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Color Me Pretty Purse

Good Day everyone!

Wednesday’s are update days. This week I made this purse set for a friend. She picked out the style of purse and the colors and strap size. I simply put it all into crochet. This purse is for a 6-year-old. I am considering redesigning this purse as a clutch for us big girls.

crochet bag Color me pretty purseI used the same triple layer flower that I have featured in this week’s Fun with Flowers Post.

crochet bag Color Me Pretty PurseThere is a simple button closure.

crochet bag Color Me Pretty PurseI created a lining by hand, I do not yet have a sewing machine. I am really pleased with this lining. It is the best one I have made so far. With some really fun and colorful cupcakes, this lining goes perfectly with the color scheme of this project.

crochet bag Color Me Pretty PurseClose up of the lining.

I made a slimmer strap for this bag. And I used a contrasting color yarn to do some special stitch work all the way around.

crochet bag Color Me Pretty PurseThis is a set because it is not just a bag. There is also a hair clip and butterfly key ring in the same color scheme. I really love how this set came out. I am going to make another similar set soon to put into my shop GiftsByCricket. So keep watch for it.

What do you guys think? I would love to know! Remember I am also on Facebook and Pinterest and would love to chat with you about the best hobby in the world, Crochet!

Have fun!

Cricket

 

©2013 Photos by Crochet Cricket. They may only be shared with a direct link to this blog post. Thank you!


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New Project

Hello! Hope everyone is having a bright and sunny spring day like we are here in Quebec.

I have been working on a new bag design this week. Here is how it is coming along.

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Its a cross body bag. I attached one strap then decided to add a lining. I found a really pretty fabric.

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I am getting pretty good at hand sewing my linings. This one was much quicker than the last. Though I do plan on learning to use a sewing machine in the near future. At least basic seams.

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Here is the inside of my lining. It is ready to be sewn into the bag. Then I just have to line the strap.

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I am using another button closure and working on the design for the appliques I will use on the bag. Over all I am pleased with how it is coming along. I have a lot of this yarn and I may try selling some of these bags once I get the design worked out.

What do you guys think?

Hope you enjoyed this weekly update. Have a great day everyone!

Cricket


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Finished Bag!

**Pattern has been updated click HERE**

Yay! So I finally finished one of the little lady bags with the bow and I am super excited. Check it out.

Finished Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

Finished Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

Finished Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

Finished Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

Lining and Zipper upclose

Lining and Zipper up close

Lining and Zipper

Lining and Zipper

I had a couple of hiccups with the zipper it was tricky. But for my first zipper and lining combo I think it came out wonderfully. I hand stitched this so it’s a little rough but I really enjoyed doing it and practice makes perfect…I hope hehe. Listed below are the two links I used as reference in putting in the lining and zipper. Both are have good points.

carriewolf.net

ZipperedLiningTutorial

Check out my other Little Lady Hand Bag posts for notes on how to make these bags.

Enjoy!

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Little Lady Bag with Bow Notes

**This pattern has been updated click HERE**

Hey guys!

As you know by now I began to freestyle these handbags for the little girls in our family. This will be a quick tutorial not too much in detail because it is a work in progress. Here are my notes for the handbag with the Bow:

Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow: Turquoise

Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow: Turquoise

Begin with the base as noted on my first Little Lady Handbag post:

https://crochetcricket.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/little-lady-crochet-hand-bag/

After you have completed the first 3 rounds

Rnd 4: Treble

Rnd 5: SC

Rnd 6: Treble

Rnd 7: SC

Rnd 8: Treble with ch1 spaces (ch4 to beg,skip1 st,treble,skip 1 st,treble and continue in this manner all the way around.

Rnd 9: SC

Rnd 10: Treble

Rnd 11-13: SC

Create an edging. You can create the shell edging as I did. If you need instructions you can click on the link here.

Now create a band that is the width and length of you treble chain one row.

Weave this through and attach in center front.

Create you bow and attach it to the band. Leave long tails! This makes it so much easier.

I will be working on my lining, zipper, and straps this weekend and will keep you guys posted on those. Enjoy!

Cricket


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Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. I have been busy at work on my Little Lady Hand bags. I have modified this pattern and added a bow. I could not be more pleased with the way its turning out!

Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow

In this photo you can see the two bags I am working on. One for my daughter and one for her cousin for Christmas. I plan on using this very cute cupcake cloth for the lining and a white zipper. I will also add straps but have yet to find the right size metal rings (I’m so picky lol). I will post the instructions to this in the following days if anyone is interested in making one for a Christmas present stay tuned for that. Tonight I will just give you a list of materials I am using:

  • 4.5mm hook
  • zipper
  • colorful lining cloth
  • two different color yarns in contrasting colors
  • 2 metal rings for straps
  • needle/yarn/pins if you decided to do the lining (optional)
Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow: Turquoise

Little Lady Hand Bag with Bow: Turquoise

And as always please leave a comment telling me what you think of my creations. I’d also love to see some of your own creations if anything I have posted has inspired you. Until next time, Happy Crocheting!

Cricket


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Little Lady Crochet Bag

Hey guys,

So I have been super busy this holiday season with birthdays, Thanksgiving, and preparing for Christmas but whenever I have a few minutes to myself I can’t help but pick up my crochet hook even when I’m exhausted.

I have been working on making a bag pattern for my daughter and her cousin and I think that it’s coming along nicely. Check it out!

Finished!! well except for the buttons lol

Finished!! well except for the buttons lol

I did hand sew a lining into the bag but  it was my first time and though it adds contrast and looks nice my stitch work is primitive at the moment.

Please remember that this pattern is more like guidelines and that nothing is set in stone. You are free to make your bag as you wish and I encourage you to do so. Be creative and post photos of your creations I would love to see them!

