Wrapping Paper Storage Bag Pattern

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I designed this wrapping paper storage bag pattern to help us with our leftover wrapping paper situation.

We tend to have a few rolls of wrapping paper on hand all year round and to keep it tidy and dust-free I needed a solution that would work for a variety of different wrapping paper roll sizes. It also needed to be a DIY solution (I wanted to use my stash yarn).

My Wrapping Paper Storage Bag is easy to customize. It can be made smaller (or larger) quite easily so it makes it suitable for a wide range of wrapping paper rolls. The bag I crocheted fits the giant Kirkland wrapping paper rolls inside easily (from Costco), as well as, all the shorter rolls we have from the dollar store and Walmart.

I used 1 cone of my stashed cotton yarn and a 4 mm (G) hook for this project. I love how the seed stitch shows the colors in the variegated yarn off so prettily with very little effort. The finished bag is strong and sturdy and works perfectly for our storage needs. Plus, by using cotton and the smaller hook size, there is very little stretch happening with the weight of the rolls of paper.

If you want to make this into a handmade crochet gift bag project instead it is simple to do! Pick your favorite yarn and hook (I recommend Medium Weight Cotton Yarn and 4 mm (G) hook) and then follow these step-by-step instructions:

How to make a Crochet Gift Bag Easily

  1. Step 1: Chain a length of yarn to the width of the item you want to put in the bag and make sure you have an odd number of chains.
  2. Step 2: Follow the instructions below for the Base of Wrapping Paper Storage Bag. If you want the bottom of the bag to be wider, crochet extra repeat rows until you reach the size base you want.
  3. Step 3: Crochet around the base rectangle of the bag, working 1 sc for every stitch and every row end. Be sure at the end of this round you have an even number of stitches. Sl st to the first sc (tightly) to join.
  4. Step 4: Follow the instructions for the Body of Wrapping Paper Storage Bag until you reach the height of your gift item, then work Rnd 135 to Rnd 141.
Wrapping Paper Storage Bag Pattern - Oombawka Design Crochet

[disclaimer] I received the yarn for this pattern from Yarnspirations.[/disclaimer]

Wrapping Paper Storage Bag Pattern

Supplies

  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream Cone. (affiliate link) 400 g (14 oz) and 674 yds (616 m). 100% Cotton. Medium Weight Yarn [4]. Machine wash and dry.
  • Colors: 1 cone Summerfield Ombre (10300202715) (affiliate link)
  • Hook: 4 mm (G) Clover Amour (affiliate link)
  • Finished Project Yardage: Storage Bag: g ( oz) and  yds ( m).
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

Storage tote bag width 9.25 inches X 63 inches length

Gauge

Approximately 9 rows per 2 inches and 8 sc per 2 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, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

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bl – back loop

ch – chain

ch1sp – chain 1 space

FPdtr – front post double treble (*see special stitches)

g – grams

m – meters

oz – ounces

R – row

rem – remaining

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

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

Special Stitches

Front Post Double Treble (FPdtr)

Yarn over your hook 3 times, insert your hook around the post of the specified stitch, from the front of the work to the back of the work and to the front of the work, yarn over and pull 1 loop back around the post of the stitch (you have 5 loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (you have 4 loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (you have 3 loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (you have 2 loops on your hook). Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. 

Helpful Tutorials

If you are new to crochet, you can always refer to my How to Crochet Guide and Crochet Stitches and Symbols for more information. For my crochet video tutorials, subscribe to my YouTube Channel here.

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Quick Stitch Guide

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes:

When I work into the foundation chain, I prefer working into the back bar (back bump) of the chain. You can work under the back loop only if you prefer.

Make your slip stitches tightly. We will not be crocheting into them and we are not counting them as stitches.

Learn how to customize this pattern to make other sizes and to make a crochet gift bag instead. Step by step instructions are included at the top of the post.

Wrapping Paper Storage Bag Pattern - Oombawka Design Crochet

Wrapping Paper Storage Bag Pattern

The base of the storage bag is crocheted in rows. Then the remainder of the project is crocheted in joined rounds without turning.

Base of Wrapping Paper Storage Bag

Using your 4 mm (G) hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: Ch 30; sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each rem st across, ch 1, turn. [29 sc]

R2-R11: 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn. [29 sc]

Do not finish off.

We will now work around the rectangle we just crocheted. We are working in joined rounds from now to the end of the project.

Base of Bag - OombawkaDesignCrochet

Body of Wrapping Paper Storage Bag

Using your 4 mm (G) hook (or size required for gauge):

Rnd 1: 1 sc in each st across to the corner (29 sc), rotate your work to continue along the side-edge, 1 sc in each row end (11 sc), rotate your work to continue along the foundation row, 1 sc in each st across to the corner (29 sc), rotate your work to continue along the side-edge, 1 sc in each row end (11 sc). Sl st to the first sc to join. [60 sc]

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as a ch1sp), sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc. *Ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first ch1sp to join, ch 1. [30 sc, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 3: 1 sc in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk 1 sc. *1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk 1 sc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. [30 sc, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 4:  Ch 2 (counts as a ch1sp), sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp. *Ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first ch1sp to join, ch 1. [30 sc, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 5-Rnd 134: Rep Rnd 3 and Rnd 4

Rnd 135: 1 sc in the first ch1sp, ch 1, sk 1 sc. *1 FPdtr in the sc four rows below the next ch1sp (Rnd 131),  ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk 1 sc**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. [15 sc, 15 FPdtr, 30 ch1sp]

Finding the Stitch

Rnd 136: Ch 2 (counts as a ch1sp), sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp. *Ch 1, sk 1 FPdtr, 1 sc in the next ch1sp, ch 1, sk 1 sc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp**. Work from * to ** around. Sl st to the first ch1sp to join, ch 1. [30 sc, 30 ch1sp]

Rnd 137-Rnd 141: Rep Rnd 3 and Rnd 4. Finish off with an invisible join.

Drawstring Tie Instructions

Ch 200. Finish off and weave in both ends. Tie a small knot approximately 1.5 inches from each end. This will help the tie from slipping out of the loops we created in R135.

Finishing Instructions

Weave in any remaining ends in the Wrapping Paper Storage Bag. 

Thread the drawstring tie beneath all the loops you created in Rnd 135 (like you would put a belt beneath belt loops), bringing both tie ends out at the front of your project (you can make this right in the middle of once side or on an edge – whichever you prefer. I put mine on a side edge near the front). 

After you put your leftover wrapping paper rolls inside you can pull to cinch the top closed and then tie a bow, or a slip knot to secure the bag closed.

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  1. What a great idea! A crocheted bag for wrapping paper., and it can be secured closed. I love your photo stitch tutorial for those that learn better that way.