Free Crochet Tote Bag Patterns

Vintage Purse Pattern, available at Barbs Free Crochet Patterns
Vintage Purse Pattern, available at Barbs Free Crochet Patterns | Source

You'll find a long list of free crochet tote bag patterns on this page. Tote bags are a useful item for carrying books, clothes to the beach and a multitude of other things. Get out your crochet hooks and make a bag you'll be proud to carry. Several of the tote bag patterns can be used as crocheted purses too.

They are great gift items too. Kids can keep their toys in them, Barbie clothes, use them as school bags, keep your current crochet project in one and use as overnight bags and more. Make several totes and keep one for yourself and make some extras for others or bazaars.

Free Patterns

Below you will find several free patterns. Be sure to check them out. Just click on the blue titles..

Crochet Shell Backpack
Crochet Shell Backpack | Source

Backpack - The backpack was designed by Crochet Jewel and is an adult size. By adjusting the straps it can fit a smaller person. You can also adjust the base of the pattern to make it smaller or larger.

She used Impeccable yarn in green and white, but you can use your choice of yarn. You'll also need a size I hook and a 1" button.

Crochet Beverage Sling
Crochet Beverage Sling | Source

Beverage Sling - This is a unique idea for using when you need to carry too many things to the beach or picnic. Worsted weight yarn was used and a size I hook. It would also work great for bicycle rides.

Trifles and Treasure offers the instructions for this nifty design.You'll need worsted weight yarn in the colors of your choice. She used a collection of leftover Red Heart Super Saver yarns. A size I crochet hook was used.

Crochet Clutch Purse
Crochet Clutch Purse | Source

Clutch Purse - The finished purse measures approximately 7" x 4." You can make it bigger by using a larger hook. The designer used a size I hook to create the project. She used Red Heart Love yarn in Dark Pink. Of course you could use any worsted weight yarn that you prefer.

Use the purse to carry all of your necessities. It would well in a sparkly yarn for the prom or other special party.

Color Wheel Bag
Color Wheel Bag | Source

Color Wheel is offered by designer Kim Guzman. You may have already seen some of her designs in crochet magazines. The bag is 13 1/2 inches across by 8 inches high not counting the handles. You'll need purchased purse handles to complete the project.

Kim used 2 skeins of Noro Taiyo to design the purse. You'll also need a size G and H hook and two 5" purse handles. Others things need that you may already have on hand is a yarn needle and pins.


Crochet Flower Child Bag
Crochet Flower Child Bag | Source

Flower Child - The free design is crocheted with flower motifs. Lion Brand Bon Bons yarn was used with a size F hook. The purse would work well for a child, teen or a small purse for and adult.

The bright color should cheer up your day. The Bon Bons yarn is sold in sample packages with an assortment of colors. You could also use the scrap yarn that you have from other projects.

Crochet Floral Granny Square Bag
Crochet Floral Granny Square Bag | Source

Floral Granny Square - This is just a little bigger than a clutch bag. It is pretty and also includes a lining which makes it even nicer. It measures 15" wide by 9 1/2" from the top of the handle to the bottom of the bag.

You'll need worsted weight yarn and a size H hook. You could use your yarn scraps for this one in different colors if you'd like.

Mesh Tote Bag
Mesh Tote Bag | Source

Mesh Tote - This pattern is crocheted with worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. You need to check it out, because it is extra nice. It provides plenty of room to carry whatever you want to take.

The free pattern is provided by Meladora's Creations. Instructions are included for both right hand and left handed crocheters. You'll need a little over 3.5 ounces of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. Something to mark stitches is also needed.

Moroccan Market Tote
Moroccan Market Tote | Source

Moroccan Market Tote - This is a eye-catching bag. It uses bright colors of worsted weight cotton yarn. It is brought to you by the Moogly Blog. She named it the the Moroccan Market Tote, because it reminded her of Moroccan tile.

The pattern was crocheted with 7 different colors of yarn. Less than 50 yards of each is required. If desired, you could make it in just one color. She used Lion Brand Cotton Bamboo yarn. This is a DK weight yarn, so you could use another brand. The project was completed with a size H (5.00 mm) hook.

Meladora's Creations
Meladora's Creations | Source

Popcorn Square Totebag - This pretty bag is offered by Meladora's Creations. Any young girl or lady would love this bag with flowers.

