Crochet Seed Stitch Purse – Free Crochet Pattern

A free crochet pattern for an adorable purse for a little girl using the seed stitch. This is easy to make and is so cute!

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Free Pattern

I’m hooked (pun intended :)) on crocheting purses lately. They are just so adorable and I love using bright, fun colors. Makes me want a little girl, although I wouldn’t trade my two boys for any girl in the world! (Cliché, but true).

So, I’ve worked really hard to create this pattern for you, and have lots of pictures to help out. I was inspired by the Seed Stitch Tote I found at Crochet’n Crafts but wanted to make the size smaller by adjusting the size of the base, and use a foundation chain to begin, since I think it is stronger than a row of single crochet. So, really, I just recreated the whole base and made it my own!

I love the seed stitch, as it gives it a scalloped look. It also makes the bag strong and has a tight weave. The great thing about this bag is you can design it any way you like by changing the yarn color.

So, here goes! This is not tested except be me, so please let me know if you run into problems. If you aren’t familiar with any of the stitches, see my Crochet Page above for links to very good video tutorials on all the basic stitches.

This is long and may look hard because of that, but it’s really not! The tricky part is counting your stitches on the base, and joining and starting new rows.

This purse measures about 8 inches long, by 3 inches wide, by 5 inches tall (not including the straps).

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse (sized for a young girl)


  • Hook: G 4.25 mm (this is very important so the weave is tight and things won’t fall through the purse)
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight (medium, 4). I used Red Heart Super Saver because it’s cheap and strong. I used [amazon_link id=”B00281QFCG” target=”_blank” ]Aruba Sea[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B0050FIDZE” target=”_blank” ]Perfect Pink[/amazon_link], Light Coral and [amazon_link id=”B000XZW3JS” target=”_blank” ]Medium Purple[/amazon_link].
  • Tapestry needle to sew in ends & purse handles
  • Note: work in just the two top loops of the HDC spaces – this leaves a one piece of yarn in the space which makes the weave tighter to be able to hold things better in the purse.


  • CH = chain
  • SC = single crochet
  • DC = double crochet
  • HDC = half double crochet
  • FC = foundation chain
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • Rnd = round
  • FHDC = foundation half double crochet
  • ST = stitch
  • Sk = skip
  • Sp = space


First, work a loose foundation chain of 20 HDC stitches. I provided a tutorial on another post, complete with pictures.

Turn your work over 180 degrees. Work 3 HDC back into the last FHDC (increasing stitch).

Round 1

  • Work 1 HDC in each FHDC sp across (total of 19).
  • Work 3 HDC in the last FHDC (working the SL ST into the HDC to hide it) (increasing stitch).
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Tutorial


  • Then, work 3 HDC’s in the next chain on the other side (increasing stitch).
  • Work 1 HDC in each FHDC sp across (total of 19)
  • 3 HDC in next HDC space (increasing stitch)
  • Join with SL ST, then CH 1 (you might want a stitch marker here as this CH 1 is hard to see as the beginning of the round. If you CH 2, it creates too big of a hole).
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Creating the Base Tutorial

Round 2

  • 1 HDC in next HDC sp
  • 3 HDC in next HDC sp (increasing stitch)
  • Work 1 HDC in each stitch across (total of 20)


  • 3 HDC in the next HDC sp (worked in the 1st sp of the increasing st)
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 5 sp
  • 3 HDC in next HDC sp (increasing stitch)
  • Work 1 HDC in each stitch across (total of 20)


  • 3 HDC in next sp (also worked in the 1st sp of the 3 HDC increasing st)
  • 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • SK the last two spaces
  • Join with a SL ST, CH 1
You’ve now completed the base of the purse and will no longer continue to increase, if making the purse for a little girl. If you would like the purse to be larger, just continue around by adding 1 extra stitch on the sides, and 1 extra HDC each time after you work the 3 HDC increase stitches (on the curve). For example – the next side would be 21 HDC across, then 3 HDC in the next stitch, then 1 HDC in each of the next 6 spaces. The next side would be 22 HDC across, then 3 HDC in the next stitch, then 1 HDC in each of the next 3 stitches, join to the beginning with a SL ST. CH 1, then 1 HDC in each of the next 2 spaces (so a total of 5 HDCs in between each of the increasing 3 HDCs)
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - base

Round 3 – Begin the Seed Stitch

  • In the next space (not the one where you worked the CH 2), work a seed stitch – 1 SC, then 1 DC.
  • *Sk 1 HDC space.
  • 1 SC, 1 DC in next space*
  • Repeat from * around to the beginning CH 2.
To make the purse really neat and tidy, I came up with two different ways to end the rounds. One is if you’re changing colors and fastening off, and another is if you’re keeping the same color.

To Start a New Color

  • Finish the last round by joining with a SL ST to the beginning CH 2 & fasten off. Then, on the other side of the purse, join in a HDC space with a SL ST.
  • CH 2
  • Work a seed stitch in the next space (1 SC, 1 DC)
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse- How to Start A New Color
Keep the same color: then work a SC in the SAME HDC space as the CH 2.
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - How to Keep the Same Color
Then, join to the CH 2 with a SL ST, then CH 1 (counts as first SC).
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - How to Keep the Same Color, Step 2
Then, work a DC in same space (so this is the first seed stitch of the next round)
Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - How to Keep the Same Color, Step 3


The straps are just simple rows of SC. I chained a row of 50 in pink, then did 49 SC across. Then I took the Aruba Sea color and started a new row on the pink, and continued on the other side of the pink without fastening off so I’d have less yarn to sew in later.

