Free Crochet Tote Bag Patterns
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.
Below you will find several free patterns. Be sure to check them out. Just click on the blue titles..
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 - 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 - 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.
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.