The design was crocheted with medium worsted weight yarn and a size H crochet hook. You'll need 3 different colors of yarn.

More Free Bag Patterns

Many more free tote bags are available on the web.

2 Plastic Tote Bags - The free patterns are offered by the Canadian Living site. These are made from plastic grocery shopping bags, so won't cost you a penny to make.The plastic used is often called plarn. The carriers work great for wet bathing suits and are sturdy enough for books.

The free patterns are brought to you by Canadian Living.

2 Tone - This pattern is from Caron Yarn. It uses 2 colors of Simply Soft yarn and a size H hook. The design has extra strong handles since they go down all the way to the bottom of the bag. This pattern can be found at the Favecrafts site.

3 Tier Heart - Donna's Designs offers a pattern for a unique crochet purse, because as the name implies it has 3 sections to keep everything organized. Each section is one heart on top of another. She used 8 ounces of Red Heart yarn and size H hook.

Big Easy Red - To crochet this bag, you'll need 5 cones of nylon thread and a size H aluminum crochet hook. You should be able to create it quickly since it is made with two strands of nylon held together. The pattern can be found at Craft Bits.

Brown Bag - The design is crocheted with worsted weight yarn in brown of course and pretty flower appliques are added later. This is a hobo type. Photos are shown at the bottom of the page to guide you through each step of the way. It is offered by the Beginner Crochet site.

Cynthia's Snapdragon - This is a design you should see. It isn't a tote bag, because it is too small. The pattern would work best for a purse and is beautiful. It should crochet up fast, because it uses worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. This design is offered by the Anitalite blog.

Crochet Bag Pattern - This tote is crocheted in bright stripes and would work as a large purse too. This is an extra nice pattern that would be a good way to use up scrap yarn. Simple stitches are used. It is offered by Attic24.

Crocheted Cotton - This crocheted design is crocheted with Classic Elite yarn and was featured by Canadian Living. It is crocheted in the round. It appears to be simple to crochet and looks easy enough for a beginner that can do the basic stitches.

Easter Tote - The pattern is offered by Crochet n' More and is perfect for spring in pastel colors. She used Red Heart Preference yarn, but said Super Saver yarn will work fine too. A size H and K hook are also needed.

Eco-Friendly Market - This is a great bag to take along when buying the groceries, but it can be used for many other uses. The design would work great for storing your current crochet or knitting project. Instructions are offered free at the About.com site.

Granny Square Purse - Fave Crafts offers this pretty pattern and it is easy to crochet. The pattern is created with 8 granny squares. It is a purse, but can be used as a bag too. It is a great way to use extra yarn that you have in the house.

Grocery Bag - The pattern is in PDF format already, so it will be easy to print. It is brought to you from Nancy's Crochet. You'll need crochet cotton. She used a one pound cone, so she wouldn't have any joinings. You'll also need a size H hook.

Gypsy - These bags were popular in the '70s and rightly so, because it hangs on your shoulder and can be used as either an extra large purse or a tote. Not only is it useful, but attractive too.

It is crocheted with 4 different colors of yarn, so would make a nice project to use up scraps. A size J hook is used. The type of yarn is not listed with this vintage pattern, but it appears to be a worsted weight. It is offered by the Kitty Yarn site.

Masa Bag pattern is extra simple and would make a nice project for beginners. You crochet a rectangle and then sew them together in a special folded pattern. It is offered by Artemis Adornaments.

Plarn Grocery/Beach Bag - You need to start with about 200 grocery bags. Get your friends to save these for you. They add up fast. You'll also need a size H hook and some ribbon. I like this project because it looks nice even the grocery bags are white.The free pattern is offered by The Crochet Foyer.

Rag Bag Tote - My Recycle Bags offers this project that you can just recycle what you already have around the house. This rag bag tote is a free pattern that uses fabric strips and is a vintage pattern.

She used an old queen size sheet to create the bag. Another thought is using an old shower curtain. If you don't already have either of these, start looking and all kinds of fabrics could be used.

The bag is designed with simple stitches and a beginner could tackle it.





Tutorial for a Summer Tote Bag

Tree Tote - As you've probably already guessed, this tote isn't crocheted to tote trees. It has some pretty embellishments of trees on the tote. The tops of the trees are more like flowers and the have a realistic trunk.

