Crochet purses are a rewarding project for crocheters at all levels. Versatile and stylish, crochet purses can be made in many different sizes and shapes. The basic handbag is something a beginner crocheter can handle, while the expert crocheter can make endless variations using different types of designer yarns, stitches and hooks. Purse projects usually work up quickly, creating a finished product in a matter of an hour or two.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Crochet hooks
- Fabric pieces
- Button or pin (optional)
- Zipper (optional)
- Magnetic closure (optional)
Evaluate the type of purse you want to create based on how you are going to use it. You can make different kinds of purses depending on whether you want it to be for special occasions, everyday use or to match certain outfits. Consider your experience level in crocheting before deciding whether you want to make a simple handbag, a hobo bag, a cotton beach purse, a thread evening purse, a felted purse or a fully lined purse for daily use.
Calculate how much yarn you'll need and then purchase it. How much yarn you'll need will depend upon whether you're using cotton yarn, sport-weight yarn, thread or a bulky-weight yarn. You can make most purses with a single skein of yarn, but larger over-the-shoulder bags may need two to three skeins. It's also wise to always purchase one more skein of yarn than you think you'll need so that you have the right amount of yarn from the same dye lot should you make a mistake or want to make an accessory such as a cell phone pouch.
Choose the crochet hook that will go best with the type of yarn you're using. If you're making a thread purse, you'll want to use a steel hook. With American-sized hooks, the bigger the number, the thinner the thread and smaller the crochet head. For sport-weight yarn, you'll want to use a regular crochet hook sized B through F. Use a size G through J for regular-weight yarn and a K through Q for bulky-weight yarn. The larger the hook, the more of an open weave you'll have for your purse. You can also use a larger size hook if you're going to hold two yarns together while crocheting.
Crochet 15 to 20 slip stitches to create a baseline for a handbag that you'll work in the round.
Make one double-crochet in each slip stitch. Yarn over the hook, insert the hook into the slip stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook. Make three double-crochet stitches in the final slip stitch of the row, turn the fabric around and then make a double-crochet stitch in the other side of each slip stitch around. End with two double-crochet stitches in the beginning slip stitch and attach with a slip stitch to the first double-crochet.
Chain three to start the next row and double-crochet in each double-crochet from the previous row around. End with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the circle. Continue this pattern until your handbag is 1 inch shorter than the height that you want it to be.
Make a row for a tie to be inserted. Make a double-crochet stitch in two stitches, chain two, skip a stitch and repeat all the way around. Then make another row of double-crochet stitches all the way around the top. Create a trim along the top, if you desire. You can do a trim by making a fan stitch or picot stitches. To make a fan stitch, make three to five double-crochet stitches in one stitch, skip two stitches and repeat all the way around. To make a picot stitch, make two to three double-crochet stitches, chain three, slip stitch in the top of the just-completed double-crochet stitch and repeat all the way around.
Cut the yarn and chain 45 to make a tie that you insert in the tie row to tie the bag together. If you used wool, you can now felt the bag by putting it in a dryer on very high heat. You can also line the bag by sewing together pieces of a matching fabric, inserting it into the bag and then sewing it on.
Make six granny squares using any 6-inch granny square pattern you like.
Sew two of the squares together using a yarn needle and matching yarn. This will be the front of your purse. Then sew four squares together to make a larger square. This will be the back of the purse and the fold-over flap.
Sew the front and the back of the purse together at the sides and bottom.
Line the purse using pieces of fabric sewn together to cover the inside of the purse. Leave the flap unlined if you like. You may also sew pockets into the lining of the purse.
Embellish the purse by sewing a button or pin onto the front for the flap to close over. You can also sew in a zipper or a magnetic closure.
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Tips and warnings
- Browse the yarn aisle of your local craft store or visit a yarn shop. There are many fancy yarns that you can use to make decorative purses.
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