Crochet A Colorful Bingo Bag/Purse Free Crochet Pattern!
Designed By Special Request!
My son's girlfriend, Janette, is a lovely young lady. She stopped in awhile back to ask me a favor. She goes to Bingo with her mom and wanted a special bag just for Bingo to carry her daubers, coin purse, and small objects to keep handy in her car.
She chose her favorite colors of turquoise, pink, purple, green and... orange! I think when you are using "unusual" color combinations, they can look thrown together sometimes. The deep purple color I added for the seams, flap and strap provided some separation between colors in the design which I think made the colors pop!
This is a great way to use up some of those annoying little bits of scrap yarn we crocheters tend to attract like magnets to us! I used a bunch of DMC Senso and Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Ice, both size 3 threads, that I had on hand. My bag came out about 8" X 9" X 1.5" but you can make yours in any size in any yarn or thread with my customizable instructions.
This pattern is simple enough for a beginning crocheter but fun enough for anyone. No special hardware is required. I crocheted a button loop and button, which was tacked to the purse front.
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What You Will Need
Small amounts of scrap size 3 (or Sport weight yarn) thread in preferred colors
Suggested brands DMC Senso, Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Ice
Crochet Hook size D or your preferred size
I used turquoise, blue and purple in the Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Ice, and for the orange and other colors I used DMC Senso that I had on hand.
NOTE: If you want to use any other thread/yarn that will be great, just assume the bag will end up larger/smaller, depending.
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Do you plan to make this purse?
A Word About Thread Selection...
Feel free to use threads of different brands! As long as they are all very similar in thickness and size, you'll be just fine! Amend your washing instructions to the thread or yarn requiring the most delicate care, and I really recommend laying item flat to dry.
How To Make The Magic!
NOTE: If you want a larger or smaller purse, just make the panels the width and height you wish, using your choice of yarn or thread. The only thing you'll need to adjust in the instructions is the starting chain number and the number of rows.
All pieces are crocheted in single crochet ribbing, which is regular single crochet, just working in the back loop only of each stitch.
Front & Back Panels
Crochet 6 pieces as follows:
SC in 2nd and each ch across.
SC in back loop only of each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.
Continue repeating row 2 until piece measures desired height of purse. Make each piece the same number of rows.
Side and Bottom Gussets (Make 3)
Ch 10 (Or more, if you wish to have wider sides)
SC in 2nd and each ch across.
SC in back loop only of each stitch across. Ch 1, turn. Repeat row 2 until piece measures same as panel pieces.
Hold pieces together with wrong sides facing and evenly SC each seam together.
Attach yarn at any top corner. Ch 1, work a SC border evenly across panel. For each corner, SC just before the corner, ch 1 and SC just after the corner. Work this border all the way around, ending with ch 1, sl st in first SC. Ch 1, repeat one more row of SC border. Fasten off.
Attach yarn at right hand top corner of back section with work facing you right side up.
SC in back loop of each SC across. CH 1, turn.
Repeat row 1
Sl st across first 2 stitches. Ch 1, SC in back loop of each SC across, omitting last 2 SC. Ch 1, turn. (Decrease made each side)
SC in back loop of each SC across. Ch 1, turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until flap is about 1.25" wide. Do not fasten off.
Ch 12. Sl st in other edge of flap. Ch 1, turn.
Work 3 SC in loop. Ch 2, work 4 SC in loop. CH 2, work 3 more SC in loop. Sl st to edge of loop, fasten off.
Crocheted Flower Button:
With Purple, Ch 5. Join with sl st to form ring.
Ch 2, work 4 DC in ring. Make into popcorn. *Ch 3, sl st in ring. Ch 3, work 5-DC Popcorn in ring. Repeat from * twice (3 popcorns). End with ch 3, sl st in top of first popcorn. Fasten off.
Attach Orange in any ch 3 space. *Ch 4, work 5 TRC in space. Ch 4, sl st in next space. Repeat from * around. End with ch 4, sl st in base of first TRC.
Ch 4, sl st in next ch 4 space. *Ch 4, work 5 TRC in space. Ch 4, sl st in next space. Repeat from * around. End with ch 4, sl st in base of first TRC. Fasten off.
The Most Important Thing
When you're making a special gift for someone, be sure to take a photo of your work before you give it away! Nothing worse than trying to recreate something from memory if you want to do it again!