Seashell Handbag

Seashell Handbag

Small Seashell Handbag 

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag

  • Caron Cotton Cakes x 2 – in Calico Flowers (49003)
  • 5mm hook
  • Bosal in R Form or bag wadding/foam
  • 1 fat quarter in colour of your choice
  • Large Button & small amount of ribbon
  • 2 x D rings
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  1. 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
  • Sc inc – sc increase
  • Sc dec – sc decrease
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • m/c – magic circle
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • surface sl st – surface slip stitch
  1. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • Gauge is 20 stitches by 23 rows in a 4” square.
  • The bag is made and crocheted together before the lining is added.
  • It’s helpful although not essential to have a sewing machine to sew in the lining. It made it much quicker and neater than I could do by hand, although you can hand sew if preferred.
  • You do not have to make the bag hand 200 rows long, stop when it is long enough for you. 
  1. Pattern

Seashell side – make 2

Row Instruction Stitches
1 5 sc in m/c, turn, ch 1 5
2-3 Sc across, turn, ch 1 5
4 (sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 10
5-6 Sc across, turn, ch 1 10
7 (sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 15
8-9 Sc across, turn, ch 1 15
10 (2 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 20
11-12 Sc across, turn, ch 1 20
13 (3 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, Ch 1 25
14-15 Sc across, turn, ch 1 25
16 (4 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 30
17-18 Sc across, turn, ch 1 30
19 (5 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 35
20-21 Sc across 35
22 (6 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 40
23-24 Sc across, turn, ch 1 40
25 (7 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 45
26-27 Sc across, turn, ch 1 45
28 (8 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 50
29-30 Sc across, turn, ch 1 50
31 (9 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 55
32-33 Sc across, turn, ch 1 55
34 (10 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 60
35-36 Sc across, turn, ch 1 60
37 Sc around the edge of the seashell, putting 3 sc in each corner of the shell, then sl st to start and cast off.
38 Use surface sl st to make 5 diagonal lines across the front of the shell, place each sl st across 2 rows of the shell.

Seashell Base –make 2

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 26, sk 1st ch and then sc in each ch to end, turn ch 1 25
2-8 Sc across, turn, ch 1 25
9 Sc around the edges of the rectangle putting 3 sc in each corner, cast off leaving a long tail and sew to the base of the shell.

Bag Side– make 1

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 16, sk 1st st and sc in each st to end of ch 15
2 Turn, sc across 15
3-100 Rep row 2
  • Holding wrong sides together, sc the side panel around the edge of the first seashell panel leaving the longest edge at the top unattached.
  • Repeat as above to add the second seashell panel to the bag

Bag edging

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Thread both D rings on to the working yarn and attach yarn on the right hand side of either of the side panels and work as follows;
2 10 sc turn
3 5 sc, turn
4 5 sc, turn
5 5 sc, turn
6 Pull the D ring up and over the little piece you just made, then you need to fold it down to contain the D ring and place a sc through each stitch on the top of the rectangle and match to the 3rd loop on the back of the edge from the start of row 1.  Repeat this 5 times in total to secure the piece in a loop containing the D ring
7 5 sc to get to the end of the edge piece of the bag
8 Then working all the way along the edge of the shell, (5hdc in same st, sk st, sc, sk st) rep to end of shell top
9-15 Rep steps 2-8 on the opposite side of the bag.   Sl st to starting st and cast off.   Sew in all ends.

 Bag Strap– make 1

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 6, sk 1st st and sc in each st to end of ch 5
2 Turn, sc across 5
3-200 Rep row 2
Loop 1 end over the D ring and sew the end to the rest of the strap.   Repeat with the other loop.

To make the lining

  1. Cut out 2 seashell pieces 1 bag side piece, slightly bigger than the bag, in both the lining material and the bosal in R form, leave at least an additional inch of the fat quarter top edge for a seam allowance.
  2. Pin the lining and the bosal in R form together so the right sides face each other and sew together leaving the top edge unworked.
  3. Turn the lining in the right way (so the material is facing inwards) a and place inside the bag.
  4. Fold the additional inch of the lining material over the bosal in R form and pin to the bag.
  5. Fold a small length of ribbon (large enough to go around the button you choose, plus an additional inch for sewing) in half and put the ends underneath the lining in the middle of one side of the bag and pin in place
  6. Sew the lining and the ribbon into the bag.
  7. Sew the button on the opposite side of the bag to the ribbon. The ribbon can slip over the button to secure the bag shut.

