Crochet Purse – Free Pattern
Both my girls absolutely love wearing purses! I made a basic handbag for them years ago but I felt it was time to step up my game and design a pattern that I would love to wear and be proud to give as a gift to either children or to an adult.
The purse is big enough to fit a phone (measured with an iPhone 11), keys, small wallet, lip gloss and more! The handbag body is made with half double crochet stitches and the flap stays closed with the button so your purse contents don’t fall out.
Crochet Purse Strap Pattern
One of my favorite things about this purse is the crochet purse straps. They are made with the beautiful star stitch and really complete the look.
The pattern includes instructions on how to make the crochet strap pattern bigger or smaller so you can customize the size to fit any age and any style (cross body, shoulder or leave the strap off completely and make it a clutch!)
Crochet Straps for Bag
The pattern also includes instructions on how to attach straps to the bag securely.
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Makes a Great Crochet Girls Purse Pattern!
For my daughter’s sixth birthday, I made a purse for her in her favorite color and filled it with goodies! To make it for a child/kid, simply follow the child-size strap instructions. The rest of the pattern is the same. I used the same yarn as the grey purse pictured throughout this post but in the color Lavender.
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Crochet Purse Pattern Details
Finished purse, using the yarn listed below and a H/8 (5.00 mm) hook, is 8.75″ wide and 5.5″ high. You can adjust the strap to make it a shoulder bag, cross-body bag or leave off the strap all together to make it a clutch. You can also make it for children or adults. Sizes for the strap are included in the strap section of the pattern.
4″ x 4″ of hdc stitches (made as a flat swatch – not in the round) = 14 hdc and 10 rows
Yarn: 285 yds. / 260 m of any worsted weight (4) yarn.
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn, Solid in Pale Gray. This yarn is medium (4) weight and 100% acrylic. The size is 4.5 oz / 127.5 g. A skein is 285 yd./260m and you only need one skein.
Crochet Hook Size: H/8 (5.00mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Other Materials: yarn needle, 2 stitch markers, scissors, measuring tape, thread, sewing needle and one 1″ / 25mm button.
This Star Flap Purse Crochet Pattern is written in English for right-handed crochet using standard US crochet terminology. If you’re more familiar with UK terminology, check out my US to UK Conversion Chart.
st = stitch
sts = stitches
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
YO = yarn over
BLO = back loops only
Crochet Purse PATTERN NOTES:
- The strap is made separately and then sewn onto the purse.
- The purse is made from the bottom up.
- Always start a row or a round in the same stitch as the chain (unless instructed not to).
- Chains never count as stitches.
- On the flap, if you find there is an unwanted gap between the first star and the chain sts, you can mend it after the flap is completed using a yarn needle and yarn to make the gap less noticeable.
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Crochet Purse Pattern Instructions
With H/8 (5.00 mm) hook, ch 30.
Round 1: In 3rd ch from hook, hdc in top loop of the ch (Interweave has a great diagram of where the top loop is here). Hdc in top loop of next 26 chains. In last ch, 3 hdc into same ch. Continue working along the other side. Working along the other side, hdc in the next 26 gaps.
In the last gap, 3 hdc into same gap. (59 sts). Sk the 2 chain sts and sl st into top of 1st hdc.
Round 2: Ch 1 and turn. Hdc in the BLO (the loop furthest away from you) of each st around (60 sts – an extra st will be made). Sl st into both loops of the top of 1st hdc to join. (Work in both loops from now on).
Round 3: Ch 2. Do not turn. Hdc in each st around. (60 sts). Sl st into top of 1st hdc to join.
Round 4: Ch 1. Do not turn. Sk 1st st (the st attached to ch). Hdc in next st and in each st around. Hdc into the st that was skipped at the beginning of the round by working over the chain. If you need help understanding how to work over the chain, here’s a video showing how (at the 1:20 mark). (60 sts). Sl st into top of 1st hdc to join.
Rounds 5, 7, 9 & 11: Repeat Round 3.
Rounds: 6, 8, 10 & 12: Repeat Round 4.
*Note: you will be turning and making 26 hdc sts across the most centered sts across the row (the back of the purse body). Use stitch markers to note where those 26 most centered sts start and end to ensure they are centered. The goal is to find out where you should start the 1st hdc. You can sl st in either direction to arrive at that 1st hdc. If you need to sl st left (continuing in your current direction before turning), sl st as needed then ch 1 and turn and begin your hdcs. If you need to sl st right (the opposite from your current direction), ch 1 and turn, sl st as needed then ch 1 and begin your hdcs. If no sl sts are needed, ch 1 and turn and begin your hdcs.
Row 1: See note above. Hdc into the next 26 sts (26 sts)
Starting Star: Ch 3 and turn. Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook and pull through loop (2 loops on hook). Insert hook into next ch and pull through loop (3 loops on hook). Insert hook into 1st st and pull through loop (4 loops on hook). Insert hook into next st and pull through loop (5 loops on hook). Insert hook into next st and pull through loop (6 loops on hook). YO and pull yarn through all 6 loops. Ch 1 to complete the 1st star.
Regular Star (the image below shows exact locations): Insert hook into the ch 1 space that you just created (the eye of the star) and pull through loop (2 loops on hook). The star you just created has 6 “spikes,” with the 1st spike being closest to the top. Insert your hook in between the 5th and 6th spike and pull through loop (3 loops on hook). The 6th spike is attached to the next st. Insert your hook into the st attached to 6th spike and pull through loop (4 loops on hook). Insert hook into next st and pull through loop (5 loops on hook). Insert hook into next st and pull through loop (6 loops on hook). YO and pull yarn through all 6 loops. Ch 1 to complete the star.
