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Single Crochet Texture Small Drawstring Bag or Cell Phone Pouch - Free Pattern With How-To Photos

Updated on March 18, 2009

This small bag can be used as a cell phone pouch or as a little bag for separating a few things to keep handy, in your purse or backpack. Extra photos give closer looks at how to do parts of the pattern. There is a chain loop that can be used to clip this bag to your handbag (or even fastened inside a 3-ring binder, using one of the rings through the chain loop of the bag). There is a drawstring on the top to use as a closure, when needed.

The bag can be personalized with novelty buttons or appliques. Some ideas would be a soccer applique, if that's your favorite sport or a butterfly button, if you just like butterflies. Anything that reflects your interests, hobbies, occupation or favorite things.

This is an original design created by Sandi Marshall. 


I planned this to be crocheted in one continuous flow, without having to end off and re-attach the yarn for the next part, until you are making the separate drawstring at the end.

Materials About 1 ounce any worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft, color Blue Mint, in the sample).

US Size H crochet hook

Size: When made with Caron Simply Soft worsted weight yarn - 5 1/2 inches tall x 3 1/2 inches wide, when making 20 rows (as shown in the first photo) or 3 3/4 inches tall when making 13 rows (as shown in the second photo). When using Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight yarn, the bag is about 3 3/4 inches wide.

The bag shown in the second photo is in a Seashore Theme, with a seashell button and two starfish buttons sewn on the finished bag.

Further Explanation for Some of the Pattern Directions

How to Single Crochet: Insert the hook in the stitch to be worked, wrap the yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through the stitch, wrap the yarn over the hook again, pull the yarn through the two loops on the hook.

How to Skip a Stitch: Pass over the chain or stitch that is to be skipped, without doing anything with it and work into the next chain or stitch that follows the skipped stitch.

How to Slip Stitch: Insert the hook in the stitch to be worked, wrap yarn over the hook, pull the yarn through the stitch and through the loop already on the hook all at the same time. A slip stitch does not add any height.

Repeats Indicated by * and ** - When the pattern says to repeat the directions between * and **, go back to the * and begin following the directions again that are after the *; keep going until you come to the **.

Pattern Directions

These directions are written in US American English crochet pattern terms. If you are used to British English crochet pattern terms: A US American single crochet is made the same way as a British double crochet. A chain and a slip stitch are the same in both US American and British crochet pattern terms.

To start: Leave about five or six inches of yarn before the first loop of your starting chain. This will be woven in later, to secure the end.

Starting chain: chain 30.

Row 1: Single crochet in the second chain from the hook, single crochet in the next chain, * chain 1, skip next chain, single crochet in each of the next 2 chains **. Repeat the directions between * and ** eight more times to go all the way across the row. At the end of the row, chain 1 (to turn) and turn the piece around to start the next row.


Row 2: Single crochet in the first single crochet, single crochet in the next single crochet, chain 1, * skip next chain-1 of previous row, skip next single crochet, make 2 single crochet all in the next single crochet, chain 1 **, repeat the directions between * and ** seven more times, then skip next chain-1 of previous row, single crochet in each of the last two single crochet of the row. Then chain 1 (to turn) and turn the piece around to start the next row.  

Choose one of these options:

Shorter size (about 3 3/4 inches high): Rows 3 - 13: Repeat row 2 for every row. At the end of row 13, do not end off yet.

or ... Taller size (about 5 1/2 inches high): Rows 3 - 20: Repeat row 2 for every row. At the end of Row 20, do not end off yet.

After row 13 for shorter size or after row 20 for taller size:

Fold the piece over, with the wrong sides held together and so that the two side edges are lined up together. ch 1, insert the hook through the space before the last sc of the last row made and at the same time, continue to insert the hook through the space before the sc on the end of the other edge of the same row (last row made), wrap yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through both parts of the folded piece, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook (you have just made a single crochet that is worked through both of the folded parts so that you can join these two edges together with single crochet stitches).  

Continue along the side, making single crochet stitches in this same manner, through both of the parts, to join the edges of each row on the two parts.

When you reach the end of this side, make three sc altogether in the last row of this side, then continue along the bottom edge, working through the remaining loops of the starting chain (through both of the folded parts at the same time, as before) making single crochet stitches to join the two parts of the folded piece.

When you reach the end of the bottom edge, chain 1 to turn, then working back along the single crochet just made, make a slip stitch (not too tightly) in each single crochet along the bottom edge, in the 3 single crochet of the corner curve and in each single crochet along the next side.

When you reach the end of that side, continue with the Drawstring Opening Round.


Drawstring Opening Round: Work around the open top (not joining the two pieces, keeping it open), as follows: chain 1, single crochet in the end of the Edge Joining Row just made, * chain 2, skip 2 single crochet, single crochet in next chain-1 space **, repeat * to ** until you reach the beginning of this round, ending with: chain 2, skip the one or two remaining single crochet, slip stitch in the single crochet at the beginning of this round. Do not end off yet.

Chain Loop

Next, make a loop as follows:   chain 13. sc in the 2nd chain from the hook, sc in each of next 11 chains, then (to join the other end of this loop to the bag) slip stitch in any available place that will work on the bag edge, to secure the loop well (near the base of the chain loop just made).  

End off, leaving a length of about 5 - 6 inches for the weaving in of the yarn end. Before weaving in the end, use the ending yarn length to sew down the other end of the chain loop so it is well secured to the bag. Then weave in all the ends, using a large-eye yarn needle.


Drawstring: chain about 45 chains. End off, weave in the ends of the chain. Beginning at the side opposite the Chain Loop that you made at the end of the pattern, weave the chain through the spaces in the Drawstring Opening Round.

Tie a knot in each end of the drawstring chain, to secure the ends. In the following photo, the first one shows the path for tying the knot in one end of the chain. About the second photo: pull the knot towards the end of the chain as you tighten it, having the knot end up to be about one chain away from the end.


(Optional) To decorate the bag and personalize it, you could sew on a decorative button or an applique in a theme that refects one of your interests, your occupation, your favorite sport and so forth. On the bag shown in the first photo example at the top of the page, I sewed on a fancy button. Shown on the right: One bag has a heart-shaped applique with a butterfly button sewn on in the center of the heart and the other bag has a ribbon flower sewn on near the top of the bag. There are endless possibilities for decorating the bags and for adding a theme to a bag. Have fun thinking up some of your own.

Copyright, Terms of Use


This pattern is an original design created by Sandi Marshall and is copyrighted. Photos in the pattern: photographed by Sandi Marshall, copyright by Sandi Marshall. Per copyright law, do not copy the contents of this page to another web site, blog or elsewhere. Do not distribute by reproduced copy, in any form (even if it would be distributed for free). Instead, you may link to this page or give others the url for this page so that they may come to this pattern page for themselves. Patterns that a designer chooses to put on the Internet as free patterns are protected by the same copyright laws as patterns that are purchased. Being on the Internet does not make it public domain! Further info on copyright law can be read at

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    • brennawelker profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice hub.

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      8 years ago

      Thia is an adorable little pouch. It would make a great Christmas gift. Rated up.

    • ChristinCordle12 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I love making crocheted stuffs. It is a fun activity.

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      9 years ago

      its great guide


    • shawna.wilson profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      This is a great guide. Your photos make it easy to follow. Thanks!


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