This crochet bag pattern for beginners is really easy and you only need a few supplies to make one!
This is a great start for a total beginner and the step-by-step photograph tutorial in the pattern will help you to create your own purse.
The stitch pattern is really simple, just rows of single crochet.
Please scroll down to view the free pattern or purchase a printer-friendly ad-free PDF pattern in my shop here.
A Simple Crochet Clutch Purse
This clutch bag pattern is perfect for anyone who is learning how to crochet.
All you need to know to be able to make this handbag is the following:
You also need to know how to sew by hand if you want to add the lining.
This simple crochet bag works up really fast and uses less than a ball of raffia.
You see quick results with this project, so you get instant gratification!
This means that you can whip them up fast for family and friends for their summer vacations.
The Bag Lining
- The bag is made in one crochet piece with a bag lining hand sewn on the inside.
- The bag lining can be any color or type of lining fabrics you want to use.
- I used a bright red to compliment the colors in the bag, but I also bought a gold-colored fabric.
- The lining is needed, not only to protect your stuff on the inside but also to be able to add the magnetic snap for closing.
The Bag Strap
The bag strap I attached is a thick gold-colored chain that I bought from a local craft store.
I also got the key ring clips there also to attach the strap to either side of the bag.
I needed an extra key ring clip for the tassel charm which I added.
Making the tassel is optional of course, but a fun little charm to make the bag stand out!
Crochet Bag Pattern For Beginners
The bag measures laying flat before seaming – 38cm / 15 inches in height and 25cm / 9.5 inches in width.
- Finished size – 15 cm / 6 inches in height / 25 cm / 9.5 inches in width.
- Strap = 42 inches / 107cm
- Tassel length = 31 cm / 12 inches
Gauge = 15 stitches, 19 rows to 10cm/4″
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- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
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The Supplies You Need
- 1 x King Cole Raffia in Carousel – 1457
- You could use cotton yarn as a substitute.
Size 5.5 mm crochet hook (US 9/I)
- Tape measure
- Darning needle
- 2 x Gold rings – 1-inch diameter
- Chain bag strap – 42 inches / 107 cm
For the tassel –
- 1 ring clip 1 inch / 1 ring 1-inch diameter.
- Leather thong/suede – 1/4 meter in red.
- Red yarn for the pom pom.
- Clover pom pom maker – size 1 5/8 inch.
- Beads (gold and red).
For the bag lining –
- Half a meter of fabric.
- Sewing thread.
- Sewing needle.
- Magnetic snaps (to close).
The pattern is written using US terms and abbreviations.
- CH – Chain
- SC – Single crochet
- RS – Right side
- WS – Wrong side
How To Crochet A Bag
- The Body Of The Bag
With the raffia make a slip knot and ch 33, ch 1, turn,
Row 1 – sc into every ch, ch 1, turn,
Rep the last row until the piece measures – 38 cm / 15 inches
Cut yarn and secure into the last loop, (to pull through and secure into a knot).
Your piece should measure – 38cm / 15 inches in height and 25cm / 9.5 inches in width.
- The Bag Lining
Cut a piece of fabric – that measures 41 cm / 16 inches x 27 cm / 10.5 inches.
- The Magnetic Snaps/Fastening
Decide where you want the bag magnetic snaps to go – I placed mine – 4 cm / 1.5 inches from the top of the bag and 4 cm / 1.5 inches from the bottom of the bag.
They need to be in place before you stitch the lining down.
I made two small slits with my scissors into the fabric and poked one side of the magnetic snap into it.
The other was fixed into the raffia – on the underside of the bag.
- Stitch In The Lining
Lay the fabric pieces onto the raffia, leaving a small seam allowance.
This means that you turn the edges of the fabric over for 3 cm / 1 inch- so you have a neat edge for sewing.
Thread your sewing needle and hand stitch the lining into place, by doing a simple running stitch around the edges of the fabric.
If you do small stitches and catch the inside loops of the raffia, your stitches will not be shown on the right side of the bag.
- Crochet The Sides Of The Bag Together
Turn the bag inside out – with the wrong sides facing you and the right sides together, and single crochet into each side seam.
SC into every connecting chain for 13 cm / 5 inches.
- Secure the Edge
Cut the yarn and secure it into the last loop (to pull through and secure it into a knot).
- Weave in The Loose Ends
Weave in any loose ends then turn the bag the right side out.
You will be able to fold the front flap over to close it.
- Add The Chain Strap
Add the keyring clips and rings to either side of the bag and connect the chain strap to the rings.
You may need pliers or a tool to help you to do this.
- You Can Add A Tassel Charm
If you want to add a tassel to your bag, view this tutorial here.
You can also watch a video on my YouTube channel here.
Leave a long length of yarn for the top section of your tassel, so that you can thread the beads etc onto it, loop over the ring of your ring clip, and push back down through the beads, securing underneath and cutting the raffia.
This will hide any untidy loose ends and be hidden underneath the beads.
Push the bead down a little to hide the knot and your tassel charm should be ready to attach to your bag.
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