Puff Stitch at the Top

Crochet Seed Stitch Purse - Puff Stitch Detail
  • On one of the sides of the purse, join the yarn on the inside of the purse with a SL ST and CH 1. (you will be working on the inside of the purse so the finished puff stitch faces the outside).
  • In the next space, work a puff stitch (YO pull the yarn through 3xs, until you have 7 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 7 loops.)
  • CH 1
  • Work a SL ST in the next space.
  • Sew in all your ends and you’re done!
Merry Crocheting!
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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. Cute purse! I’ve never made anything with the seed stitch before but I want to give it a try. I pinned this and you foundation hdc 🙂

    Christine @

  2. Thanks Christine! Let me know if you have any questions once you get started. The seed stitch is so pretty and I think it’s my new favorite stitch!

  3. Hi there from a fellow Ravelry user and your newest follower! 🙂 LOVE this pattern and the great photos, thanks so much for sharing, I will definately be adding it to my list of projects!!

  4. Hi Angie! Thanks so much for stopping by. I really like your blog, too! I need to pick your brain about homeschooling and farming, as we are interested in both! We have a lot in common :). I became your latest follower, too!

  5. Love it!!!


  6. Lovely! I love the colors and the pattern! Liz

  7. Love this…. I’m going to have to try! Would love to have you share with my followers at my linky party {}! So glad I found you – I’m your newest follower! Have a great week! -heather

    • Thank you Heather! I’m just about to add it to your party. Thanks for letting me know about it! I’m checking out your site now. So nice!

    • Anonymous says:

      Sara, congrats for getting with Tip Junkie! I have been an avid fan for quite awhile! Awesome to see you with her!! Love everything you do!!
      Kathy Milander

    • Thank you Kathy! You’re such a good, supportive friend. Too bad we’re moving :(. Do you crochet, too? Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me! 🙂

  8. I am always so impressed by people that can crochet stuff like this. Beautiful! Stopping by to say hi, saw your link on “Yesterday on Tuesday”

  9. That is such a nice little purse!

  10. I made two purses following your pattern. I would love to send you a picture if you would like to see how they came out.

  11. I sent them please let me know if you got them.

  12. I love the colors of your purse!

  13. I tried, lol but for some reason mine didn’t look at nice as yours did , lol but I learned a new stich two new stiches. Thanks I will try again 🙂

  14. I really like this pattern but what are the dimensions of this little purse? Thank you:)

  15. I love this purse. How would I enlarge in to make it bigger. Thank you.

  16. Just read through the pattern & it answered my question how to enlarge the base pattern. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  17. I did the fhdc for the first time. Then I was confused on your instruction about the 180 degree. I am not sure which way to 180 degree?? What I did was rotate 180 so it looks like the last loop is up on the left side. I followed the round one instructions further then got stuck because the knot you showed in pic is at bottom. Mine is at top. What did I do wrong? I don’t want to give up and find another pattern. I am a beginner with a little over one year experience. Thanks.

    • Hi Mindy! I haven’t worked this pattern in several years, so I’m not sure what I meant by the 180 degrees part, either. The whole point is to crochet around and around in an oval shape to create the base. I think what I might’ve meant was to flip it over so you’re working on the other side, the back side, to crochet those 3 HDC. Does that make sense?

  18. Barbara says:

    I started the seed stitch purse and it doesn’t look right, was I suppose to turn after the chain1? And when you start another color you said to start in the hdc sp is that the sc sp?

  19. Joanne Huntington says:

    Hi Sara,

    Just wanted to say how cool it was to read in your pattern that there is a yarn color named after Aruba. I’m from Aruba and I looove to crochet. Thank you for this pattern, I will be making a purse just like this one for my girls.

    Sunny regards,


  20. Kathy Plouffe says:

    Hi Mindy! I want to start on this but am not sure how to do the HDC for the foundation chain. So this doesn’t start with just a standard chain but HDC instead? Are their tutorials on this? Thank you.

  21. Hi Sara
    Is there a tutorial available…I couldn’t find it ….said not available ?

    Also, is Round 3 – ” Begin the Seed Stitch ” the main part of the pattern, by continuing with this row , until all colors are complete? I am making this very cute little purse, for my two little, great granddaughters.
    Just wanted to be sure , before continuing.
    Thank You

  22. Hi, Sara~
    I really love your selection of colors for this cute purse! I plan on making it in a larger size to use as a medium-sized tote for things like library books. I’m sure I will get a lot of compliments if I can manage to find colors similar to yours and can follow your pattern accurately ;^)

  23. is there a video for this patter? If you have, is it in you tube? I new to crochet so I just follow video for now…thanks

  24. Love this little purse. Want to make for my 2 granddaughters – ages 6 and 8. However, I would like to view your tutorial but can’t find it. Please help.

  25. Kimberly says:

    Hi I really love this pattern but I can’t figure out how to do the foundation chain. How do I do it. Would really love to make it.

  26. Hi everybody: Sara, I love your crochet seed stitch purse. I think I’m gonna try with this one. I’m 10 Years old, so maybe it would be a little difficult for me, but I’ll try. Thanks and bye.

  27. Hi! Do you make 2 straps and if so how do you space them? You put the tie in first don’t you? Thanks Joyce

  28. Jessica Mclaughlin says:

    Hello. I am super confused and i want to make this pretty pocketbook for my baby girl. I was hoping you had a video tutorial. If not id like to discuss it with you more if possible

    • Hi Jessica! No, I don’t have a video tutorial for this pattern. I suggest looking up my step-by-step picture post on the seed stitch, or going to YouTube and looking for a video on the seed stitch. I’m sorry you’re confused!

  29. hi, I am interested in making this bag. I purchased all the colors you said you used. I am just missing one key piece of information. how many rows do you crochet to get the dimensions.

  30. so colorful and simple bag. like this. 🙂

  31. I’m very interested in making this purse, but would like to make it a bit bigger.

    In what multiples of the foundation HDC to you use?


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