Crochet Seashell Bag
A while back I set out to make a mermaid Seashell Adventure Bag (coming to the blog later this month) and whilst I was making that bag, I played around with a couple of different cottons and designs. I ended up making the adventure bag in Lily Sugar n Cream cotton leaving me with 2 spare Caron Cotton Cakes. I already had one seashell motive made up when I decided not to use it for the adventure bag, so I decided to use the rest of the cotton to make a normal bag and so I ended up creating the Crochet Seashell Bag.
The bag itself is made with 2 seashell motives which are made in two parts which are sewn together. They also make use of surface slip stitch to add decoration to the seashells. The bag side is made in one piece and crocheted to the seashell panels which are finished off with a decorative shell stitch edge. The edging also adds the D rings for the bag strap which is crocheted and added last. I decided to add a lining to this bag and wanted it to retain its shape more easily so I used some Bosal in R form which is sewn into the lining before the lining is added to the bag.
I experimented with different bag fastenings before finally settling on using a button and ribbon. I considered adding a zip but I didn’t have one at home that was the right colour and size and sewing in zips is one of my least favourite things to do, so I looked for other options. I have some snaps at home that were the perfect colour, however, I really struggled adding them due to the thickness of the Bosal, so after several failed attempts I abandoned that idea. The other issues with the snaps was that they really restricted what the bag could hold when they were done up, and this issue was the same with magnetic bag clasps. The bag is an awkward shape anyway for holding things and I didn’t feel it needed to be any more restricted by its closing. In the end I settled on sewing a loop of ribbon into the center of the lining which loops around a button sewn on the opposite side of the bag. This option has worked the best and I love the fact that I had coordinating ribbon and buttons at home already which looked perfect with the bag.
I used my sewing machine for the sewing of the lining and I am glad I did. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know I am not a fan of
hand sewing. The sewing machine really did it all much quicker and neater than I could and I am glad I bothered to get it out. In fact I was so happy with the use of the sewing machine and my crochet bag (I was scared to use it before incase the machine ruined the crochet) that I think I will be incorporating more sewing linings into my work in future. I already have an idea for a Christmas Adventure Bag with a sewn inside which will be coming to the blog this autumn.
Seashells and mermaids are very in at the moment and this perfect little Crochet Seashell Bag will fit right in. Its not huge at 30 cm long (at the longest part) and 20 cm tall, but it will fit a purse, phone, keys and a few other small items, so it would be perfect for a night out, or just to go out for a little while. However, as I love experimenting with working up the same patterns with yarns of different thickness I decided to work up a larger bag using Aldi’s Chunky Yarn. The bag worked up much larger at 35cm tall, 60cm wide (at the top) and 20cm deep and is the perfect sized beach bag to carry everything you will need for any beach trip.
There are some slight differences in the way I worked up the larger seashell bag. I changed the way the handles were made, this is not the sort of bag for a longer cross over body strap, instead I used eyelets and my kumihimo disk to create a rope which I threaded through the eyelets and knotted the ends. This bag fastens with a magnetic bag clasp, which doesn’t get in the way of space like it would have in the smaller bag. I changed the final edging to a simpler slip stitch round rather than the shells, partly as I ran out of yarn and partly because it didn’t need such a decorative edge on a larger bag. Finally I also added a pocket on the inside when making the lining for all those smaller items you might need. I really love the larger bag and it will be great for trips to the park and beach with the kids.
If you want to make your own Crochet Seashell Bag then you can get the pattern’s for both the small and large for FREE here. I hope you enjoyed this week blog post. See you next week,