Monday, 3 July 2017

Crocheted Summer Bag

After making my Hygge CAL Shawl I had lots of yarn leftover.  I forget exactly how much, but enough that I was sure that I could do something with it.  I had been watching lots of episodes of the Espace Tricot Podcast and they had showed several lovely knitted bags and I thought that I could have a go at making one for myself.  So I did!

This is the result.


I am really pleased with how it worked out.  I worked a flat base, followed by rows of the main colour round and round the bottom, alternating with different stripes to make the body of the bag.


When I was finished I added a flap to close it with and then a strap with a little bit on the other side for the button.  I wasn't sure of the length that I wanted the strap to be so I made two buttonholes on the strap and then also worked an extra piece of strap to make the handle longer if I wanted to wear it "cross body".





I did line both bag and the straps (as you can see) to give them a bit more body and support as I find that crochet can stretch out of shape and I wanted to keep everything looking nice and I also though that it was a good idea to give the strap a bit more support too.  Not having enough fabric to line everything with one fabric I chose two different ones that look very similar.  One for the bag and one for the flaps and straps.

Then I added some cute buttons that are wooden hearts printed with different floral designs.


I am really pleased with my finished bag and it was admired when I used it which was nice.  It was also a good use of the yarn that I had leftover and some spare random fabric.  So  although I did purchase everything really this was made out of leftovers so it was free!  You can't get better than that can you!

There isn't a pattern for this bag, but I am considering making a pattern up, so if you would be interested in a pattern do please let me know as I would like to gauge interest.

You can find details of the yarn in my previous post - here.

Amy

31 comments:

  1. Oh Amy it's fabulous! I just adore those coloured stripes and I would definitely be interested in a pattern.
    Your working always so lovely and neat. Beautifully finished. X

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  2. It's a lovely bag; the nicest design I've seen. You are so talented Amy! Did you hand stitch the lining? I'm sure you will enjoy using it. My best to you, Pat xx

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  3. That is a lovely summer bag Amy and I particularly like your use of the pretty contrasting fabric too.

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  4. Now this sounds more like our Amy, with a beautiful handmade bag & ideas for producing a pattern. Well done & yes I love it too. Actually my camera & purse would fit into that nicely when out & about on walks or days out. Let us know if you do a pattern. Take care.

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  5. It's gorgeous! What a cute little bag. I love the way you've made the strap. So talented. I can't crochet but you make me want to add it to my list of things I want to learn. You inspired me last year to learn how to knit and I'm finally getting the hang of it.

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  6. Your bag is wonderful, Amy! Well done!

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  7. A beautiful make, perfect for any occasion. Love the wonderful array of colour and of course the buttons are a delight.

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  8. So cute and a perfect STASH buster!!! Congrats on the beautiful new bag.

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  9. What a wonderful bag, the lining really sets it off.

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  10. What a great use of leftover yarns - your bag is wonderful

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  11. The bag turned out fabulous. Isn't it nice when experiments turn out wonderful?
    xx Beca

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  12. Lovely! I really like the lining too xx

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  13. That is a wonderful bag! Well done!

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  14. I am a fan of leftovers as you know and this bag is an ideal example. Glad you are getting your craft mojo spinning.Jo x

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  15. What a lovely looking bag. Well done. Now time to enjoy using it. Vest wishes

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  16. I love your bag! I wouldnt' make it though, because I don't sew but its a lovely design

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  17. That is a great piece Amy. Wonderful, muted colours.
    Have a great week,
    Andrea

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  18. I really like your bag Amy, don't the colours work well. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use from it. I think you ought to do a pattern for it, I'm sure it will be very popular.

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  19. The bag is lovely, Amy! I especially like the clever way you lined it. Thanks for letting us admire it. xx

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  20. What a beautiful bag Amy, and brilliant design. Your blend of stripe colours is just perfect, and if there are two different fabrics in the lining, I sure cannot see it! It is very pretty floral and as you say will make everything firm and your bag will be long-lasting. Enjoy!

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  21. I really, really like it! I don't knit but I bet a lot of people would like this pattern.

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  22. Such a beautiful bag, I'm sure it will get lots of use.

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  23. perfect summer accessory and I love the button, really brings the whole piece together, no pun intended!
    Lisa x

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  24. Amy I would be interested in your pattern. What a wonderful gesture you did for Aunt Gladys of Going Gently fame. I think you should enter something in the Trelawnyd Flower Show. I got a 'first' the first time I did and you're sure to be on to a winner with your Hygge Wrap. It's really beautiful.

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  25. You're a clever lady. The bag is really lovely. The adjustable strap is a good idea. The pretty lining and the buttons add to its charm.

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  26. That's a lovely bag! Really pretty stripe colours, and the lining fabric looks so neat! x

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  27. Hello Amy, the bag is wonderful: The form, the colours, the pretty fabric for lining, the cute buttons. Perfect!
    Have a happy weekend! xx

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  28. Hello Amy, wow you made the prettiest summer bag. I love the colors your chose for the yarn and the lining is so nice. I am sure you will get a lot of nice compliments on this. You do such wonderful work and have a lot of patience. Have fun using your bag!!

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  29. What a beautiful bag, Amy, and I love the inner lining, such a pretty and delicate floral pattern.

    Poppy

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  30. Somehow I missed this bag Amy. I'm a bag lady and have all sorts of crocheted ones. Yous is very summery.

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