How to make a storage bag

crochetA miniature tote bag makes a practical present in itself or it could be the container for a small gift. 

Rows of double crochet make the rectangles that form the sides and base of the bag, while the handles are slip stitch worked into chain. 

Materials 

  • 1 x 100g ball of Sirdar Calico DK in colour of your choice
  • 3.50mm hook
  • Wool needle

Size

11cm (4 1/2in) high, 10cm (4in) wide, 7cm (2 1/2in) deep


Download the storage bag project

Crochet

Tension

8 sts and 10 rows to 5cm (2in) over double crochet with 3.50mm hook

Abbreviations

ch – chain
cm – centimetres
dc – double crochet
in – inches
rep – repeat
st(s) – stitch(es)


Base
The bag is worked back and forth in rows.
Make 17 chain.

Row 1 Miss 2 ch, * 1 double crochet 10 in next ch; rep from * to end, turn. (16 sts)
 
Row 2 1 ch, [1 dc in next dc] 14 times, 1 dc in top ch of 2 ch, turn.

Row 3 1 ch, [1 dc in next dc] 14 times, 1 dc in ch.
** Rep last row 9 times. Total 12 rows.
Fasten off.


Back
As base to **.
Rep last row 19 times. Total 22 rows.
Fasten off.

Front
As back.

Sides
(make 2)
Make 12 chain.
Row 1 Miss 2 ch, * 1 dc in next ch; rep from * to end. (11 sts)
Row 2 1 ch, [1 dc in next dc] 9 times, 1 dc in top ch of 2 ch.
Row 3 1 ch, [1 dc in next dc] 9 times, 1 dc in ch. Rep last row 19 times. Total 22 rows.
Fasten off.

 

Handles
(make 2)
Make 48 chain.
Miss 1 ch, *slip stitch in next ch; rep from * to end.
Fasten off.


 

 

 

 

Finishing

Wrong sides together and with stitches lying in the same direction, use a wool needle to join a side to the back with backstitch, taking the needle under two strands of each stitch each time. Join the second side to the back in the same way and then join the sides to the front. Wrong sides together, join the base in the same way.
 
Use the crochet hook to pull the end of one handle from outside to inside between stitches on the back, then do the same with the other end. Knot both ends. Attach the second handle to the front in the same way.

Tip 

Remember that chain at the beginning of a row counts as the first stitch. So the 2 chain missed at the beginning of row 1 of the base of the bag comprise one stitch in the final count, as does the one chain made at the beginning of each following row.

 

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Last updated: 31-Jul-2013 at 5:04 PM