This tote is provided by Woman's Day and from Designs Adorned. The tote is crocheted with Brown Sheep Yarn Company Cotton Fleece yarn and a size F crochet hook.

Spiral Textured Seed Stitch Bag - Crochet n' Crafts offers this average size bag and is an extra nice pattern. You'll be proud to carry the bag around with you to use as a purse or a small tote.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Ohhh! Am so looking forward to checking these out! I've been on a tote bag kick. :) Thanks so much!

Voted up and bookmarked.


PWalker281 5 years ago

A great resource for free crochet bag patterns. I'm going to bookmark this hub for future reference. Just a note, the first link you have for the 2 plastic bag totes leads to a pattern for crocheted motifs that are then sewn on a store bought bag. Rated up and useful!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

PWalker281, Thanks for letting me know about the wrong link. Thanks for visiting the hub and I'm happy it can be helpful to you.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

RTalloni, Thanks for visiting. I hope you find a tote bag that will be your favorite.


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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Interesting hub! It would be awesome to see a pic next to each so I can see what they look like. (I have slow interweb on my phone. :P)

Rated up!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I have to agree with Melbel, I would have Loved to have seen a few pictures too. But I know I can Click and go to these sites... Your describtions are wonderful Barbara, and tempting too.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

I can't put a pic beside each one without using a copyrighted photo or making each and every one. I plan on adding more and I would end up with more tote bags than anyone could use. I wish I could do that.

Thanks for commenting.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I wish I could do something like this, my crochet skills are very minimal. Thanks for the patterns.


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Meisjunk 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Good hub. =) I would like to see some pictures, but other than that, it's well-written. Voted up.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Cardisa and Meisjunk, Thanks for visiting the hub. I'll see if I can't get permission to post the photos of some of these and maybe come up with a pattern of my own too.


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

I liked the attic24! Nice way to use up some scrap yarn with some style:)


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

heart4the word,I like that one too and it's so bright and cheery. Thanks for commenting.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

heart4the word,I like that one too and it's so bright and cheery. Thanks for commenting.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

heart4the word,I like that one too and it's so bright and cheery. Thanks for commenting.


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grannygrunt 5 years ago

Thank you for providing many sources for crochet patterns! Do you knit as well? I am always excited to view patterns and projects, even if I don't actually MAKE the item, I like examining the stitches like one would appreciate a fine painting.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

grannygrunt, No I don't knit, but have tried. I always get it at first and then start adding a twist or something, I'm not sure. One of these days I'll try again.

I like learning new crochet stitches and then using them for my own patterns. Thanks for commenting.


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jseven 5 years ago from Michigan

I love crochet anything as my mother used to crochet really good and made me a lot of things. I still have a tablecloth and some doilies that bring back fond memories of her. Nice hub!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

jseven, Thanks for stopping by. I notice you are from Michigan too. I wish I had some vintage items from my relatives, but my Mom never crocheted and my Grandma never left behind anything like that even though she was the one who taught me to crochet.

You are lucky to have these from your Mom.


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happypuppy 5 years ago

I always get amazed when I watch women crochet on the trains. I like anything crochet.

The patterns are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


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invitationwrite 5 years ago

I liked the attic24! great resource for free crochet bag patterns.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

happypuppy and invitationwrite, Thanks for visiting.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I would love to be able to get back into crocheting, I used to do it as a child, I was pretty good back then! lol but I expect I will be all fingers and thumbs now, but the mind is willing! lol


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jseven 5 years ago from Michigan

Yes, I am blessed and keep them all in a tote since she passed away. I am a Michigan girl and love it here! Except January through March. ;)


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Nell Rose, You should try it again. Thanks for commenting.

jseven, I agree with you about Michigan. Those three months are the pits, but it is a beautiful state.


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miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

This is a good Hub. I like the fact that I clicked on the Tree Tote link and it took me straight to another article. How did you do that? Voted up, useful! :)


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

miccimom, Just use the link capsule first and then add the text afterwards. I hope this helps you. Thanks for reading.

tina lynn, Thanks.


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miccimom 5 years ago from U.S.A

Thank you!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

miccimom, Your welcome and I hope your able to use several of the patterns.


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saif113sb 5 years ago

very interesting hub.


