My daughter loves bags and as soon as she sees one she swings it over her little shoulder and puts her arm out to hold it there! That, of course, is the cutest thing ever but not very comfortable for her because it keeps falling off. So I designed this crossbody bag specifically to help her keep the purse on while picking up and putting all her toys inside.
To embellish the bag I used mini pom-poms that are easily found at your local craft store. They are holding pretty well and she loved looking at the colors. I used some cotton thread I had in my yarn stash but a regular sewing thread will work just as well.
I have had someone say on my Instagram that it could be turned into a watermelon or an upside-down rainbow! This template of a purse can be turned into anything you want and it’s a great one skein project that works up quickly! I hope you enjoy it! And if you do, don’t forget to tag me in any of the social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram! I would love to see your creation!
- Worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart
- mini pom-poms (optional)
- yarn needle
- H 8-5.00 mm hook size
- measuring tape for straps
The bag is formed as a semi-circle. When after each round you will chain 3 and turn unless told otherwise.
MC – magic circle – Video Demonstration
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
CH – chain
st(s) – stitch
FO – fasten off
- Round 1 – 7 DC in MC, ch 3, turn.
- Round 2 – 2DC in each st, ch 3, turn.
- Round 3 – *DC in the first st, 2DC in the next. Repeat * to the end. Ch 3, turn.
- Round 4 – *DC in the next 2 sts, 2DC in the next. Repeat * to the end.
- Round 5 – *DC in the next 3 sts, 2DC in the next. Repeat * to the end.
- Round 6 – *DC in the next 4 sts, 2DC in the next. Repeat * to the end.
- Round 7 – *DC in the next 5 sts, 2DC in the next. Repeat * to the end.
- Round 8 – DC across
- Round 9 – DC across
- Round 10 – DC across
Chain 1 after round 10 and SC along the top edge of the bag making it taller. Ch 1 at the end of each row until you have 6 rows in total. FO and weave in all the ends. Make sure to pull the MC tight.
Sew both panels together. You can also slip stitch along the edge as another option. Below is the method I prefer to close.
Turn it right side out.
To make the long braided strap I cut 9, 40-inch length strands. And attach one side to the side of the bag and make a knot. Pull the strands through with a hook. Make a braid and do the same on the other side.
To add the mini pom-poms I simply used a yarn needle and some thread. I crossed over 3x to reinforce the pom and cut the excess thread. Make sure you insert the needle through the center of the pom to secure it.
And then you are done! Now all left to do is give it to a special little girl to use as a crossbody or you can easily make a knot at the top of the strap to shorten it and use over the shoulder!