Create your own stylish and practical crochet bag with this free crochet pattern! Learn how to make the outer crochet bag with a square bottom, add grommets, line the bag, add straps and a zipper. It’s perfect for carrying your crochet projects and yarn! My Project Bag combines yarn and fabric to create a durable bag you can take with you on the go!
My Fun Project Bag
I would like to thank Fabric Wholesale Direct for reaching out to me to ask me to try their yarn and for supplying the tools and materials I used to make My Fun Project Bag.
Find everything you need to make this project (except the hammer!) at Fabric Wholesale Direct.
The yarn I used to make this project bag is called Golden Coast Craft Yarn. I found it similar in texture, softness and durability to other Worsted Weight Yarns on the market (like Red Heart Super Saver) and it has an affordable price-point too.
This 100% Acrylic yarn is machine washable and it comes in 23 different colors. Each ball contains 7 oz (198 g) and 370 yds (338 m). I used less than 2 balls to complete this project.
You can see all the available colors of Golden Coast Craft yarn here. The blue color was consistent through the entire ball of yarn and there were zero knots or ties in the balls I used. Just one strand of yarn all the way through the ball.
At the time of this post, each ball could be purchased for $3.99 USD.
The fabric I selected for this project bag can be found at Fabric Wholesale Direct too. It is Bandana Print Broadcloth and currently it is available in 11 different colors.
This fabric is 100% cotton. The fabric width is 60 inches and it is 0.19 mm thick. The broadcloth is machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat.
The color of the fabric was very bright and it was consistent from edge to edge. I love how it looks on the inside of the bag!
I received 1 yard of the fabric to work with for this project and it was more than enough to line the bag and make the straps.
At the time of this post, 1 yard of the fabric could be purchased for $5.99 USD.
For the project bag I wanted to add a bit of strength to the bag for the straps and I chose to use grommets to do this.
Fabric Wholesale Direct sent me a package of Dritz 3/8″ Rustproof Brass Grommets and a Dritz 3/8: Setter & Anvil 1T Grommet Tool.
These grommets were easy to put together with the grommet tool and came in a convenient package which included 8 grommets in total. I used 4 for my project.
At the time of this post, the grommet pack was available for $6.49 and the grommet tool was available for $5.99.
I wasn’t sure how large I was going to make my project bag when Fabric Wholesale Direct offered to send me supplies so I opted for a zipper that was larger than I needed because my Mother-in-Law (thank you Jackie!) had told me I could sew across the end of any zipper to make it the right size for a project.
For the project I chose the YKK #5 Aluminum Separating Zipper because I wanted ‘silver’ (aluminum) for the zipper color and I was pretty sure I’d need a zipper longer than 9-inches. It was a good thing I did because I ended up needing about 17-inches in total length for the bag!
At the time of this post, the zipper was available for $2.49.
In total the cost to make my project bag was approximately $28.94. I still have enough fabric and grommets left over to make more projects in the future… so to make a second bag I’d only need 2 balls of yarn and a zipper ($10.47) – so the cost to make 2 of these bags is less than $40.00!
I am pretty proud of my project bag. It was a challenge for me to make and design this bag because I am not good at sewing (I am the first to admit I am horrible at it!) – you will be able to see my terrible stitches in the one photo below (which thankfully are mostly hidden by the time we sew the outer bag to the zipper!).
My Fun Project Bag Crochet Pattern and Tutorial
- Yarn: Fabric Wholesale Direct: Golden Coast Craft Yarn. Medium Weight Yarn . 100% Acrylic Yarn. 7 oz (198 g) ; 370 yds (338 m). Care: Machine wash cold. Hang to dry. Do not bleach. Do not iron.
- Fabric: Fabric Wholesale Direct: Bandana Print Broadcloth (Red)
- Crochet Hook: 5 mm (H)
- Color: 2 balls in Blue (Col. 21, Lot 2321)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle (Tapestry Needle), Sewing Needle, Thread (red), sewing pins (x10) and a Stitch Marker (optional)
- Fabric Wholesale Direct Supplies: Dritz ⅜” Rustproof Brass Grommets (Nickel-Plated Brass) (4 grommets needed), Dritz ⅜” Setter & Anvil 1T Grommet Tool, #5 Aluminum 9/16” Tape Zipper (black) 30-inch length,
- Easy-Intermediate (because of the sewing)
- Bag approximately 17.75 inches wide X 14 inches tall (not including the straps).
- Base of bag approximately 10 inches wide X 7.5 inches tall
- approximately 12 stitches per 3 inches, 8 rows per 3 inches
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- g- grams
- m – meters
- oz – ounces
- R – row
- RS – right side
- rem – remaining
- sk – skip
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- yds – yards
- * to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
-  – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
- () – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
- Stitch multiple: 3+2
- The sl st does not count as a stitch and we do not work into it.
How to Make My Fun Project Bag
This project bag is made of 2 panels that are joined together.
Using your 5 mm (H) crochet hook (or size required for gauge):
R1: RS: Ch 78, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each rem st across, ch 1, turn. [76 sc]
R2: (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the first sc, sk the next 2 sc. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the next sc, sk the next 2 sc**. Work from * to ** across, to the last sc. 1 sc in the last sc, ch 1, turn. [26 sc, 25 dc, 25 ch1sp]
R3-R47: (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the first sc, sk the next ch1sp and the next dc. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the next sc, sk the next ch1sp and the next dc**. Work from * to ** across to the last sc. 1 sc in the last sc, ch 1, turn. [26 sc, 25 dc, 25 ch1sp]
Finish off and proceed to the Panel Base section below.
