Crochet Girl Purse {free crochet pattern}

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.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Crochet Little Girl's Purse

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.

Crochet Purse

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
* around

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 *

Fasten off & sew in ends.

Shell Edging

My Merry Messy Life: Crochet Little Girl's Purse - Shell EdgingWith 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.

My Merry Messy Life: Crochet Little Girl's Purse - Enlarged Detail


  • 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.
Free Crochet Pattern for a Crochet Little Girl's Purse - Bluebird Version

Or A Blue Bird

I got the adorable free little bird pattern from JJ Crochet. It’s super fast and easy!

Crochet Little Girl's Purse - Butterfly Detail

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.

Weave the tie in between every 2 double crochet stitches

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.

Merry crocheting!

Check out my other purse pattern here – Seed Stitch Purse for a Little Girl Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Free Pattern

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Sara. this is too too precious!! I don’t even crochet and I might just buy it and give it a try. ( or at least let my daughter in laws that do crochet give it a go! 🙂 Way to go, it’s simple adorable!

  2. Thank you so much! It’s not difficult to make, really. I learned to crochet from YouTube, so I bet you could, too!

  3. OMGosh I LOVE it!!! The little butterfly you made using my pattern is ADORABLE! Thank you for linking! I linked your purse pattern on my T4T Facebook Fan page too!

  4. Thanks so much, Angie! Thank you for linking to my pattern, as well! Share the love <3

  5. Hi
    I made this for my little cousin,n it came out well for a crochet beginner like I want to knoe how can I stiffen it n starvj it n give it shape.

    • Glad it worked out for you, Sham! The purse I did was stiff and had shape – it must be worked with a small hook (like the one this pattern – G) and with worsted weight, stiff yarn like Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Did you do both of those things?

  6. Hi sara
    Thanks for your reply. I have used the same hook as mentioned, but I live in qatar and there isn’t any yarn shops here. The only thing that is available is cheap acrylic yarns n that’s what I have used. I guess the problem lies there. Can I still try starching it.

    • Starching it is a great idea! Or you can use 2 strands of the yarn you have to make it chunky yarn, then increase your hook size to an H or and I. Wow, that’s so cool that you live in Qatar! Are you originally from there?

  7. I ll try starching it and will let you know. Thanks alot for the cute pattern.
    I am not originally from Qatar, But I have lived here all my life – almost like my home.

  8. Anonymous says:


    I did this purse looks cute but seems very big on the bottom for a little girl how many stitches did you have when you where done row 4 I think this might be my problem and when you started row 7 how many stitches I believe this all might be my problem otherwise it looks very cute…

  9. Hi. Way cute. I am wondering what I have done wrong since the bottom of the little purse is not flat. Have I done it too tight? Or not a consistent tension? Thanks.

    • Hi Joelle! Is the bottom wavy? If so, that that means you have added too many increasing stitches somewhere. To fix that, just do a round of some decreasing stitches scattered throughout. Or, frog it (unravel it), and carefully count each round as you make it :/.

  10. Love this bag. To make bottom firm I made another round 1 to 6 in contrasting color for inside & attached with round 8 of original putting an old CD between the 2 and continued in pattern. Also made strap Single crochet on both sides of chain to make it stronger.

    • Great! Thanks for sharing Jan! I’d love to see a picture of what you created! You could post it on my Facebook page or email me.

    • I’m currently working on this sweet little purse and I integrated your CD suggestion, I think it will make the bag much sturdier. The size of the bag may be a bit big for a little girl’s purse but I think it would make a great little ‘toy’ bag. You could also make this in ‘boy’ colors for the little gent in your life.
      Thanks for a great pattern!

  11. Krystal Czarnik says:

    I just started this bag for my daughter. I hope to have it finished by Easter. Anyway I was wondering if you think lining it would be a good idea? She loves to carry around a lot of small things that may catch in the stitches and I was what you thought. Also how would I line it if I were to? Under the tie ya think?

