- Cascade 100% wool yarn, 1 skein (100g) each of 3 colors (or similar weight yarn) I used #4129 (the light pink), #8834 (the darker pink), and #8914 (the lime green)
- Crochet needle size #8H (or needle required to achieve gauge)
- ½ yd Cotton fabric to match yarn colors (for lining & handle)
- Interfacing, iron-on, lightweight and medium
- Misc tools & supplies: thread, sewing machine, large-eye yarn needle, scissors, iron, pins, measuring tape.
Make the crochet bag:
Foundation: With color #1, chain 50.
- Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hk, and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
- Row 2: sc in next 4 st, [(yo, pull up a loop) 3 times in next sc, yo and draw hook through all 7 loops (1 popcorn st made), 1 sc in next 3 st] repeat to end of row. You’ll end with three sc on this row. Ch 1 & turn.
- Row 3: Switch to color #2. 1 sc in each st across to end of row. Ch 1 & turn.
- Row 4: Sc in next 2 st, [popcorn st in 3rd st, 1 sc in next 3 st] repeat until end. You’ll end with 1 sc on this row. Ch 1 & turn.
- Row 5 & 6: Switch to color #3. Repeat rows 2 & 3.
- Row 7 & 8: Switch to color #1. Repeat rows 4 & 5.
- Continue to repeat pattern, alternating the three colors, until work measures 11”.
- 1. This will make one side of the bag. Repeat process to make another side, making sure you follow the same order of stripes so that both sides match up. Final pieces were approximately 12” x 11”
- Lay the pieces right sides together, attach by crocheting together using a single crochet stitch starting at one side, along the bottom, then up the other side. Use the lightest of your three colors.
- Crochet a nice shell edge along the top: Turn bag right side out. Starting at one seam, make one sc. [Skip 1 sc, make a shell (make 5 dc in the same st), skip 1 sc, 1 sc], repeat all the way around. Try to place the shells so that they are centered above a popcorn stitch.
- Make the gusset: Turn bag inside out. Thread a large-eye yarn needle with your lightest colored yarn, and stitch across one corner, creating a triangle about 2 ½” from the point. Repeat for the other side. Now, when you turn your bag right side out again, it will have a flat rectangular bottom. Optional: tack the corners to the bottom or sides of the bag inside with some thread to make the corners lay smoothly.
Make the lining:
- Prepare fabric by washing, drying, and ironing, as appropriate for the fabric.
- Length: Measure the length of the crochet bag, then add approximately 2”, plus a ½” seam allowance. Cut the lining piece by folding the fabric over itself (right sides together) to the right length, then cut. This way you’ll only have to sew one side to create a tube.
- Height: Measure the height of the crochet bag, then add approximately 2,” plus a ¾” seam allowance. Trim the lining to this height, or better yet just leave it as is in case you need more length than you thought. Better to have too much that you can trim off than too little.
- Pin the raw edges together on the one open side, then machine stitch with a ½” seam allowance. This will create a fabric tube. Press seam open.
- Pin the raw edges together along bottom edge and machine stitch with ½” seam. Press seam open.
- Repeat previous step #4 above to create a gusset, as you did with the crochet bag, except use the sewing machine and thread. Press all edges and sides, then go ahead and pop the lining inside the crochet bag just to see how it fits. Note: The lining should be a bit bigger than the crochet bag, to accommodate the stretching and give of the crochet.
- Finish the edge of bag opening: with the lining still inside out (but removed from the crochet, of course), fold under ¼” of the opening all around the top, right side over to the wrong side. Press well. Fold an additional ¾” over, or whatever is needed to make the lining tuck up nicely under the shell edging of the crochet (If you had opted in step #3 to leave the lining as is, then just trip as necessary so that after you fold the ¼”, then the ¾”, the edge of the lining ends up in the desired spot). Pin it, then place inside crochet bag again to see how it fits, again making sure it has plenty of give. When satisfied, remove the lining again and press well. Machine stitch along the bottom folded edge, as close to the edge as possible.
Make the handles:
- Decide how long you’d like your handles to be, then cut a 2 ½” wide piece of fabric to that length. Be sure to include an extra 1 ½ to 2” for overlapping and attaching to the lining. Cut another piece for the other handle. Be sure to cut parallel to the bias edge so that the fabric is sturdy and won’t stretch. My pieces measured 2 ½” by 19”.
- Cut a piece of lightweight interfacing 2” wide by the length of the piece. Position on the wrong side of one handle piece so that there is a ¼” of extra fabric on each side, then press following manufacturer’s instructions on interfacing package. Repeat with the other handle.
- Fold the ¼” edge over onto the interfacing and press. Fold the whole piece in half lengthwise, pin and pres well. Machine stitch together, as close to the edge as possible. Repeat with other handle piece.
- Attach to the lining: With the lining still inside out, position the handle where you’d like it best on the bag. Pin in place to the wrong side of the lining fabric, and stitch – sew along all edges of handle overlapping onto the lining, like in a box shape, then sew an “X” in the box. This will make the handle nice and sturdy, less likely to come apart from the bag.
Assemble the bag:
- Reinforce the bottom: Cut 1 piece of heavyweight interfacing in a rectangle the size of the bottom inside of your bag. Cut one piece of lining fabric of the same size. Sandwich the interfacing between the wrong side of the fabric piece, and the wrong side of the bottom of the lining. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse together. You now have a nice sturdy bottom for the bag to sit on!
- Turn lining right side out and place inside the crochet bag. Tack the lining to the bag with a needle and thread, using small, neat stitches all around the edge. Your bag is now complete! You have a few options for further embellishment, if you so desire:
- Sew a yoyo out of your lining fabric. Attach a favorite vintage button to the center, and a small circle of felt to the back for stability. Sew on a pin back and attach to your bag. This can be a fun embellishment to tie all the colors together, plus you can remove it to attach to your jacket, if you’d like!
- Use leftover pieces of yarn to crochet a few matching flowers or rosettes. Michaels.com has some easy patterns if you’ve never made them before. Attach to the side of the bag, or make removable by sewing a pin back as above.
- Cascade (or other nice) yarns: Ben Franklin in Monroe, Main Street Yarn in Mill Creek Towne Center. You can get crochet hooks at any of these places too.
- Interfacing, and other sewing supplies: Any fabric/ craft store, like Joann’s
- Nice fabrics: mine came from Keepsake Cottage Fabrics in Country Village. They have tons of new
springy fabrics in, it was hard to choose.
Copyright 2006 by Janene Tindall. Pattern and instructions for personal use only. You may not reproduce, make project for sale, submission to publications, or anything else other than personal use without written permission of Janene Tindall.