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How to crochet a purse bag with fabric strips

Updated on April 20, 2015
Two styles of purses to make.
Two styles of purses to make.

Easy to follow instructions and supply list

Supplies needed.

2 to 4 yards of woven fabric


large crochet hook

buttons and/or purse handles


1. Use scissors to cut slits into fabric 1/2" to 3/4" apart along one edge of fabric.

2. Start at the top of each slit in the fabric and tear/rip it into strips until all of the fabric is stripped.

3. Tie each strip together with the next to form a long strip. Rolling as you tie the strips will keep them from tangling and make for a nice ball of stripped fabric to work with.

4. Crochet a chain the length preferred for the width of the bottom of the purse or bag. Between 20 and 30 stitches are what were used on the pictured examples.

5. Double back on the second to the last stitch and start a double crochet across the length of the chain stitch. When the end is reached continue double crocheting around the end and up the other side of the chain stitch. Continue until the desired height of the purse is reached.

6a. For the purse with the over flap and the shoulder strap.

When the desired height of the bag is reached stop at the corner of the bag and double back with the double crochet skipping a stitch each time to create the triangular flap. When the tip is reached make a few chain stitches and reconnect to create a hole for a button that can be attached. For the shoulder strap use crochet stitches to attach a new strip to the corner of the bag and start double crocheting along the top edge of the bag two or three stitches depending on the desired width of the the shoulder strap. Continue to double back the double crochet to create a long strap of desired length and attach at the opposite corner, being sure that the strap is straight, with two or three crochet stitches.

6b. For the purse with the handles.

Continue the double stitching to the desired start of the handle on the top of the bag. Crochet several chain stitches, more than the stitches below to form and arch and reattach at the desired end of the handle, repeat on the other side. Go completely around the top of the bag again with the double stitching to reinforce the handle.



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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I saw your comment on my t-shirt rug hub and came over to check out your hub -- it's great! I haven't tried this with fabric strips, but it looks like a good idea. I love recycling "throw-aways" into something useful and beautiful.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Awesome. Aren't these fun?

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      Shelly Epperly 7 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      Thank you all for the great comments.

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      myawn 7 years ago from Florida

      Good way to recycle Thanks nice hub

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      Hendrika 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I have to admit I have not thought it is this easy to crochet with fabric. I love to crochet and I am going to try this.

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      FashionFame 7 years ago from California

      Looks fantastic and very easy to do. Today is the time to recycle things not to just throw it and your hub is definitely giving many ideas on it. Looking forward to read more of your writings. I am joining your fan club and would like to invite you to join mine to stay connected. Have a Good Day.

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      PWalker281 7 years ago

      These are really neat bags that are easy to make. And a great way to recycle old clothes. I'm going to bookmark this one just in case I get the urge to make a few. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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      Teresa 7 years ago

      Sounds great!