    Thanks for the pattern!!

  12. This is so cute! made as a gift and also gift bag for the other things i made. just an fyi, the pdf instructions do not match this page. for 1 round 19 is missing completely and for rounds 22-23 it doesnt say to join the rounds at the end.

  13. I love your designs, they are so cute, and everything is available in PDF…finding your blog is like a dream come true for me! Thanks so much!

  14. going to make this for my granddaughter she is 2 and thinks she is a princess so i know she will love this one…

  15. very beautiful

  16. Jan Bumcrot says:

    I Just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful patters… All my grand daughters (9) will love these purses….

  17. Lynne Armstrong says:

    Hi Sara, thanks so much for this pattern, it’s adorable 🙂 I found it through Hooked on Crochet. Great that there’s a PDF to download…makes it so much easier. I’m going to give this a try in finer yarn so I can use it for my dolls…wish me luck with that lol

  18. Hi Sara!I am a new beginner when it comes to crochet and I am wanting to make this for my 3 year old cousin is there any video you can link me to that would be similar to this?

  19. Hi Sara,
    Wow.. I cant think of any other word . Thank you so much for the pattern. I really loved it and at once started to do this. It has come out pretty well. thanks again. I gifted it to my 2 yr old Daughter and she just loved it, its adorable. I really donno how to attach photos here or I would have done it. I have posted the finished purse on facebook. please do see it . And thanks once again, love u.

  20. WHAT IS ST ST?

  21. Jeanett says:

    !!! I did it!!! Thanks so much for this super easy and super cute pattern!!!

  22. Pat DePasquale says:

    The pattern calls for the tie to go between DC, but there are no DC’s called for in the pattern.

  23. Kathy Plouffe says:

    The ch 2 at the end of some of the rows throws me off and leaves a gap in the work. Am I doing something wrong? I’m so confused. Thank you

    • Kathy, do you mean the CH 2 to start the next row? I’m not sure what’s going on, but your chain might be too lose. You could try just chaining one instead.

      • Kathy Plouffe says:

        Yes. So after I sl st to join, then ch 2 to start, is that after I do row 16 & 17 or do I need to do that after each separate row? Does this count as the first HDC for the next row??

  24. Kathy Plouffe says:

    And when it’s 2 rows, like 16-17, do I ch2 at the end of 16 and the end of 17 or just when I finish both? Ugh….

  25. Rita Corlett says:

    Cute pattern! What are dimensions for the finished purse? I, too, am having trouble understanding the reason for the chain 2 after all the rows. And as Kathy asked above, do I ch 2 at the end of each row or just the end of each group…after 15, after 17? Also, what are the instructions for row 19? Thanks much!

  26. I couldn’t figure out the beginning foundation hdc

  27. Joyce griffin says:

    Hi! I just have a question on the strap. Are there supposed to be two straps and if there are how do you space them? This is on the drawstring bag. You put the tie in first don’t you? Thanks for your help. Joyce

  28. Hi! I have a question on the strap. Are there supposed to be 2 of them? And how far do you space them? You put the tie in first don’t you? Thanks! Joyce

  29. Hello? I am hoping you are still answering questions as I haven’t seen any to the above questions on the ch 2. Are we supposed to ch 2 and turn? I’m a bit confused on the purpose of it. It’s such an adorable purse for a little girl. I’m making it for my 6 yr old granddaughter who is a girly-girl. I may skip the ch 2 and continue on as before. Thank you for a lovely little purse.

    • Hi Judy! Well, there are two ways to work in the round. The way I chose for this bag was not to join at every round and CH 2 because it makes for a much cleaner look without the seam. But, you could ignore that part and join at the end of every round and CH 2 like you mentioned, and that will work just fine as well. It’s a matter of personal preference.

  30. Lynette Rowden says:

    I have made several of these darling purses for my granddaughters and their friends. They love them and so do I . Thank you so much ! <3

  31. I agree with you.I hope that helps.

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