Here is a “Quick Photo” tutorial you can use for reference. It will give you the basic overview of the process of making this bag.

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MATERIALS

  • US 7/4.5mm hook
  • Medium worsted weight yarn (2 different colors)
  • Darning needle
  • 2 metal rings for straps

Abbreviations:

  • CH – chain
  • CHS – chains
  • RND – Round
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • OPP – opposite
  • STS – stitches
  • SK – skip
  • SP – space
  • BEG – beginning
  • SL ST – slip stitch
  • SC2TOG – single crochet 2 together
  • SC3TOG – single crochet 3 together

*Note RNDs 1-3 create base of bag*

  • CH 23
  • RND 1 – SC in second CH from hook. SC in next 21 CHS. 5 SC into the last CH. Work on OPP side of CH.  SC in next 20 CHS. 4 SC in the last CH. Join. (50 STS)
  • RND 2 – CH 1. SC in next 22 STS. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next ST. 3 SC in next ST. SC in next 22 STS. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next ST. 3 SC in last ST. Join. (58 STS)
  • RND 3 – CH 1. SC in next 23 STS. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next 3 STS. 3 SC in next ST. SC in next 24 STS. 3 SC in next ST. 1 SC in next 3 STS. 3 SC in last st. Join. (66 STS) Turn to wrong Side.
Base of Bag made by first 3 rows after foundation chain by working in a circle around the foundation chain

Base of Bag made by first 3 rows after foundation chain by working in a circle around the foundation chain

Now we begin to make the body of the bag

  • RND 4 – CH 1. SC around. Join.
  • RND 5 – CH 2. HDC  around. Join.
  • RND 6- CH 3. SK 1 SP (or one ST). *1 HDC in next ST. CH 1. SK 1 SP. from * to end. Join in 2nd ST of BEG CH 3.

*Note repeating rows 5 and 6 is how I created the weaving detail. You can just crochet in the round with all sc/hdc/dc if you want. Just pick a stitch and go for it.*

  • RND 7 – REP RND 5
  • RND 8 – REP RND 6
  • RND 9 – REP RND 5
  • RND 10 – REP RND 6
  • RND 11-16 REP RND 5

The body of the bag is now finished and should look something like this.

End of Rounds and Beginning of rows for Front Flap. Ch1 spaces have been left for weaving detail to add a contrast in color.

End of Rounds and Beginning of rows for Front Flap. Ch 1 spaces have been left for weaving detail to add a contrast in color.

Before you begin to create your Front Flap you will need to SL ST over to the nearest corner of your bag. You should have 28 STS on the front panel of your bag and 28 STS on the back panel. This leaves 5 STS for each of the sides of your bag to make your straps.

Slip stitch over to the nearest corner before beginning to sc the Front Flap

Slip stitch over to the nearest corner before beginning to sc the Front Flap

Begin Rows for Front Flap

  • ROW 1 – SL ST 5 times to BEG of where your rows will start. Turn. CH 1 SC in next 28 STS.
  • ROW 2-7 – CH 1. 1 SC in 2nd ST from hook. SC to end. Turn.
  • ROW 8 – *Create Button Holes if desired* CH 1. SC in next 3 STS. CH 2. SK 2 SP. SC in next 18 STS. CH 2. SK 2 SP. SC in next 3 STS. (28 STS)
  • ROW 9 – Here I prepared for my edging. I needed 25 STS for my HDC Shell Edging because I needed it to be in multiples of 5. This is optional. You may choose another edging and need a different number of STS.  I had to decrease by 3 STS. I began by a SC2TOG at the BEG of my row and ended with a SC3TOG. (25 STS) Turn.

Edging Detail. I choose the HDC Shell Edging.

  • ROW 10 – EDGING. SL ST. *SK next ST. 5 HDC in next ST. SK next ST. SL ST in next ST. From * to end.
Front Flap with HDC shell edging and two button holes

Front Flap with HDC shell edging and two button holes

Now is the time to add your finishing details.

Make 3 chains as long as the circumference of your bag and weave them through the CH SP rows.

Weaving detail made by weaving chain a long pc of ch'd yarn through Ch1 spaces

Weaving detail made by weaving chain a long PC of CH yarn through Ch1 spaces

Sew in all your tales.

Add your buttons (which I haven’t done yet lol I misplaced my buttons)

Create your strap. To make the strap I did a chain of 6, sc in 2nd chain from hook and chained 1 on rows to make a strap 5 sc wide. Make your strap as long as needed for your child. I made mine a little too long so I tied a knot at the end and it gives it a nice look.

To attach your strap to the bag you will need to attach your contrasting colored yarn (grey in my case) and use the 5 sc spaces on each corner. I did 4 rows. Then you insert your metal rings and sew the seams closed. Make sure you sew this tightly because it is here that the weight of the bag will rest.

Straps made 5sc in width, Ch6 on Foundation row and ch 1 on turn Rows

Straps made 5sc in width, Ch6 on Foundation row and ch 1 on turn Rows

Your Finished!! Congratulations. or if you want to add a lining…

Your almost finished!! Congratulations. Hehe. This is optional.

I used a tutorial I found on carriewolf.net http://carriewolf.net/tag/crochet-purse-pattern/

This is what my bag looks like with the lining. I did it by hand and its my first so its very rough. By all means use a sewing machine if you have one lol.

Use Linked tutorial to add a handsewn or machine sewn lining to your bag.

Use Linked tutorial to add a hand sewn or machine sewn lining to your bag.

Viola! Now you have a cute little lady bag for your daughter. I hope she loves it as much as my daughter does.

Please let me know what you think of these instructions. I would really appreciate any tips your have on my pattern. Thanks! and Happy Crocheting!