Repeat Regular Star instructions 10 more times across row (12 stars made in total – 1 starting star and 11 regular stars). 2 hdc in the last st.
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. Hdc in the 1st st. 2 hdc into the eye of the each star across. Hdc into the last st (26 sts).
Rows 4, 6 & 8: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 5, 7 & 9: Repeat Row 3.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
With the front of the purse body facing down and the flap up (with the right side facing up), attach a new strand of yarn with a sl st to the top left corner where the flap meets the purse body (into Row 1 of the Purse Flap – the row of hdc sts).
Left Side of Flap Border: Work down the side of the flap. Tip: make your stitches very loose. *In the space between the row of hdc and the star, (sc, sl st) into the same space. In the space after the star and before the row of hdc, (sc, sl st) into the same space.* Repeat from * to * a total of 4 times (16 sts). In the corner st, 3 sc into same st (ensure that it’s an hdc you are working in, not the sl st where you just fastened off). Do not fasten off.
Bottom of Flap Border: Work along the bottom. *Sk next st. (Sc, sl st) into next st.* Repeat from * to * a total of 6 times (12 sts). Ch 3 and sk next st. *(Sc, sl st) into next st. Sk next st.* Repeat from * to * a total of 5 times (10 sts). Sl st into next st. In corner st, 3 sc into same st. Do not fasten off.
Right Side of Flap Border: Work up side of flap. Do not work in the spaces. Work into one or two loops of the stitches (either chains or hdcs) along the ends evenly. (Sc, sl st) into same st up the side for a total of 8 times (2 per row). (16 sts). Sl st into row of hdc to join. Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Crochet Bag Strap
- Leave 12′′ before starting your chains (you will use that to attach the straps to the purse).
- You can make the strap any size you’d like by adjusting the number of starting chains in multiples of 2 + 1 (an odd number).
- Remember the strap will stretch when items are in the purse. The strap is attached 2′′ below the top of the purse body so whatever strap size you’d like to make, ensure you account for the extra 4′′ (2′′ on each side).
- The strap measurements after the first row will be significantly less then the measurements after both rows are completed.
Check your Strap Measurements (Optional)
The size of your strap will depend on your tension and your yarn. Because some have said their completed strap length is much shorter than mine, before you begin the strap, I recommend checking to see if your measurements match mine. If they don’t, you can adjust your number of starting chains to get the size you would like (example sizes and number of starting chains are provided below).
My Strap Measurements: ch 39 and followed the Strap Instructions for Row 1 & 2 (17 stars created) = 10” x 1.25”
How to Check and Calculate Strap Starting Chains:
- Ch 39 and follow the Strap Instructions for Row 1 & 2.
- Measure the length of your strap in inches and make note of this number.
- Determine your desired length strap length in inches (example sizes below) and make note of this number.
Use this Strap Calculator to determine how many starting chains you should make.
Purse STRAP SIZING & STARTING CHAINS
Remember to leave a 12″ tail before starting your chains.
Kid-Size Strap for Shoulder Bag: for a strap that’s 33′′ (measured before it’s attached), ch 121. (This size makes the purse land at the hip of a child who is 4′ tall when wearing on a shoulder (not cross-body)).
Adult-Size Strap for Shoulder Bag: for a strap that’s approx. 44″ (measured before it’s attached), ch 161. (This size makes the purse land at the hip of a woman who is 5.8′ tall when wearing on a shoulder (not cross body)).
Adult-Size Strap for Cross-Body Bag: for a strap that’s approx. 55″ (measured before it’s attached), ch 201. (This size makes the purse land at the hip of a woman who is 5.8′ tall when wearing it cross-body).
Purse STRAP INSTRUCTIONS
Note: I recommend working in the back ridge loops of each ch for a nice strap edge. Interweave has a great diagram of where the back ridge loop is here.
Row 1: Starting Star: Insert hook into the back ridge loop of the 2nd ch from hook and pull through loop. Insert hook and pull through loops in each of the next 4 chains (you will have 6 loops on hook). YO and pull yarn through all 6 loops on hook. Ch 1.
Regular Star: Insert hook into the ch 1 space that you just created (the eye of the star) and pull through loop (2 loops on hook). Insert your hook in between the 5th and 6th spike and pull through loop (3 loops on hook). Insert your hook in the ch attached to 6th spike and pull through loop (4 loops on hook). Insert hook into back ridge loop of next ch and pull through loop (5 loops on hook). Insert hook into back ridge loop of next ch and pull through loop (6 loops on hook). YO and pull through all 6 loops. Ch 1 to complete the star.
Continue making regular stars all the way down the chain. Hdc in the last st.
Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. 2 hdc into the eye of each star across. Hdc in the last st.
Fasten off leaving a 12′′ tail.
How to Attach the Strap to the Purse/Bag
Ensure that the right side of the strap is facing up. Using a yarn needle and the tails, attach the straps on both sides approx 2″ away from the top of the purse body. Weave in and out along the outsides and across the top where the strap is attached to the purse body. Weave into the inside of the purse only (ensure your stitches don’t go through to the outside). I recommend always going through two loops when attaching to the inside of the purse to ensure the strap doesn’t pull stitches. Weave in loose ends.
Sew on Button
With thread and a sewing needle, attach button in the center of the 5th row of hdc sts (counted from the bottom).
And that’s it! Now you have a delightful new purse! I hope you enjoyed making this purse pattern.
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