Circle bags are everywhere this summer, so why not make your own with this raffia crochet bag pattern.
You will see the free pattern below with photographs to help you along or alternatively you can buy the ad-free PDF in my shop here.
I have been making a series of raffia bags this summer and this is just another circle bag in the series.
I love that this bag is in a green/brown raffia mix, has a tassel with pretty beads and a unique bag strap.
An Easy Level Crochet Pattern
This pattern is for anyone who is an advanced beginner.
The purse has been made in a really easy circle crochet pattern, with a panel that connects them both.
It has a bit of a boho look which makes it perfect to wear down to your local tiki bar or to the beach.
This crochet purse is great for the summer and would make a great gift for family and friends.
How To Crochet A Circle
Crocheting circles can sometimes run into problems, but if you keep count of your rounds, they should stay flat.
Depending on the materials you use and your tension, they can sometimes curl and flute, so may need to be blocked and stretched into shape.
Please note – the raffia does like to curl up and may need blocking / in the pattern notes below you will see more detail about this.
You can see more about crocheting circles here –
How To Crochet With Raffia
- If you have never crocheted with raffia before, it is quite an easy material to work with.
- The raffia I used came from Love Crafts and is by King Cole (made from 100% cellulose rayon) at only $6.20 per ball.
- I used two balls and made the bag in a couple of days.
- The raffia is strong and really durable, so perfect for making summer handbags with.
- This bag is made from 2 main pieces, two circles that are extended to make a base and then connected.
- The strap of the bag is a chain that I had from a vintage bag but you can use any chain for the strap.
How To Make The Tassel
If you want to add a tassel to your bag, take a look at this post – How to make a tassel.
For this tassel, I created it in the same color raffia as used for the bag, wrapped with gold thread, then added beads and a woven square.
I bought a few bits and pieces from my local craft store, as they have so many pretty beads for jewellery making.
Alternatively, you could add pom poms if you don’t want to use beads.
Make A Crochet Purse Perfect For Your Vacation!
If you are planning a vacation this summer or not, a crochet circle bag will go with any of your summer outfits.
These photographs were taken at the beach in Ipsos, Corfu, Greece where we like to go for a swim after work in the summer or walk the dog in the winter.
There is a fun little Tiki bar there called Passoa, so we had a cocktail and took a few photos.
Raffia Crochet Bag Pattern
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
The pattern is written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.
- Do not turn at the end of the round, but continue working in a spiral, with the right side (RS) always facing.
- Keep count of the sts by placing a marker (PM) on the last st of each round.
- There are no turning chains in this pattern.
- Pulling and stretching the raffia out a little when the circle begins to grow can help to keep it flat when working.
- The bag may require light steam blocking when finished.
- Do not allow the iron to touch the raffia, steam from above through a thin cotton towel.
- Alternatively, you can flatten by stacking books on top and leaving for a couple of days.
- The circle bag measures – diameter = 16 inches
- Strap = 42 inches/107cm
- Tassel length = 10 inches
Gauge = 15 stitches, 19 rows to 10cm/4″
The Supplies You Need
2 x King Cole Raffia in Woodland – 1458
Crochet Hook – Size 5.5mm (US 9/I)
- Stitch markers
- 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 – 1/4 meter
- Gold sewing thread
For the bag lining –
- half a meter of calico fabric
- white thread
- sewing machine
- sewing needle
- bag press stud
- CH – Chain
- PM – Place marker
- SC – Single crochet
- SS – Slip stitch
- RS – Right side
Time needed: 1 day, 3 hours and 30 minutes.
How To Make A Raffia Crochet Bag
- Make The Bag Body – Round Panels – Make 2
Make a 4 ch and join with an ss in the first ch to form a ring.
Round 1: (RS) – 1 ch; 8 sc in ring (8 sts) PM (see notes)
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (16 sts)
Round 3: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (24 sts)
Round 4: 1 sc in each sc
Round 5: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (36 sts)
Round 6: 1 sc in each sc
Round 7: *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (48 sts)
Round 8: 1 sc in each sc
Round 9: *1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to end. (60 sts)
Round 10: 1 sc in each sc
Round 11: 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. * 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to * ending with 1 sc in each of last 2 sc. (72 sts)
Round 12: 1 sc in each sc
Round 13: 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. * 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to * ending with 1 sc in each of last 3 sc. (84 sts)
Round 14: 1 sc in each sc
Round 15: 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc. * 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* rep from * to * ending with 1 sc in each of last 4 sc. (96 sts)
Round 16: 1 sc in each sc
Leave the raffia yarn last stitch open, as you will come back to this later – to work into.
- Make The Side Panels
Do this next part of the pattern to both of the circles.
You will need to use two strands of raffia together for this next part of the pattern.
Round 1: With two strands together – where the marker is and the loop you left open on one of the circle panels, sc into 60 sts.
Cut one thread and continue with the other.
Round 2: 1 sc in each st – (60) in only the bottom half of the bag.
Round 3: Rep round 2
Round 4: Rep round 2
Weave in all of the loose ends on both panels before you stitch the sides together.
- Join By Crocheting The Sides Together
If the round bag panels look like they need to be blocked – please read the notes below on how to do this.
Place the right sides of the bag together – and sc into each corresponding st – of the side panels.
- Continue To Seam Leaving An Opening At The Top Of The Bag
They are crocheted together and you will see a seamed line on the inside of the bag (the wrong side).
Leave an opening at the top of the bag.
Weave in all loose ends and remove the stitch markers.
Turn the bag out to the right side.
This bag can be worn as a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag depending on the length of chain you use for the strap.
- Make The Side Loops
On either side of the bag – you will crochet loops that will have the gold rings places over them and are stitched down on either side.
This is for the bag strap to clip onto.
sc into 4 sts, ch1, turn, sc
Rep for 8 rows
Place the gold ring over the length and fold it over.
itch the end down into the side of the bag to make the loop.
weave in any loose ends.
Repeat on the other side of the bag for the second loop.
You can now attach your bag strap to the loops.
- Make The Bag Lining
If you want your bag to have a fabric lining, please follow these instructions;
You will need:
half a meter of calico fabric
bag press stud
To make the lining you will need to stitch the inside panels together using a sewing machine (or by hand) and then hand stitch the lining to the inside of the bag.
Cut two circles from the fabric with a 10-inch diameter.
Cut one long length of fabric measuring 15.5 inches long and 3 inches wide.
- Seam The Lining
Pin half of the first circle panel to the long length of the fabric.
Thread up the sewing machine and stitch the circle to the length.
Rep for the other circle, so that you have sewn a mini circle bag.
Turn the right side out.
- Fit into the bag
Iron a short seam allowance around the top edges of the circles and stitch into place.
This creates a neat edge for the lining.
- Stitch The Lining Into Place
Hand stitch the lining into place around the edges of the bag, catching the stitches so they do not show on the outside of the bag.
You can also add a bag fastening/press stud to the lining if you wish.
- Make A Tassel
If you want to add a tassel to your bag – you could do this in any yarn or leftovers you have in your stash or use raffia in the same color as the bag as I did.
I also added a woven square and beads, attaching to a ring clip, which then clipped onto the bag handle.
Please see my tutorial on how to make a tassel.
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.
- Add The Bag Strap/Chain
Add the clips to your bag chain or if you are using a chain from another bag then attach it to the rings on either side of the bag that you attached in step 5.
The bag should now be ready to wear!
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