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Crochet Bag Pattern For Beginners

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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 bag.

The stitch pattern is really simple, just rows of single crochet.

raffia crochet bag with long tassel

A Basic Level Crochet Pattern

This pattern is perfect for anyone who is learning how to crochet.

All you need to know to be able to make this bag is the following:

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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.

beginner crochet bag made from red raffia with a gold chain strap

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 fabric 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 press studs for closing.
beginner crochet bag with a chain strap and lining

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!

raffia crochet bag with long tassel for beginners

More Crochet Bag Patterns

For more crochet bag patterns, check out these posts below:

Crochet bag pattern for beginners

Crochet Bag Pattern For Beginners

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Notes

The pattern is written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.

You can find a free PDF of both US and UK terms and abbreviations here.

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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″

bag strap and key ring clips

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

1 x King Cole Raffia in Carousel – 1457

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5.5mm (US 9/I)

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Other Materials

  • 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
  • pins
  • sewing needle
  • scissors
  • bag press studs (to close)

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • SC – Single crochet
  • RS – Right side
  • WS – Wrong side

How To Crochet A Bag

  1. 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 – 38cm / 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.

  2. The Bag Lining

    Cut a piece of fabric – that measures 41 cm / 16 inches x 27 cm / 10.5 inches.cutting the bag lining

  3. The Press Studs/Fastening

    Decide where you want the bag press studs 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 press stud into it.
    The other was fixed into the raffia – on the underside of the bag.bag press studs

  4. Stitch In The Lining

    Lay the fabric over the inside of the bag and pin it around the edges, with a 3 cm / 1-inch 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.sewing the bag lining

  5. 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.single crochet the sides together

  6. Secure the Edge

    Cut the yarn and secure it into the last loop (to pull through and secure into a knot).the single crochet edge

  7. 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.the inside of the bag

  8. 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.adding the bag strap

  9. 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 over 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.the raffia tassel charm

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    1. Hello Melissa, the raffia I used was from the Love Crafts website – Search for King Cole Raffia.
      There are other substitutes out there – Wool and The Gangs Ra Ra Raffia is one.
      This is really fun to work with and not sharp at all so no fear of getting any papercuts.
      Perfect for summer crossbody bags and beach bags!
      I hope that helps 🙂
      Louise