 

Large Seashell Handbag

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag

  • 1200g Super Chunky Yarn in colours of your choice (I used Aldi Chunky in Navy, Storm and Platinum)
  • 10mm hook
  • 1m2 of Bosal in R Form or bag wadding/foam
  • 1m2 of cotton fabric in colour of your choice
  • 1 x magnetic bag clasp
  • 4 x 1” wide eyelets
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  1. 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
  • Sc inc – sc increase
  • Sc dec – sc decrease
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • m/c – magic circle
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • surface sl st – surface slip stitch
  1. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • Gauge is 10 stitches by 10 rows in a 4” square.
  • The bag is made and crocheted together before the lining is added.
  • It’s helpful although not essential to have a sewing machine to sew in the lining. It made it much quicker and neater than I could do by hand, although you can hand sew if preferred.
  • The handles were made using a Kumihimo disk, however if you do not have one, you could plait several strands of yarn to the desired length or use some rope.
  1. Pattern

Seashell side – make 2 in your colour choices

Row Instruction Stitches
1 5 sc in m/c, turn, ch 1 5
2-3 Sc across, turn, ch 1 5
4 (sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 10
5-6 Sc across, turn, ch 1 10
7 (sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 15
8-9 Sc across, turn, ch 1 15
10 (2 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 20
11-12 Sc across, turn, ch 1 20
13 (3 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, Ch 1 25
14-15 Sc across, turn, ch 1 25
16 (4 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 30
17-18 Sc across, turn, ch 1 30
19 (5 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 35
20-21 Sc across 35
22 (6 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 40
23-24 Sc across, turn, ch 1 40
25 (7 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 45
26-27 Sc across, turn, ch 1 45
28 (8 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 50
29-30 Sc across, turn, ch 1 50
31 (9 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 55
32-33 Sc across, turn, ch 1 55
34 (10 sc, sc inc) x 5, turn, ch 1 60
35 19 sc, ch 1, sk 1, 20 sc, ch 1, sk 1, 19 sc 58
36 19 sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 20 sc, sc in ch 1 gap, 19 sc 60
37 Use surface sl st to make diagonal lines across the front of the shell, place each sl st across 2 rows of the shell.  

Seashell Base –make 2

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 26, sk 1st ch and then sc in each ch to end, turn ch 1 25
2-8 Sc across, turn, ch 1 25
9 Sc around the edges of the rectangle putting 3 sc in each corner, cast off leaving a long tail and sew to the base of the shell.  

Bag Side– make 1

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 16, sk 1st st and sc in each st to end of ch 15
2 Turn, sc across 15
3- Rep row 2 until piece measures 28” long  
  • Holding wrong sides together, sc the side panel around the edge of the first seashell panel leaving the longest edge at the top unattached.
  • Repeat as above to add the second seashell panel to the bag

Bag edging

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Attach yarn at any point and sl st around the top edge.  

 

 To make the lining & handles

  1. Cut out 2 seashell pieces 1 bag side piece, slightly bigger than the bag, in both the lining material and the bosal in R form, leave at least an additional inch of the fat quarter top edge for a seam allowance.
  2. Pin the lining and the bosal in R form together so the right sides face each other and sew together leaving the top edge unworked.
  3. Turn the lining in the right way (so the material is facing inwards) a and place inside the bag.
  4. Fold the additional inch of the lining material over the bosal in R form and pin to the bag.
  5. Attach the magnetic bag clasp to the lining before sewing the lining to the bag.
  6. Sew the lining to the bag at the top.
  7. Attach the eyelets through the holes made in row 35 of the seashell panels.
  8. To make the handles, I used a Kumihimo disk and some chunky pink yarn I had. I used 8 strands to make the handles, threaded them through the eyelets and secured with a knot.

 

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