your Buckle Bag, I am trying my hand at a tutorial. I took these photos during construction and
tried to capture every step that needed clarification. I apologize for the quality of the photos – I
was working on this at night after the little ones were asleep so the lighting
is not the best.
dimensions as crocheted pieces and hand stitching to backs.
the bag full. This is two layers of
crinoline, but I was originally looking for a very stiff canvas. Any stiff fabric should do fine.
placing slide buckle through ribbon before stitching. (I didn’t take a picture of just the pocket
with the ribbon folded, but this is how I laid it out before I tucked the ends
under and sewed in place.)
leaving top open.
taller than crocheted pieces and sewing together by hand or machine with ½”
seam allowances on all sides. I
apologize, I did not take a picture of just the lining after it was sewn.
next step after finishing the crochet and fixing the pocket. I love having a lining as it really makes the
bag look professional. I get so many
compliments on this bag!
desired, and pin to top of crocheted bag with right side of fabric showing
inside bag. Here it is ready to be sewn
with pins in place. Fits nicely!
even went through the crocheted bag with my machine stitching – you can’t even
really tell.) I wish I had taken a
picture of this step! You can see how
the bias tape is positioned in the photo below. Hand sew the rest of the lining with a whip stitch,
or machine stitch around the top of the bag.
my CGOA conference, not thinking that I would carry it much (especially with it
being white), but I have found that I love
this bag!! It is roomy and easy to carry
and I’ve even managed to keep it clean after carrying it for weeks! I did add a very stiff piece of cardboard to
the bottom to help the bottom stay flat and next time I make one I will add
interior pockets, but for a basic tote it is amazing. I can’t wait to try my hand at another bag
design! Hope you enjoy!The crochet instructions for the bag can be found here.
I created this bag to take to the CGOA conference a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a large tote (this measures 11″ tall x 14 1/2″ wide and 5″ deep) that I could carry all of my class info and papers in. I like chunky textures so I used three strands of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease held together with a P hook – it worked up super fast. The pocket on the front carried business cards and keys. Since I wanted it to keep its shape I gave it a fabric lining and added real handles instead of crocheting them.
Overall I am really pleased with how this turned out and got great reviews of it at the conference from other crochet lovers. The skill level on this is easy and it makes a good project for beginners since there is no shaping – simply hdc and slip stitches. So – without further ado…
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- Yarn needle
- Lining and Backing Fabrics (optional) – 1 yard each
- Purse Handles
- 1/2 yard 1 ½” ribbon
- 1 slide buckle 1 ½”
hdc, 1 hdc into next sl st; rep from * ending sl st into top of turning ch,
Sew ribbon in place around pocket, placing slide buckle through ribbon before stitching. Sew lining fabric to back of pocket, if desired.
seam allowances on all sides.
desired, and hand sew to top of crocheted bag with a whip stitch with right
side of fabric showing inside bag. Attach handles.