Crochet Festival Bag
This week I am very excited to share one of my favourite designs with you, my crochet Festival Bag. I have been wanting to create a design like this for a while. It has a little of my hippie side in it and is perfect for anyone who is going to be attending a music festival this summer. It was for a music festival that I originally wanted this bag for. In case you didn’t know I am a huge country music fan and every year I love to go to a country festival in the UK, along with a couple of other gigs across the year. Having a bag which can store my valuables but not get in the way of the crowds, isn’t too large and fits in with the feel of the festival is important and this is why I designed the festival bag.
I have actually made two versions of this Festival bag, the smaller bag, which measures 26cm in each direction was the bag I used at the music festival this year. It was perfect to contain the essentials, small purse, keys, phone, tissues, lip balm and ear plugs and had a small amount of space to spare too. It is an over the shoulder design and so I didn’t worry about using it and with its zip closure I was happy my valuables were secure. It is nice and lightweight so didn’t get heavy carrying it all day and was quick to take off and open to go through all the security check points. In the taupe colour, with the patterned squares, plaited strap and added fringe the design fitted in perfectly.
Coming home from the festival I continued to use this little bag, but with kids it became apparent I needed to make a slightly larger version, so I could git some wipes and drinks and snacks in for the kids too and so I made another bag with Bernat Home Maker Dec and a larger hook. This bag is perfect, I can fit a drink for me and both kids, snacks, wipes, everything listed above and a market bag too incase its needed, and sometimes I have room to spare too. I used a magnetic bag clasp rather than a zip to close this one, and added the extra closing flap to make it a little more secure, but this bag needed to be more easily accessible for when an emergency snack needs to be grabbed! The larger bag ended up being 36 cm squares and is definitely a more family friendly festival bag. I made this bag strap slightly smaller to carry on one shoulder rather than cross body but either way could work.
The construction of this crochet Festival bag is pretty simple, you make the squares, join them together, add the fringe, lining and strap and you are done. The pattern has the details to add the closing flap if desired and this could easily be made on the larger or smaller bag. The only real difference between the two is the material and hook size used to make them. You can get really creative with this bag, choose different colours, add the flap or not, add the fringe of not and you get multiple variations. In fact I think when the weather gets hot this will be a great cool project to make in multiple designs and colours.
The free pattern for both options of the crochet Festival Bag can be found below, but you can also purchase the ad free pdf for a small fee from my Etsy shop here. I hope that you enjoy this pattern and love making and using this bag as much as I did/do! I look forward to seeing everyones creations and maybe making some more of my own.
See you next week,
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag
- For the smaller bag – Lily Sugar n Cream – 4 x 70g balls in any colours you choose – I used taupe;
- For the larger Bag – Bernat Home Maker Dec – 350g in any colour you choose – I used black
- 5mm (small size) or 8mm (large size) hook
- 2 fat quarters for lining
- Magnetic bag clip or zip for preferred fastening
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch List
Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern. All terms used are American.
- Sc – single crochet
- Ch – chain
- inc – increase
- Hdc – half double crochet
- Dc – double crochet
- Trc – treble crochet
- m/c – magic circle
- sl st – slip stitch
- f/l – front loops
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
- There is no specific gauge for this bag, the smaller bag size squares are 8cm across and the larger squares are 12cm across.
- The bag is constructed by making granny squares which are then crocheted together to form the bag. The fringe and lining are added and the strap is the finishing touch.
- The finished bags measure 26cm square (small bag) and 36cm square (large bag). Both measurements exclude the fringe.
- The bag has the option of different closing methods, you could use a zip or magnetic bag clasp to close as the small bag, or add a flap with loop and flower to close as on the large bag.
Festival Square – work 18 squares for main bag and 3 additional squares if making the bag with a flap closing
|1||5 sc in m/c, sl st||5|
|2||Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same stitch, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) x 4, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch||10 dc|
|3||Sc in each dc and ch all around, sl st||20|
|4||(sc inc) x 20, sl st||40|
|5||(2 sc, hdc, dc, trc, ch 2, trc, dc, hdc, 2 sc) x 4, sl st||40 & 4 ch 2 corners|
|Cast off and sew in all ends|
Flower – work 1 for flap closing
|1||5 sc in m/c||5|
|2||(sc inc) x 5||10|
|4||In f/l only [ (sc, hdc, dc, trc, ch 1) in 1st stitch, (trc, dc, hdc, sc) in 2nd stitch ] * 5 , sl st and cast off with a long tail||40|
|5||Use the long tail to weave around the back loops of round 4 and pull tight to form a dome, leave long tail to sew to bag.|
To put bag together;
- Lay out your squares in 3 rows, each row should have 6 squares in it.
- Sc the squares together to create a grid 6 x 3 then sew in all the ends.
- Fold the bag in half so you have 3 x 3 squares to form the front and 3 x 3 squares to form the back of the bag. Make sure all the sc rows face outwards on the bag and sc the sides of the bag together. Sew in the ends.
- Sc around the top edge of the bag to neaten it up. Sew in ends.
- To add the fringe I turned the bag upside down and followed this tutorial; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydGcCOp4e6E . My fringe is about 10cm long but you can make it longer or shorter as required.
Lining and closing the bag;
- Now is a good time to line the bag and decide how you are going to close it.
- The easiest way to line the bag is to cut out 2 squares 2 inches bigger in each direction than the size of your bag. Sew 3 sides of the pieces together. Place the lining inside your bag so that the seams cannot be seen once the lining is in place. Pin the lining to the top of the bag folding down the edges. If you are using a magnetic bag clasp then it will need to be added before you sew the lining to the bag. If you are using a zip you can pin this and sew at the same time as the lining. Finish the lining by sewing it to the top of the bag.
- If you are going to add a flap then sc 3 squares together in 1 row and sc around the edge of the flap, make sure to add a ch loop in the centre of the long side of the flap (you will need to adjust this to the size of your flower – I used ch 8 for the large bag). Sew in all ends
- Then sc the flap to the top edge of the back of the bag only.
- Sew the flower in between the 1st and 2nd rows on the front centre of the bag in line with the ch 8 to secure the bag shut.
The bag Strap;
- Decide how long you want your strap to be and then cut a length of yarn 4 times longer than you want the strap. You will need to cut 18 strands this length.
- Fold each of the strands in half and make a slip knot through the top two squares on the right hand side of the bag. Divide the strands into 3 equal portions with 12 strands in each piece and plait until you have around 10-15 cm left.
- Check your strap is the right length here (you can make it smaller if needed) Use the remaining cords to tie through the top left hand corners to secure the strap to the bag. After knotting cut the ends to form a neat and even tassel to finish the bag off.
- Use any left over pieces of yarn to make a matching tassel keyring.
- Make a matching purse using 2 squares sc together and add a lining, zip and fringe to complete a matching set.
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