In this article I am going to share a simple, pretty crochet handbag pattern.
Providing you with a cute little handbag that you will be very proud to show off.
Check out the free pattern for your new crochet handbag now!
Crochet Handbag Pattern
This crochet handbag pattern is based around the traditional granny square, but given a modern twist with the color and texture of the yarn.
I have finished mine off with a recycled blue leather handle from an old handbag from my own collection.
I finished creating the pattern a few days ago, and have already got a lot of use out of this fun little handbag.
It holds up well to use, and has even survived being played with by my 3 year old daughter. Which is no small feat!
If you want to skip straight to the pattern, then scroll down the page and find the details under the heading ‘Crochet Handbag Pattern’.
If you are new to crochet and want the ins and outs of how it can be produced, then let’s take a look now:
Recycling Your Old Handbags
One of the great things about this bag, is that a key part can be recycled from a handbag that you don’t use any more.
The handle I have chosen for the bag pictured was from a bag my husband brought for me on honeymoon.
A lovely dyed leather piece, which unfortunately came apart at the seems after a few years of use. When I sadly got rid of the bag, I kept the handle out of sentiment.
Since then I have been inspired to keep the handles from all of the bags I no longer have a use for, and they make a great addition to my crochet accessories box.
Alternative Crochet Handbag Handles
Don’t worry if you haven’t already got a handle that you can recycle for your crochet handbag.
Simply use a matching color to make a handle as described in this pattern.
Crochet Handbag Colors
I love playing around with colors when I am crocheting. The colors I chose for this handbag were inspired by the handbag handle which I re-used.
If you have a handle already, then I recommend color matching one of the yarns to the made shade of the handle. This will help to tie it in with the rest of the bag.
Pick secondary and tertiary colors which contrast this bulk color nicely, but compliment each other by using the same hue.
If you look at the finished pictures of this crochet handbag, you will see that I chose a dark and pale shade of pink to show off the bright blue of the handle and main bag color.
If you find it tricky choosing colors for your crochet projects, then why not try making a single square before you begin work on the entire bag.
Crochet Handbag Stitches
To make this crochet bag you will need fairly few crochet techniques. Those required include making a circle using a chain, chaining, double crocheting (US), and joining granny squares together.
If you are unfamiliar with any of these techniques or would like a little refresh, then here’s what you need to know:
Crocheting A Chain & Chain Loop
You can watch my instructional video on how to crochet a chain here:
To make a loop from your chain, simply make the requisite number of stitches then put your hook through the first chain.
Yarn over, pull back through the chain, then back through the loop on your hook.
Double Crocheting (US)
When I write patterns, I use the US terminology.
To make a Double Crochet or dc, do the following:
- Yarn over and insert your hook into the stitch required by the pattern.
- Yarn over hook
- Pull the yarn through the stitch. You will now have three loops on your hook
- Yarn over hook
- Pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook. You will now have two loops on your hook
- Yarn over hook
- Pull the yarn through the remaining loops on your hook
Joining Granny Squares Together
To join your granny squares together in this pattern, you are going to use a simple slip stitch to attach them.
To make a slip stitch you will need to first attach your yarn to your hook, as shown in the chaining video above.
Then put your hook through corresponding stitches in both of the granny squares to be joined.
Yarn over the hook and pull back through both squares, and through the single loop on your hook.
I will give more details of the method required to successfully join your crochet handbag together in the pattern detailed below.
Crochet Handbag Equipment
To make this crochet handbag you will need the following equipment.
- Size D/3mm Crochet Hook
- 50g dark pink 100% cotton yarn
- 100g pale pink 100% cotton yarn
- 100g turquoise 100% cotton yarn
- Yarn Needle
- Recycled Handbag Handle
The yarn needle is not essential, but will help you to sew in the loose yarn ends when you have finished constructing your crochet handbag.
Crochet Handbag Pattern
To begin your crochet handbag pattern, you will need to make a stack of crochet granny squares in the required colors.
Your base granny squares can be plain as they won’t show, but the rest will have distinctive row colorings.
Granny Square Pattern
Following this pattern you will need to make 34 granny squares in total.
Make four squares just in the dark pink color. The rest use the color changes shown below:
Using your 3mm crochet hook and dark pink yarn, make a chain of four stitches and join to make a loop
Chain 3 to form the first dc, then make 2dc into the centre of the loop. *Chain 3, then make 3dc into the centre of the loop. Repeat from * two more times. Then slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3 to join.
Cut off the loose end and change for pale pink yarn.
Slip stitch into the first chain 3 gap and chain three to make the first dc. 2dc into same gap, then chain 3, then 3dc into the gap. Chain 1. *3dc into the next corner gap, chain 1, then 3dc again. Repeat from * in the remaining two corners. Slip stitch to join into the top of the first chain 3.
Cut off the loose end and remain in the pale pink yarn.
Slip stitch into the first chain 3 gap corner, then make 2dc. Chain 3, then 3 dc into the gap. Chain 1, *3dc into the central gap. Chain 1. 3dc, ch 3, 3dc into the next corner. Chain 1. Repeat from * until the square is complete. Then slip stitch into the top of the original chain 3 to join.
Cut off the loose end and change to the blue yarn.
Slip stitch into the first corner gap. Ch3, 2dc, ch3, 3dc. *Chain 1, then 3dc into the next gap along. Ch1, then 3dc into the next gap. 3dc into the corner, ch3, 3dc. Repeat from * until the end of the square.
Joining Your Crochet Handbag Together
To join your crochet handbag pattern together, you will first need to lay out your granny squares in the intended pattern as shown here.
Put your dark pink base squares face up and the rest facing down.
To keep a strong base that holds the sides up easily, sew the outsides of the base squares on the edge which will be exposed.
Sew the rest of the edges together on the sides that won’t be seen.
To join the squares together use a slip stitch through corresponding stitches along each adjoining edge.
Once the edges have been sewn together, all that remains is to sew the ends of the handles onto the sides of the bag.