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Jennifer Mullett 5 years ago from Canada

So many to choose from!!! Nice work!!!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

H!! very nice hub!! a few pics would have been nice but the lack of them made me click on the links and view and every style :) very informative and intresting

carrie


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Jennifer and Carrie, Thanks for visiting the hub.

Carrie, Eventually I will crochet some of these myself and get some photos on. Summer is a busy time here.


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Miss Paula 5 years ago

nice hub, nice style's lots to choose from. nicely written. I rated you up.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

Hi Barbara Kay

I love crochet and used to make quite a lot of items. It is

a very lovely art and I find that it is much quicker than knitting. Great hub. Voted up! :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

ACreativeThinker, Thanks for commenting and voting up. I hope you are able to get back to your crochet. For me it is a winter activity.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

@Barbara Kay

It is also an activity that I like to do, mostly in the winter but unfortunately I don't seem to get the time, these days. I hope to get back into it in the future and check some of your patterns out again. Take Care :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

A.CreativeThinker, I hope you find the time again to crochet and can use some of the patterns. Thanks.


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lovelypaper 5 years ago from Virginia

Thanks for sharing. I love to crochet when I have the time and I especially like to felt.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

lovelypaper, I haven't tried felting yet myself. I should, it looks like fun. Thanks for commenting.


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EuroCafeAuLait 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Super ideas - I am going to try some of them out. I still have bagfulls of yarn. Using plastic bags is a great economical and ecological solution. Besides, crocheting is good for relieving stress. Voted up + useful


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

EuroCafeAuLait, Thanks for voting up. Plastic bags are a great idea.


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lucybell21 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

Wow I liked all the patterns, but I really fell in love with the attic 24 crochet bag pattern, and I am going to make that one first.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

lucybell21, Thanks for commenting on another hub. I will probably crochet some of these bags myself as Christmas presents. The Attic 24 one is a nice one.


Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

I'm glad I caught this Hub of yours, Barbara Kay. It is getting colder, and when the weather gets colder, you have to break out all your crafts and go wild. Thank you for the outstanding research. I am back into the art of crochet and will enjoy these patterns. Voted up, useful, interesting, bookmarked and AWESOME for all the crocheting I am encouraged to do. Thanks!


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craftdrawer 5 years ago

Thanks for some great patterns. I was looking to make some of these for shopping trips and to use when I babysit my grandsons!!!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Arlene and craftdrawer, Thanks for your comments. I'm happy to hear that you both can use these.


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

Hi Barbara! Your hub remind me of the days when I crocheted during my high school years. I often say I am going to start crocheting again, but still have not got back around to it. Thanks for sharing the free patterns, and hopeful your hub will give me a boost to get back to my crocheting.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Adrienne, Thanks for commenting and I do hope you start crocheting again. It does take time to finish a project, but it can be relaxing and it feels so good when you finish something.


lavender3957 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I enjoy crocheting and knowing where to receive more patterns of interest was fascinating.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

lavender, Thanks for commenting. I'm happy to hear you liked these. Hopefully I find some time to crochet a few for Christmas gifts.


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Love the Attic24 one! Thanks for sharing!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

craftybegonia, I think Attic24 is everyone's favorite, including mine. I'm hoping to crochet some for Christmas. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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annajazz 3 years ago from Connecticut

Thanks for sharing these! Been a while since I have last done a project, but many of these are inspiring. Time to get out me crochet hook again lol.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

annajazz, Thanks for viewing the patterns. I have a couple I'd like to do myself.


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lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

Thank you for all of these patterns. I want to learn how to do this in my spare time (HA!) Voted up and awesome!! I will also post to my pinterest page.


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cashmere 3 years ago from India

Very comprehensive list. Thanks for all the hard work


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

Leslie, Thanks for looking at the patterns, voting up and sharing. I hope you find some spare time to crochet them.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

cashmere, Thanks for viewing the patterns and you are welcome.


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newusedcarssacram 3 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

I love all these ideas, they are quite inspirational.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

newusedcarssacram, Thanks for viewing and thanks for commenting.


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wordsmith2418 3 years ago from Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania

Wow, lots of great patterns!I like the one from Attic24. Though I am too lazy to follow the pattern so I'll just figure out my own version. Thanks. Voted up!


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA Author

wordsmith2418, You sound like me. I like to just design my own patterns anymore too. Thanks for voting it up.

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