Crochet Bags

Crochet bags are a hot trend this summer. You can use them as grocery bags, beach bags and even as storage for around your home. This super stylish alternative to the tote bag is a must have for 2019. Here, Guest Blogger Fran from Fall For DIY is here to show you how to make one of your own!

I’ve been making crochet bags for years. There are a few different ways to make them but I’m a big fan of this crochet version. It’s quick, easy and hard-wearing. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can make these bags in different styles and sizes. You can even play with using more than one colour. Today, I’m making this simple one handle bag that you can hang around your home and fill with hats and scarves, toys, craft materials or any other softer items you need to store.

Materials:

Basic crochet stitches

Creative Rox have some great video tutorials on their YouTube page which demonstrate how to do these, but below I've written some short explanations for each stitch below:

Chain stitch - wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the loop that is on the hook already. This is one chain stitch.

Slip Stitch - Insert the hook from front to back under the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn around the hook. Pull the yarn through both loops on the hook to make a slip stitch.

Half Double Crochet Stitch - Wrap the yarn over your hook and insert hook into the next stitch. Wrap the yarn over the crochet stitch and pull through this first stitch. Wrap the yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

How to make your own bag!

To get started - Making a magic circle:

  1. Make a loop in the end of your yarn. Make sure the end is underneath the working (ball end) of the yarn.
  2. Put your crochet through this loop and wrap the working end over the hook. Pull the hook back through the loop.
  3. Wrap the working end of the yarn over the hook again and pull this through the loop.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and three 11 times so that you have twelve stitches in total on the ring.
  5. Pull the end of the yarn to close the circle.

magic circle

Making the bag:

making the bag

1.  Make one slip stitch into first crochet stitch in the ring. From here crochet 10 chain stitches the slip stitch into the second crochet stitch on your ring. Repeat the 10 chain stitches into each of the stitches until you reach your starting point. The work should look a little like a flower now.

making the bag next step

2. Make another chain of 10 chain stitches and this time slip stitch into the peak of the first loop. Make another chain of 10 chain stitches and slip stitch into the peak of the next stitch. Repeat this step working around the circle. You will build up the basic shape of the bag this way. Keep going until your bag is the size you want. Remember to leave a few metres of yarn for the handles.

Making the handles:

making the handles

  1. Instead of continuing in the same direction as we have until now, we're going to turn the work and work in the opposite direction. Make three double crochet stitches into the loop closest to your needle.
  2. Make 10 chain stitches and slip stitch into the next loop. Repeat four times.
  3. Turn the work again and make three double crochet stitches into the loop closest to your needle.
  4. Make 10 chain stitches and slip stitch into the next loop. Repeat three times.
  5. Turn the work again and make three double crochet stitches into the loop closest to your needle.
  6. Make 10 chain stitches and slip stitch into the next loop. Repeat two times.
  7. Turn the work again and make three double crochet stitches into the loop closest to your needle.
  8. Make 10 chain stitches and slip stitch into the next loop. Repeat once.
  9. Turn the work and make a chain of 10 chain stitches. Slip stitch into the next loop. Repeat once.
  10. Repeat this last step another two times.
  11. Make double crochet stitches along one side of the bag handle until you reach the main section of the bag. Now repeat the whole process the create the second bag handle. Once you have two sides complete attach the handle together at the top with double crochet stitches.
  12. Tie off and weave the ends into the work.