Children’s Rainbow Purse | Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn (Worsted Weight Cotton)
Hook: Tunisian – 5.0 mm (N)
Additional Supplies: yarn needle, scissors, metal snaps (or velcro), embroidery thread to sew on the buttons and snaps, 2 cm buttons (3)
Finished Dimensions: 5″ wide and 11″ long before ‘assembly’
Purse Size: 5″ wide and 4.5″ tall
Abbreviations: R – row, Beg – begin, ch – chain, chs – chains, tes – Tunisian Extended Stitch, , st – stitch, sts – stitches
Tunisian Stitches Used:
tes – Tunisian Extended Stitch – Skip the first vertical bar. *Insert your hook between the front and back vertical bars of the next st. Yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop. Yarn over and pull through 1 loop on your hook.* Repeat from * to * across for the number of stitches indicated. To close the row, yarn over the hook and pull through 1 loop on your hook. **Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook**. Repeat from ** to ** across to the last loop.
Close – (return pass) -Yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on your hook (this is the ch-1 st). *Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook.* Repeat from * to * across until you have 1 loop remaining on your hook.
- This project is worked without turning. The RS is always facing you.
- Work under both the vertical bar and the extra loop of the final stitch of your rows (beginning in R1). The extra loop is the ch-1 st made at the beginning of the closing of the previous row.
- For the foundation row, work under the back horizontal bar of your chain row.
Ch 19 with your 5.0 mm (N) Tunisian Crochet Hook.
Foundation Row: Beg in the 2nd ch from the hook and pull up 1 loop in each of the next 18 chs. Close. (19)
R1: (RS): Skip the first vertical bar. Work tes in each of the next 18 sts. Close. (19)
R2-R24: Repeat R1 (19)
Binding Off: Skip the first vertical bar. *Insert your hook between the front and back vertical bars of the next st, yarn over and pull up 1 loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook*. Repeat from * to * across. Do not finish off. Chain an additional 90 stitches. Finish off leaving a long tail to attach the strap to the purse.
Note: If you wish to have a longer, or shorter ‘strap’ for your child’s purse you can easily increase or decrease the number of chain stitches.
Step 1: With the right side of your fabric facing upwards and the end row at the bottom (with the strap to the right) as below:
Step 2: Fold the bottom up 4 inches. See below:
Step 3: Whip stitch the two side seams closed. I tried to match up the yarn colour as best I could when cutting extra yarn to sew up the sides. Need help? See this tutorial: Whip Stitch Seams
Step 4: Flip the purse right sides out. See below:
Step 5: Sew the other end of the strap to the side of the purse as below:
Step 6: Sew snaps or velcro to the purse as a closure.
Here is a view of the back of the purse:
Embellish as desired. Darla wanted 3 different coloured buttons sewn on.
My daughter loves her Tunisian Crochet Rainbow Purse too 🙂
I love this little purse for girls. It is bright and colorful, just what they like and has the buttons to boot. I definitely need to make a couple of these for my grandkids.
Love this and the colors you used too. Thank you so much for all your beautiful patterns, and all your help!
Thank you for little project patterns like this one. I love crochet, but have never tried my hand at Tunisian crochet. Small projects like this are the best way for me to learn a new stitch. I often do up a dishcloth to learn a new stitch, but this is so much more fun! I just might use it to practice other new stitches as well.
This is so cute. I will probably make this for my niece’s birthday!
I love the colorful yarn you used to make this purse!