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Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern (Simple For Beginners)

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This crochet drawstring bag pattern is a great beginner-friendly pattern that is really easy!

With some basic crochet knowledge, you can create a really pretty bag to wear during the summer months.

Made from raffia in a natural color, this bag can go with any outfit.

Please scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the printable PDF pattern in my shop here.

girl wearing a green dress and a cross body raffia drawstring bag at the beach

An Easy Level Crochet Pattern

This pattern is for anyone who is an advanced beginner.

The bag is simple; you create a circle base first, then continue to single crochet.

Once the bag reaches the height you want, you stop and weave through a cord, which can be pulled together to close the bag.

The drawstring pulls the top of the bag closed and can be tied into a bow.

Alternatively, you could knot the ends or weave through two lengths of cord, pulling through to each end to pull the drawstrings closed more traditionally.

I also added a raffia tassel with beads and bits I found in a local craft store.

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Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern (Simple For Beginners)

Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

Grab your inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern here.

Notes

The pattern is written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.

You can find a free PDF of US and UK terms and abbreviations here – Crochet Abbreviations And Terms (US + UK)

*Please note*

  • For the base – 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.

Copyright Info

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  • If you wish to share this pattern, please provide a link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
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Measurements

  • The drawstring bag measures – base diameter = 6 inches
  • Height – 9.5 inches
  • *You can adjust the number of sts you ch for the bag strap if you want to make it longer or shorter*
  • Strap = 43 inches
  • Tassel charm length = 12 inches

Gauge = 15 stitches, 19 rows to 10cm/4″

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • 2 x King Cole Raffia – in the color Natural – (1456) 100g
  • Alternative raffia yarn – Ra Ra Raffia from Wool and The Gang

Hook

Crochet Hook – Size 5.5mm (US 9/I)

Notions

  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle/tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers

Other Materials

  • Thread or cord for the tassel.
  • Keyring clip x 1 for the tassel – 1.5 inch/ring – 1 inch
  • Keyring clips x 2 for the bag chain – 1 inch
  • Gold bag chain – 43 inches
  • Pliers (for the keyring clips/bag chains)

Abbreviations

  • CH – Chain
  • PM – Place marker
  • SC – Single crochet
  • SS – Slip stitch
  • RS – Right side

Time needed: 6 hours and 30 minutes

Crochet Drawstring Bag

  1. The Base Of The Bag

    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 – sc all the sts into the back loop onlya circle made from raffia with a crochet hook

  2. The Body Of The Bag

    *Please note – keep the marker to denote which is the beginning/end of the round.
    Continue to work in a spiral – sc all of the sts in every round (in both loops) – until the bag measures = 9.5 inches (rounds worked- 30)
    You can make the bag as tall as you want.Raffia bag work in progress shot showing the bag being worked in the round.

  3. Finish The Bag

    Finish the last st with an ss and cut the yarn.
    Secure and weave in the ends.
    Weave in all other loose ends.The circle base of the crochet raffia bag

  4. The Drawstring Cord

    With the cord (around 1 meter) weave through the bag leaving 3 sts (or holes) between stitches.
    About 1.5 inches or 2 inches below the top of the bag.
    Pull together and tie in a bow to close the bag.measurement of the drawstring cord for the raffia bag

  5. Adding The Chain Strap

    Add the bag clips and chain to each side of the bag, the raffia is strong, so they will not pull the side of the bag out of shape.
    You may need to use pliers to open the clasp on the key ring clip to attach the bag chain.
    You can also add a bag charm – if you wish, made from beads and a raffia tassel.
    You can see how to make a tassel in this tutorial here. – How To Make Tassels {Photo + Video Tutorial}close up of the drawstring raffia bag to see the bag clips and chain

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Happy Crocheting!

Crocheting With Raffia

I used raffia from King Cole in a natural color.

If you have never crocheted with raffia, it is quite easy to work with.

However, you can use raffia alternatives as there are many around, like Ra Ra Raffia from Wool and the Gang.

Other gorgeous color choices from King Cole Raffia include browns, greens, and reds.

What is the best crochet stitch for a crochet raffia summer bag? 

For a crochet raffia summer bag, you’ll want to choose a stitch that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable and able to withstand the rigors of everyday use. 

One excellent choice for a raffia bag is the “single crochet” stitch.

A great option would also be the double crochet (dc) and the half double crochet.

They provide structure and durability while still allowing the bag to maintain its shape.

Another option could be the “linen stitch” or “moss stitch,” which creates a lovely woven-like texture that complements the natural look of raffia yarn. 

This stitch also produces a sturdy fabric suitable for bags while adding a subtle visual interest.

woman walking on the beach wearing a green dress and a crochet bag

What supplies do you need to crochet a bag?

To crochet a bag, you’ll need several essential supplies. 

You’ll need a pair of scissors for cutting yarn and finishing off your project. 

A yarn needle comes in handy for weaving in ends and sewing seams if your bag has multiple pieces. 

A stitch marker set can also be helpful for keeping track of your rounds. 

Depending on your design, you might also need other materials such as lining fabric, a zipper, buttons, or other embellishments to customize your bag to your liking. 

With these supplies in hand, you’re ready to embark on your crochet bag-making journey!

Can a beginner crochet a bag? 

Absolutely! Crocheting a bag can be a fantastic project for crocheters at any skill level. 

While some bag patterns may involve more complex stitches or construction techniques, there are plenty of simple bag patterns designed for beginners. 

Bags are typically smaller projects than blankets or garments, making them less daunting for beginners. 

You can complete a bag relatively quickly and gain a sense of accomplishment. 

If you are making a crochet bag for the first time, opt for a small project like a drawstring pouch rather than a backpack. 

More Crochet Bag Patterns

There are many other free crochet bags on my blog that you can view by clicking on the links below;

woman wearing a white dress and a raffia bag at the beach

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know and a full video tutorial to help you along.  

This includes how to make a slip knot, how to create a foundation chain (ch), and how to crochet the basic stitches, such as single crochet stitches (sc) and double crochet stitches (dc). 

It also includes how to make a single crochet decrease and all the crochet abbreviations (in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for any advanced beginner.

woman at the beach standing in the sea wearing a white dress and a cross body crochet bag

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6 Comments

    1. Hello Christine, can you order the raffia online? There are many choices from the King Cole Raffia to Ra Ra Raffia by Wool and the gang, Katia – Rafia or Universal Yarn – Yashi. To substitute you would change the look of the bag but you could try using cotton? This would also have a light summery vibe. I hope that helps 🙂

  1. Just finished my crochet bag and gave it as a gift to my friend for her birthday. She’s a knitter and is wondering if you have a knitting pattern for this bag.
    Thank you!
    ~Yvonne

    1. Hello Yvonne,
      I’m so happy you made the bag as a gift, what a lovely idea!
      I’m sorry I don’t have this as a knitting pattern, only crochet.
      Thanks,
      Louise