Crochet Patterns for Purses and Bags

Jun 9, 2024 | CC Knits Blog

We wanted to share various crochet patterns for purses and bags, catering to different skill levels and styles. even if they are not free patterns.  Simply because we love making bags and have used several of these patterns which we purchased.  It doesn’t hurt to sometimes fork out a little money for a quality, easy to follow pattern.

The Appeal of Crochet Purses and Bags

Crochet purses and bags are popular for several reasons:

  • Customization: You can tailor the size, color, and design to your personal taste.
  • Eco-friendliness: Handmade bags can be more sustainable than mass-produced alternatives.
  • Unique Gifts: A handmade purse or bag makes a thoughtful and unique gift.
  • Skill Development: Creating these items helps improve crochet skills, from basic stitches to more complex patterns.

Basic Tools and Materials

Before diving into specific patterns, ensure you have the following tools and materials:

  • Yarn: Cotton yarn is popular for bags due to its durability and easy maintenance. You might also use acrylic or other fibers depending on the desired texture and strength.
  • Crochet Hooks: Choose a hook size that complements your yarn. Common sizes range from 3.5mm to 6.5mm.
  • Scissors: Essential for cutting yarn.
  • Tapestry Needle: Useful for weaving in ends and sewing pieces together.
  • Stitch Markers: Helpful for keeping track of your place in complex patterns.

Popular Crochet Patterns for Purses and Bags

Classic Tote Bags

willow bag - crochet patterns for purses and totes

The Willow Bag

The Willow Bag Crochet Pattern from designer NastjaCrochets is perfect for beginners.  The bag should take approximately 4 to 5 hours to make.

Difficulty:  Easy
Yarn:  Cotton

This pattern has great reviews on Etsy.

3 tote bags in one pattern

3 Crochet Handbags in one pattern

Here is a pattern that offers 3 different sizes of tote / handbags in one downloadable file.  All three patterns have full video tutorials with detailed explanations.

This pattern comes from MonoMeyStudio on Etsy and has great reviews.

crochet blossom tote bags

Blossom Tote Bag

This is one of CC Knits original pattern designs for the crochet blossom tote bag.  Comes with detailed instructions and photos.  This pattern is for easy skill level, beginner crochet.

You will need some D-shaped handles, a 4.0 mm crochet hook and some #4 weight cotton yarn for this pattern.  Finished Size is 17″W x 11.5″H. But this pattern gives you a lot of versatility to make it in the size or colors that you prefer.

Aloha Crochet Beach Tote Bag

The Aloha Tote Bag

This is also one of CC Knits original pattern designs for the crochet Aloha tote bag.  Comes with detailed instructions. This bag pattern is for beginner level crocheters.

You will need a 4.0 mm crochet hook and some #4 weight yarn for this pattern.  Finished Size is 18” wide X 18.5” tall.

You can download and begin making this pattern today.  Please note that all CC Knits prices are in Canadian Dollars. $

The Granny Square Bag

Magnolia tote Bag

The Magnolia Tote Bag

This classic granny square tote bag is from designer MamaInAStitch.  I absolutely love the Boho style of this vintage looking bag.

The great thing about granny square bags, is you can bring your project with you anywhere as you are making up the squares at first.  

Summer Days granny square crochet pattern from All About Ami

Summer Days Daisy Bag

This beautiful summer bag is from designer AllAbout Ami. It is a wonderful reflection of sunny summer days.

This pattern has amazing reviews and in high demand.  It is one of Etsy’s picks.  

Recommend cotton yarn for most crochet bags, usually a #4 weight cotton.  This pattern skill level is easy for beginners.

large granny square bag crochet pattern.

Large Granny Square Bag

This is a larger granny square bag, that can be used for a beach bag or market bag.  This pattern is from designer DiBagsLT.

This pattern has great reviews and is a bestselling pattern.

These granny squares are very colourful and you could probably make one of these with your leftover yarn.

Market Bags

market bag crochet patterns for purses and bags

Market Bag

Market bags are versatile for their uses and fun and easy to make.  This pattern is from designer MeAndCrochetUS.

Simplistic in style, yet perfect to take anywhere you would use re-usable bags.  At the grocery store or farmer’s market.  I love this bag.

Farmer's Market Bag crochet pattern

Farmers Market Bag

Another beautiful market bag pattern from designer LambandCoDesigns.

Most market bags are very easy to make, yet very versatile in their uses.  Take along with you when you go antique shopping, grocery shopping, road trips and picnics or your take to work lunch.

Granny square scrap bag pattern

Granny Square Scrap Bag

Want to use up your scrap yarn and make something not only useful, but beautiful?  This granny square scrap bag pattern is from designer SalenaBacaPatterns.

I love the colours she uses in this pattern.  Very bright and appealing.  This is a larger bag, made with #4 cotton.  

Purses and Clutch Bags

The Vicki Bag Crochet Pattern

The Vicki Bag

What a beautiful looking purse from designer TheCrochetVillage.  This bag looks Boho style and is available for download now.

The Vicki Crochet bag is perfect for those with intermediate skills.  A gorgeous and functional bag crafted from three granny squares.

clutch purse crochet patterns for purses and bags

Sappho Clutch Purse

I absolute adore this clutch purse from designer KikiCrochetDesigns.  This purse looks so elegant.  Perfect for a night out or take it on vacation with you.

I love the fact that it’s a clutch purse, yet you can add a strap.  

Areti Clutch Purse crochet pattern

Areti Clutch Purse

Another great pattern from KikiCrochetDesigns.  This Areti clutch purse is beautiful and versatile.

This bag is chic, unique and it takes about three days to complete.  It is a great gift idea.  Pattern can be followed by even a beginner, with detailed step-by-step guide and photos.


Tips for Crocheting Purses and Bags

  • Gauge Matters: Ensure your stitches are consistent in size to avoid uneven edges.
  • Reinforcement: Consider reinforcing handles and the bottom of the bag to prevent stretching and sagging.
  • Finishing Touches: Weave in all ends securely and consider adding a lining to prevent items from poking through and to give the bag a polished look.
  • Blocking: Block your finished piece to shape it properly, especially for structured bags.

Crocheting purses and bags is a rewarding endeavor that combines creativity and functionality. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced crocheter, there’s a pattern out there to match your skill level and style preference. With the right materials, a bit of patience, and a love for crafting, you can create beautiful, unique bags that you’ll be proud to use or gift. So, grab your yarn and hook and start stitching your way to a new favorite accessory!


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