Patten Notes: This is the first hand bag I ever made. It took a while for me to understand the construction of a bag until I came up with this pattern.
Finished Size: Bag Width 10”
Bag Height (without handle) 7”
Side Panel Width 3”
Side Panel Height 7”
Handle Width 2”
Handle Length can be as short or as long as you prefer. 14” are required to be sewn at both the side panels (7” each side) plus the length preferred to hold the bag.
Yarn: Lionbrand Homespun 1 skienRed Heart Ltd. Super Savers Multis/ Ombres (798 Sunshine Print)
Needles/ Hook: US Size 10.5/ 6.5mm
Gauge: Any gauge would work, just work the bag to the dimensions. With both yarns held together work in Garter stitch for the gauge swatch. Multiply the stitches per inch in your gauge with 10 to get the number of stitches to be cast on for the body and with 3 to get the number of stitches for the side panels.
Bag Body & Side Panels: Knit Garter stitch (Knit or purl on both sides of the fabric)
The body is knit by holding both yarns together. Cast on the required number of stitches as per your gauge with the cast on method of your choice.
Work in Garter stitch till the piece measures 22” (inches) from the start.
Bind off with your preferred method.
Cast on the required number of stitches as per your gauge with the cast on method of your choice.
Work in Garter stitch until piece measures 6” (inches)
Next reduce the three center stitches with a no slant decrease every other row until the piece measures 7” (inches) from the start.
With one of the yarns (in my case Red Heart) chain 15 or the number required to obtain a 2” fabric width when worked in Double Crochet.
As mentioned earlier 14” (inches) of the handle will be sewn up to both side panels (7” each side). Add on the length of the handle you would like to 16 and work a double crochet fabric with that length and 2” width.
Any crochet or Knit Flower Motif can be worked to be attached to this bag.
The one I used goes as below:
- With Red Heart Yarn Chain 5
- Using a slip stitch join with the first chain.
- Chain 1
- Single crochet in the centre of the circle
- Chain three
- * Single Crochet, Chain 3
- Repeat from * 3 more times
- Join the last chain 3 in the first chain 1 with a slip stitch.
- Slip stitch to the first chain 3 space.
- Chain 1 *, Single Crochet, 2 Half double crochet, 4 Double crochet, 2 Half double crochet, Single crochet*.
- Repeat from * to * for every chain three space.
- Join with a slip stitch to the first Chain 1.
- Bind Off.
Putting it all together:
By now we have all the individual parts made.
- Main Body (10”x22”)
- 2 pieces Side Panel (3”x7”)
- Handle (2” wide and 14” + desired length)
- Keeping the right side of the fabric outside, choose one end of the main body as the front of the bag (that will go under the flap) and sew the two side panels to each side of body (length wise). (7” of the body covered lengthwise.)
- Sew the bottom of the side panels to the next 3” of the main body. (total 10” of the body covered – lengthwise.)
- Sew the free lengthwise side of the side panel to the next 7” of the main body (total 17” of the main body covered – lengthwise.)
- The remaining 22”-17”=5” of the main body (lengthwise) would serve as the flap for the bag.
- Next pin one side of the handle (7”) to the centre of the side panel (leaving half an inch on each bottom edge.)
- Repeat the same for the other end of the handle with the other side panel of the bag.
- The remaining serves as the length of the hand bag to carry over your shoulder or in hand. (as you may have chosen.)
- Now turn the bag inside out and sew the handle to the side panels with the same yarn that was used for the handle (thus making the seam invisible).
- Turn the bag right side out again.
We are almost done except for the front panel lace.
- With the Red Heart yarn single crochet all around (3 sides) the flap once.
- Chain 2 turn, and double crochet over the single crochet carefully counting the number of stitches around the way.
- Say the stitches were 60 divide them in three parts (2 smaller equal parts for each side and one larger middle part lets say 15,30,15).
- Slip stitch to the 15th double crochet, chain 2, 29 double crochet, turn.
- Slip stitch 3 double crochet, chain 2, 22 double crochet, turn.
- Slip stitch 3 double crochet, chain 2, 16 double crochet, turn.
- Slip stitch to the 9th douoble crochet and chain 10 for the button loop. Join the chain back to the beginning and bind off.
- Sew a button on the front of the body of the back such that the flap is held secure by buttoning the loop.
- Next and the final step is to attach the flower motif on one side of the bag front.
And that’s all there is to the bag. Enjoy !!!