A pretty hue of twine inspired a fun pair of crochet handbags.
I discovered the star crochet stitch, and I fell hard.
First, I made a bracelet with some brown twine leftover from another project.
Then I spied this green twine at Lowe’s, and was immediately inspired to make a crochet handbag.
While I knew the stitch, and the material, I hadn’t set my mind on the shape or size. So I just started crocheting.
When I’d made a decent rectangle of stars, it felt time to make the handbag clutch-size. I lined the inside with denim and used a bold purple zipper around the entire inside so that it can open completely. The strap is a yellow belt that I love, but never choose to wear as a belt.
After finishing the first twine crochet handbag, I was inspired to make another one. This time the bag would be larger and round.
The goal was to create an everyday bag that could fit all of my mom stuff and the odds-and-ends that end up in my bag when out on errands. (Note: It’s well-known that mom actually lovingly translates to ‘kind lady who carries your wrappers, used tissues, papers, and anything-else-you-don’t-want-to-hold’ in kid-speak.)
I started with crocheting one star, and then crocheting the stars in circular rows around the first.
After finishing one side, I created an identical second circle of twine crochet star stitches.
The next step is creating the lining for the bag. Essentially, it’s like sewing a fabric bag the same size as the crochet panels. The only difference is that there needs to be a strip, the width of the handle-belt that attaches the two sides of the lining.
So, using one completed round crochet panel as a guide, I cut two circles of fabric for the lining, with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Then, I used the belt as a width-guide to cut the strip of fabric that would attach to the two fabric panels.
After sewing the lining, and then sewing the lining to the crochets panels, I sewed the belt to the bag.
The second bag has a green cotton double d-ring buckle. It’s a more casual look, and I’m really into green right now. Oh, and I’m very into the star stitch.