ring. Fasten off.
**If you would rather not do an adjustable ring, you can do this alternative Round 1: Ch 2, (ch 3, 3 tr, 3 dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, 3 dc, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st) all in the 2nd ch from hk. Fasten off.**
Round 2: With Alabaster (white) and working in the back loops only, join with sc in 1st ch of Round 1; sc in each of the next 2 chs; 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts; (sc, ch 1, sc) in next st (this is the bottom point of the heart); sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 chs, sl st in center of heart. Fasten off.
With H/5mm hook and Fawn (tan) yarn
Round 1: Work (ch 3, 12 dc in an adjustable ring); join with sl st to 1st dc of round (working over the ch-3 and moving it to the back) (12 dc)
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in 1st st and in each st around; join with sl st to 1st dc of round (working over the ch-3 and moving it to the back) (24 dc)
Round 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st st, sc in each of the next 2 sts; (2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts) around; join with sl st to 1st sc of round. Fasten off. (32 sc)
Round 4: With Meadow (green) join with hdc in any st; hdc in same st; hdc in each of the next 3 sts; (2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts) around; join with sl st to 1st hdc of round. Fasten off. (40 hdc)
Round 5: With Blue join with hdc in any st; hdc in same st; hdc in each of the next 4 sts; (2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 4 sts) around; join with sl st to 1st hdc of round. Fasten off. (48 hdc)
Round 6: With Sunrise join with a sl st in any st; (sk next st, 5 hdc in next st, sk next st, sl st in next st) around ending with sl st in 1st sl st of round. Fasten off. (12 scallops)
Weave in ends
**Click here to watch a video with tips on how to weave in ends**
With Alabaster (white) and H/5mm hook ch a length that measures approximately 20″
Row 1: Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Fasten off with a long tail for assembly.
Crossbody Version Handle/Strap:
With Sunrise and H/5mm hook ch a length that measures approximately 45″-49″
Work as for above shorter handle but do not fasten off.
Row 3: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off with a long tail for assembly.
Finishing of this cute Crochet Bag:
With about 2″ of each handle end inserted into each side of the bag, whipstitch handle to bag so secure
With tapestry needle and Sunrise yarn sew heart to center of circle passing joining stitches through tops of Round 1 sts
With tapestry needle and Laguna yarn sew circle to bag base from Scallop 1 to 8 (leaving an opening on top of 4 scallops to make the notepad/paper pocket) – Stitching can go up and down through the round of stitches with the Laguna (blue) yarn
(For Crossbody Version, add a snap or button closure to the front pocket and a snap, button or zipper closure to the main pocket.)
Insert small notepad or small pieces of paper into front pocket of bag – Add a pen to inside of bag – and your Crochet Pocket of Thanks is complete!
I really like how this crochet bag turned out. It can be hung on a doorknob, your bedpost, a kitchen cabinet – anywhere you want to be reminded to be thankful. Of course, you can use this little crochet bag however you like (ie. the Crossbody version). And the circle motif would make a cute coaster or mug rug, too!
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