If you’ve seen some of my purse and handbag designs but felt they were a little too intimidating, I have something just for you. Here’s an easy, beginner friendly crochet purse project that doesn’t require a lot of hardware or sewing.
It’s a really casual clutch/shoulder bag that’s comfortable to wear, durable and simple to make. I love making my own bags because you can make them specifically to match the season, outfit or occasion.
If you’d like to purchase the printable PDF version with photo and video tutorial included, visit me on Etsy here.
- Hoooked Ribbon XL / 131 yards 120 meter for each skein
- Colors pictured ( color A Earth Taupe = 1 ) ( color B Bubblegum Pink = 1 skein )
- Crochet hook size 6mm
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
- Chain strap
- Chain hook
- Magnetic purse closure
Stitches used & code
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- rep = repeat
- sk = skip
- pm = place marker
- rs = right side
- ws = wrong side
Gauge unblocked : 5 sc x 5 rows = 2″
Measurement : 10.5″ wide x 6.5″ tall
Row 1 ( ws ) color A : ch 25, 1 sc into second ch from hook and each ch st across. Total of 24 st
Row 2 ( rs ) color A : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), 1 sc into each st across. Total of 24 st
Row 3 – 30 rep row 2 ( color A )
*After you have 30 rows, we’ll make sc around the edge (pm into first st). Total of 108 st around the edge
Join the bag
Fold your purse in half with the wrong sides facing each other. I used flat slip stitch join with the color B. I join 30 stitches together, so I should have 15 flat slip stitch join. Check picture below for the flat slip stitch join
Row 1 ( rs ) color B : Add new yarn into the first st on the right corner, 1 sc into each st across. Total of 24 st
Row 2 ( ws ) color B : Turn, ch 1 ( do not count as a st ), sk first st, 1 sc into each st till you have 2 st left, sk next st, 1 sc into last st. Total 22 st
Row 3 – 13 rep row 2 ( color B )
You will decrease 2 st in each row (1 st on each side)
Congratulations on our new purse! I hope you enjoyed this beginner friendly purse project. If you’d like to try a slightly more advanced purse, you might like this circle purse design here.