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Little Red Crochet Bag

By: Becca Smith for The BagSmith

This little red crochet bag is the perfect accessory to add a punch to your Friday night outfit. For the beginning crocheter, this purse features the single stitch and is easy to make. Use it as a clutch for the holidays and be in the Christmas spirit.

Little Red Crochet Bag


  • 175 yards of nylon cord
  • 2 handles
  • Drawstring liner
  • Beaded button
  • Base board bottom
  • Crochet Hook: J or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 3 sts per 1 inch


ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet




With size J crochet hook, ch 61.

Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, work sc in each stitch (60 sc). Slip stitch in beginning chain to form ring. Continue sc until tube measures 6 inches high. Note: It is not necessary to chain at end of each row - simply continue around tube.

Ch 2, turn.
Row 1: sc in 2nd stitch from hook and next 10 stitches, ch 2, turn. (10 sc)
Row 2: sc in 2nd stitch from hook and in each stitch across and in ch 2 space, ch 2, turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2.
Row 4: Decrease one stitch at beginning and at the end of row, sc all other stitches in row.
Rows 5-6: Repeat row 5.

When 4 stitches remain, ch 10, slip stitch newly formed chain to opposite side creating a loop, finish off.


Lay bag flat on a table. Attach the button to the middle front of the bag. Weave in all loose ends with the crochet hook.


Make two patches as follows:
Ch 10. In 2nd ch from hook, *sc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn*. Repeat from * 3 times more. Patch will measure approximately 1 in. x 3 in.
Whip stitch the top edge of one patch near the top inside center of the bag. Place one of the handles between the patch and the inside body of the bag and whip stitch the bottom of the patch in place. Repeat on opposite side.


Chain 15. In 2nd ch from hook, *sc in each stitch across, ch 2, turn*. Repeat from * until piece measures 6 in. high.

Whip stitch the bottom of the bag to the bottom of the body tube. Turn the bag inside out and whip stitch the base board to the bottom. Place drawstring liner inside and enjoy!

Shoulder Strap (Optional):

Crochet: Ch. 6 stitches. Sc in each ch beginning in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, turn. Repeat pattern for 40 in. Secure strap to inside of the baseboard and to top edge of bag.



  • Add an eyelash or novelty yarn.
  • Add beads to the closure.
  • Create an inside pocket with either leftover cord or fabric.


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Can you use the tee shirt material yarn from Katia?

I want to make this bag, but need to know what size nylon cord? also what is the liner? Could I get extra instructions please?

Creative Yarn Source/Crochet Style has Omega nylong yarns of different thicknesses and also tons of colors to choose from. I've used this yarn for many, many purses and have always been very pleased with the results. She has charts too, so you can determine exactly which thickness is what you need. I agree that this is a somewhat difficult pattern to decipher - especially for a beginner. My suggestion is to use whatever liner you like, and tack it to the top edge of the purse with thread. Sew it well and you'll be fine. Also...for the base - plastic canvas (extra sturdy or regular) will work well. If your hubby works with wood, have him cut one (create a template for him by tracing the bottom onto paper) out of thin wood of any kind. Another option is to use thick cardboard, although this isn't the best choice I've found. Unless you truly want it STURDY, using a couple strands of yarn held together as one would work well too. It will create a very sturdy base. I've made lots of purses and I hope these suggestions will help some of you who are having troubles. It's always frustrating when a pattern doesn't work as you planned. Keep trying! Once you succeed, you'll be proud of yourself and you'll also learn alot!

I use the plastic template sheets (used for quilting) for the bottom of my purses, use more than one for a stiffer bottom if desired.

What is a drawstring liner? Where do you purchase it, or where are the instructions for making one?

Where can I buy the nylon cord?

This would be helpful if there was a reply to the question. where do you purchase nylon cord? Hardware or craft store?

Yes I'm having trouble with the base board bottom as well. Also drawstring liner. Any suggestions on what exactly I should get? I tried to look at the Craft Store on this site as well and still not sure what to use. This is my first attempt to make a purse!

it is my guess after reading the pattern it ment for row 5 and 6 to repeat row 4 since its a decrease row.. I hope this helps.. its really a very cut purse... also I think they want any type of board to be put down to creat a base for the purse.. maybe theres a language barrier or some other reason for the mis comunication... I personally think a pattern labeled easy should be more detailed with the instructions..

On the pattern of the little red crochet bag why does it say repeat row 5 when it comes to 5 & 6?I know that you repeat a row from a different row. Do I crochet from a different row or what?

What does baseboard bottom mean? What is it made of? This is not for someone who doesn't know how to sew or is very inexperienced in making purses.


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