Here’s an adorable little bag or purse that even a beginner can do! Comes with a free crochet pattern and free patterns for a flower, butterfly and bird to decorate it.
My friend, Kelly, of Gracie Nichole Designs, sent me a picture of a purse for a little girl and asked if I could make it. I couldn’t resist the challenge and set out to create my own purse pattern! It would make a perfect Easter Sunday accessory. I am immensely proud of this precious little purse, as it took me a billion tries to get the bottom part flat. It was such a struggle (since I get interrupted every 5 seconds!) and I almost gave up on it, but kept singing my son’s favorite song from Thomas the Train to myself “Never ever ever give up! Even though the going’s tough!” It’s amazing what motivates me these days!
So, it’s basically an upside-down hat, with a shell edging, straps, and little flowers. Click here for a free PDF of the pattern, where I’ve included all the tips and pictures for you.
Written By: Sara of My Merry Messy Life
- CH = chain
- HDC = half double crochet
- SL ST = slip stitch
- DC = double crochet
- Yarn: 4-ply, worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White and Perfect Pink)
- Hook: H (5.0 MM)
(Note: To make the bag larger, just continue adding increasing rounds where you increase the number of single HDC’s in between the double ones. For example: Round 6 is 1 HDC in each of the next 3 HDC spaces, then 2 HDC’s in the next HDC space. If you add another increasing round, then Round 7 would be 1 HDC in each of the next 4 HDC’s, then 2 HDC’s in the next HDCs space).
CH 4, join with a SL ST to form a circle
Round 1: CH 2, 11 HDC in loop, do not join (12 HDC total)
Round 2: 2 HDC in each HDC space (24 HDC total)
Round 3: (mark first stitch with a stitch marker – I use a piece of yarn in a contrasting color) *1 HDC
in next HDC space, 2 HDC in next HDC space* (36 total HDC) repeat from * around
Round 4: *1 HDC in next HDC space, 1 HDC in next HDC space, 2 HDC in next HDS space* repeat from
Round 5: 1 HDC in each HDC space around
Round 6: *1 HDC in each of the next 3 HDC spaces, 2 HDC in the next HDC space* repeat from *
Round 7-15: 1 HDC in each HDC space, join with a SL ST to beginning HDC of this round, chain 2
Round 16-17: 1 HDC in BLO (back loop only) in each HDC space, join with a ST ST to beginning HDC of this round, CH 2
Round 18: 1 DC in each HDC around (now in both loops), join with a ST ST to beginning DC of this round, CH 2
Round 19-20: 1 HDC in BLO (back loop only) in each stitch around, join with a ST ST to beginning HDC of this round
Round 21-23: CH 1, 1 HDC in each HDC around (now in both loops), join with a ST ST to beginning HDC of this round* repeat from *
With a contrasting colored yarn, join to top of bag with a SL ST & work on the outside of the bag.
*Skip 1 HDC.
In next HDC, work 4 DC’s.
Skip 1 HDC.
In next HDC, work a SL ST.*
Repeat from * around and join with a SL ST to beginning SL ST.
- CH 4, join with SL ST to beginning CH to form a circle. CH 2
- Work 9 SC in the circle.
- Join with a SL ST to first CH 2
- *In the same stitch as the SL ST, work a petal – 1 DC, 1 HDC.
- In next stitch, work a SL ST.
- In next stitch, work a petal – 1 DC, 1 HDC*
- Repeat from * around until you have 5 petals.
Or A Blue Bird
I got the adorable free little bird pattern from JJ Crochet. It’s super fast and easy!
Or a butterfly
The free butterfly pattern comes from Treasures for Tots. I like how it works continuously.
(start with a long tail, as you will need this to sew the flower onto the strap)
- CH 80 (or whatever length you like)
- In 2nd CH from hook, SC.
- SC in each CH across.
- CH 70
- Tie off and weave ends back into the chain.
- Insert into bag in the DC spaces to your liking, either in every other DC or every two DCs.
The picture here shows inserting it every two DC’s.
Attaching the Appliques & Strap
- Sew the flowers onto the strap using the extra yarn from the strap (so the flower yarn doesn’t show on the back of the strap. Makes it look much neater).
- Then, sew the strap onto the purse. It’s best to have the strap be the same color as the purse so when you sew the two together, you don’t see a different colored yarn on the inside of the purse.
- Sew the strap just above the tie (where the DC was worked). Make sure it’s very secure a this will take the most stress when it’s used.