The panel is approximately 17.5 inches wide X 14 inches tall.
With the RS of the fabric facing and working into the remaining loops of the foundation chain (R1), count over 6 stitches and join your yarn with a sl st in the next st (the seventh stitch).
R1: (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the first st, sk the next 2 sts. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the first st, sk the next 2 sts**. Work from * to ** across until 7 sts rem in the row. 1 sc in the next st, sk the last 6 sts, ch 1, turn. [22 sc, 21 dc, 21 ch1sp]
R2-R5: (1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the first sc, sk the next ch1sp and the next dc. *(1 sc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the next sc, sk the next ch1sp and the next dc**. Work from * to ** across to the last sc. 1 sc in the last sc, ch 1, turn. [22 sc, 21 dc, 21 ch1sp]
The panel base adds approximately 3.75 inches in height to the main panel for a total height of 17.75 inches.
Proceed to Finishing Instructions below.
Finishing Instructions for the Project Bag
- Weave in any ends.
- Place the two panels on top of each other with the RS facing inward.
- Whipstitch with your yarn across the base of the bag to make the bottom seam.
- Finish off.
- Unfold the bag so it is flat and the WS seam is facing upwards (see image A).
- Fold the two corners inward to form a point (see image B).
- Whipstitch along the fold to create the bottom corner (see image C).
- Finish off and weave in ends.
- Continue whipstitching up the side edge of the bag to the top (see image D).
- Finish off and weave in ends.
- Repeat for the process of folding in the two corners to make a point, and whipstitching the corner and side of the bag, for the other side of the bag.
- Finish off and weave in ends.
Proceed to How to Create a Fabric Bag Lining section below.
How to Create a Fabric Bag Lining
- Cut a piece of fabric measuring 18 inches wide X 32 inches tall (see image 1).
- Fold the fabric in half with the RS of the fabric facing inwards and sew a seam down each of the two side edges (approximately ¼ inch in from each side edge) (see image 2).
- Then mark the bag (see image 3) 1.5 inches up from the corner and in from the corner on each edge at the bottom of the bag.
- Sew a line across these sections.
- Then cut the corners to shape the bottom of the bag (see image 4).
- Using a hot iron, fold the top edge of the Bag Lining over about ¼ inch and iron flat to create a crease (see image: iron 1).
- Now fold the top edge down (like a cuff) approximately 1.5 inches. Iron so it sits flat along the top of the Bag Lining (see image: iron 2).
- Seam all the way around the Bag Lining at the bottom of the fold, which keeps the rough edges hidden (where we ironed first).
- Cut a piece of fabric 50 inches long X 2.5 inches wide.
- Fold the fabric to create a ¼ inch seam on each long edge and press with a hot iron along the whole length and at each end (see image A1).
- Fold the fabric in half to create a 1-inch wide strap and press with a hot iron along the whole length.
- Sew along the open edge of the strap as close to the edge as you can and along the two ends.
Preparing the Zipper
- Place the zipper across the top of the bag lining to see how much of it you will need to use for your bag.
- Sew across the zipper multiple times to create your own zipper-end.
- You can cut the excess zipper off or tuck it inside the bag between the lining and the outer bag (where you can’t see it). I tucked mine inside but that step comes later!
Preparing the Project Bag for the Straps
This needs to be done on both sides of the bag:
- Measure across to the center point on the top of the bag and mark it with a center pin (see image B1).
- Measure over 2.5 inches on each side of the center point and place pins to mark your spots (see image B1).
- Measure down 7 inches from each of the 2.5 inch pins spots. Mark these 2 spots with pins (see image B2). This is where we will place our grommets.
Here’s a quick video to show you how.
The grommets only go through the crocheted outer bag.
Reinforcing the Straps
- Place the lining inside the crocheted bag.
This needs to be done on both sides of the bag:
- Measure across to the center point on the top of the lining and mark it with a center pin (see image C1).
- Measure over 2.5 inches on each side of the center point and place pins to mark your spots (see image C1).
- Measure down 6 inches from each of the 2.5 inch pins spots. Mark these 2 spots with pins (see image C2).
- Feed the strap through the grommet in the crocheted bag from the front (crocheted side) to the inside lining and pin the strap on the lining at the 2.5 inch mark, down to the 6 inch mark. You will need to fold the crocheted bag down to do this because you are sewing the strap to the lining while it is fed through the grommets to the outside of the bag.
- Repeat this for the other grommet.
- Sew the straps to the lining from the ends of the strap (which are at the top of the lining) to the 6 inch mark on the lining (closest to the grommet on the outer bag). This will give the strap extra strength and stop it from stretching the crochet fabric.
Adding the Zipper
- Pin the zipper to the liner (see image D1).
- Sew the zipper to the liner with your sewing needle and sewing thread (see image D2).
Sew the Outer Bag to the Zipper
- Line up the center pin on the outer bag and the lining. If you removed the pin on the lining just measure over from the strap’s inner edge 2.5 inches (this will be midway between your 2 straps).
- Sew the outer bag to the zipper (see image D3) using your yarn and tapestry needle.
- Finish off and weave in any remaining yarn ends.
- With your red sewing thread and sewing needle, sew the strap to the outer fabric bag and through to the inner fabric lining across the top edge (at the zippers edge).
- Weave in ends.
…and you’re done making your practical crochet bag!
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